Art of Photomanipulation

Photomanipulation is basically the art of taking a normal photograph and then manipulating it the way that you want it, namely through use of a computer and various tools and applications on the computer. This modifies photographs either by analog or digital means, and is also commonly referred or related to what is known as ‘Photoshopping’, which is the slang term for the digital editing them, and although it is not directly aimed at the Adobe Photoshop application, it was named after it. Adobe Photoshop is only one of the many different digital editing applications that are available however, and for instance there is Paint Shop Pro, Corel, and even Paint, although this is one of the less advanced programs and is rarely used in the photomanipulation processes of today.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the issue of photomanipulation, and although there are definitely many people who have good, positive things to say about it, there are also those who feel that there are concerning issues surrounding it. For instance on the covers of magazines, when celebrities heads are pasted onto different bodies, this in the past has stirred up a lot of commotion.

Shape of Things

This process of forcing a viewer to stop and look again is commonly known as creating a “Spot”. A “Spot” does not have to be formed by a different shape. It could be a different color, texture, or size. Most often it’s something that is totally different, like a rose in a field full of daises. Being aware of shapes is similar to being aware of lines that can lead your eyes either into or out of a photograph. Shapes can be obvious or not so obvious. They can be real, or they can be implied.

Why do some photographers seem to take forever to arrange a group of people? What is it they’re looking for? More than likely, it has to do with shapes. Three people standing in a straight line is boring. Move one of them up or down and suddenly you’ve formed a triangle. Add one person in the opposite position of the point and now you form a diamond. Shape adds feeling to the unemotional canvas of a photograph.

Obviously not all shapes have the same impact. Circles and Triangles tend to grab attention. Squares and Rectangles on the other hand tend

Gaining That Picture

Aperture: The aperture sets the amount of light that reaches the film. In other words the aperture will only allow a certain amount of light to reach the film for the brightness of the photograph. Most cameras that are automatic will select this setting for you, but when learning photography basics if you can use manual settings to choose the aperture you will learn when flash is needed or when you need to have extra light in the room for the best quality picture.

ISO or Speed- This is the shutter speed. The shutter speed is determined by the amount of light as well as the film. In other words the larger the number the faster, and more sensitive the emulsion for the film. So a film that is ISO 100 is going to be slow, which produces a lesser picture than say ISO 400. ISO 400 is 4 times as fast.

These two terms will help you when you are studying photography basics. Next you need to learn how to hold the camera. The camera should be held steady so if you do not have a tripod you will need to hold the camera very

Online Photo Album

Where Can I Get An Online Photo Album?

You can get access to online photo albums on a free or paid basis at various sites throughout the internet. Depending on how many pictures you want to share, what your connection is like, your particular preferences and a number of other things chances are that you can find a free online photo album site that fits your needs.

Is Building an Online Photo Album Hard to Do?

Building an online photo album is not a difficult thing to do. As a matter of fact, it is much easier to build a web based photo album to share with friends and family than to put hours and hours and money into fancy acid-free paper with the other alternative, and that is scrap booking. There is no replacement for real photographs and actual storage methods, but as far as showing off pictures and bragging to friends and family, online photo albums are the most surefire way to get it done. All you have to do is browse for pictures on your personal computer and upload them onto the site. From there, you can organize the pictures into sub-albums

Exposure Basics

Shutter speed

There are two elements to creating a “correct exposure”. These are aperture, and shutter speed, which we will look at first. When you press the trigger button on your camera to take a picture, it opens a set of sliders, like opening a window. How long it stays open, depends on how you set the shutter speed. Shutter speeds can range from extremely fast (i.e. 1/8000 of a second), to very slow (30 seconds), or even infinity if your camera has a bulb setting. These are extreme shutter speeds and not often used, except by people who shoot fast moving subjects, or in very low light. For most of us, we tend to stick to somewhere in the middle. As a general rule, the faster the shutter speed, the sharper your photo will be. For most people, anything at 1/60 of a second or above is acceptable when hand holding a camera. Lower if you have a particularly steady hand. If you need to use slower shutter speeds, you will need to use a tripod or rest your camera on a steady surface. These slow speeds can be particularly useful for creating blurred effects. For

Provides Photographic Insight

If all the subjects in your image are of equal size, shape, or visual weight, with nothing being
clearly dominant, it becomes very difficult for your viewer to know what to focus on. In a great photograph, things that are dominant have the most visual weight. They are the most important, powerful, influential elements in your image. Things that can dominate in a great photograph
include: the subject, color, line, size, shape, or texture.

