For the graphic on the personal information page of my website I kept my theme consistent with an orange and white color combination on a clean, seamless white. Here is the final image with a place holder text:
And Here are the three original pictures that went into the composite:
So how about a step by step on the Photoshop side of things…
- I started first off by placing my main image (the first one) on a white background in Photoshop. I simply painted out the ceiling and other obstacles within the same layer.
- After duplicating that layer, I sent it into liquify to make my jeans a wee bit toighter. They seemed to baggy to me so I trimmed them down.
- I duplicated that layer now. Then I attempt to erase the Arizona text and graphic from my t-shirt. That only takes 9 layers of painting, cloning, patching, dodging, and burning. I’m really efficient.
- I added the mid-level lens in from the second picture as well as the right arm. This was easier than the t-shirt, with a little bit of moving and masking I was finished.
- The top lens went in just as easy.
- Now the composite is complete and it is time for contrast and color. First, I lightened the edges of the shadows under my shoes so they didn’t bleed off the border.
- Next comes a S-Curve in a curves adjustment for general contrast.
- I used a channel mixer set to overlay to boost contrast and toning further.
- Lastly I created two color balance layers. One for the jeans and one for the shirt. The jeans become more cyan while the shirt becomes more yellow. This is to assist in the color combination matching for the rest of the site.
Check out the layers palette for reference:
I have been working super hard over the past few weeks to create a portfolio website via livebooks.com. It showcases a culmination of my best portrait work that represents the different aspects of my vision. As of now there are four portfolios ready to be published: “Faces” and “Motions” and “Cell Phone” and “Streets”.
Faces is primarily made up of not-so-traditional portraits. Some of them have been shown here, as they make up some of my favorite images from the past few years. The photos in Motions are portraits as well, but they are high-energy action based. Climbing, snow sports, and water sports find their ways into this one. Some of these images are not sports photography sharp–and purposefully so. I like playing with motion blur and challenging exposures. A National Geographic photographer said “You don’t take a snapshot at 1/2 of a second.” Or something like that. The Cell Phone portfolio consists of 18 images taken off my camera phone in the past year. They are spontaneous and pixelated and far from perfect, which to me, makes them perfect. Lastly comes the Streets album. This group of pictures is a continuation, and somewhat of a transformation of the “Hustle” project I have been working on for quite some time. Click here or here for more info on that.
As for the appearance changes here on the blog…they are in tune with the new site. I chose to match my blue and orange theme for a more consistent brand. There are just a few more changes that will be made. Among them, I will be moving the Image of the Week page link from the top of the blog to a side bar and replacing the original position with a direct link to the new portfolio.
Check in tomorrow for:
An explanation of the changing format/appearance of the blog.
Even more changes to the format/appearance of the blog.
The announcement of new branding development and a new web presence.
A BTS blog post about a related image. From capture to Photoshop to export.
A final goodbye to 2010. Here lies a list of my five favorite books, blogs, photo blogs, and ideas that I stumbled upon this past year. Enjoy.
Top 5 Books:
- Linchpin (Seth Godin). I have already written about this book here, so to make a long story short, Linchpin offers a focused perspective on the modern economy. No matter what field you are in, you cannot afford to go without reading it.
- VisionMongers (David deChemin). Got this one for Christmas this year, having wanted it since Christmas of last year. A great read for anyone looking into a creative profession. It covers not only how to find unique vision, but also how to let people know you found it, through marketing skills, and maintain it, through business and finance skills. Packed with information and stories of the industry’s top professionals to demonstrate there is no map or how-to guide. There are different paths for different people.
- I Am The Messenger (Markus Zusak). A bit different from the others, this fictional work leaves you wanting to help anyone and everyone. It combines Godin’s idea of giving gifts with Abani’s idea of compassion. A great read that will inspire you to extend a hand.
- Decoded (Jay-Z). To be honest, I haven’t exactly finished reading this one yet. I am however, about halfway through and can already tell this one is a keeper. Decoded offers a multitude of insight. Not only does it reveal the meaning behind references, phrases, and slang in Jay-Z’s music, it also includes captivating stories about his childhood in New York. You don’t have to be a rap fan to appreciate the culture represented, or the perseverance practiced by the author.
