Photo Exhibition Blog
How to turn a photo into a painting
by Photo Exhibition on 12 Dec 2013 permalink
Here a somewhat classic image of a tallship with the Sydney Opera House in the background.
In just two steps you can completely transform this tourist happy snap into a surrealistic masterpiece.
How to be spotted on social media
by Photo Exhibition on 05 Dec 2013 permalink
Your profile picture is worth all the attention you can devote to it. In order for people to read your posts you need a teasing title and an affable or remarkable image.
Women spend a considerable amount of time in front of the mirror. They know how to present themselves in the best possible light. Although some poor quality image sometimes makes you wonder if the person has an identity problem.
What about the men? How can you differentiate one bald head from another? One clever dude used black shoe polish to simulate a new hairline, complete with a curl on the left hand side!
Another idea would be to shave half of your hair, half of your moustache and half of your beard. On a dating site the tagline could be “half furry and half clean-cut”.
You could photoshop your mugshot to look remarkable. What about adding a question or exclamation mark hovering above your head? What about adorning yourself with a couple of horns, or a decal tattoo on the cheek for Australia Day?
What about wearing your glasses upside-down? What about a false nose? A painted clown face? A funny hat, some skiing goggles, a scarf, a pipe, an oral thermometer, a monocle, some false moustache?
Now the things to avoid would be a photo of your dog, your cat, your pony, your goldfish, etc… no matter how much you love your pet – you are not your pet!
Avoid a picture of yourself together with your same sex best friend. People can’t spot who is who! Married folks occasionally portrait themselves with their spouse. That’s cute but are you acting out of the fear someone might seduce your mate?
Avoid photos which are under or over exposed. Every smartphone now comes with a smart camera. No more excuses! Take another shot until it is quality perfect. Memory is free, we don’t consume film anymore.
Think about how you cone across. If you can’t dig out a decent or noteworthy picture of yourself, what does that say about your character? If you don’t care about yourself, how do you think people will be convinced that you can care about someone else?
Social media can be your personal portfolio. Think not only of how you come across to your family and friends but also your workmates, friends of friends, neighbours, associates, people who might recognise you at a party, a fête, a public event…
We now live in a connected world. When it depends on you, make sure you connect well.
Finding beauty in something ugly
by Photo Exhibition on 28 Nov 2013 permalink
I recently took a shot of an abandoned shopping trolley under a bridge in Windsor NSW.
Some homeless person must have used it to ferry their meagre belonging to this abode.
Everything about the scene looked pitiful. The graffiti on the bridge steel column, the shopping cart tilted to its side, the single weed growing out of the bank retaining mesh.
To add to the ignominy the image was under-exposed because the foreground was in the shade of the bridge while the background was reflecting the sunlight on the water.
I had a dabble with a few digital tools to yank the contrast of this scene and create a new image out of it.
Solarisation was the way to go. The result is astounding. The graffiti is now bright red. The ripples on the river are a saturated light blue.
Maybe that's what the hapless soul saw when he woke up from his grog.
Sylvia Mitchell says:
I like it!
Beautiful Scenery Photography
by Photo Exhibition on 21 Nov 2013 permalink
Have you ever been gobsmacked at the awesomeness of a landscape? For some of us that might mean having to travel a long way from home...What about coming across some image which rests your soul, where all is still and majestic...
We are visually wired individuals and sometimes we receive dreams and visions which bypass the power of words. Pictures can frame themselves on the screen of our mind and call deep unto deep. Sometimes an image can trigger a cascade of thoughts and emotions because we associate certain feelings with a location we have visited in the past. Without knowing it, you find yourself transported through time and space into a new vista of learning and experience.
The scenery is what draws you in. You are compelled to explore peaks and vales. You follow a stream; you visit a cave; you smell the breeze on a hilltop. The topography of the landscape calls you to investigate its surface and features. You mentally estimate the slope between two spots. You imagine a path of travel.
As far as beauty is concerned, photography does a fine job at capturing colours and contrasts of lights and shadows. A magnificent sky is a finishing backdrop - inviting you to scan the horizon for clues as to what might lie beyond its border.
