Making the Most of Your Images

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to capture some pretty decent shots of seagulls. Nothing earth shattering but I liked them. I played around with the second one in PhotoShop because I liked the fact that the bird was looking right at you and the pose was very dramatic.

Here are the images I made:

To my surprise and delight these three images reached level 2 in less then 5 days. I guess it didn't hurt that it was just before Easter, but they are still selling well now. It just goes to show that it makes sense to take a good look at the assets we already have and see how we can maximize them.

Photo credits: Kimmit.

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Thank you for the examples you do good work. Peter.


I won't be able to post with examples since the raw materials are not on Dreamstime. All I can suggest is that you experiment. Some very useful layer blending modes are soft light and overlay, but try them all for very intersting effects.

Here are some samples of what can be done very easily:


Thanks Petroruth. Photoshop is such a huge program. I've been working hard at it for about 3 years now, and feel like I'm still in kindergarten. I recommend you search the web. There are tons of great resouces. I found training videos especially helpful.

For the images above I used dodging and curve adjustments to make the bird whiter. Then I took a picture of the sun in a cloudless sky (don't look through the viewfinder!) and brought it in as a layer. Then I played with layer blending modes. This last is a little known and very powerful feature of Photoshop. You can do all kinds of amazing things with it. I'll do another post to show some examples.


wonderful images and nice work in photoshop


this is excellent work now do you want to describe how you accomplished this for us newbies to photoshop. thanks


These images are a great source of inspiration to me.

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