Sunday, January 24, 2010

Function of Form • Patterns in Nature...

blue morpho butterfly (gwennie, gwen, gwen)



beech bee loved | Deanna Cremin Memorial Foundation Peacock (pavo cristatus)



Function of Form | Patterns in Nature
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Believe it or not, it will not be too long before spring arrives and more of nature's bouquet will be born again. Winter can still offer some spectacular images of nature and patterns around you. Sometimes they are just a little harder to find.

Plan for some upcoming shots this spring. Have a day here or there that you can go explore, maybe for a couple hours. Choose a spot that you know of that will provide you with many opportunities to capture some of the beauty nature beholds. Good Luck :)

The Deanna Cremin Memorial Foundation has plenty of materials for helping to get you started. The above section is from our Food for Thought portion of the text materials. Be sure to check this out for more portions of the material...
Food for Thought | gwennie2006

...and this will bring up more nature imagery...
Nature | some photographic work from the
Deanna Cremin Memorial Foundation for Creative Learning.

springCollage1Type | FaceBook TimeLine Header

DandiLion Project amadeus Viceroy Butterfly



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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Window Pane • Reflections on glass...

window pain
Adding reflections is fairly straight forward, and can add a greater amount of interest to any image. One of the best tools for this is the Polygonal Lasso Tool. It will allow you to quickly and effectively select the panes. Always remember to save off your selection, so you can lad it back in whenever you want. Add the reflection imagery on different layers. Apply them As "Screen" blending mode and/or "Multiply" blending mode. Adjust your opacity and then load in the selection, select inverse, and then delete. If you need to add a touch of feather to the selection, you can do that as well. Just hit delete again after you apply the reflection and your image edge will be softer. You can keep hitting just the delete button and the edge will soften even more.

The above photographic work has the reflection of three images, all combined on separate layers. The imagery was arranged specifically to fit within and around the model. The branch is reaching out to her. Her beauty is as remarkable as the most magnificent scene from a window. The below photographic example also incorporates a specific scene in the reflection. Only one image was used, and was cut up in portions, so that each window had certain elements. The existing transluscency is still visible. This can help with making it look more realistic. If the available window imagery is too strong, just add a layer of white, or black, and use your selection to trap it out.
Broadway LA 2



If you are new to editing, this may help some:
Lesson 2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool:
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An image like this could work well for reflection:
sundown

or the background from the Pelican Bay work......like this...
BBpelican Donatella | Ana Hernandez Bridal Salon

Although I added the reflection as a storm window, it might work better as appearing on the smaller panes behind the plane I added.

Much more can be found from here too..
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Light Effect work from the Deanna Cremin Memorial Foundation...

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Depth through Isolation...



Often times, especially under natural light condistions, it can be difficult to add emphasis to your subject matter. The below examples have the subject isolated in the initial photograph. I then added a touch of step blurring and two gradations to darken the top portion, and blend down towards the bottom of the frame. There are several ways to make the isolation. I always prefer selections for this, and I used the Pen Tool for the selection process. The Magnetic Lasso Tool is another that could be used, but with the form of the female figure the flowing curves of the Pen Tool is better suited.
tidal
I make the path with as few points as possible. Remember the Pen Tool is specifically designed for flowing compound & complex curves. It does make a very crisp edge as well, and often needs to be softened to match the photographic edge of the model. A technique that I use is to turn the path into a selection, then contract 1 or 2 pixels, depending on the softness of the edge you are matching. Feather this a 1/2 or 1 pixel, select inverse and this will create a trap for you to work with on the layer of the isolated subject. Just erase along the edge to match the feel of the photographic edge.



Sea Clearly
On this photograph I have added an additional sky. I made certain that the light source in the sky matched the light source and direction of the photograph. This is essential, and will always make the work look realistic, and natural. Combining layers on seperate layers and applying these layers as a combination of Screen and Multiply blending modes will allow you to maintin some of the fine details in the image, such as hair.
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Be sure to check out our Influences of Form sections and blogs.

GrfxDziner.com | Influences of Form • Robert Mapplethorpe...

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GrfxDziner.com | Influences of Form • Bruce Weber...

GrfxDziner.com | Influences of Form • Annie Leibovitz...

Those may help you with capturing nice tonal qualities and better develop your compositions. The curves and structure of the human anatomy will allow for some wonderful opportunities to work with lighting and shadows. In natural light situations it is often helpful to have the sun lower in the sky, and possibly a bit overcast so the light is filtered and softer.



Some tutorials from the Deanna Cremin Memorial Foundation specifically for the Pen Tool and Magnetic Lasso Tool. Remember if you are blurring the background some, you will need to use the Smudge Tool to tuck the resulting halo under the isolated subject.

Lesson 2C: the Magnetic Lasso Tool:
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Lesson 4A: Introduction to the Pen Tool:
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Lesson 4B: Mastering the Pen Tool:
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