Levitation!

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!

 

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-

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.

After-

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!