Whilst I’m here working through some editing I thought I’d take a quick break and post up a quick Photoshop Tip…
When I first arranged this particular shoot which incidentally was a personal project as opposed to being for a client, I thought I knew what I wanted the final image to look like. I was intent on making an image showing this heroic solider on the battlefield, explosions going off all around him, other soldiers engaged in a firefight in the background, debris and so on…and in fact that’s how I initially approached the editing; however, as you can clearly see that’s not what I did…Calvin Hollywood and Matt Kloskowski and that was to both slow down when editing and also to make a point of walking away from what you’re doing and comeback to it some time later. This helps you to really see what you’ve done with a fresh set of eyes as opposed to slogging away at the screen determined to get it finished in one siting and becoming what I call ‘pixel blind’, and ultimately not doing the image justice.
Now this I did…still with the intention of creating this ‘scene of mayhem’ but each and every time I came back to work some more, whatever I did just didn’t feel right however the eureka moment came when a certain piece of music began playing in my iTunes library.
You see I always edit with music playing in the background and it’s usually music that suits what I’m working on. For example when I was working on these picture I wanted a superhero kind of feel so I had a playlist containing title tracks of Superhero movies playing (X-Men, Batman, Superman etc….)Wherever You Are by the Military Wives. Everything about the song…the words and the message, just seemed to fit perfectly and having a close relative serving in the Armed Forces totally made my mind up with how I wanted the it to look; something with a more personal feeling as opposed to what was essentially a scene of violence. Military Wives and ‘Wherever You Are‘ and let me know if you think it fits with the feel of this ‘Homeward Bound’ composite…
If you have any questions or comments as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below but also just wondering…Do you edit to music and if so do you have a certain playlist or artist you listen to that just seems to help? or do you find editing in silence works best for you as music tends to distract you?
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Almost every ‘self help’ book seems to contain the phrase “If you don’t know where you’re going how do you expect to get there?” but does setting goals really work and what kind of goals should I be setting myself?
Keep it Simple
1) Rather than jumping about that new Photography/Photoshop Book, read it from cover to cover and commit to reading a new book each month.
2) If you subscribe to online training such as Kelby Training or Video2Brain, then go through an entire class once a week.
3) Shoot for yourself, plan themed photo shoots twice a month and stick to it.
and so on, and by the end of the year that’s 12 books, 52 classes and a lot of new images to add to the portfolio and your knowledge and skill level has increased massively!
Come on folks…let’s make 2012 one heck of a year!!!
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Those who know me will testify that for me to be rendered ‘speechless’ is a rarity but this past year that’s exactly how I’ve found myself on more than one occasion. The friendship, support and encouragement from folks the world over has been nothing short of mind blowing and ‘Thank You’ just doesn’t seem enough but hopefully you all know how much it means to me.
To say I’m excited about 2012 is an understatement but before we head on over into a new year here’s a video recap of what went on in 2011…
Anyway folks here’s wishing you all a fabulous 2012 and that it brings you bucket loads of happiness and good health and I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible during the months ahead.
I’ll be raising a glass to you all as the clock strikes 12,
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