Interesting challenge this week considering that only last week I was talking about Digital Art. I’m going to walk you through some of the steps I took in creating a Vintage Travellers Diary, which involves using Photoshop Brushes and merging in many photographs to create the final image.
Each of the elements that you see here are merged into the base background. It would take me far too long to show you all of the steps but I’d like to try and give you an idea of how an image like this is created. Lets start with the background.
The background is made from a textured photograph; the maps are Photoshop brushes applied over the top.
Next I will add the notebook and the three photographs, which themselves are merged items, a photograph of a polaroid frame and 3 of my photographs
That notebook looks blank at the moment so the next step is to fill it in.
I’ve added some additional photographs, putting some underneath the left hand pages and some on top with a paperclip. On the right page, it’s a Photoshop brush again and then some text over the top.
Finally, to complete the Vintage Travellers Diary I added the torn card, the coffee cup and the compass as you see in the first image at the top of the page.
If you want to have a go yourself at creating The Vintage Travellers Diary then follow this link to the original tutorial (not mine unfortunately).
There is a lot to be said about shopping local and supporting your local camera shop. Today I had a problem in that I fitted an older Macro Lens to my new Pentax K-30. It wouldn’t come off afterwards and I thought I had ruined the camera or would have to send it back for repair. Before doing that I called into my local camera shop, Cambrian Photography, where I had bought the camera. They were able to get the lens off for me without damaging my camera. Apparently one of the pins had failed to retract when I tried to release the lens. They freed it by inserting some film between the lens and the camera mount, which released the pin.
Thank goodness for Akismet. Overnight I have got 42 Spam comments which Akismet has successfully blocked. Does getting all that Spam mean I’m getting more popular…..
This is not strictly a weekly photo challenge more of a gripe, but please read on as I think it’s important to us all. The subject this week is WRONG and I thought it was an ideal time to highlight this problem which has just started occurring. I’ve always been a firm believer in using the related links on my blog and generally I rely on Zemanta to point me to those links. If you’re not using Zemanta, why not? It comes free with your blog and I really recommend its use. What does it do? In a nutshell Zemanta will suggest photographs, links and keywords for you to include while you are writing your blog post. I never use the photographs, on my blog they’re all my own, but I do use Zemanta to find blog posts that are entitled Weekly Photo Challenge. These are what I insert as related links.
Sometimes I can reach up to about 40 related links which previously Zemanta has faithfully supplied. Once I insert them into my article a pingback is initiated to your blog should you happen to be on the list. That was until last week. Suddenly I find that I can only insert a maximum of 10 links. Either WordPress or Zemanta has imposed an arbitrary limit, without notification.
I’ve looked on the WordPress Support pages, currently they are still advising that you can use as many related articles as you like so either there is a fault or they need to update the advice. Talking of WordPress Support, have you ever tried to contact them? I have found no matter how you answer those 3 questions you will always end up in the forums. Now the forums are good, there are some very knowledgeable people on there, but no one seems to be able to provide an answer to this problem, if that’s what it is. Here’s what it looks like when you try to insert that additional link.
That’s not very clear but to the right you can see that Zemanta has successfully displayed what the elated link is about. But, that grey box just to the side of it says you’ve reached your maximum of 10 inserts. I really do find this very frustrating.
If you are a Zemanta user are you finding the same problem? Or is everything ok with you. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
The Pentax K-30 is really starting to impress me. I was walking back up from the beach having just completed a sunset shoot, you can see that here, and decided to stop off and photograph these buildings.
I’m still experimenting with the K-30 and by now the available light was getting pretty low. Normally for something like this I would get the tripod out but I was tired and just wanted to get home. The Pentax K-30 has a lot of preset shooting modes you can use, including one called night scene, which came out better than I thought it would, especially when you see the settings the camera used,
Yes, it’s a bit noisy, that’s probably due to the high ISO speed, but nothing I can’t clean up using Topaz De-Noise. More importantly, it’s not blurred, considering the slow shutter speed and being hand-held. Must be due to the in-camera shake reduction.
All-in-all I’m pretty pleased with the Pentax K-30
What’s wrong with this image. Not so much, but it is overexposed and wouldn’t be easy to correct. It’s slightly blurred as well but I’m an optimist and I believe that no matter how bad a photograph is, you can always do something with it. For that reason I never throw anything away. Although this might not make a good photograph it can always be used to create something that I call Digital Art.
First thing I did with this photograph was to run it through my HDR program. Why? Because HDR will bring out some of the detail and enhance the colours a little bit.
Next, I used some of my favourite Photoshop filters on it, these are from, Topaz Labs and NIK Software. I have the complete suite of Topaz filters, They’re great for creative effects, but also for just enhancing photographs. Likewise NIK Colour Efex. It’s one of the best plugins for enhancing detail and tonal ranges in photographs and nearly all of my photographs get the NIK treatment to some degree.
Anyway, I said even a poor photograph can be used to create Digital Art, it’s just up to your imagination and this is what my imagination came up with.
Some of you might like it, some not, but next time you take a photograph and you’re considering whether it’s worth keeping, keep it. Have a play with Photoshop or whatever editor you use. It’s a great and fun way of learning how you to use your photo-editing program, as well.
Beautiful evening tonight with a sunset that was worth capturing. Taken on the beach at Prestatyn, these groyne markers are almost completely submerged at high tide.
Technical Note. Pentax K-30, with Pentax 18-55 mm WR lens. F11, ISO Auto, bracket of 3 exposures (-2 to +2). HDR processed with Machinery HDR Effects, post processed in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
- HDR and the Pentax K30 (mikehardistyhdr.wordpress.com)
- Pentax K-30 & Sigma 150-500mm Lens (mikehardisty.wordpress.com)
- Pentax K-30 (pocket-lint.com)