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!