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Marta

One of the more interesting Photoshop tricks I learned as late is in Photoshop to create a new layer, fill it with whatever colour you desire and change the layer blending mode to soft light.

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Look up

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I am showing this photo to illustrate a point. Frequently when we shoot all we do is look in front of us. We miss out on what is above us and at our feet.

This was a fun lighting experiment because the ambient light inside old City Hall in Toronto. It was lit with an off camera flash with. Honl grid attachment. By no means impossible to do but it takes a little work and patience

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Self Portrait

One of the hardest things to pull off is the self portrait. Here is my last attempt at it.

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Elvis Busts at Honest Eds

One person’s junk is another person’s photograph. It is a saying I coined and this photograph illustrates it. This photograph is a camera phone photograph of Elvis busts for sale at Honest Ed’s in Toronto Canada.

The photograph when originally shot contained a lot of muted colours. One of my favorite workflows for camera phones is to edit things in LAB colour mode. I can make the photo pop with one adjustment layer.

All I do is create a new curves adjustment layer. Steepen the A and B curves in both directions and increase contrast in zones 4 & 7 in the L curve. Easy stuff. I also did a little Gaussian blur of the background to put emphasis on the Elvi? Elvises?

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Bay Area Sunset

As photographer’s as we advance in our knowledge and craft our tastes in our previous work changes. This is one of those photos. Its a sunset on the Bay Area of California. I took it 12 years ago with my Olympus OM-10 camera on Kodak E100VS slide film.

I always regarded it as one of my best photos but recently I looked at it and decided I did not like the composition. The rule for horizon lines is either top third of the frame or bottom 1/3 of the frame not the middle as so many amateurs do (like me at the time).

I am still posting it as a lesson for photographers as well as its one of the few memorable film photographs I did.

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PacMan Street Art

I don’t normally photograph street art but when I saw this artist at work and that he had done one of PacMan I could not resist a few Instagream photos

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Remember the Fallen

I do not do a lot of digital artwork. Mostly just enhancements and adjustments. That being said this one of my forays into digital art. The two photos were taken at the Toronto Hall Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2011.

The photo is actually a composition of two images I took. The first is of the aging veteran and the second one is of a soldier at the same event dressed in a World War 2 uniform. The soldier was originally facing camera right so I inverted the photo and converted it to black and white. I merged the two images and reduced the opacity on the soldier to create the image presented here.

Lest we forget.

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Roller Derby Player in Midair

Shot of a Montreal Sexpos player in midair ata Toronto Roller Derby game

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Fantasy Shot

This is my first attempt at a fantasy princess themed shoot. The photo is finished in half sepia to give in the fantasy feel.

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Floor

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I like this photo simply for the patterns and bright colours. Well it won’t win any awards I think it van illustrate a few points.

The reality of this photo is it is a floor organised in neat vertical and horizontal rows. By rotating the camera diagonally and tilting the camera more towards me it creates the exaggerated perspective you see here.

There was a skylight above it casting this horrible blue colour cast. The way I eliminated it was identify where on the RGB curves the white tiles were. I assumed they were white and adjusted the curves accordingly to make them white and as soon as I did the colour cast disappeared. That is a magic trick that never gets old for me.

Finally I flattened the image and converted it to LAB and then steepened the A and B curves in equal amounts. LAB curve adjustments are my preferred way to up the colour saturation.

The last bit of magic to do when I was in LAB wad steepen the L curve at points 40 and 70 to give the midtones more contrast.

There you have it. A few ideas on removing casts from your pictures and a quick intro into working with LAB.

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