First time trying photo manipulation!
Recently, I've been playing around quite a bit with photo manipulation. I'm not an expert when it comes to photo manipulation, but I think it's a great way to turn my favorite shots (as well as my mediocre shots) into something completely new. All photos were edited using Lightroom before they were manipulated in Photoshop. I posted two of my experiment-photos so far and some rough guidelines in case anyone is looking for any inspiration. Enjoy!
"Looking for You"
The original photo was taken at Dante's View in Death Valley. It is probably one of my favorite shots so far because it gives off such a serene vibe. I wanted to take it a step further so I figured why not add some night stars to the already beautiful sunset sky. I thought it wasn't going to work out because the two skies are quite contrasting, but the hard overlay mode on the astro layer ended up working perfectly.
"Small Beginnings, Big Dreams"
When I first saw this little girl standing against the Hong Kong skyline, I knew I had to get the shot. The walkway was packed the entire evening but just for this one moment, no one was around to block my view. Sadly, I messed up. I couldn't get the girl in focus nor the bokeh effect in the background. I wasn't happy with the end result at all but I knew the photo has some potential . My photo manipulation here is inspired by anime/video-game arts. I used a combination of pixelated and trace contour filter to achieve the end result.