Darkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features images created with Photoshop filters (the ones found in the Filter menu at the top, rather than the colour-tinting photofilters). Half of you are probably about to stop reading and the other half of you are probably only reading in preparation to leave a ranty comment about how Photoshop filters can never look anything other than amateurish and a little bit crap.
So...I ask you to please observe with an open mind! Photoshop is, in itself, a digital darkroom, as well as a design tool and many other things too. Like any tool, it can be used with hideous concequences or it can be used with skill and expertise, resulting in lovely images. A hammer can be used to build or to destroy, depending on the intent of the person who is handling it. The important thing to remember is that, in general, no amount of editing will magically make a 'bad' photo into a 'good' photo. But with knowledge and practice, an artist can use the tools at their disposal to create pleasing results which fit with their artistic vision.
Here are some examples of that principal in action. Some are from Photography > Darkroom > Digital and some are from the other photography galleries, but all were offered for use as examples in this article by the people who created them.
used the Motion Blur and Sharpen filters on this photo.
used the Fresco filter on this photo.
used the Gaussian Blue filter on this photo.
used the Motion Blur filter on this photo.
used a fake tilt/shift miniature technique (involving Blur filters) to create this image. He also wrote a great journal about the technique, including tutorials and examples, which you can read here: Things made small...