Week #6 Photo Edits — Luminosity Trick

•June 4, 2009 • 3 Comments


I had a lot of fun with this luminosity trick. I did not take these photos, I found them on stock exchange (sxc.hu). All of the photos of my own that I was trying to get to work did not have the right kind of lighting to really make the effect what I wanted it to be, so I found these ones and they worked perfectly! I used different blending modes for each image in order to get a different effect with the gradient tool. The tutorial can be found at http://www.planetphotoshop.com/design-effects-2.html

1. Teacake: uploaded by ddrccl. http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1172789

2. Girl: uploaded by Jesse Therrien. http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1127193

3. Dayley: uploaded by Debby Gerhardt. http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1120717


Week #6 — Portraits and Portrait Enhancements

•June 4, 2009 • 1 Comment


This week we were to take portrait shots and enhance them in Photoshop. I have never taken portrait shots before so this was a very new experience for me. I really like the 3 bannack shots and could not decide which one to use of Jared so I put 2 up. I enhanced the color of teeth, blemishes on faces, and the colors of the environments in which the shots were taken.

With the shots I took at Bannack, the wall was a very beautiful color and didn’t show up in the shots so I tweaked it a little. I also mixed 2 shots together of Jared. I had used spot metering and one shot was darker but had more detail, and one was brighter had had more of the original color. I copied one onto the top of the other and then loved the image around so they matched up.I then changed the opacity and some of the levels, and I loved the outcome. It seems a lot more realistic now.

With the river shot, I loved enhancing the green in the plants because, again, the color was just not as real with the camera. I had a lot of fun trying out portraits! Hope you like them!

1. Jared: May 15, 2009 12:50 p.m Bannack, MT; f/2.7; Sony DSC-H7

2. Bryce: May 9, 2009 12:25 p.m. Heise, ID; f/7.1; Sony Cybershot

3. Jared 2: May 15, 2009 12:48 p.m Bannack, MT; f/2.7; Sony DSC-H7

4. Jamie: May 15, 2009 12:46 p.m Bannack, MT; f/3.2; Sony DSC-H7

Week #5 — Night and Lights

•May 28, 2009 • 4 Comments

Lonely StreetStreet LightsMy Name

This week’s photo assignment was to take photos at night time and of lights, in this case I chose moving lights for my light photos. The first and second pictures I took using our mail box as my tripod. In the first photo I wanted the street to be pretty dark, but still recognizable, and for the street light to show up the most. I played around a lot with the fstop and shutter speed, and it was a lot of fun.

I did pretty much the same thing with the second shot as with the first except I moved the camera when the shutter had been open for 2 out of the 2.9 seconds it stayed open. I did this because I wanted the background to be as clear as possible with the streaks going across it. It took a lot of shots to get the light just right, but thats what made it exciting!

The last shot was taken in my bedroom using a glowstick. I used glowsticks in a lot of pictures but this one showed up the clearest. It says my name, which I like, but my favorite part of the picture is the light coming through the door; it adds a different feel to the picture.

1. Lonely Street: May 27, 2009 9:49 p.m. Ucon, ID; f/2.7 ; ss 1.o seconds; Samsung Digimax L70

2. Street Lights: May 27, 2009 9:51 p.m. Ucon, ID; f/5.8 ; ss 2.9 seconds; Samsung Digimax L70

3. My Name: May 26, 2009 11:56 p.m. Ucon, ID; f/2.7 ; ss 12 seconds; Samsung Digimax L70

Week #5 Photo Edit — Edge Effects

•May 28, 2009 • 1 Comment

Yellostone CanyonYellowstone Canyon w/TextBuffalo

The edit assignment for week 5 was to use edge effects to create an interesting boarder or look to our photos. I used these pictures I took at Yellowstone on Memorial Day, and jazzed them up a bit. I edited the canyon picture by adding a copied layer on top of the background image and adding the color burn layer style to that layer.  I then used the lasso tool and selected the area that I wanted to see better and deleated that part of the burnt layer.  I then added the yellow boarder using a color from the picture, and then a white second boarder. I couldnt decide if I liked the image wih or without text, so I put both up.

I used the hide-and-reveal tutorial shown in class to make the buffalo picutre. I turned the origional image black and white and then added a selection of the origional image on top without the back and white adjustment. I wanted the colored buffalo to be just a bit bigger than the origional image, and this is why I used a selection instead of just masking out the adjustment layer.

