I recently finished a shoot for a stock video with a working title "Meeting Zeus". Sounds epic, doesn't it? Actually Zeus himself was only about 10 cm (4 inches) tall chess piece, part of a chess set which originally was a souvenir from a trip to Athens, Greece. Not so epic in reality but carefully chosen camera angle and some post production magic can make a huge difference.I have always loved the hand painted Greek mythology figures of the set and wanted to try to bring... continue reading
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Sometimes we need text to do more than just convey a message. Sometimes it needs to be a design element all of it’s own. Photoshop provides a wealth of tools to add pop to text in an image. Here are just a couple techniques to try in your designs.Photoshop basic toolsThe easiest effects to use are the native text editing tools in Photoshop. Layer Style - First spend some time playing around with the Layers Style (fx icon in Layers Panel) dialogue which proves a host of options for adding... continue reading
Like many people I have been intrigued by special effects achieved with software editing applications that can enhance your photos. Will the effects make the photo better or worse? The only way to find out is to apply the effect. Be sure to work from a copy of your original photo in case the effect does not work or save under a different name from your original. I have tried combining photos, using painting special effects and using reversal color special effects. Reversal... continue reading
Of all the categories design that our profession deals with most attracted me to design unusual, abstract background with a combination of multitudes of colors. Sauces and nuances that get playing with a palette of various patterns and combining them with light effects mapped my imagination to the screen.I love it when I come to creating a combination that delights me many times after the completion of the design going back to see it again and again and ....There is no heat and satisfaction that... continue reading
The art of photography is often referred to as painting with light.The photography technique called Light Painting brings that art to a literal definition. Light painting is all about using lighting selectively and creatively to bring subjects alive in a darkened scene.The focus of light painting can range from large structures to macro subjects and everything in between.Here’s a look at how to approach light painting with large, outdoors scene.In addition to your DSLR, there are... continue reading
Plenty of you will be advanced in Inkscape but some who are still learning, like myself, will hopefully find these tutorials helpful.Be warned, most are videos so you need quite a lot of bandwidth.As my bandwidth has increased substantially for the next year I've been able to go through Video tutorials and have learned so much.So I wanted to share what I had found.http://www.cuttwopieces.com/search/label/InkscapeCarolyn, the lady in the videos, is very thorough with her instructions.... continue reading
ISOThe ISO (International Standard Organisation) or the ASA (American Standard Association) as it was formly called, is the standard for expressing the sensitivity of the sensor or the film to light.For a point and shoot camera this is normally 50 – 100. Digital cameras are more sensitive to light then film or fixed lens cameras, so normally the slowest ISO is often 200 or 100.The ISO is expressed as film speed.The higher the number, the more sensitive or faster the film.Film with... continue reading
Probably you have had situations when, after downloading pictures from camera to PC, you've noticed that some shots are out of focus due to incorrect focusing or accidental shake during long exposure shooting. Seems like wasted shot, isn't it? NO IT IS NOT!Be creative and use it as a source of your art work. Using Photoshop or some other photo editing program, go through the Filter menu and do something new - add effects or even more blur. The result will be surprisingly cool!For the 1st... continue reading
This is for any paint program you have.Just because those shots are out of focus or blurred or for whatever reason you do not like how they turned out.. you can still use them for alot of other projects.I will show you how you can create a background using some plug-in effects.I have Paint Shop Pro Photo x2 Ultimate, and I will be using some plug in effects from the KPT Collection.Your really looking for blurred and color. The possiblities are endless..Warning, this can take some... continue reading
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