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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Taking Green Screen Fantasy Photos

In the world of green screen photography, there is the fantasy-theme option known as “sword and sorcery.” This includes the well-known game Dungeons and Dragons, and stories such as “Lord of the Rings.” To shoot these fantasy-theme photos, pose the client dressed in a period costume in front of a green screen, holding a “weapon” or prop such as a sword, bow and arrow, or a magic wand. Then, add digital background scenery such as breathtaking views of nature or ancient architectural structures — especially castles. And here’s a tip: If the client wants to come across in the photo with a soft, mystical look, fasten a piece of nylon to your camera lens with a rubber band. Instant dreamy mystery.

Science fiction is another widely used fantasy-theme choice. Common settings for this genre would come from Star Trek, Star Wars and Babylon Five. Some interesting choices in this genre would come from Dr. Who, a show that crosses times and dimensions, and steam punk, in which Victorian-era characters operate modern technology. This particular niche come complete with thousands of costumed characters who are eager to be photographed. Here are some ideas for unforgettable photos: For shots on a space travel theme such as Star Trek, create the Enterprise’s observation deck, featuring a large window looking out onto a vast blanket of stars, or the Ten-Forward cantina, using a contemporary bar scene for the background. Steam punk photos could be shot using interiors of Victorian homes.

Yet another category that can combine elements of the first two is that of fairy tales. Fairies and other gentle creatures are the stars of these photos. For the best fairy tale shots, use landscapes that have a aura of mystery — and just a hint of mischief. Remember, the fairy tale scenes aren’t just for children or costumed characters. There’s another unique group who love these particular photos: high school senior girls. Think about shooting portraits of them in their prom dresses, standing in front of this mystical backdrop. This way, your clients get magic and memories from a single photo.

Create a Portrait Studio Background

At this step, set the opacity level of the cloud layer to 40%. Point your cursor on palate, select the opacity option, and set it to 40%. Press Control + E to merge the layers. Apply a brush filter to make the background look more interesting. Point your cursor on Photoshop brush strokes and choose spatter. A dialogue box will come out. Select 10 for spray mode and 5 for smoothness. Click OK to save. A fade filer option may pop up this time. If it pops up then set the value to 50%. It will lessen the photo intensity and its effect.

Now again choose brush strokes from the palate and select sprayed strokes. Set the value to 12 and 7. Click OK to apply. Set the photo resolution to 300 pixels for professional quality image. Go to the menu and select image size. Set the value to 300. Click on the new adjustment layer and select hue/saturation. Click OK and save the Photoshop document. Name the document and save it in your hard drive as a PSD file for further editing. Your background is ready. Now you can place any object in front of the background.

Thus, drag the object in the background file and select pen tool or, extract filter. Move the object into the original background. You can add some color to the background if you want. Select the colorize option and set the color as per the theme of the photo. Here is your final output. A simple studio background is ready. Remember you can reset the color level as per your need. The process I have mentioned in this article is for the basic users only. It takes a lot of experience as well as practice to get the desired result. Since, we have saved the file in PSD format. We can re-edit it for further changes.

Photo Enlargements

Today, everyone is busy in its life. Students have to go outside of the city for higher studies. So, it is not possible for them to meet friends, family and relatives in the spare time. As a result, internet proved to be a best way to interact with friends by sitting in your home.

Large percentage of the internet users around the world are registering in social networking websites thinking that it is the best way to share our thoughts, hot news, discussion and general knowledge with the people around the world. Examples of big social networking websites are orkut and Facebook. Orkut has recently received a “Genius of the web” award for the best social networking website in India.

In orkut, every user creates its own profile by writing about their personality, hobbies, interest, professions and uploads their profile image. Everyone tries to create their profile image according to their personality because profile image signifies the nature and character of that person. So, they need a quick image editing tool to modify images according to their creativity. In this way online Photographic enlarger can play an important role for users of social networking websites. Anyone who wants to share their photos with their friends can use this online platform for editing their profile images.

Most of the people have their group photo with friends but they don’t have their single photo. Now, there is no need to run to the photo studio for a single photo. Its fine if you have one group photo because you can convert this photo in your single photo with the help of cropping tool available at online platforms. If someone feels that his image looks very small in size you can enlarge it to give it a closer look. All these things can be done free of charge platforms known as Photographic enlargers.

