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November 1, 2007

More Youtube?

I'm toying with the digital video equivalent of "end of the roll" stuff, now.

November 3, 2007

Online Photo editing

Picnik, an online Photo Editor I seem to remember dabbling with in some time back is now offering pro services.

Now Picnik offers 26 effects, 5 frames, a totally new touch-ups section, and nearly 200 fonts and shapes! We've added Facebook, Photobucket and Webshots to the list of sites you can open, save and share to, and our integration with Flickr is about to get a whole lot better (stay tuned!).

The move to online application use marches forever forward, will the state of broadband in Australia, however improve enough to make this idea feasible?

Skitch, free software

Any of my readers on a Mac, like to try some very cool free software? It's called skitch, and currently is only available as an invite download, you will also be required to register as well.

It is useful for quick screen-grabs and sharing information graphically from computers

Just send me your e-mail address and I'll invite you.

Check the flickr pool for some ideas on what it can do.

November 4, 2007

Blogorama

Need to get more photo-blog info, start here on Magnum's blog with an article by, Martin Fuchs

The Week in Lo-Fi

Another weekend ends another week in Lo-Fi concludes

This project, has been going now for 25 weeks, the challenge, each week pick only 7 photos from the preceding week and upload them to facebook.

This week in particular proved difficult, as I went out on my day off specifically to make images with a specific location in Melbourne in mind. Not to mention a brief trip out into the Victorian countryside on the weekend just gone. I think I got lucky, the light was good for this time of year in Australia, but the choices were far, far too many.

November 5, 2007

Serendipity

IMG 1537_boomgates

The opportunities keep rolling in with my VistaQuest 1005.

November 6, 2007

Serendipity II

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The Holga "look" coming from the this camera is amazing.

November 9, 2007

Drive-by

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November 10, 2007

Someone Else Appreciates Toy Cameras

We are not alone, so do the writers at Luminous Landscape dot com.

November 12, 2007

Bureaucratic Overload

It's that time of year where contemplating photography takes a back seat over other issues, like results and forward planning. I have however been thinking about, a matrix of sorts that shows the similarities between Digital photography processing and Analogue Photography processing.

November 16, 2007

Phonecam Workshop 2007

During the year I, as an experiment ran an elective, a workshop on Phone camera photography. Finally enough of the work has been handed in for me to complete the website. Have a look and see for yourselves.

November 20, 2007

Slide Show Feature

Blogger has just added a neat little slide show feature that allows you to run a slide show in the sidebar of your blog, all you need is an account with someone like flickr or paint-bucket or picassa, and away you go.

November 21, 2007

Under Graduate Photography Exhibitions

This is the time of year, where many of the major art schools around Melbourne have there under graduate exhibitions. The RMIT Fine Art Photography Graduate Exhibition is on at Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space, 157 St. Georges Rd. Nth. Fitzroy until the 1st of December, I highly recommend it. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 12-6pm. Red Gallery's phone number 9482 3550.

November 22, 2007

A Rare Rare Sight

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In Melbourne these days anyways.

November 25, 2007

#4 For 2007

Hanging Exhibition #4 2007

Gallery 124 in Sunshine are having a X-mas Show, I have some new work and some old work in the show. The old work is from a couple of shows I had in the early 90's and 2 of the pieces are from the yet to be completed series, Maps. Given the response to the Maps pieces I may well try and finish printing the work and exhibit it in either 2008, or 2009.

The Show runs until 21st of December 2007, the gallery is at 124 Hampshire Rd Sunshine.

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November 26, 2007

Photographic Processing Matrix

Sometime back, I mentioned, I was thinking about a processing matrix of sorts, well here it is, now I need to make a better looking pdf version

Photographic Workflow Matrix

Shoot Process Proof Print/Output  
Task/Digital Exposure, be accurate, avoid under exposing shadows. Download from camera. Process to format suitable for future reference. Colour correct. Add colour Profile. Archive to CD/DVD. Add/Import to catalogue program. Print out hardcopy if needed.‡ Send to Print bureau for output as either Lambda or Pegasus print, or inkjet or print in-house using inkjet printer, or publish to the web. Infinte control available in digital tools such as Photoshop
Task/Analogue Neg film expose for the shadows, usually over. Positive Film expose for the highlights.¶ B&W Neg Film, process for the highlights.†
Colour Neg process. Positive film Process.
B&W make proof sheet colour neg, get machine proofs. Positive, view on light box. File negatives and proofs away for future reference. B&W, make work print. †Colour neg, make print, some local burning and dodging possible. Finished B&W prints can take as long to produce as the skills of the printer allow.
           
Software/Digital Raw Files
jpeg files
5 megapixels plus
Download from camera.
Process to format suitable for future reference. Colour correct. Add colour Profile.
Archive to CD/DVD. Add/Import to catalogue program. Print out hardcopy if needed. Send to Print bureau for output as either Lambda or Pegasus print, or inkjet or print in-house using inkjet printer, or publish to the web.  
Software/Analogue Choose a format and film type to suit the task at hand, eg 35mm for street photography, 5x4 and larger for landscape or product photography and so on. Choice of film developer, determines time temperature and agitation method, which in turn affect reults like contrast and grain. B&W requires minimum time maximum black. Labs produce colour proofs, using machinery with associated costs, and time. Expose for the highlights change filters for the shadows, then make local adjustments in darkroom, B&W only. No global contrast control, local contrast control in Type C is not impossible but technically difficult Finished B&W prints can take as long to produce as the skills of the printer allow.
  ¶ Remember the trade offs.    
    †The choices here, are exhaustive, it is even possible to make your own papers, and chemicals.
      ‡To an extent many packages will do this task sufficiently, such as Adobe Bridge, but iView Media Pro, frees up choices in terms of physical media and it’s location.

