Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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This third one was done days later. Sometimes I just have to come back and do some more.)
Goodness! Fighting with blogger to get them side by side, but blogger won.
Restoration is my favorite thing to do with photo manipulation. The older and more beat up, the more I love the challenge. After a hundred or more, it's apparent to me that "more beat up" is not the biggest challenge. It's those photos from cheap cameras that we all had in the 70's. The pigments changed and bled, and the images were often blurry and distorted to begin with. Frequently composition was bad too, film was cheap enough for everyone to take some but expensive enough where most people didn't shoot enough to get good. Also, you had to commit to dropping off film and picking up prints. I so love digital!!! I am promising today to work a little harder on restoration of "bad" snapshots of the 70's. I'm sure I'm going to have to inject them with a little more creativity than just sticking to the realism of what I imagined the original to be.
The photograph above is my brother's graduation from Navy basic training. It was not the worst damaged that I've restored, and not my best, but close on both counts. I had to go to another image and steal a bush for the background, convert to black and white, colorize, and blur to get it to match. Some of the faces had to be composites of other faces in the crowd, eyes from this one, chin from over there. I could have spent a few more hours to make them better (on some later date I just might, since the layers are preserved in photoshop format). My sailor's face is intact so I didn't worry too much about the ones I don't know for family album purpose. The delightful part was badly stained shirts. Everyone is wearing the same one, so it was so simple to grab pieces for repair!
This was pure fun, I gave up sleep for it after night shift yesterday. Thanks to my niece, April Lewis Shriver for providing this and several more family hierlooms for me to work on.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
TipSquirrel! When I say photoshop, I do mean all the versions and elements too. Have fun!
Friday, October 21, 2011
I've completed a third video, cut and merge photos. This is a technique that everyone usually wants to learn how to do in photoshop, to build a composite photo with elements out of two or several images. It was something I used to get all kinds of confused about in the beginning when I was just working off trial and error. I'd select something and then couldn't get it to go where I wanted, or inverse when I wasn't supposed to. After working along with a video or two, it became so simple! Kind of like knitting, I needed live or video instruction to learn that as well. Written tutorials with photo's just left me with snarls.
I'm not sure if I fixed the sound on the listener's end or on my own end, but I think this one is audible. Now I need to work on eliminating my "um"s!!! Forgive me, I'm just learning! It's a little frightening to think I could end up somewhere on the internet as "the worst of" either with the video's or my shutterbug album, but if I don't try I'll never grow, and this might help a few others on the way to a very gratifying hobby. Taking photo's is so much more fun when you end up with some you really like to look at! Here is the link to this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dONF2IyYRks. The great thing about going to youtube for tutorial videos is on the sidebar there are always several more related videos. Have fun!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I made two tutorials and posted them on youtube, aimed those who have little or no experience editing with photoshop products. I use photoshop 9, but from watching videos and learning from them, I know that you can learn a great deal from any videos of any of the photoshop family. Sometimes you have to skip a fix and find another, but you can definitely start getting your feet wet from this tutorials.
I have a problem with sound with my pc that I think transfered to the videos, you may have to use a headset to hear. I'm working on it. Still, they may be worth looking at, try them and tell me what you think. The first one is to fix a dreary photo, and the second is on portrait editing. I really enjoyed making them and hope to make more.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
She does use a program, I think it's the one that came with her camera. Usually those are very basic. I remember way back in my new to computer days, I bought a cute little jam cam that took smaller pics than most phones today. I was in heaven though. I took very bad pictures, besides it being a pretty dismal camera. I went to the library and went to staples and ended up buying a little program called microsoft picture it! (the exclamation point was theirs). Does anyone else remember that program? I still have it installed on this machine, and still have the disc. I loved that program! I got fairly good at editing with it, and then it was really hard to switch over to photoshop elements. I do have to admit I can do much much more with the photoshop products.
I downloaded gimp this month to take a look at it. It seemed very similar to photoshop, but just different enough where I know I'd have to play a while to get good at it. Since I'm just getting to where I really know what all my tools do and when to use one and not the other, I don't think I'm up for major exploration with other software right now. Unless it were a full version of the latest photoshop. But I do have some friends that are just starting, so I've been looking for free editing software for them. I found an article for 20 free programs for photoshop alternatives. If you don't have a photoshop program, you might want to check some of these out, because that program you got with your camera really is not doing much.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Next time, photo edit stuff, I promise!
Next time, photo edit stuff, I promise!