Sunday, May 4, 2008

advanced image editing

In the image on the left, the figure doesn't have a shadow, but the one on the right does. I masked the area of the shadow and adjusted the brightness/contrast just in that spot.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Hey all,

I keep being stymied in my efforts to upload all of these using the Mills wireless, so I will do it from home.

If you're not doing anything this weekend, consider coming into San Francisco for:

Bus Obscura tours & Build your own pinhole camera festival @ Rayko
FREE at Rayko Photo Center
Sunday, April 27
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

RayKo Celebrates WorldWide Pinhole Photography Day - Sunday, April 27,
2008 (11am-5pm) | Bus Obscura Rides (12pm-3pm) | Meet the artists
(3pm-5pm) Demos | Build your own pinhole kits | Two gallery shows. As a
unique celebration of WorldWide Pinhole Photography Day, FREE bus rides on
the oh-so-unique Bus Obscura will be available on a first come first
serve basis only on Sunday, April 27, 12pm-3pm. The Bus Obscura is a
passenger bus converted to a multiple aperture camera obscura using a rear
projection technique that allows the individual images to flow into one
another. As the bus moves down the street a 360 degree animated
panorama is created inside.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

First draft of one image for final

This is an empty building with an interesting and very noticeable companion. For the final, I plan to create some kind of grid or series or something with various empty buildings that seem to have just been forgotten; I am trying to expand on the Gohlke response. I was thinking of making only the buildings in color to make them the focus of the image and as a sort of attempt to make them more of a focus in reality since they are so ignored. I also am thinking of having another grid (or series or...) as a juxtaposition to this one where the buildings are still empty, but their purpose is to get people's attention because they are for sell or for lease. That is where I am planning to go with the final, and I am very open to suggestions!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Final Critique Schedule

Hey all,

The schedule for final critique will look like this:
(Please also consider this the order.)

Monday, May 5th


Wednesday, May 7th


Please note***
Plan on spending an hour after class participating in cleaning up the classroom and lab facilities. We'll be splitting the duties among all three photo courses. If you can't make it for that hour you must make other arrangements with me.

Please also note****
If you're behind on posting to the blog, take and look and try to catch up so that it doesn't negatively impact your grade.

I can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Measure of Emptiness

Below are the two images I am planning to submit to the book project. I have another version of the barn, where the barn in larger, same scale and cropping but with a smaller black boarder. I am really happy with the changes I made after discussing them in class today.

Well, this one should not be gross, haha. Here are my barns, and fence post. It is the same barn as I showed in class, just the whole thing. I also Uploaded a larger image of the barn with a smaller boarder. I like the wider boarders on both images. The fence post is the full frame. I converted it to grey scale and used curves and layers to increase the contrast in an evan manner.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Frank Gohlke responds to our project

Hey all,
Almost two months ago I wrote Frank Gohlke to ask permission to print all or a portion of his essay in conjunction with our book project. I finally got a response this morning - he was totally lovely and looks forward to seeing the work you make.
Also looking forward,

Dear Ms. Visser,

One of my computers is down, so I don't know if I responded to your message of Feb. 11. As you can imagine, it's very gratifying to learn that something one has done has found its way to
people to whom it is useful. Thank you for letting me know. It's a reminder to me of what the whole enterprise is about, of what makes an artist's absorption in his or her personal obsessions more than just self-indulgence. It really matters to any of us when we encounter thoughts that echo or clarify intimations we ourselves have had about our common experience; it reassures us that we're not as alone as we sometimes feel.

Please feel free to use the essay in your publication in whatever way is best for your purposes. I'm quite curious to see the results of the project. I hope you will consider sending me a copy of the book when it is finished. My address is: 3041 N. Gaia Pl., Tucson, AZ 85745.

Thanks again,

Frank Gohlke

Sunday, March 30, 2008

adv editing

In this image I adjusted the contrast with brightness/contrast and curves. Then I selected the lower section of dark bark, selected the inverse, and used the Gaussian blur to soften the main area of the tree trunk. I wanted to enhance the texture of the dark bark. 

Sunday, March 23, 2008

mask layering!

I open the levels option to the original image and created more contrast with the darks and light. then on that level (mass level) i inverted the white layer to black. then i used a white brush to uncovered the mask level. Emily Chan

Saturday, March 22, 2008


I had to upload these images of my girlfriend's turtle, Timmy. He's just really cute and about the size of your palm.

