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.