Favorite Lumiforms from last week by Corinne Wyss and Erin McGean Cindric
The photo was taken in Morgins/France, in Europe’s biggest ski resort called Portes Du Soleil, with 650 km of downhill. I was having fun skiing, but the mountain view was so impressive that I had to stop. The shot that was taken too fast because of the freezing temperatures. I almost couldn’t use my phone because of the stiffness of my fingers… But finally I got that view on my screen. In the meantime, my beloved partner was skiing all the way down the hill - I was completely alone, but very happy with my mountain photo.
Erin McGean Cindric
Corinne and I have been Instagram friends for a few months and I admire her photography a great deal, often telling her how jealous I am of the stunning surroundings she lives near. So when she offered me some photos to work with I was very grateful and excited. I sat with the images for weeks… played around with a few but wasn’t pleased with anything. Then one night I was experimenting with the Diptic app and I saw the zigzag pattern collage template and I thought of Corinne’s beautiful mountains. It’s funny how you can work and work at an edit and its just not working and then the best edit comes in a spontaneous moment of play. I just wish I had more of them…LOL.
Apps Used: Diptic, Image Blender
Overlays Used: Lumiforms, NDpatterns, Mextures
With an iPhone 4 the edit started in Diptic using a zigzag pattern collage template with three sections. Corinne’s mountain image is loaded into all 3 sections of the template then the top section is flipped vertically and horizontal and the middle section enlarged to include only sky. Save. Open again in Blender and added the Lumiform “Fog it” using “overlay” mode at about 75%. I found this increased the contrast between the three sections and created depth, it made the zig-zag pattern look a little more 3D which gave me the idea to use the NDpatterns to further that illusion, I added them with Image Blender. Then I created the “mountaineer” text in Over on a black background and then added the text with Image Blender (screen mode) as Over doesn’t allow for tilting of text. This font (Wisdom) has a nice tilt that matched the angles nicely. Save…reload in Image Blender AGAIN to add the mountain climber, which I got from Google. Save. Reload in Blender…one last time to add a dusty black and white Mexture using “screen” mode at 75 %.
The Lumiforms set has become almost indispensable to me in my edits. The shapes and lines in some overlays can accentuate elements in a photo or help emphasize important areas. The subtle filters like “Fog it” used here, almost always improves a photos tone and lighting. Plus all of overlays have a subtle texture that helps hide noise and imperfections. I recommend trying them out using Image Blender and experiment with different blend modes. Rotating and enlarging the filter is also a great way to experiment with them and hope for happy accidents.
Download Lumiforms HERE.