The Creek

Here's a random picture I took of the creek near Warren Olney. After cropping, I neutralized the black and white in the image. Then, I increased the contrast in Curves and heightened the amounts of cyan and blue, but tried to keep the whites in the highlights in the foreground and waterfall. Finally, I sharpened the image as much as I could, but it was particularly difficult because the image was initially blurry.

Any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bottle of Notes

This is a sculpture in Middlesbrough town centre by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.  I deliberately tried to make this image appear drab and washed out because this area is drab and washed up.  Even though it's where I grew up and I love it, it is one of the most poverty stricken areas in the country and it always strikes me that there would be this huge, beautiful piece of art right next to a neighbourhood that is riddled with crime.  Although you can't see it in this picture, the bottle also stands next to the Mima, The Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art that is a recent addition to the area.  All museums and art galleries in England are free to the public and my hope is that in it's attempt to bring art to the people, Middlesbrough becomes a safer and more prosperous place to live.  Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen also did Cupid's Span on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Today's Critique

I wanted to express my excitement about today's critique. Not only was it wonderful to get great feedback on my project, but it gave me a lot of insight as to where I will continue to go in terms of the same assignment for Advanced Photo. I feel full of inspiration right now, and can't wait to jump behind the camera again. I'm very inspired by everyone's opinions shared today. It was especially interesting to think about myself as a possible mannequin and what that means. I hope that all of our critiques go like this! Thank you everyone :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

A fun blog...

I found this blog... it's in french, but the pictures honestly speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Kodo in the grass

Friday, March 7, 2008

color/tonal corrections

These are self-portraits I took with the camera on my Mac. They were color photos. In the image on the bottom, I increased the saturation a little, and then through channel mixer made the image B+W. By using Hue/Saturation I changed the contrast so that the skin is stands out more and has the most detail. 
In the image on the top, I increased the contrast, and working with Levels made the skin lighter and the eyes darker.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Ghirardelli Square

The one on the top is the original and the bottom is after I have made changes to the color. I used the wand tool to select the different colors I wanted to make brighter or more saturated. I used curves on most of the elements of the image, such as the purple flowers, the green leaves, the trees, the woman's green sweater, anything red, and I used levels on the brick.

The image on the left is the original, right is the image after photoshop.  And by right I mean bottom.  First, I played with a curves layer.  Then I color corrected by changing the hue, saturation, and lightness.  I tried to take some of the red out.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

what happen to the backround?

First I took out the things in the back with the stamp tool. Then I played with colors/tones. First, I adjusted the levels. I found the lightest part and the darkest part the with eye-drop in levels. After I adjusted the contrast I selected the curves option to make further adjustment with tone. Second, I open the hue/saturation selection changed it to only effect the red tones. I added 2 to hue and added 8 to saturation.

father and son

This is my uncle and his son. Photograph was taken in the Philippines.
In curves, I lightened the dark areas in order to get more detail. I color corrected the whites and blacks and adjusted hue, saturation and lightness.

Family and Memory

I am going to pursue the family and memory aspect of this assignment. I am going to make a book of images that represent aspects of my family, many of whom I have never met because they died before I was born. I am going to include images of people, and of objects that add dimension to my family's history. My intent is to tell a story through images with some text to clarify what is going on. Also, the book is made in a style that denotes a previous era.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Here are some photos I edited. The left are the originals, the right are after photoshop. These were cell phone pics that had come out too yellow. I first used the contrast tool within a levels layer to set black and white points, then adjusted the individual red green and blue sliders in the levels layer, I made a hue/saturation layer and adusted the tones individually for both pictures. I created a curves level to see if I could make them any better. The curves did a lot for the top picture but I ended up throwing it out on the picture of me because it wasn't adding anything. Finally I did the layout making the canvas big enough for all picture plus a quarter inch border.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A collage of sorts

Hi everyone...
This is an edit I did last night of some photos I took about a year ago. Each of them have some feeling that I associate with them, and I wanted to express that textually, as well as make a set of interconnected emotions. Love, pain, energy, life....none of those can exist without the others, and this was just kind of a fun representation of that. Any thoughts on it?
I did some color corrections on each of the photos, as well as some curve adjustments, but other than that I did not really mess with them. The 'love' photo actually had a previous color edit I did on it (I couldn't find my original) that involved converting into lab color and making changes, then changing back to RGB.

**SORRY FOR POSTING TWICE! Apparently Blogger was going through "system updates". It was them, not me :)

A collage of sorts...

