This unusual flower (LOL) was concocted after I made a slight mistake in the focus stacking software, Helicon Focus. It didn’t happen with this photo, but it gave me an idea. I took the original photo of the lily and made a copy. I then opened up the copied version into PaintShop Pro X7 and flipped it horizontally.
Back in Helicon Focus I selected the original lily and the copied, flipped version of the lily and clicked on the render button. This is what I got! I then transferred it to my iPad mini to play around with it as I was tired of sitting in front of a computer.
I started by opening the latest version of Snapseed that just got downloaded today, Version 2.0.4 (which now has a healing tool!). I started with Tune Image with the following settings:
- Brightness: 45
- Ambiance: 40
- Contrast: 15
- Saturation: 10
- Shadows: -20
- Highlights: 15
- Warmth: 5
I didn’t want the whole photo affected so I tapped on the stack box, tapped on Tune Image then tapped on the middle icon. I then proceeded to paint the area I wanted affected.
I then used Drama with the following settings:
- Filter Strength: 80
- Saturation: 0
I didn’t want the whole photo affected so I tapped on the stack box, tapped on Drama then tapped on the middle icon. I then proceeded to paint the area I wanted affected. These are the times I wished there was a way to save/reuse a mask!! 🙂
I then used Glamour Glow with the following settings:
- Glow: 45
- Saturation: 5
- Warmth: 20
I didn’t want the whole photo affected so I tapped on the stack box, tapped on Glamour Glow then tapped on the middle icon. I then proceeded to paint the area I wanted affected.
I then added a Vignette with the following settings:
- Outer Brightness: -65
- Inner Brightness: 10
That was it!
I was now ready to add my logo/watermark, metadata and StegoMark in iWatermark +.
To get the image ready to post on Instagram I used Insta Full Size and selected the black borders.
The final step was creating the Before and After photo in Leonardo.
List of apps used in this post and their links in the iTunes store…
Products used in this post (amazon.com affiliate links unless otherwise noted)…
- Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen [Body Only] Silver (not affiliate link as this model has been discontinued)
- Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter, Nikon Lens to Micro Four Thirds Cameras
- Sigma Fixed/Prime 50mm f/2.8 Macro MF Manual Focus (search results on ebay)
- [5-in-1] RAVPower FileHub Wireless SD Card Reader with Built-in 3000mAh External Battery Pack)