Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - Digital Artworks
I use photoshop for several applications, though I have recently become more involved in digital painting. But photomanipulations can be really exciting too. When I was at college a couple of years ago, I would occasionally just spend a whole day walking around taking photographs of anything and anyone who didn't mind having a camera pointed at them. I'd get back home or to college and upload all my photos and start working out what kind of scenes could be made up from the images I'd captured that day - pick a few and then save the rest elsewhere as source pictures for later projects. Poogie in the kitchen. ^_^
This can lead to dramatic composit photographs, or even a fantasy layout with realistic details to work from for a painting, using the composit as a reference picture for the painting. It is a good habit to get into, to build a library of images for reference and to work on later. If you need to capture a particular shot when taking a photograph, always make sure to take more shots than you ever intend to use and always take it from several angles, and in different locations and different lights if at all possible. Even if nothing works out the way you had hoped, you may come away with an image that inspires or enlightens you to lighting elements that you may not have picked up on just by looking at the time.
Photographs are freezeframes of your vision that can be inspected at length. Not only that, but sometimes you'll get an anomaly which is breathtaking or sparks further experiments! Some of the best anomalies actually came from working with analogue SLRs (digital SLRs are spectacular, but I kind of feel that they take away a lot of the freedom for experimental mistakes, though the same can be said for digital... meh), if you can get hold of some old box cameras, the medium format and room for error can create some truly unique photographs. My friend, Steve Bullock, has been taking medium format photographs for a few years now with a range of cameras. In my opinion, Box Brownie cameras produce the strangest and most uncontrollable experimental photographs - in case anyone was interested in trying it out. In any case, I've gone off on a tangent...
I have an interest in altering random photographs. Snapshots that I've captured and later look at and figure most people would see and pass by without a second thought. It is interesting to take an image which would probably go unnoticed, and make it stand out.
Pursuit of understanding and knowledge led you to this perilous land. You'll walk this path whether you know it or not, with the map hanging dead in your hand.
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