Archives mei 2011

Some from the Office Centre Businessday

Last saturday I was one of the participants of the Staples Office Centre Bedrijvendag (that’s a mouth full for a network event), at which I had the pleasure of using a group of beanbag chairs as decor. In this wonderfully nice setting I had the pleasure of taking the photo’s of several people, and of course almost the entire crew.

These are my favorite from the day. They were primarily lit by the giant 175cm octabox, with a small grid at the top of the images sometimes.

That’s it for me today, check back wednesday for a new Site in the Spotlight, and friday for more from me.


Some Quick News and A Quick Tip

Welcome! Today I’ve got a couple of things to share with you.

To start off with, tomorrow I’ll be at the Staples Ondernemersdag in Dordrecht. On this wonderful day I’ll be there with the photography, together with a group of other entrepreneurs from the city. For full information and to see the other participants, visit this site.

As a second point, I’ve further updated my house style, which can be seen in the promotion leaflet for the Model For A Day Experience, and in the business card. The text’s Dutch only, but there’s nothing new on it.

Selectively colored using Lightroom.

And to finish it all off a quick Lightroom tip on how to create selectively colored images, especially when they have one color you want to leave in, like the red phoneboots. In the develop module select the HSL panel, and click on the Saturation panel. Now you see 8 different color sliders which you can drag to the left to take that color out of the image.

Alternatively you can first off all take them all down, and then click on the small button at the left of the panel, just beneath the Hue. With this you can click on a certain color in the image, and when you hold and drag it up or down you can change the Saturation, or whichever setting you have selected.

That’s it for me for this week. Check back on monday for more, and wednesday for a new Site in the Spotlight.


Site in the Spotlight 38

Welcome! It’s wednesday again, so time for a new Site in the Spotlight. Today I’ve got a site dedicated to a 365 days project, called 365 portraits. The challenge for New York based photographer Bill Wadman was to create a new portrait every day during the year of 2007. He posted one photo every day, and his work can now be found over at www.365portraits.com.

On the site you can see a portrait of 365 different people. All are sorted on the date taken, and are worth to take a look at. Or when you’re in a hurry, check out who he shot at your birthday. (I got drummer/Jazz heavyweight Jeff Williams.)

There’s enough to see, so hop over to www.365portraits.com, or visit his project of 2011 over at www.ontakingpictures.com, and check back friday over here for more.


Me, …

myself and I. I bet you thought that this would be it, but it is not. I just want to show you a quick self portrait I did last weekend.

Me. Myself and I will probably follow sometime...

Specially for the people interested in the lightning. The white background was created around me by using a translucent screen with the sun shining through it. On me there’s a single bare bulb SB-800 facing down at a 45 degree angle about 50cm above the camera.

The postproduction started with applying the preset Creative Color Cool Tint (I believe that that’s the English name), after which I added some white around and upped the contrast a bit extra.

That’s it for today. Check back wednesday for a new Site in the Spotlight, and friday for more from me.


Overlays – The Photoshop Tutorial

Image 1: The end product.

As I promised last monday, a tutorial on how to make these “artworks” of your photo’s in Photoshop. So, what do we need to create this kind of shots?

The Thinking Part

Image 2: The original

We start off by just taking a look at the photo and by asking ourselves,: “Will this photo benefit from these technique, and if so, what kind of structures do I want to use on this photo?” So to to start off, take a look at image 2 (click on the images to enlarge), which is the regular portrait, edited with the bleach bypass setting of Lightroom. This photo gave me an urban feeling, so to enhance this photo I started looking for images of structures which I could use. For the structures I personally use www.textureking.com, which offers an enormous amount of royalty free textures.

 

The Photoshop part

Image 3: The Layers panel

Now the real fun begins. To start, open the photo you want to edit in photoshop. For this photo I chose first of all this texture, which I copied with the right-click menu, and pasted, on top of the photo in Photoshop with Cmd-V. When you open up your layers panel (bottom right, or by going to Window => Layers) you should see image 3.

 

Image 4

Since you now only see the upper photo (image 4) we’re gonna change a few settings. The real magic behind this technique is the use of blending modes, opacity and layer masks. The first thing to do to see the original photo through is change the blending mode (see image 5,6). There’s isn’t a golden setting which always works, all I can say is just give it a try. In this case, I settled for the Hard Light setting, which shows the texture, but still in a bit harsh matter.

Image 5

 

Image 6

After that, we can change the Opacity to show more or less of the layer. This setting can be seen at the top of the layers panel (see image 7) which, when you click on it gives you a slider with which you can change the setting. This all has to be done by feeling, so once again no golden rules. In this case it felt right by 71%, after which the photo looks like image 8.