1. Yellowstone Canyon: May 25, 2009 4:54 p.m. Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY; f/7.1; Sony Cybershot

2. Buffalo Road Block: May 25, 2009 5:54 p.m. Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY; f/4.5; Sony Cybershot

Week #4 — Bannack Best

•May 21, 2009 • 4 Comments

Hotel MeadRed ChairHingeGhost ShotGearTruck WindowWood WheelThroughTruck SideGlassDoorTruck Wheel

For this assignment we went on a photo excursion to Bannack Montana. A ghost town with all original artifacts  still in place. Many people may see this place as a dump, but the rich colors and interesting history of the town are intriguing. It is a state park in Montana and you can find there web site at the following address: http://www.bannack.org/.

I wanted to capture some of the loneliness and yet the rich color of the town in my photos. I had a lot of fun taking the ghost shot! I had my lovely model, Emily, stand in the doorway with the shutter speed set at three seconds. When I counted to one, she left the shot, and we got a great creepy picture from it. Let me know what you think of the pictures!

1. Hotel Mead: May 15, 2009; 6:00 pm; f/8.0; Sony DSC-H7

2. Red Chair: May 15, 2009; 6:17 pm;  f/8.0

3. Hinge: May 15, 2009; 1:46 pm;  f/2.7

4. Ghost Shot: May 15, 2009; 4:35 pm;  f/8.0; Shutter 3″

5. Gear: May 15, 2009; 3:18 pm;  f/8.0

6. Truck Window: May 15, 2009; 4:05 pm;  f/3.2

7. Wood Wheel: May 15, 2009; 1:06 pm;  f/2.8

8. Through the Metal: May 15, 2009; 3:13 pm; f/4.7

9. Truck Side: May 15, 2009; 4:01 pm; f/4.0

10. Broken Glass: May 15, 2009; 3:25 pm; f/6.3

11. Door: May 15, 2009; 1:51 pm; f/5.6

12. Truck Wheel: May 15, 2009; 4:04 pm; f/3.2

Week #4 Photo Edit — Grunge and Text Effects

•May 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Original TruckPaintInternationalTruck Edit

For this week’s assignment we were to use texture pictures and grunge up photos from our trip to Bannack, Montanta. I used a photo of peeling paint and put it over the truck and bar photos. I also used another photo I took of the International truck that I added to the truck photo. I used the gradient tool and a layer mask to make the photo fade into the sky.

Tea potSewingTea Pot Edit

I then used a pattern from a sewing machine over the tea pot picture. I then used the overlay blendin mode on the text to make it fade into the picture more.

White houseBrickWhite House Edit

The white house edit is a lot harder to see. I took a photo of a brick building and placed it over the top of the house to make it look older and have more grunge.

SaloonPaintSaloon Edit

This last photo edit is not my favorite, but I wanted to know what you all thought about it. I used the text “I’m Callin’ You Out” and placed it all over the top of the photo and the paint grunge look. We heard a few stories while taking a tour of the town about men getting in shoot outs and I wanted to add this kind of feel to the photo. Please let me know what you think!

Week #3 — Flora and Fauna

•May 14, 2009 • 4 Comments


This weeks photo assignment was flora and fauna. As you can tell, there is more flora than fauna in these pictures, however that is mostly due to the fact that I could not decide between the flora pictures. I love macro shots on plants! It makes me feel like you are amongst the plants and not just looking at them, you can see the detail and the beauty in the plants. The goose shot was so much fun to take. I was taking pictures by the Idaho Falls and I happened to be looking through the lens when I spotted the goose sitting there. I couldn’t help taking the shot from this angle because it was completely how I found him, like I was attempting to not invade his privacy. I hope you like the shots!

1. Tree: May 9, 2009 12:51 pm Heise, ID; f/3.2; Sony Cybershot

2. Yellow: May 9, 2009 12:53 pm Heise, ID; f/8.0; Sony Cybershot

3. Goose: May 5, 2009 5:40 pm Idaho Falls, ID; f/5.6; Sony DSC-H50

4. Tulips: April 26, 2007 1:30 pm Salt Lake City, UT; f/5.8; Sony Cybershot

5. “Green” Idaho: May 9, 2009 1:12 pm Heise, ID; f/7.1; Sony Cybershot

6. Wild Blueberries: August 8, 2007 11:30 am Cascade Mtns. Washington Mirror Lake; f/3.6; Sony Cybershot