I’ve written about intensifying your water before, but I have found a better technique that I thought I would share. This really makes your water a lot more dynamic. To show you a before an after effect, have a look at one of my recent shots called “At Last”.
On the left you can see the effect of intensifying the water, and on the right you can see the image with all of the post processing except for the water intensifying technique (click on the image above to see the detail)… or you can view the original image at Flickr here.
So how do you do it….. It’s actually pretty simple and involves 3 steps
1) Create a new layer with a relatively high contrast B&W version of your image… you can do this using a B&W adjustment layer or your favorite B&W converter… I LOVE Nik Silver Effex.
2) Experiment with the Blend mode… you will want to look at typically overlay, softlight or hardlight blend modes.
3) Once you find one that gives you the “oommph” that you are afterwith the water, Add a layer mask and invert it (cntrl+I on PC) and then paint the effect just over the water.
I hope you find this useful