 

Image 7

Image 8

Layer Masks

Image 9

The most noticable right now is the large crack on top of the model. To get rid of this we’re gonna use Layer masks. First of all click on the layer in the Layers panel, and after that click on the small square with a circle in it icon at the bottom of the layers panel (see image 9). This creates a mask with which we can hide and reveal certain parts of the image. To remember what a layer mask does, the rule is pretty simple. Black hides, white reveals. So any part of your layermask which is black hides that part of the layer, while any white parts are visible in the layer. Gray is also possible, which is partially revealing.

Image 10

To hide the crack make sure that the mask is filled with white (use the paint bucket tool with white as foreground colour), so that you can see the entire layer. After that select a large brush, and make sure that the foreground color is set to Black. Now it’s really handy to have a Wacom tablet at your hands, since we’re gonna paint away the concrete layer over the face, by brushing white over it. Keep on painting until you’re happy. When you think you’ve painted away too much, switch the foreground color to white to show certain parts of the image again. When finished, it should look like image 10.

As an additional setting I’ve tamed down the colors of the concrete somewhat by adding a black and white layer. To only apply it to the concrete layer, right click on the adjustment layer, and click on Create Clipping Mask . In this way the layer only applies to the layer directly beneath it.

Again with another textured layer

Image 11

Image 12: The Layers panel at the end

After that I added this texture, set the Blending mode to Lighten (after trial and error) and also used a layer mask to brush away certain parts. (See image 11) Also I changed the color using a hue saturation mask to give it a bit more friendly look, and made that into a Clipping Mask. When you’ve done all of that, your layers panel will look like image 12.

And that’s all there is to make it all happen. So now you know how to do it, make it happen for yourself. Pick one of your own images and give it a try, be as creative as you can, and when you’re finished, share it with us in the comments section.

All that’s left to say now, Enjoy the weekend, and check back monday for more.


Site in the Spotlight 37

Welcome, to this week’s edition of Site in the Spotlight. Since I’m into textures  with the blog this week, I thought why not show you one of the photographers who uses it, and wrote a nice little article over at Digital Photography School. I introduce to you, Pam Photography, and their site over at www.pamphotography.com.

This photographing couple is specialized in fine-art photography, of California and the desert Southwest. In their portfolio you cannot only find their breathtaking images of landscapes, but also of the rest of what nature has to offer us, including some nice animal shots.

But the most interesting gallery, especially for this week, is the series “Photo Art: Creative artistic interpreations of photographs”. In this series they combine their photo’s with certain overlays to create an unique look.

That’s it for me for today, now it’s time for you to go check them out over at www.pamphotography.com. And make sure to check back friday for a tutorial on how to make your own pieces of art.


The new type of portraits

Last week I had the pleasure of taking photo’s of a group of students for elections. To stand out,  the photography is all a bit edgy, so it grabs the attention of the people. Not only they all had their personal portraits taken, but also we did several groupshots.

 

Using the bleach bypass preset in Lightroom, the photo's turn out extra grungy

To finish it all off I made a very special version of one of the portraits by combining several layers with textures. Check back friday for a tutorial on how to do this kind of photo’s. Until then, enjoy.


New Logo

Since I believe in learning new stuff, since I had the program on my computer for several months, and since I didn’t like my previous logo, I decided to A) Learn a new program, Adobe Illustrator, and B) Design a new logo with this program, which I believe turned out pretty well, but you may judge for yourself.

The new logo will be seen more in the future in the rest of my work. No photo’s today, but there’s some pretty neat stuff in the pipeline, so keep an eye out next week.

For this week I’m finished, enjoy the weekend, and check back monday for more.


Site in the Spotlight 36

Welcome, to the 36th edition of Site in the Spotlight. Today, I want to show you the site of the German photographer Julian Raßman, with only 18 years of age, as we speak, another young talent. His site can be found at www.julian-rassmann.de.

On his site you can not only see his work, which is already interesting, but you can also see how he made certain images on his blog. Although he just started out a few years ago, I think that this is a real talent, from which we will see more in the future.

So, got a moment? Take a look over at www.julian-rassmann.de. That’s it for me today. Check back friday for more, and remember to enjoy.


Welcome To My Site/Welkom Op Mijn Website

Dear visitor,

Welcome to my site. I’m a Dutch Innovation Manager who also loves photography and so tries to make a living doing the things I love. Feel free to browse my site and check my blog below for any interesting posts about Innovation and Photography (almost all in English). And if you might have any questions or just want to get in touch, feel free to send me a message.

And for the rest, all I can say is: Enjoy!


Beste bezoeker,

Van harte welkom op mijn website. Ik ben een Innovatie Manager die ook redelijk gek is van fotografie en die zijn geld verdiend met dingen die ik leuk vind (of althans, ik doe mijn best ervoor). Voel je vrij om in mijn site te duiken. Kijk bijvoorbeeld hieronder in mijn blog voor allerlei posts over Innovatie en Fotografie (weliswaar bijna allemaal in het Engels). Mocht je een vraag hebben of gewoon in contact met me willen komen, stuur me vooral een bericht.

En boven alles, Geniet!