Photo Contest

Today I participated in my first photo contest!

I used my favorite photos from this semester to enter my photo contests. So when I went to find contests I had specific needs in mind that would fit with my photos.

The website I found is called, Viewbug, they have tons of different photo contests to choose from! For someone who is serious about photography I would suggest they become involve with this program because there are many prizes that can be won. It will also increase your online presence in the photography industry.

These are my submissions and the following contests that I participated in:

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It’s A Pets Life

1. Petrie: 1/25/13; 4:00 pm; BYU-I Tropical Greenhouse; f 4.2; 1/50; Nikon Coolpix L120

For the results of this photo I combined two. I loved the photo of the parrot, Petrie, but I didn’t love the background. I used the selection tool to cut Petrie out of the original background. I also feathered the edges to give a soft cut and adjusted the brightness and contrast to make his coloring pop more.

2. Petrie’s new background: 1/25/13; 3:44 pm; BYU-I Tropical Greenhouse; f 5.8; 1/25; Nikon Coolpix L120

I then opened my background image and added a blur adjustment layer to the photo using the lens blur. When I brought the cutout of Petrie onto the background the lens blur made Petrie standout and become the focus of the photo.  Both photos brightness and contrast were edited.

 

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Solitary

1. Damsel: 2/14/13; 2: 02 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5.6; 1/25; Cannon T3i

As you can see I played around with the coloring on this photo. There was natural light coming in on her right side from windows which cause some areas of white or lighter colors to be blown out, especially the lace on her dress. I used the selection tool to choose areas that were blown out and then I used the color burn tool to darken the area. I also put a slight blur on her background and used the color burn to bring out the coloring on the wood.

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Composition

1. Reflection: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/320; Cannon T3i

The first photo might be my favorite from the whole trip. There was one house that had wood that was peeling away, the contrast in coloring and texture was amazing. To bring out the coloring I changed the curves and then I used the dodge tool on the crack in the window.

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Head Swapping Tutorial

So you took a great picture of one person but not the other…Time to perfect the art of swapping heads in Photoshop! As a photographer, especially if your focus will include people this is a skill that will improve your quality of work.

1. First open the good photo and then go to layer and select, ‘duplicate  layer’.

2. Then go to the photo that you would like to swap a good heads with the bad head. Using the lasso tool make a loose selection from the shoulders up, don’t worry about making the selection exactly around the persons head, it’s not a big deal.

3.  Once you have your selection use the move tool and grab the selection and drag it into the first photo.

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4. Make the opacity of your selection about 50-60% that way it will be easier to line the head up. This is a crucial part, you will want to zoom in to make sure that things are lined up as much as possible.

match5. Start blending the backgrounds together by using the eraser tool on 50-70%

6. Use the spot healing brush tool for any major mishaps

7. Once your head is looking good you can then edit the rest of the photos such as red eye, etc.

finalWallah! You have become a master head swapper 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Book Draft

As the semester is winding down I will be making a photo book that will consist of the pictures I have taken in my class. Below you can see some of the layouts for my book. I’m sure that there will still be edits, suggestions are welcomed! I have a few things in mind I would like to do but am still figuring them out.

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Book Cover

ContentsTable of Contents

Bannack

2 page spread #1

Red

2 page spread #2

Past

2 page spread #3

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2 page spread #4

Week 6 Photography: Bannack Best

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1. Reflection: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/320; Cannon T3i

2. Damsel Detail: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/16; Cannon T3i

3. Key to the Past: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/250; Cannon T3i

4. Sepia Door: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 11; 1/32; Cannon T3i & tripod

5. Black & White: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/125; Cannon T3i

The first photo might be my favorite from the whole trip. There was one house that had wood that was peeling away, the contrast in coloring and texture was amazing. So good that the top photo has no edits. The second photo has a few edits, starting with the boot, the leather was peeling away. I did a content fill by selecting the area and then pressing shift F5. I also brought out the coloring of the photo by using the burn tool. The third photo was barely touched up with the burn tool to bring out the coloring. The last two photos were only edited by using the sepia and black and white color options.

Week 6 Photography: HDR

 

 

 

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1. Barn: 2/14/13; 2:12 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/500; Cannon T3i

2. School House: 2/14/13; 1:43 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 6.3; 1/640; exposure .02, 1, 3; Cannon T3i & tripod

I used the photomatix program for these HDR shots. It is super simple to use, for the first photo since it was a single shot I just opened the picture and then used the tone mapping tool and chose the photographic filter. Then I opened the photo in Photoshop and straightened the photo. Then I selected the roof on the top left corner and did a content fill by selecting shift F5.

For the second HDR photo I opened the 3 bracketed photos and selected the painterly filter. No other edits were made to the photo.

Week 6 Photography: Macro Abstract

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1. Home Sweet Home: 2/14/13; 12:44 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/640; Cannon T3i

2. Twigs: 2/14/13; 12:12 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/800; Cannon T3i

This photo was very simple to do, which is nice because some really unique photos can come from these edits. To make this macro abstract I took the second photo and dragged it onto the first photo. Once the two photos were together I changed the position on the second photo to lay vertically and then lowered the opacity of the second image.

Week 6 Photography: Reverse Shallow Depth

House Fence1. House: 2/14/13; 12:03 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5; 1/4000; Cannon T3i & tripod

2. Fence: 2/14/13; 12:04 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5; 1/4000; Cannon T3i & tripod

I made very slight edits to these photos to bring out the blue in the sky and the coloring of the wood on the fence and in the bushes. The house coloring was just right so I left it alone. I made selections on the sky and the lower half of the photo, excluding the home. I used the burn tool between 8-12% when increasing the coloring.

 

Week 6 Photography: Action Freeze & Blur

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Blur1. Behind the Scenes: 2/14/13; 1:14 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 22; 1/32; Cannon T31 & Tripod

2. Marry Go Round: 2/14/13; 1:27 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5; 1/1600; Cannon T3i

I didn’t do very much to the first photo. I just lightened it because the original was a little too dark than I prefer. When I lightened the photo I selected the whole image and then went and adjusted the brightness and contrast levels. The second photo I didn’t touch at all.

Week 6 Photography: Bannack Portraits

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 1. Damsel: 2/14/13; 2: 02 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5.6; 1/25; Cannon T3i

2.  Damsel: 2/14/13; 2:05 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5.6; 1/32; Cannon T3i

3.  Genuine Character; 2/14/13; 2:11 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5.6; 1/200; Cannon T3i

As you can see between the first and second photo I played around with the coloring. There was natural light coming in on her right side from windows which cause some areas of white or lighter colors to be blown out, especially the lace on her dress. I used the selection tool to choose areas that were blown out and then I used the color burn tool to darken the area. I also put a slight blur on her background and used the color burn to bring out the coloring on the wood.

I love how the last photo turned out. The model had been in between poses when I caught this, I love how genuine his expression is. I wanted to bring out the coloring on this photo since there are so many rich colors. I again used the selection tool to highlight just the background and then used the color burn tool on 5-15%. Then I inveresed the selection and used the color burn on 5% on the cowboy. I also used the lasso tool to select the ring on the cowboys hand then did a content fill by selecting shift F5.