Thursday, 6 June 2013

Animal Face-Swap!

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Shutter speed experiment

To create this image we kept the shutter of the camera open for as long as we wanted and got into various poses, at the point when we wanted to appear we would turn on the lights for a few mili-seconds so that the camera would capture a 'ghost' like image, then we repeated until we thought we had taken enough.

I think it turned out quite nicely and there is a lot of effects we can create using this technique.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Blur and Sharpen Tools

I used blur and sharpen tools on selective areas to create an illusion of focusing on the houses and buldings in the picture.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

A Quick Photo Shop

 i Combined a lot of images to create this rainbow dash theme'd guitar!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Healing Tools

I used the spot healing tool brush to remove a pigeon from this picture,
The spot healing tool is really useful for copy detailed parts of an image, it can be used to precisely copy one part, to another.


 Next i used the healing brush tool to duplicate a pigeon on the line, with the healing brush tool you can copy a selected area from a chosen place to another, its kind of like a clone stamp but it has more of a feathering effect.

 Finally i used the patch healing tool to fix a brick wall, the patch healing tool is really easy to use, you simply select an area you want to fix then you drag it to where you want to heal from and it copies and blends the new image:

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Making fun of Alan Sugars unfortunate name.

For this edit i used multiple tools:
Lasso Tool - To cut out his face,
Feathering Tool - To make the cut out clean
Fuzzy Select tool - To cut out the one of him and his char cleanly.
Dissolve Layer Effect - to make his face appear as a logo on the bag.
Transformation Tool - To change the size and angle of his face.
Text tool - To write 'Buy my sugar'
Drop Shadow - To make some of the 'Alan sugar heads' appear realistic.
Layer Eraser - To make the image appear as if his head was actually in his bag.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Photo Shop :)

^ Adjusted multiple Colour levels. ^ 

^ Photo Bomb'ed by a thumb guy.^<- Original

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Fashion Photography

A portrait image is a picture that focuses on the person in the photograph, its meant to be a life like photo which expresses an accurate interpretation of the person, however most of them now are edited, and the camera can lie, because the subject can pose, so as to not be captured 'naturally'.

A fashion photograph is a picture which is meant to focus on the clothes the model is wearing, however now-a-days the picture focuses more on the models physique. More-over most of the pictures for fashion magazines, are now edited a lot using Photoshop, However they don’t edit the clothes, just the models used.

Portraiture and fashion photography are similar because they both feature taking pictures of people, the main difference is being, Fashion photography is supposed to be focused on the clothes, and making this superhuman image whereas portraiture is meant to be a kind of insight into the person’s life, their facial expressions normally express what they are like. Portraiture is normally unscripted, whereas fashion photography is normally heavily scripted. Fashion photography is the most scripted of all the types of photography there is.

I think that it’s okay to edit fashion photographs to a degree, but i feel that it is wrong to edit the models figure. Most of the models have been edited to a degree that they appear almost inhuman, i feel that it is wrong for women to be looking up to a superficial role model. I think photo shopping pictures is morally wrong.

Cecil Beaton was a famous fashion and portraiture photographer from the 1940's to 1950's, He is known as the man who single handily invented the fashion fantasy. He made models appear dreamlike and the clothes they’re wearing appear even better. Most of the scenes he created and shot were very stylistic, he expressed more than just the clothes, he shown locations they would fit into and this has influenced fashion photography today.

Cecil Beaton's most famous fashion photograph was a fashion based photograph of a girl wearing a hat while shes 'poping out' of a box -

This photo was verry different to other types of fashion photographs at the time that it was taken, The picture was considered very innovative and inspired lots of famous fashion sets. The composition of the photo really helps the viewer focus on the model. The fact that the model is in a box makes it seem like shes a pressent and the fact that she is facing away from the camera almost makes her look like a manakin head, modeling the hat, maybe this is what Cecil was trying to achieve, by keeping the viewers eyes on the hat it would sell the product properly.

