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….
Over the years I have had the chance to work with many different models. Some turn out to fall into the diva category. Some turn out to be flakes but to spite all that most, I’d say 90% do a great job. That 90% are also the ones that realize it is a job.
When it comes to trade it seems to be simple but then as a photographer I have the impression that the model is either new or is trying something new. That is not a big deal because they have not been convinced that every shot has to look like a glamour shot. Far from that in commercial photography I want more natural looks, honest expressions and most of all I want the image to look real.
My issue lately has been finding paid models. Most likely because of the market I live in. Small market, limited choice and most are asking more than a large market rate. Because of the market size I have little choice here. My current dilemma is the need to complete a project but finding the model that fits the look. I found 10 in the area and sent requests to shoot on a specific day. From the 10 requests I sent out I got 3 responses. 2 of the 3 were to say they were currently booked. These 2 models are now on the list of models I would contact again just for the fact they took the time to respond to my request.
The 3rd model said she could do the project. Great news, looks like I may have this in the bag! We went over the rate, the looks needed, she had a location that fit the style. So far everything is good. Sent a copy of the release to complete with a photo ID required this was all good. At this point I am thinking I have this in the bag. Last thing to do is nail down the schedule. I sent her the time start time and let her know we could actually start any time after that, just let me know what works. I get back a response for a different day all together. I sent back an email to explain that the shoot was for the day listed on the casting call. Model response “I have plans that day so we need to change the date.”
I had to expand my search, look in other markets and now looks like I will have to travel about 3 hours if I want to do the project. But the good new here is the area I am traveling to has a workshop going on, so those who attend workshops… New review coming soon! I think this blog was more of me bitching that being constructive…. LOL