“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
What was your biggest mountain in 2010? How did you conquer it?
My recent discovery of Photomerge means I have a lot of old photos to sort through. Case in point, my Beijing skyline panorama.
I always had problems piecing together the sky in this sequence. Luckily Photomerge is the ‘ish and precisely places my photos for picture perfect panoramas. Definitely click on this photo to enlarge it. Chinese architecture is amazing!
I’ve been thinking a lot about China lately. It’s no secret I’m getting antsy. In China I felt so focused, ideas free flowing. I felt I could do anything. I’m making my New Years resolution early: get out of Tri-Cities. Where’s a good place to go and who’s hiring!?
The first two photos in this gallery are of the always amazing Annie Bixler. The first photo I applied the 7-Point System to make minor tweaks to the lighting. The second photo I used for portrait retouching. Annie is naturally gorgeous, but her picture worked well for the tutorial. I applied a Gaussian blur layer mask, liquified (enlarged) Annie’s eyes, sharpened her hair and erased any minor blemishes. I’m happy with the overall result, but in the future might apply less blur to her skin. It’s a little over-edited for my liking.
The final photos involve double processing. In other words, you merge smart objects with different exposures to give your photos a more balanced effect. It’s kind of like HDR but without different photos. Double processing works well on landscape pictures, specifically sunsets where the camera has a hard time metering for the light. On the final picture I added Double Processing to my Photomerged Rattlesnake Mountain sunset.
I learned an insane amount of information at Kelby Training’s Photographers Seminar. I learn by doing. Instead of just taking notes like most other students (hello boredom!) I followed along, making changes to my photos with the instructor. This allowed me to view my layers, see my edits and soak up information like a sponge.
I plan to attend future Kelby Training photography, design and web seminars. If I could attend even six of these seminars a year, my skills would improve tenfold. In a world full of designers, you must be the best to stand out. I hope my skills, artistic ability and quest for knowledge can take me there.
I snapped this photo of Kiona from Red Mountain whilst out running work errands. I used Photoshop CS5‘s photomerge to blend five photos together. It’s a little overexposed, so I plan to take more panorama pics soon. I’m thinking about hiking Kiona one morning to snap some sunrise HDR photos…
What else would make good panorama pictures? I’m on the prowl.
*Click on photo to enlarge it!
If you’re in Tri-Cities for Halloween weekend, make sure to check this house party out!
My friends at Elm and Olympia are jamming out this weekend in West Richland. Bring your booze, buddies and best Halloween attire and rock the night away. As for me, I’ll be listening to their CD poolside in Arizona :]