Photoshop experiment two

On my second attempt at using Photoshop to ‘touch up’ my images I decided to try something different and attempted my first attempt at changing the hair colour on a portrait. I did this by following a written tutorial that had images to assist. This allowed me to produce a first attempt at re-colouring, which wasn’t the best attempt, but is something I can improve on as I practice more with Photoshop. Here are my results- As you can see it is bit untidy and this is something I need to work on to make it look more natural in the future.

Software experiment one

For my first experience with using Photoshop I decided to research some basic ‘touch up’ written tutorials, which is tagged under this section on the page to the right. I came across this PDF with some helpful walk throughs of some basic editing tools. In this case I decided to use the healing tool on this woman to remove some blemishes and wrinkles and brightened the image in order to give the woman a more natural and youthful look.

I am happy with my first attempts outcome of using some of the basic editing tools. As I experiment more with this software I aim to create much better edited photos and to experiment with different tools to see what kind of outcomes I can come up with that will hopefully help me to develop my skills much more.

In this photograph I used to the healing tool and the image adjustments section to help brighten the photo by changing the exposure and the contrast and editing the colour slightly.

Studio session with Derry Shillitto

By the end of today’s session the aim was to successfully carry out a video shoot regarding crowdfunding for Derry Shillitto’s new project of a comedy series featuring two girls. For the shoot I helped to set up the studio including lighting and cameras. I often found myself unsure on what to do due to lack of command by the group leader. Next time i should use my initiative and do what i know needs to be done or doing. During the shoot I was a camera operator.

In order to carry out this shoot successfully and professionally we had to prepare the questions and studio up by ourselves in advance. When it came to my group setting up the studio for the shoot we had some difficulties with organisation, leadership and the equipment itself. This all caused the shoot to be delayed significantly because we were encountering issues that could’ve been avoided if we were more organised prior to the shoot.

The biggest issue we encountered today was problems with the equipment itself. We found that things were missing or we hadn’t booked them out, that cameras weren’t charged and issues with tripods. For the shoot we managed to resolve almost all of these issues, with the exception of having to borrow a camera because one that we booked out had no charge and no charging cable. If we were to do this again, we should book out the equipment prior to the shoot and make sure we have everything we need and that everything works and is prepared for the shoot. This would make the set up of the shoot a lot easier and a lot quicker because in real life this would not be acceptable in a professional environment as we delayed the client and lost time.

Photo Workshop- Portraits

The main focus of this session was to teach us about portraiture in photography. We were shown some photos taken by famous photographer and were asked to identify what we liked about the photograph and what we though it meant. We then talked through some of the camera functions that allow you to take good photos, these include the aperture and f-stops.

We were then given a small task to go onto a DSLR simulator to help is familiarise ourselves with these functions on a camera.

After this we were given the opportunity to take some DSLRs out and take some portrait shots- including a wide shot and a close shot. The aim of the photos was for the viewer to get a feel of the person’s character through the pictures that were taken.

I didn’t manage to take a lot of photos or experiment with the different functions on the camera due to the lack of time. To improve on this I’m going to take some portrait photos in my independent learning time to experiment with some different shots, and to help me improve on my abilities with using a camera. I would also like to improve on my confidence when taking photos and to experiment more to try and get different and more unique shots, as I felt my photos lacked any real character.