The subject is generally the object that you want the viewer to notice most. If you have a field
of bright yellow daises for example, that will catch some attention. However, if you find that on
one edge a spider has created a huge glowing web; and focus on that, then the daises only
become background. By shifting your focus to the spider first, the viewer has a place to start.
They may still think that the daises are awesome; but the spider acts as the first page in a great
novel. It gives your viewer a reason to want to explore the rest.

If you have a dominant color you subconsciously have tapped into the viewer’s emotional
reservoir. Depending on their

Create Mood With Color

Let’s understand the core of a photo or a painting for that matter. Human subconsciousness readily sees things in symmetry. Therefore, a symmetrical figurine or view would register faster. Asymmetrical view (in this case a photograph) would also catch attention but with some portions drawing more attention than others.

Next comes the color and texture. Colors in your photograph can have an impact in two ways. One, through the contrast created by using colors of ‘cooler hues’ along with colors of ‘warmer hues’. Second, through the use of a color-type in dominance you could create vibrance, tranquility or royal elegance. Red, Orange and Yellow of the spectrum are warm colors. Blue, Purple and Green on the other hand are cool colors

If a photograph is created with a contrast, the warmer tones need to be occupying less space as these colors draw away attention. They have an effect of warmth & excitement, which when used in excess can also be agitating.

Red is the best choice for creating warmth & passion in your photo. Why on earth did you think that Valentine’s Day is all about red flowers, red balloons and a long flowing red

Taking a Photo of Artwork with a Digital Camera

The best way to get a great digital image of your painting/sculpture or artwork is to take it outside on an overcast day making sure there are no shadows on it. Fill the frame of your viewfinder of your digital camera with your painting taking care that you have lined it up square on. Don’t shoot looking up, down or at an angle because the photograph will not end up square. Have your camera set on the highest resolution possible.

Delete photos that don’t turn out and keep on taking photos of the painting/artwork until you get one you are happy with. You will need to copy the files from your digital camera onto your computer. Refer to your Digital Cameras manual if you are having problems.

Have a go and experiment with the editing your photos with the software that comes with your digital camera or with your PC. Images can be cropped and color adjusted if necessary. If you are not satisfied learn more about software such as Adobe Photoshop to edit your digital files, borrow books from the library, get on the internet or enroll into community courses.

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Photo Printing Origins

History of Photographs:

  • The word “photography” actually originates from the Greek phrase “drawing with light.”
  • Modern photography has roots in the early 1800’s, when chemical printing first began.
  • The earliest image exposures took 8-hours. No one-hour express printing at the local drugstore back then!
  • A man named John Herschel was the first one to use the terms “photography, positive, and negatives.” He also made the first negative out of glass in 1839.
  • George Eastman invented film in 1884, which replaced photographic plates and began the earliest stage of modern photography.

Modern Photo Facts:

  • All photos were monochrome in the beginning, another word for black and white.
  • Color photographs were emerging in the mid-1800’s.
  • A physicist named James Clerk Maxwell took the first color photograph in 1861.
  • The Lumière brothers invented the first color plate, Autochrome, in 1907.
  • Throughout the 1900’s, photo technology continued to advance.
  • Digital photos began when professionals such as photo journalists found they had to carry portable photo-developing labs with them on the job.
  • Sony created the first non-film camera in 1981: The Sony Mavica.
  • The first camera that took digital

Closeup Digital Nature

There are many potential subjects for this type of photography in nature. Taking the time to find the right subject will not only produce great artistic photos, it just might also change the way you look at the world around you. The imagery resulting from closeup nature photography is a pictorial expression of the age old phrase “stop and smell the roses”.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of closeup digital nature photography is finding interesting subjects. Insects are popular subjects among photographers, as are flowers. While these often result in good photos, there are so many more elements of nature that could be photographed.

Take a walk outside and slow down and look around. You’re bound to notice things that have always been there that you’ve never seen before.

The most important piece of equipment for closeup photography is the lens. There are specialty lenses available on the market and several alternative techniques for achieving high quality closeup digital photos. Do your research before you go out and buy an expensive lens. Here is a page that goes into more detail on your digital cameras lens []

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