Grace Coddington was very inspired by Cecil Beaton's sets, which took fashion photography to a new level, focusing more on the 'set' than on the model. You can see the inspiration in Grace's sets -
 As you can see the sets in Grace's shoots are very heavyily scene based which help focus your eyes on the clothes and not the model, this is a very good way to sell clothes. Also the props Grace uses puts the clothes in a scene giving the viewer idea's of what they would look like wearing them in every day life.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


A portrait is defined as 'a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph' by the dictionary. Portraiture is basically capturing a 'pose' where as photojournalism is capturing the visual side of an event or occasion.

Portraiture has been around for years, but not in camera form, portraits used to be painted of rich or royal people and in a way it has stayed this way, but with the invention of camera's everyone can take a self 'portrait' photo, Although they may not all express the characteristics of a 'proper' portrait photo.

Tony Vaccaro's portraiture was well known for the way that he didn't like the subject to control the shot, going strongly against this stereotypical portrait method, when he was taking portrait pictures, he would wait until the target wasn't posing, so as to capture the real them. He used this when photographing Picasso. This creates a more honest picture that reflects the personality of the subject more than a posed image. Although he acknowledged that it was his job to 'place celebrities onto a pedestal'. Vaccaro would like to bring the subjects out of their comfort zones.

In contrast to Vaccaro's famous decisive moments, most portrait shots are taken of people posing. The subject will pose and be captured while they are expecting a picture to be taken, Vaccaro's portraits however capture the person as they really are. There is a truth to Vaccaro's portraits in the way that the subject is not expecting a picture and they are not 'lying' to the camera by posing. Portrait shots are notoriously posed and there for are not the real subjects image. Smiles can be faked and frowns can be hid. Portraiture is a lie, covering up the truth of how the person really appears, in everyday situations, although they are used everyday in the form of ID's and profile pictures. 

Photographers have wanted to show more through their pictures. They didn't want to just show what a person looks like, they wanted to express some characteristics and the only way to do this was to capture them unsuspectingly.

In portraiture we expect the picture to be posed, which gives a slight insight to the truth behind the method. With photojournalism we are meant to be being told a story, although you can't see whats really happening , only a single frame of the moment. So in a way they both lie, making us out to believe the pose or the frame.

Portraiture can be shown anywhere from a £5 note to a gallery. Most of Vaccaro's work is now in art museums and the famous Leica Camera museum.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Thomas Hoepker Profile

Thomas Hoepker Profile

Thomas Hoepker was a photographer born in Munich in Germany. He is a member of a company called magnum photos , which is known for its glossy looking pictures and vivid colours.

Hoepker started out taking pictures at just 16 years old when he recieved an old camera from his grandfather. He developed all his images from home and made a little money on the side selling some of his printings to friends and family.

In school hoepker studied archaeology,  art and history at Goettingen, in Munich, Germany, while there he also gave breif lessons on images and composition. While in education Hoepker also sold pictures on the side to help finance himself. Hoepker was an inspiration showing how independant you can get. In 1960 he started work as a photographer for Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall, in which he traveled the world and reported the news.

Then in 1964 he began work for Stern magazine, soon after this he began temporary work as a TV cameraman making documentaries. In 1976 both he and his wife moved to newyork in search for work. Hoepker made it big when he became the director of photography for american GEO magazine.

Over his years Hoepker had many huge accomplishments, He had several exhibitions in his name and multiple films made. He also won 2 awards for his work, , the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Photographie, in 1968 and a first prize for Death in a Cornfield, a TV film on Guatemala, from the German ministry of foreign aid, 1999

Thomas Hoepker Analysis

Thomas Höpker Analysis

      - 27th September 2012
In the devastation that was 911 Thomas Höpker (76) managed to capture a group of Americans who ‘appear’ to relax while the twin towers were collapsing, but this is not the case. Don’t be fooled by the bright colours and relaxed feel to this image. The foreground of the image visually contradicts the terror in the background while the people seemingly relaxing in the sun are actually devastated about what has happened. Höpker callously decided not to ask them how they felt, leaving us ‘the audience’ to guess. Höpker also decided to withhold the publishing of this image until many years after the shocking event, why?