Processing Matrix

Here's a Downloadable pdf of the processing matrix, that may be easier to read.

Influences

Gary Winogrand

November 27, 2007

Photoshop & Layers

One night a week, I privately tutor a friend in Photoshop. Typically at the end of the session, I come away with insights about the application and how people understand it. Monday night was no different, except this time I still feel invigorated enough to talk about it in the hope that it will help others to understand this cumbersome destructive & powerful tool.

So I guess i've got the next few days covered in terms of blogging.

Here's a copy and paste from the help files for Photoshop CS3

About layers
Photoshop layers are like sheets of stacked acetate. You can see through transparent areas of a layer to the layers below. You move a layer to position the content on the layer, like sliding a sheet of acetate in a stack. You can also change the opacity of a layer to make content partially transparent.

You use layers to perform tasks such as compositing multiple images, adding text to an image, or adding vector graphic shapes. You can apply a layer style to add a special effect such as a drop shadow or a glow.

Work nondestructively
Sometimes layers don’t contain any apparent content. For example, an adjustment layer holds color or tonal adjustments that affect the layers below it. Rather than edit image pixels directly, you can edit an adjustment layer and leave the underlying pixels unchanged.

A special type of layer, called a Smart Object, contains one or more layers of content. You can transform (scale, skew, or reshape) a Smart Object without directly editing image pixels. Or, you can edit the Smart Object as a separate image even after placing it in a Photoshop image. Smart Objects can also contain smart filter effects, which allow you to apply filters nondestructively to images so that you can later tweak or remove the filter effect. See Nondestructive editing.

Organize layers
A new image has a single layer. The number of additional layers, layer effects, and layer sets you can add to an image is limited only by your computer’s memory.

You work with layers in the Layers palette. Layer groups help you organize and manage layers. You can use groups to arrange your layers in a logical order and to reduce clutter in the Layers palette. You can nest groups within other groups. You can also use groups to apply attributes and masks to multiple layers simultaneously.

Essentially there are 4 types of layers in photoshop. Each has a use that can be combined with other layers to provide a level of photo manipulation unheard of for the average person prior to Photoshop 4, Photoshop itself is over 10 years old maybe 15.

  1. Plain Layers, clear of information, waiting to be edited.
  2. Adjustment Layers, used to adjust, in a non-destructive way, things like Hue & Saturation, Levels, Curves, ETC
  3. Layer Mask, which is used to hide and reveal differences between 2 or more image layers, again in a non-destructive manner.
  4. Text Layer, used for, well text.

More tomorrow, hopefully.

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November 28, 2007

Photoshop Layers 2

Yesterday, I talked about 4 kinds of layers. The first in my list was just a Layer, an empty one. As an artist with a training in wet darkroom processes and the production of photographic prints as objects, I actually have little use for many of photoshop's features, this layer does however have a fantastic use. If I fill it with 50% grey, and change it's blending mode to soft-light, this enables me to burn & dodge an image in a NON-DESTRUCTIVE manner as I would in a wet darkroom.

I've never quite understood HOW¶ this works, but it's power, simplicity elegance, and infinite un-doability makes it a must have trick in my bag of photographic darkroom tricks.

Then using either a) a paintbrush and black or white at low opacities, or the burning & dodging tools again at low opacities, in photoshop you can totally re-map the tonality of your image shifting emphasis on areas in a way that painters have understood for 100's of years.

The real beauty of this is if applied subtly there will be no obvious artefacts creeping into your image and even if they do, they can be wound back by using the opposite colour to change, not to mention that no pixels are edited directly in the image thereby non are destroyed and no issues such as banding creep into you prints†.

colour picker 50%
¶Many of the blending modes remain a mystery to me, and as photographic tools there are only really a couple that I would use regularly, this being one of them.
† All of these articles will be written from a paper output approach, as when producing screen based work I rarely make modifications to my images, due to the great unknown which is monitor calibration, and monitor colour spaces.

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November 29, 2007

Photoshop Layers 3

Today, I'm going to look breifly at how I use adjustment layers.

From Photoshop's help files:-

An adjustment layer applies color and tonal adjustments to your image without permanently changing pixel values. For example, rather than making a Levels or Curves adjustment directly to your image, you can create a Levels or Curves adjustment layer. The color and tone adjustments are stored in the adjustment layer and apply to all the layers below it. You can discard your changes and restore the original image at any time.

As a small aside you can now access an extensive set of help files on the web directly from the help applicaiton in photoshop.

The key issue here for me is the ability to make and adjustment to say colour balance density or saturation of an image and then brush through the mask to locally adjust the image to best suit my ideas and intentions in photograph.

This approach offers a degree of control unheard of in the history of colour photography. Combined with a desktop inkjet printer like the Epson R2400, I now have a complete home colour darkroom. And of course, again, no pixels are destroyed in the process.

adjustment layers

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November 30, 2007

Photoshop Layers 4

Layer Masks, one of my favourite tricks is to duplicate a layer, make some changes to it, whether it be colour contrast b&w, or some other effect I want to, apply to the image then add a layer mask and brush in any differences I want to see applied to the image.

Using a black and white image on top of the other is one of the most common, but intensifying colour using curves or levels is one of my favourites. Again this approach in non-destructive, and infinitely un-doable, while the layers are unflattened.

Lastly the Text Layer, which is relatively self explanatory, I hope? Handy for adding a copyright watermark to your image I guess?

About November 2007

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