One of my primary tasks with Photoshop CS6 and PaintShop Pro X5 is to make pictures more interesting. This particularly applies to bird pictures since birds are not known to be very cooperative in helping me compose my pictures. As an example, here is a picture of two wild parrots in Kearney Mesa:
It’s not a bad picture. It has two birds, it has a part of the telephone pole and a plant. Good composition. However, as it is, you can’t really see the birds. I want to make eye contact, and I’ve discovered that a 300mm lens isn’t good enough to go birding with. However, a 300mm lens coupled with Photoshop is!
First, I simply cropped the picture, effectively bringing the birds in closer:
Better than the first but I don’t really like birds just sitting on wires. I want something a little more. So I moved the birds a little ways down the wire:
I thought about moving the plant a little closer, but the focus of the plant doesn’t jive with the focus of the birds if I move the plant too close. So I didn’t. It looked too odd.
After moving the birds, I simply cropped the former position of the two parrots out of the picture:
Visually, the final picture is much more interesting; the right bird is looking at the telephone pole, seeming to wonder if he should get any closer to it. Maybe the right bird is playing hard to get………
I also really like the two birds being closer together. Instead of simple wild parrots, now they are love birds………lol
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