Often when I am photographing at a spot like St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, I first take a few overview photos, trying to get a feel for the place. Then I will take some time to look for what I think is unique to the spot. A few weeks ago I posted a look at the exterior of the Cathedral, the big picture. In the past week I was looking at some of the photos of the interior, and one of my favorite shots was taken looking out from the Cloister:
This spot, with textured windowpanes overlooking an enclosed garden, was peaceful. This version of the photo has been edited using Photoshop. I was making my first attempts at using Photoshop Actions this week. Basically, actions are a series of edits done all at once. The link provided gives an overview of what they are and how to install them within Photoshop. You can make your own or a google search will reveal ones that are available for free download. I found one that I thought would fit with what I was doing with this photo. Then I went to work on the details. While actions are often advertised as a quick way to edit your photo, I think most photographers will want to add their own edits, after all its unlikely that your vision will match else’s exactly. Here is the photo as it was originally shot:
As you can see, the edits changed the mood of the photo quite a bit. I do like the edits, for me they give the photo a feel that I was looking to apply to it. Do you like the change? Feel free to leave a comment below. Do you use Photoshop actions? why or why not?