Top pro Deborah Sandidge is one of BetterPhoto's most creative photography instructors. And, best yet, she regularly shares her work and her vision. Here are Deb's thoughts on photographing Florence at night, and on processing the image for a unique and eye-catching look:
"Florence is beautiful at night. The city becomes even more glamorous, and is a much different presentation than the daytime view. A long exposure captures the taillights of passing cars as streaks of light. Rain makes the cobblestones and streets more reflective, a perk of inclement weather."
"To create this look with your image, you can use Colorize from Nik Color Efex Pro. This will transform the look of any image, creating a warm radiant glow. Try adding a layer of texture for drama and definition. A texture layer aptly named Ovid Banished - from Flypaper Textures - added a painterly touch of brushstrokes throughout this image. As a finishing touch, try one of the edge treatments from OnOne PhotoFrame. I chose Acid Burned in black to complete the look shown above."
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