- Seattle 100 (Chase Jarvis). This fine art photo book is different from most. It is cultural and consistent and modern and educational as much as it is great people photography. The books features full spread portraits of 100 of Seattle’s greatest people through a variety of professions and cultures. Plus, all of the author proceeds go to charity.
Top 5 Blogs (Any Subject):
- Seth Godin. Already mentioned as the author of Linchpin, Seth’s blog provides a daily extension to the ideas found inside the books along with many economic and work ethic observations. A good candidate for a daily read via RSS.
- The Onion. More of a news source than a blog but terrific nonetheless. The Onion publishes articles, art works, polls, and videos that are sure to get you laughing. They recently (last night) began airing a TV show as well.
- iJustine. I have to admit, I ❤ iJustine. Her blog is really a vlog, which holds everything from music video parodies to iPad purchases. She’s sure to perk you up due to her level of exuberance with whatever she is doing.
- Clients From Hell. A blog that will have you laughing instantly on a bad day. Each post is a story between a professional and his or her client that goes a bit sour.
- Mashable! This blog combines news with social media. It will keep you up to date on what is trending (in technology especially) without you having to stare at your twitter page. It goes into more depth and offers articles with a news publication’s feel about each topic.
Top 5 Blogs (Photo):
- Chase Jarvis. Already mentioned as author/photographer of Seattle 100, Jarvis’ blog holds a mass of behind the scenes video and textual posts. They inspire projects and techniques for photographers all over the world and continue to build relationships through-ought the photography community. He practices his belief in transparency both as a professional and as an artist.
- FStoppers. Speaking of behind the scenes, FStoppers.com was created for the sharing of behind the scenes video from photo or video shoots. They find some great stuff to teach other photographers and also hold contests and meet-ups to unite the community.
- Photojojo. This is simply the funnest photo blog. Yes, the funnest. It combines art & crafts with photography and boasts an ever-growing online store of some of the coolest photo accessories around. They also have a book.
- A Photo Editor. This blog is unique in its niche of content. It keeps photographers informed of modern trends in commercial and editor photography from the business and marketing side. A must read for anyone looking to impress an editor.
- Calikartel. Here is a photo blog that is literally a photo blog. Each post is a different photo shoot (usually of a female model). These high fashion images keep me checking back often for inspiration.
Top 5 Ideas:
- TED Award + JR. This may be cheating but I am combining the TED award with this years recipient of it. In their own words: “The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, s/he unveils his/her wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. I just love the idea of this. As for the recipient in 2010, JR, well you really need to check his website out for yourself. He combines photography and street art and community and cause. Super inspiring.
- The Creators Project. thecreatorsproject.com is part blog, part project showcase, and part innovative social network. It features some of the most amazing creatives from around the world and allows their productions to be viewed in one place.
- charity: water. One of the coolest charities around. Make a donation and 100% goes to building wells for communities without water around the world. An estimated one billion people do not have access to clean water and through corporate sponsorship and public donation, charity: water aims to shrink that statistic until it reaches zero.
- Kickstarter. Kickstarter.com changes the way creatives fund their projects. With a successful run on this funding site there is no longer a need for advanced payments or exploiting investors. Personal projects can have the same budgets as commercial ones. Donors are paired with artists and new things are made. Simple as that.
- creativeLIVE. Founded by Craig Swanson and Chase Jarvis (previously mentioned for blog and book), creativeLIVE.com offers free, live education by some of the world’s best instructors. I blogged about this around the time it was announced here.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 50 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 217 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 419mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was August 29th with 81 views. The most popular post that day was ALBUM COVER PART DEUX.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, bestc.am, touch.facebook.com, and stumbleupon.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for jack h pope wordpress, firstname.lastname@example.org, blaise pope litchfield, jack pope photography, and canon xs.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
ALBUM COVER PART DEUX August 2010
Image of the Week May 2010
GOYA AND FRAMES August 2010
BULLY April 2010
CREATIVElive.COM April 2010