Formal full-length portrait photography
A some-what fictitious approach to a photo shoot.
OK, GB, I am just about ready with the camera here. Are you ready on the set?
“Yes, I’m standing on the marked spot. Which is more photogenic, my left side or my right?”
Your right side works better, GB. That way you are looking away from the rocks behind you. That gives you visually open “breathing space”. However, your front looks a little frumpy and rumpled. May I suggest you turn your whole body about 90 degrees so we see your right side and your head in profile.
“How is this?”
Great angle. You are leaning a bit too much to the front. Makes you look like you are about to flee the set. Can you stand a bit more upright?
“Well, flight was on my mind, ha ha. This better?”
Much better. I like when you reach up higher, your neckline is more elegant. But now your feet are too far apart. That makes you look heavy. Can you put your weight more on one leg and move the other a bit forward. Either one, as you please.
“Hey, I am the talent and it is I who is supposed to be fussy. Are all photographers so bossy?”
Well, the good photographers make sure their subjects look their best. Now your right leg is just a bit too casual. Can you pull it back a bit?
“Picky, picky. Next you’ll complain about the light. All right, this better?”
Oh, you look great now! We’ll call it a wrap. Thank you for your time.
© 2017 Ludwig Keck
Is it true that red attracts attention?
It must be. You are reading this. The color red has been credited with being the most readily noticed by us humans. It has been used in products, advertising, and many other area to gain a little bit more attention. Just look around. You will find the color red all around you. I won’t disappoint you here either. So lets have some red.
Oh, you say, it’s about cars. Indeed it is. It is all about British cars. This is just a peek at the Atlanta British Car Fayre 2016. Here are links to some more, and maybe more exciting, views.
Disclaimer: Yes, I am doing a research project. Thank you for participating.
© 2016 Ludwig Keck
A Little Bit of Street Photography
The term “street photography” usually has a very precise definition, but what it means precisely depends a great deal on who is doing the defining. Mostly it means photography in and of man-made surroundings, often with humans in and interacting with their environment. Much street photography is centered on the human element, while other practitioners prefer the interaction of light, shapes, lines, and shadows. Some specialists insist that the images must be presented in monochrome.
In this post the photography is mainly centered on the shapes, patterns, colors, and textures of the urban environment in Midtown Atlanta. By no means do I consider myself a street photographer. This small collection is quite coincidental and comes from a photo walk that really centered on windows and doors.
Here are my photo colleagues intent on seeing and imaging the Midtown environment.
In and round Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta
This is one of a quartet of posts with images from this short walk around midtown. For the others see:
© 2016 Ludwig Keck
Not all spoiled photos are bad!
As I was preparing a post for another blog, I was looking for photos of cafe doors. Searching my archives I came across one that was a nice enough image but for some reason or another I took it with the camera way cockeyed. No idea what I was thinking at the time. The other photos in the series were perfectly alright, but this one was the only one that really fit my story.
Here is the original.
Just not the way I want it. OK, let’s go to Microsoft Image Composite Editor. Nothing to “composite” here, just one frame. ICE won’t accept a single file. So I duplicated it. Loaded it into ICE, told it I was using “Rotating Motion” and had it “Stitch”. It will do that with two copies of the same photo. Then it lets you manipulate it as you like. For “Projection” I used “Perspective”. This let me do some perspective correction as well as rotating the image freely. Now I had a picture I liked. Saved it without cropping.
Since the image was rotated rather strongly the exported image showed a lot of black around the useful picture. That didn’t look so good. Paint to the rescue! Just drop in “white” in each of the black triangles and here we are. What do you think, will this work?
© 2016 Ludwig Keck
Panoramas are fun, even unplanned ones
This old, long “retired”, gasoline station intrigued me. We were driving along in the rural part of Georgia, up in the northern part, when we came upon this sight. We stopped and I took a number of photos. Only when I was doing my post-processing back home did I realize that I had not taken a overall photo that showed the whole place.
Well, that what the “Create” tab in Photo Gallery is for. The first photo showed the building nicely, the third one included the fuel island, there were a number of other views as I walked around the place, and by the tenth photo I had gotten back close to the starting point and showed the pumps, including the ancient one.
Here are the two shots that together cover the whole place.
You can clearly see that I had not taken these photos from the same spot. Making a pano from these would be asking a great deal from Photo Gallery. And indeed it was asking too much. Here is what it could do. Amazing as it is, but the top left of the marque sign just didn’t match.
So on to the nest better tool, in fact the best there is, Microsoft Image Composite Editor. It too had problems, I tried the different planar motion settings and rotating motion. There were still disturbing stitching artifacts. So I did some perspective correction on each image and tried again. That was better.
A fairly good stitch but the building was way too distorted. Some more fiddling and this was more acceptable. There is a bend in the fuel island base, but I thinks it is not too bad.
Now with some cropping we have a pretty good photo of the whole place. It still amazes me what Image Composite Editor can do, even with images that clearly were not taken with stitching in mind.
© 2016 Ludwig Keck