Tag Archive | photography

All the Cool Kids

… have Instagram these days apparently. I recently got my mobile phone upgraded (HTC Desire C if anyone’s interested – and it is gorgeous!) so thought I’d give this thing a go and see what all the fuss was about.

At first I was a bit sceptical, because I’ve been trying to learn Photoshop and frankly this seemed a little too easy. Kinda like cheating. But the effects… well the effects are actually quite nice. I wouldn’t ever pretend that a lot of effort has gone into them, but it does give you a neat, quick way to make photos look different (or rather, look the same as everyone else’s… But still cute).

Thought I’d share with you a few of mine, just to brag. Look how awesome I am! Read More…

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Inspirational Photographers

My attempts at shooting in RAW this weekend failed (due to having to reformat card, and the camera being old and broken) and as I have to hand the dSLR back to my department this week I’m not sure I’m going to get another chance to play with it before then. So instead of sharing with you my work I thought I’d have a quick chat about the photographers that inspire me.

I have four particular favourites which I wanted to show you, but they are by no means exclusive. Photography, like art and beauty, is subjective, so what I like and find inspiring may not appeal to everyone, but I hope some of these appeal to you! If one day my work is half as good as any of these below, I shall be a very happy snapper! I have a long way to go…

Peter Lik

"Eternal Beauty"

I first became aware of Peter Lik whilst travelling. I found a gallery of his in Noosa, Australia (he is Australian by birth but has now relocated to the States) and I liked what I saw. Imagine my surprise then when I hit Vegas and found he has a number of permanent galleries there (Forum Shops, Venetian Shops, Mandalay Bay) and after having a really good look at his work I fell in love with it.

Not only are his landscapes stunning (especially those of the prairies with storms) and his images of the canyons just beautiful (like the one above), the way he displays his work is fairly unique – backlit images that bring out the best in these photos. I confess, as soon as I have enough money I fully intend to purchase at least one of his works.  Read More…

Next Photography Challenge

… Will be attempting some HDR (that’s High Dynamic Range) photography. I’ve been in love with HDR photography for a while, as there are some absolutely stunning examples out there. One of my favourite photographers is Zsolt Zsigmond. I’d seriously recommend checking out his work; it’s simply beautiful (he also does a HDR Panorama tutorial which I someday aim to try out!).

I figure while I’ve got my hands on a camera that allows me to shoot in RAW I’ll give it a go. Now, I’ve never shot in RAW before so I’m not entirely sure what to expect.

I’ve found a couple of HDR tutorials that seem quite useful – How to create ‘High Dynamic Range’ images using Photomatix and Modern HDR photography, a how-to or Saturday morning relaxation. By the looks of it, I’m going to need some new software called ‘Photomatix’ (a free trial version is apparently available) so I need to check that out, although this tutorial uses only Photoshop.

Hmm… more investigation is required methinks. Yes, I know it’s going to be tough for a beginner but I’m ambitious! What’s the worst that can happen, eh?

I’m meant to be working on an assignment this weekend, but undoubtedly I shall need a break at some point so I may be able to share some results shortly!

If anyone has any tips or advice they would be most welcomed!

Levitation Photography

I’ve recently been trying to learn photography and, consequently, Adobe Photoshop for post-processing and image manipulation. My university department very kindly has lent me an SLR (a Nikon D70 which would be lovely if it wasn’t for the fact it’s survived years of abuse by students on archaeological digs in hot and dusty places!) and I’ve was nosing around Photoshop tutorial sites for inspiration when I came across levitation photography.

Now, I’d already been aware of this through the stunning images done by Natsumi Hayashi but she creates her work by jumping and I could never get the poses or the timing quite right. However, these tutorials provided an alternative that I enlisted my sister to help me attempt.

I’m not going to go through the tutorial here, as it’s already been covered far better than I could by Tyson Robichaud, so if you want a go yourself I really recommend his blog. But what I do want to highlight is some of the issues that I, as a complete beginner, had with it. Big thanks go to my sister who was ‘happy’ to stand outside in January wearing her little red dress! Brrr.

The [very basic] summary of levitation photography is you set up a camera and take a photo of the background you will be using. You then put yourself (or a friend!) into the shot standing on whatever you can find and get them to pull a suitable pose. In Photoshop you then put both images into one file and use a layer mask to get rid of what they’re standing on and hey presto! levitation! At least, that’s the theory.

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Awkward Hellos

So this is the first post of the blog, where I’m meant to introduce myself and what the hell I’m supposed to be writing about, and you’re meant to pretend to be interested when in reality we all know this is just me checking that everything works, looks good, and I haven’t broken it yet!

The truth is this is sort of an unofficial New Years Resolution. Over the years I’ve attempted many times to get into blogging but have failed miserably – even just trying to keep a blog as a travel journal was abandoned halfway through in favour of good old paper-&-pens. But this year I’m going to try and keep this going. Why? Partially due to an assignment I’m working on for uni at the moment looking at social media, and partially to try and tie together all the random rubbish I have lurking around the internet.

So what to write about?

Well my interests currently lie in Photoshop, photography, travel but no doubt rants about my personal life *may* find there way in, possibly semi-coherent philosophical posts or even movie and book reviews… basically whatever I feel like writing about!

So welcome to my world. Let’s see how this goes!