Photoshop Tip: How to Use Digital Filters to Focus on your Subject

When a photo is busy, it’s easy to find yourself wondering if it’s salvageable. Remember those three rules of composition?
1. What is my subject?
2. How can I draw attention to the subject?
3. How can I remove elements that distract from my subject?

So given these, shouldn’t a photo be simple? The prevailing wisdom would seem to be saying “yes.” But I’ve found a possible exception.

The photo above is a case in point: it shows a crowd running together and contains a particular gentleman that caught my eye because he looked so exultant. I wanted to make him stand out among all the colorful people that surrounded him and leave no doubt in the viewer’s mind who I was interested in capturing.

Photoshop’s digital filters to the rescue! First I created a new layer from a black and white copy of the photo and erased part of it to show only my subject in color. Next I created a layer of motion blur and erased it around my man as well. The result almost looks like a sports photo from the olympics!

Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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