I’ve been asked (on a couple of occasions) what my sort of workflow is.
I have to admit, I really don’t have one. Some days I will edit ten pictures in exactly the same way, other days I will spend ten hours on the one image, barely doing anything to it except fiddling until I find something that I like. I haven’t been able to do that much recently due to school but last night I did what I would call a relative “quickie” where I mostly followed my workflow for retouching photos. Kinda.
I also wanted to have a bit more of a play with the new Wacom Intuos graphics tablet I won from Shutters Inc – though with a much more realistic retouch.
You can listen to that podcast and see my workflow here.
But before that, keep reading!
If God had not wanted us to eat cows, he wouldn’t have made them out of meat.
So, let’s say you’ve done a great photo shoot, you’ve got some mad photos of some beautiful women* and you want to make them look their best for your portfolio and theirs. Problem is, their skin? Not so good. Great make-up but there’s a little too much in the pore department? A little mottling from too much sun? Dreaded acne breakout that couldn’t be hidden with a trowel’s worth of foundation and concealer?
Easy to fix. Photoshop to the rescue. Again.
Take this picture for instance…
(Stock image found here: BerlinElliott aka Shai – I didn’t take the picture!)
This is Shai. Shai is GOR-JUSS. Seriously. But her skin… There’s a few scars, a few pimples, a few more bumps and discolourations than she’d like, I’d bet.
I don’t spend nearly as much time with my father as I’d like, for one reason or another. It was nice to be able to snap a few pictures, even though I had to use his camera to do so. The Nikon D60 is a confuzzling little bit of machinery. Anyway, Dad’s always been a real character…
I won’t post the one where he’s groping his man-bits, though.
Clair de Lune
Stock credit listed on the deviantART page.
Votre âme est un paysage choisi
Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques
Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi
Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.
Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur
L’amour vainqueur et la vie opportune,
Ils n’ont pas l’air de croire à leur bonheur
Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune,
Au calme clair de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rêver les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d’extase les jets d’eau,
Les grands jets d’eau sveltes parmi les marbres. (more…)
Full stock list can be found on my deviantART page for this work.
Noir Magazine - Conceptual mazine and masthead design.
I must apologise for the lack of content here recently. As a design student now in my second year of my course (part time) I am pretty busy with homework a lot of the time. I hope to have a range of different tutorials up over the coming weeks though.
Not to mention photos and assignment pictures.
*** The above assignment features photography by yours truly. The image is one I took of up and coming singer, Katie Weston.
Tam in colour. So preeeety.
Converting Colour to Black and White, the Cool Way.
In the Beginning, God (in this case, Adobe) created Photoshop. And on the seventh day, He edited his photographs in Photoshop and was pleased; for they were good. And on that day, He bade his subjects go out into the world and teach.
“Lead my people home!”
And that’s when Ren decided she knew everything… and so the story continues.
This is a demonstration of how I create most of my black and white images. I’m presuming you know about layers and adjustment layers however if you don’t, either look up a tutorial ot two – there’s heaps online – or just head on up into your Layer menu in Photoshop and start playing. It’s easy. Don’t be afraid. Go now. I’ll wait…
While we’re waiting, I’ll say many, many thanks to Tam for the use of her lovely face and apologise unreservedly for any offense or boredom that may be caused. Please note, there are umptymillion ways of getting a single result in Photoshop for just about anything you want to do. This is just one method of creating black and white images – there are heaps that I’ve discovered but this is my favourite so far.
Ok, onto the tutorial.