For this post, we were given the task of recreating Hadouken! Hadouken is an old street fighter type of game that involves a lot of energy balls and that stuff . THIS is an example of hadouken. For this one I did four types of Hadouken, Vadering, Fist of god, Energy fight, and just plain old punching! These are my photos-

bleached haduken

This one is my first attempt of hadouken. It came out a little bleached, so I played into that and upped some of the color schemes to get a really bright setting. Its just a simple kind of punch, with not much on it. Didn’t really do a ton of editing on this one besides the color scheme.


The theme that I was going for in this one was the movie 300. In the movie the spartan king kicks the persian messenger backwards into a pit, but because I didn’t have a spartan king, or a persian messenger, I settled of my two friends! I also changed the background into an apocalyptic them, something to make it more dramatic.

Lightning bolt

This was my first attempt at manipulating energy. I got a picture of a lighting bolt online, then I used the warp tool and the free transform tool to stretch it and mold it across. The kid with the hat had his hands in a perfect position for this, and I thought it was very fun. I plan on doing it more in the future!

bleached haduken

This is the bleached hadouken photo with some special affects added into it! I lowered the colors, and I surrounded his punching fist with fire, to give it a little more fantasy.

Fist of god punch

This is an example of the fist of god hadouken style. I put the force field around him, and I added the ripples into the ground. Other wise this was mostly just timing the photo right to get the desired actions! I mostly just edited the color scheme.

kaleb vadering

If any of you out their have seen star wars, Then this will look familiar! This style of photography is modeled after Darth Vader choking the life out of somebody with the force. This is one of the other ones that I changed the background on, Because I think it just needed a little something extra! I think that the background matches with the rest of the picture perfectly.

Hadouken is something that everybody can do, it just requires a ton of patience, and a lot of timing! Synchronization is key! Thats it for this post see you all next post!



The theme for this post is levitation! This one is a pretty cool topic, and can done many ways. I have found several other websites that either offer good tutorials, or have some great examples! HERE HERE HERE and HERE. A lot more than I usually do, but they are really great examples! Now for my photos-

Levitating attemp 1

This was my first attempt by myself.I basically went to m kitchen (the best lighting in my house) and set a self timer and ran around holding up some objects. The reason why I picked this picture is because of the hand towel. In the granite behind it, its reflection is there, kinda helping prove its validity that it was indeed levitating. I probably could have gone bigger though, and with more objects than those two and the shoes. But its also really important to keep your camera in one spot when taking these pictures. Its a pain to try to match up the masked layers and get everything looking right.

Levitation 2


One of our other goals was to use studio lights to get a levitation shot too. I didn’t really like this part of the assignment because it was difficult to get the image of him floating, while staying on the backdrop. As you can see, his hands and his foot are a little cut off, he was at the end of the backdrop. Next time I think I am going to be doing more outdoor shoots. Especially with our next subject being a fictitious fight scene! That’s it for this post, until next post!


Anti Bullying Campaign

Our school has become heavily involved in stomping out bullying. So for our photography class, our objective was to create two posters. One is an anti bullying, the other are things to be positive. I tried to stay simple with what I was doing, because to get too over detailed I think would fail to catch attention. Well here is my anti bullying picture-

Final Bullying Poster


I like the quote from Macklemore at the top of the poster. People at our school will see the name out of the corner of their eye, and then will immediately become interested in what it says. Having a random persons quote up on the poster wouldn’t be as effective. The inspiration that I got was from HERE. They don’t really look a lot like my posters, but the ideas that they have gave me some of my own. I especially like the one with the hand of hateful words choking the child. That is truly good work. For the other poster that we had to do, it was supposed to be inspirational. More uplifting than a serious message. Here it is-

Positive bullying Positive

On this one I went for the same idea of being simple. I got some high resolution texture layers from my teacher and created the background. Once I got done with that, I couldn’t figure out what else the poster needed. The words alone were not as inspiring. So I thought of the “helping hand”. A hand reaching out for somebody is a big symbol of just being kind. I think that boosts the image into the direction of being positive. Thats it for this one!

I am Back!

Sorry everybody that I have not been posting lately, but we haven’t had a lot of assignments. But I am back and I have a fun new tutorial that my class and I tried out! Its called Screen Frequency Retouching! Its basically for all those portrait shots that you want to take. HERE are some examples. Basically what you do is go in and edit the skin without making it look like you just dragged the spot healing brush/healing brush across all the skin. It helps the photo keep some texture. Its kind of a long process, but well worth your time. Now to my pictures-


before frequency editig

As you can see from the picture, this person doesn’t have a ton of skin blemishes, but they are still their and they can be a little distracting.


Screen filter retouch

This is the after photo and you can see that a lot of the blemishes are gone. It was also easier to edit some patchy or blotchy areas of the skin. One of the best things that I believe I learned from this video was adding a single black and white layer.This layer once added over the background, actually makes stuff pop out of the skin that you didn’t even know was their! Once you had gone through and got those spots, you added two curves layers to make the picture look alien and cool. Besides looking cool, the picture also brings out splotchiness, which you can make fade away into the skin with the lasso tool and gaussian blur. This tutorial was really helpful and I will definitely use it more for portraits.

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These two pictures are posted to help show you what the different types of layers I used where, and who they looked. The one on the left was the black and white layer, and you can see when clicking on it that it really does a lot to enhance facial “blemishes”. I chose this picture because its really good to show a before and after image, and the person had some redness around the nose that was fun to experiment with getting rid of. You use the solar layer to look at skin tone and blend the two together and make red skin tone blend smoothly with the normal skin color. All you do is go along the edge of the dark black spots on the solar layer, and use the lasso tool to select little circles and then gaussian blur tool. Well thats all for this blog post, I promise to be a bit better about posting in the future!