If you want to enhance the sharpness of your photos in Photoshop you can find the well known filter ‘unsharp mask’, but there is also another useful sharpening technique named high pass. This is the method:
Duplicate the layer of your image, name it ‘high pass’ or how you prefer.
On the ‘high pass’ layer run the high pass filter. You can find it in the menu Filter > Other > High Pass. Increase the Radius based on the size and detail of the image. Usually among 0,5 and 1,5 should be enough.
Set the blending mode of the ‘high pass’ layer to overlay by selecting it on the layers palette (for those who don’t know: you can change the blending mode in the pop up menu beside the pop slider of the opacity on the layer palette)
In this way you’ll get more contrast on the image’s edges and more sharpness.
If you want a lot of fine details use the ‘unsharp mask’, if you want pop out the surface from the background use ‘high pass’ method. But remember…a shot out of focus remain a shot out of focus.
No money for a book to exibit to your possible costumers? All you need is some sheets of thin pasteboard where fasten your better photos and a box to collect them. About the colors of the sheets choose what you prefer, sure white, black and some different colors more suitable for your pictures.
Cut a sheet for every picture and cut them some inches more bigger than your photo prints. So you’ll have a coloured frame and the space for an eventual title or caption. Obviously I hope your prints are enough large to be admired.
Choose a nice box where collect them and you’ll have an elegant photo portfolio! Moreover easily updatable…;)
I found this snail while I washed some kind of vegetable for the dinner. I readily took my camera and prepared a small set with two lights, a plant and a white Bristol sheet. The snail was a pretty model and showed off. My children were very happy to help me…:-)