I love Photoshop, but I would never use it to manipulate photos of people, unless in artistic ways, or if the person had a really bad pimple!
It doesn’t mean I never tried to manipulate photos of myself or family members (poor things) in Photoshop. Few attempts resulting into “alien like features”, very much like those we are bombarded by the media all the time, were enough to convince me that blemishes on people’s faces should be left alone (except for that pimple I mentioned before) and unless one is creating a piece of art, Photoshoppe (the correct Italian pronunciation) should be used for inanimate objects only. Photoshop is great for “cleaning” an image and isolating the subject. You can do that by cropping and eliminating distracting elements (crap that the picture can do without), trying to reach a visual balance, because eyes appreciate balance, also our whole being could use it as well, in different terms. I going to show a simple example in this post, using a photo I took at the market yesterday morning.
Today I was next to Shafiek’s stall, and after asking him if he would like to be featured in my blog, I started to take some pictures. I will talk about his stall later on. For the pictures I used my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, which might be called mini, but surely has a mighty camera! The sun was coming and going (mostly going) and luckily I took the picture at the right time, in photographic terms, when the sun was behind a cloud and there was even light on the subject, while in “marketeers terms” it was a very annoying time, cold and breezy. But at least the picture is nice.
There are lots of things that can be done to this picture: removing the distracting background (the crap), trimming the bottom hedge and add some hearings to the display (balance). They are obviously very popular and that’s why there are good few missing! Having said that, the image is opened Photoshop and the process starts.
Unfortunately I decided to talk about it too late, and did all the alterations without taking any print screens to document a proper step by step process. But there are lots of good tutorial on Youtube for that! In theory is simply a matter of observing the image and selecting the parts that we don’t want, removing them, adding layers and “blah blah blah”. (Just quoting one of my ex tutors). Also a bit of coping and pasting, stamping and rubbing off and cropping, all simple stuff. The final result is more pleasing to the eyes and the subject of the picture is well presented. I have adjusted the colour using “levels” and blurred the background a little after removing the unwanted bits.
If you would like to play a little “spot the differences”, these are the two images, before and after Photoshop.These beautiful bags are sold by Shafiek and you can find his stall in Skibbereen Farmers’ Market most Saturdays. These bags are leather and entirely handmade. Shafiek also have a selection of pretty silver hearings. Bags come in different styles and sizes and price ranges from €20 to €60. The laptop bag in the picture above is really sturdy and can fit a laptop and some folders, suitable for professionals and student alike. If you wish to buy one of his beautiful bags or lovely hearings, you can visit his stall in Skibbereen Market on Sat between 9 am and 2 pm or you can contact me and I will send you Shafik’s e-mail.
To my surprise nothing unusual has happened this Saturday, all my cats were acting normal,click here if you missed my post from few weeks ago. So I’m kind of worried: is this a trend? Everything is normal…. Oh dear I don’t know if I can cope!
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