This last year I found myself on the road a lot. I use some social media like face book to keep up with friends and interests. Don’t share a lot of images or post my location because it leads to more targeted ads. I also find it had to take my camera on the road with me. I already have to take 2 laptops so to pack in a DSLR in my carry on gets to be a bit much.
Still I want to take images on the road. I decided to make some social media changes. I changed my Facebook account to only my hobby interest. I removed most of my personal information. Deleted post that were not related to my hobbies. Moved most of my professional contacts to Linkedin. I decided to use Instagram for my photos. Since the images I get are mostly from my iPhone I thought this was a good compromise
Now I take my photo and edit it in the instagram app. It actually does an OK job. I use it mainly for snapshots to document where I’ve been or for goofy images. I do try to post on a regular basis and I also use the instal reel app on my MAC. I don’t use it for anything other than travel snaps while I am on the road for work. If I’m working on a photo project of course I use my DSLR and Photoshop.
The biggest disadvantage of my iPhone is the limitations of the lens. The overall camera is actually decent for a phone. To give myself a few more options I got the olloclip. It’s a snap-on lens device that gives me 4 options. Wide angle, fish-eye and 2 Macro lenses in one small package. I can easily place this in my backpack and when I have time outside of work to site see I grab it and go.
This little system will never take the place of my DSLR but it will give me some options when it comes to sharing my travel with my friends and family and instagram followers. There are times I really wish I had my DSLR but when it is just not possible I have my olloclip and iPhone. The images here are some of my instagram photos. I haven’t had the account long but I hope to keep adding images from my travels. Thanks for the read, follow me on instagram @PD_Images
I had a hard drive crash on me. I was able to recover a lot of the data I thought I lost. I found some images I hadn’t looked at in quite some time and thought…. What can I do with these. So I began to play around with photoshop and this is what happened.
I took a normal looking image like this one and turned it into something out of a graphic novel. I know may people will say yes you posterized it or used poster edges but that is not the case. Those filters don’t get the same effect. In fact I used about 8 layers to get the final product. I also find that you can’t use the same process on every photo. Each time you begin the process changes slightly to make the image look correct.
Below is the final result of this image.
As you can see the entire photo is changed and it looks very much like a graphic novel image. I combined different artistic, stylize and blur filters to get the effect above. Here is a sample of the number of layers I used. The final result has about 3 additional layers.
Here is another before and after…
And 2 more full size examples….
I really enjoyed creating these and writing this article. Makes me think I could do a online graphic novel using real people since I can’t draw… Again thanks for reading this.
I’m planning to write another post soon about the lens baby system and embracing the blur….
I found a new gadget that helps reduce shaky video. The Digipower Action Camera Stabilizer. It is a simple design, includes counter weights, smart phone mount and a GoPro mount. It all packs nicely in a hardshell case. The price was about $60 for the kit.
It is quite simple. You mount your device then use the counter weights and level (built in the arm) to get the desired angle. When you start filming the mount helps to reduce camera shake and movement. I’ve only used it a little but notice a big difference in video quality.
Over all it seems to be well built but be aware it is for light weight cameras. I would not try to mount a DSLR or full size video camera to this unit. The only real issue I ave is the case does not look to be the most durable. For the price this mini steady cam is a great value!