background // I went to a photography meetup to explore layers and masks.  The class and examples used Photoshop, but the concepts translated easily to my editor of choice, Affinity Photo.

quick take // When I sit down to edit photos, I tend to go toward the same tools I know to adjust levels and exposure.  These are simple, move sliders around to your liking, similar to adding salt and pepper to food.  In this series of classes I'm being forced to explore different editing tools one at a time.  In doing so it broadens my imagination on what is possible when taking photos.  After seeing the basics of layer masking and transparency effects, I dug into some recent pregnancy photos for inspiration.  Given the July 4th holiday, incorporating the American flag seemed appropriate.   I am encouraged to slowly learn more techniques and try new compositions with the idea of creating a composite in post. 

samples //