The weather ensures that even the most static image is always ever-changing. The sun does its trajectory from east to west. At night the moon phases in and out over a whole month. Rain will make everything greener. Snow will shroud the ground white. Icicles will shine in the sun. Trees will shed leaves and the wind will scatter them.
The appeal of artistic photography takes over where the master painters left off. We seek solace in an image that speaks peace and contentment to us. We want to hang it on our wall so that as we pass by, some of its character rubs on to us.
Curiously those images would be devoid of human civilisation. Like as if by our own admission - the world was better before we spoilt it by our sheer presence.
A beautiful scenery photography has the power to call us onto a spiritual plane. You would have to be very upset with God to deny the craftsmanship of the Creator because what you see and experience can only draw you to seek his face.
by Photo Exhibition on 14 Nov 2013 permalink
In the perfect world of digital imagery there is no room left for experiments. But the nostalgia of tinkering with a toy camera and earning kudos in social media is giving film a comeback.
Here is a perfect mix of fashion and marketing. Create a need where there was no need. The motivation is learning how to tame the process of photography and come up with random pieces of art you can show off to your friends.
For those of us seasoned photographers who have worked with chemicals in darkrooms the coming of age of digital photography was a godsend.
But for the next generation who can get fascinated with old vinyl records you can understand how they would get their kicks with Lo-fi photography. And experimenting they do. Let us review some techniques like redscale, cross processing and sprocket holes.
Using expired film with nothing much to lose, why not load the film back to front in the camera so that light will hit the emulsion from the wrong side. You get an orange/reddish hue which is truly psychedelic. Cross processing is the deliberate mismatch of films and chemicals - developing colour negatives as if they were colour slides and vice-versa. As for sprocket holes you would load some 35mm film in a 120 format camera which would expose the entire width of the film. How cute to see your image reach the edge of the film and be superimposed with the frame counts and the emulsion brand.
Add to that the vignetting effect of a no so perfect lens and you can create in the 21st century masterpieces akin to the black & white relics seen at a museum near you.
Art stemming from a different technique is not a new phenomenon. Acrylic paint was a revolution in its day. What is noteworthy about Lo-fi photography is its nostalgic bent for people born in the digital age. So where do you draw the line between art and just random snaps? I guess if the artist deliberately sought a certain effect and honed in a technique to suit a certain subject - that would be called art. Someone successfully expressed something dear to their heart and worth sharing with others.
Anything else short of that is sheer propaganda for vendors pushing their wares to a young market with disposable income (and time to spare...) At the end of the day you still have to digitize those images in order to upload them somewhere. So here comes the rub: If it wasn't for the internet and photo sharing sites Lo-fi photography would not exist. But wait - why not save on processing costs and achieve the same effect with a digital SLR camera fitted with a wacky toy lens? Digital photo retouching now has a few tricks to catch up to.
Michael Deshayes is an artist experimenting with that style.
RECENT ARTICLESHow to be spotted on social media
Finding beauty in something ugly
Beautiful Scenery Photography
collage and photomontage - virtual photography made real
Selling your photos to stock libraries
A splash of colour
How to Turn Your Snapshots Into Photo Art
Capturing the Beauty of Creation Through Your Lens
Rock of Demise
Say Cheese - How To Relax Your Subject When Taking Portraits
Artistic Special Effect
art avatar beauty cheese collage creation darkroom digital effect drama enhancement extra landscape library manipulation marketing microstock montage mugshot nature painting portrait retro scenery special effect surreal syndication trend virtual
PHOTO EXHIBITION HOMEPAGEPhoto Exhibition
exhibition of stock photography
Guy Gowan exhibition
BLOGS FROM SAME PUBLISHERResume Digest - job hunting
Trading Pal - share trading
Goal Setter - life coaching
Wise Accounts - online accounting
Kingdom Keys - technology and internet
Bruno Deshayes - current issues
Trend Authority - our world is changing fast
Affiliators - referral program
Aptitude Tests - skills and knowledge
Social Buzz - what matters to us
Log Book - customer relation management
Bread Of Life - support network
Witness for Christ - Christian faith