Maybe Höpker didn’t want to shun America, Visually shaming our ‘youth’ for not caring, there are many aspects of this image to take in, one aspect is the foreground, which gives us the feel of that relaxing Sunday afternoon by the sea, another being the ‘careless’ stance of the lady laying down. The image is visually deceiving, I’m sure if they had been closer to the event, the bike would not be propped against a wall, it would have been thrown to the ground, and the person laying back, giving the viewer a “I don’t care” stance would have been displaying signs of panic and stress.

Höpker foolishly decided to leave the image without a quote to caption how they were feeling about the event, so there was no way of us knowing the thoughts in their heads. He decided to leave it open for the viewer to distinguish, which given the bright colours and nature of the group, was a bad idea.

One of the subjects, who, sarcastically referred to themselves as  ”disaffected sunbathing youth” was angry at the nature of the photograph due to its false ‘claims’ to her feelings.
Another of the people Walter Sipster (far right) said that he and his girlfriend who were sunbathing were actually ‘"in a profound state of shock and disbelief".

The juxtaposition of the bright sunny morning and the deep shadows, suggests that the sun was almost at its best, while in the background is dulled which makes the picture seem ‘faked’ the juxtaposition between the foreground and the background gives the effect of two pictures edited together.

We associate the groups ‘summery’ clothes with a beautiful sunny autumn morning, this almost multiplies the shocking imagery in the background by showing how much of a surprise 911 was, it almost seems completely unexpected and it was.

 If you compare this image to other images of 911 there is a huge difference. Usually they would contain ‘disaster’ pictures, focusing on the death and destruction of the event, this picture however makes you almost overlook the background making the disaster become unnoticeable.

All the colour of the image is in the front of the picture, which draws the eye away from the terror in the background. The group almost give a happy vibe, contrasting against all the death and destruction unfolding in front of them.

Content Producer Job Role

i researched the content producer job role in radio, The job basically consists of editing live feed for web viewers, socially networking the latest from your company and editing photos of interviewee's.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012


In 1933 Henri Cartier-Bresson took a photo called Behind The Car Saint Lazareusing which shows his skill at capturing the 'Decisive Moment', the picture was of a man jumping over a puddle and his picture has made history. Bresson used a Leica camera which was released in 1925, the camera was good because it had a fast shutter speed, allowing you to capture the fastest moment, Also you could see the world with one eye, while looking through the apperature with the other meaning that you could frame the photo perfectly. Bresson didnt use props for his images, where as most modern photographers do, this made Bressons name go down in hisotry for capturing the purest form of the decisive moment.

The term 'photojournalism' was born during war. I looked into the cases of two famous photographers. Tony Vaccaro, a brave soldier equipped only with a standard military camera, who captured deccicive moments and developed the films by himself, he did this by putting developer fluids into a helmet and developing photos in them. The other case i looked into was that of robert cappa who was a photojournalist for Life magazine. Although he was sent over seas to photograph the war he never got as close to the action as Tony Vaccaro.

Eddie Adams is another example of a war photographer, He famously captured the moment a bullet hit a  loyalist soldiers head during an execution. His photo however is very controversial, due to the picture expressing 'false truth' by this i mean that, if you watch the video of the execution  you can see what really happened, where as the picture gives you the belief he was stood there for a while before being executed, it didnt happen like that, there was no formality or humanity to the event, also the photo expresses more emotion as and depth to the scene. When you watch back the footage that was filmed of the event, you can see how little time the prisoner was given, How quick the event unfolded. The man had seconds before being shot, the executer was so casual and didnt show a sign of emotion. This is an excellent sign of how untrusting photographs can be. Photographs pounce on a fraction of a second and leave the build up to the opinion of the viewer.

                 The photo of the execution of a loyalist soldier was taken in 1936 by Eddie Adams.