Hendrik Kerstens - Paula Pictures (ongoing project) - Portraits of the artist’s daughter
“One day Paula came back from horseback riding. She took off her cap and i was struck by the image of her hair held together by a hair-net. It reminded me of the portraits by the Dutch masters and I portrayed her in that fashion. After that I started to do more portraits in which I refer to the paintings of that era. The thing that fascinates me in particular is the way a 17th-century painting is seen as a surface which can be read as a description of everyday life as opposed to the paintings of the Italian renaissance, which usually tell a story. Northern European painting relies much more on craftsmanship and the perfect rendition of the subject. The use of light is instrumental in this.”
Capturing ‘Out Cold’ Commuters with TIME’s @PatrickWitty
Patrick Witty (@patrickwitty) spends his days editing and curating photos as TIME magazine’s international picture editor. But in late March, Witty inadvertently embarked on his own photo series when he began documenting fellow commuters that had seemingly fallen asleep on the subway.
“One morning I was on my way to work, standing directly in front of this woman with incredible hair—an explosion of color and texture, the white earphone cord dangling below, so I took a picture. She was fast asleep so I haphazardly captioned the picture, ‘Out cold on the 2. #commute.’ I took another one the next day and it sort of snowballed from there.”
Despite the appearance that the people in his photos are sleeping, most are actually engrossed in their mobile devices. “I’m not sure people realize this, but most of these people are not asleep. They are looking down, lost in their phones or tablets. And I’m doing exactly the same thing. So they are self-portraits in some ways,” says Witty.
What’s been the reaction to Patrick’s photos? “Most people find them humorous, some find it odd, some depressing. I think they are all of these things. I’m definitely not trying to make fun of anyone… It’s a testimony to the subway’s diversity and individuality.”
Join Patrick’s daily commute by following him on Instagram: @patrickwitty.
Objective: Students will be able to explain how the mood or message behind their final image changes when making a composite photograph out of two individual photographs.
Interpretation involves MAKING INFERENCES based on what you see. Keep this in mind to avoid “far-fetched” interpretations that are not supported by what you see in the photograph.
Using the following graphic organizer to hold you thinking, discuss with your partner the question posted below. Remember you are looking for the change between the originals and the composite overall.
How has the mood or message of your photograph changed now that you’ve decided to put these two individual photographs together?
Focus on MOOD
Focus on MESSAGE
Now use the information from your discussion to construct your post about your composite.
“Waiting” by Sammie A. was taken in an alley way in Bucktown, Chicago. Her model, Angie seemed timeless in her very femine vintage dress. The original photograph is extremely dramatic in composition and lighting. Placing the subject in the bottom portion of the frame creates uneasy tension. The light is striking in contrast but the soft pinkish tone looks stormy.
“The Field” by Michael B. was taken to represent a feeling of being nowhere. He chose an empty field and added a preset that again created a stormy feel with the color of light.
By combining the two, the girl is removed from the urban setting and placed into a dismal barren field. The muted tone of this photo adds to the ambience of misery.
In each shot of the girl she seems to be hiding or escaping perhaps in shame. Both settings add a dismal surrounding. The field however appears more lonely and surreal.
Posted By Martin Evening
Photoshop CS5 now offers the ability to successfully make cut-out masks of complex subjects against busy backgrounds. This isn’t something new as there are a number of third-party plug-ins that have been able to do this type of masking, but this is the first time Photoshop has provided an effective, built-in solution. OK, there was the Extract command (which no longer ships with Photoshop), but this method, using the new improved Refine Edge command works much better. Click here to view the movie.
Selecting Hair with Refine Edge in Photoshop CS5
In Photoshop CS3, Adobe introduced the Refine Edge command, offering us a first glimpse of how much easier it could be to select hair, fur and other fine details in an image. But in Photoshop CS5, Adobe gave the Refine Edge command a major overhaul, with enough improvements and new features to make selecting hair in a photo easy enough for anyone to do! Hairs… I mean, here’s, how to do it!
Here’s the photo I’ll be starting with. Notice all the curly strands of hair sticking out in front of the gray background:
What I want to do is replace that original gray background with a different image. If we look in my Layers panel, we see that I have another photo sitting on a layer below the original photo. I’ll click on the original photo’s visibility icon to temporarily turn the top layer off so we can see the image on the layer below it:
With the top layer temporarily hidden from view in the document, we can see the image I’ll be replacing the background with:
And here’s what the final result will look like thanks to the power of Photoshop CS5′s Refine Edge command:
Let’s get started!