Hi everyone...
This is an edit I did last night of some photos I took about a year ago. Each of them have some feeling that I associate with them, and I wanted to express that textually, as well as make a set of interconnected emotions. Love, pain, energy, life....none of those can exist without the others, and this was just kind of a fun representation of that. Any thoughts on it?
I did some color corrections on each of the photos, as well as some curve adjustments, but other than that I did not really mess with them. The 'love' photo actually had a previous color edit I did on it (I couldn't find my original) that involved converting into lab color and making changes, then changing back to RGB.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pencil Case Diptic

Here is my diptic of my pencil case that has yet to be moved from my living room floor.

continuous ocean

four images placed together. 

  Emily Chan 

Zebras in Point Arena

So we went up the coast for a couple of nights, and Saturday afternoon we were driving up a road when we realized that in the open field in front of us, 5 zebras were grazing happily, just as you might find 5 horses or donkeys. Very curious.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Salt and Pepper

I haven't altered these in photoshop yet but I used a couple of different settings on my camera. I'd love some feedback about which one you think looks best and then I'll choose one to tweak. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Grandpa 'N' Me

Here is a photo of my grandfather and I wayyyy back when on his horse at his house in Tehachapi. It is one of my favorite photos, and I haven't completed all of the clean up I would like to do with this photo, but I think for now it looks good :)
I did some global color changes to the color image before desaturating, and I also did a slight S curve before desaturating, and it gave it a wider tonal range as a grayscale photo.


First I open the image and changed into greyscale. Then I adjusted the levels by finding the lightest and darkest part of the image. Then I used curves to show more of a contrast.

                        Emily Chan

Elephant Pipe 2

First I cleaned this up using the healing brush and the clone tool. This Image was already really contrasty, and there was very little information in the skin. I used curves and levels to heighten the contrast until there was more information in my arm and in the pipe.  I used the selection points to focus on that particular area.


This is a black and white photo i scanned in in rgb. I didn't choose to convert it to grayscale because it looked a lot richer like this. I did slight adjustments to the contrast using the levels layer. I also gave some color to her face using a very transparent paint brush. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cool Garbage

This is a picture that I converted from color to black and white. My main goal in the conversion was to preserve the details in the picture. I accomplished this by adjusting the levels and curves to heighten the contrast. This is a picture I took of garbage on the street in Barcelona.

family portrait

My brothers and I spent a beautiful day in San Francisco's Crissy Field to take pictures of our new member of the family, our dog, Louie.
In gray scale mode, I changed the brightness/contrast levels in order to lighten the dark areas.


This is a friend taking a picture of a stream and getting her own shadow on the rocks. I used curves to ever so subtly darken the shadow so that it would be crisper and using curves seemed to add a little more detail into the shadows and the highlights of the photo. Because of the peace sign, this image makes me think of tie-dye and Across the Universe and the Beatles!

Alexis Pike

Alexis was the opener for John Divola last Friday at SFAI. Her project, Human Nature, touches on an interesting juxtaposition of nature and its representation in her native Idaho.

Minneapolis Art Shanty Project

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. As I mentioned in class today, I spent the weekend in Minneapolis, MN. One of my stops was the Art Shanty Project, an annual Minneapolis event where artists create their own versions of "ice fishing" shanties on a frozen lake just outside the city.
It was freezing, but a lot of fun.

Flying into Oakland

This was the sky this morning flying into a lovely overcast day here in the Bay Area. I hope you all had a productive weekend. Just a reminder on a couple of fronts:

Check out the show currently up at the Mills Museum:
We Interrupt Your Program

Gail Wight and Anne Walsh will be speaking tomorrow at 7:30 in Danforth.

Don't forget to upload your image edits to the blog. If you're having trouble, holler!
That's all for now.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Club Photo with Color Edits

The colors in this image were originally bright, but I used hue/saturation to make the reds pop more, the blues come out more, and I also adjusted the yellows so my skin looked more tan and less reddish. I used curves to make the lights less blinding and boost the midtones to darker overall. In color balance, I added a little more green and yellow overall. I didn't really use levels that much. More of my color adjustments happened in curves and color balance.

Here's that picture of the Brooklyn Bridge that I took on my last trip to New York.  First I tried to lessen the contrast in layers, bringing out more of a range of tones.  After that I made some more fine tuned changes in curves.  That's when I found out that the picture had clouds in the background!  So cool.