Photo Card Picture Taking

Lighting is everything. You can easily tell a professional photo by the quality of the lighting. Paying close attention to lighting will greatly enhance your photograph. Plan to take your picture outdoors, or use professional photo studio if you must be indoors. Avoid taking a picture at night. If you are inside your home, take a picture during the day in a well-lit room.

Outdoors, look for even lighting-overcast days actually work the best if the sky is not an important element in your photograph. If the sun is shining, make sure it is not behind your subjects-it should be lighting them as directly as possible in their faces.

As you look at the shot through the viewfinder or LCD monitor on your camera, pay attention to odd or unflattering shadows on your subjects. It’s perfect appropriate to use a flash outdoors to “fill in” harsh shadows. If you want to take a picture like a pro, bring along a mylar sun shade for your car. Place it at the feet of the cameraman aimed back at the photo subjects to “bounce” light and fill in shadowy areas in the frame.

Good, bright, even lighting will do more than any other single factor to make your photo look great. Good lighting also brings out the most beautiful, bright, saturated colors for your photo.
Close-up and centered. The camera should be relatively close to your subjects-no more than 5-7 feet away. Avoid the temptation to stand way back and “zoom in.” The less “zoom” you use, shorter and wider the camera’s focal point will be, and the higher the quality of picture you will get. Remember, most “point and shoot” digital cameras are designed to work best less than 10 feet away from the subject.

When “composing” your shot, the professional photography experts will always suggest putting your subject to one side or the other-never center-frame. However, specifically for photo cards, you will find that centering your family, children or other subjects in the frame will look the best. This is one instance where a centered shot will look much better than off-center. Nearly every photo card design available will best accommodate a centered photo.

Looking through your camera viewfinder, check to see that there is equal spacing on both side of the subject, and that there is no distracting background directly behind them. (Often seen mistake: If you are taking a picture with trees in the shot, pay special attention to the background-make sure it does not appear that a tree limb is “growing out of the head” of one of your family members!)

Faces first. Nearly all of the emotional expression of a person is conveyed through the face. Occasionally a photo in silhouette is dramatic and captivating, but beautiful faces, smiles and expressions-especially where the eyes are clearly visible-nearly always make good pictures. Be sure the faces of each of your family members is clearly visible in the photo. Remember too that a photo card is often a keepsake of your family for the recipient. Genuine smiles and friendly demeanor wear better in a photo album over time than odd and silly expressions.

Steady as she goes. The photo-taker will always get a better picture taking the camera out of his or her hand and placing it on a tripod. An inexpensive tripod will do wonders for your photo taking quality level. And since most cameras have a “timer” function, a tripod works great if you don’t have an extra person to take the picture. You can set the camera on the tripod, press the shutter release, and have time to run into the shot before the shutter snaps.

Shoot liberally for choices. With digital cameras there is no film, hence no additional cost for taking lots and lots of pictures. Be sure to give yourself plenty of choices. If you rely solely on the tiny camera viewfinder or LCD screen, you might miss a pair of closed eyes or other photo problem that can’t be corrected later. On average, a professional photographer will expect one “excellent” shot out of every 10 taken. Taking 10-15 choices might take a few minutes longer, but you’ll be glad when choosing on your computer screen that you took the time to get that “perfect shot.”

Which comes first, design or picture? Should you choose your photo card first and take the picture to match it in color and style, or should you take the picture first and choose a photo card to compliment it? It’s the old chicken-and-egg question, and there’s no best answer. With so many great photo card designs to choose from, you’ll do well in either case.

Getting the photo on the card. If you’re planning to use a “digital photo card” option with your stationery manufacturer, you’ll want to provide the highest resolution digital photo possible for the best reproduction. Generally a 6×4 photo at 300 dpi resolution (or measuring 1800 x 1200 pixels) is adequate.

Go pro? Studio photos work very well for photo cards. However, be careful of copyright restrictions-most studios will not allow you to reproduce their photos on your own, preferring that you buy prints from them instead. If you would like to use a studio shot for your photo card, be sure to discuss this intention with the photographer prior to shooting the photos there, and ask if there is an extra charge or restrictions on the use of the studio’s photos for your holiday greeting.