Gold Squad

For this assignment¬†the task was to create a “find the difference” picture with at least 6 differences by editing things out of a photo.

My inspiration for this was my photography work in which I edit objects and things out of photos all the time to get a polished “perfect photo” look. For example this piece of previous work below comparing a “before and after” of the editing of a photo:

I therefore decided to take a twist on the assignment by editing a photo that I had taken beforehand. I would remove some bigger elements to create differences like the assignment asked and then would go on to do my “perfection” editing where I remove everything I find annoying or distracting within the image to create the best/cleanest photo I can.

I started using Adobe Lightroom¬†to edit the image using Spot Removal Tool which works by specifying a source circle and then a destination circle for the source to be pasted over. You can also speicify “Heal” or “Clone” to determine how the source is pasted over it; whether it is just copied identically or healed/merged into place. The Spot Healing Tool view with my edited circles can be seen in the image below:

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To perfect the image I also used Adobe Photoshop¬†to finalize some of the editing that I started in Lightroom and to remove some other parts that wasn’t possible with the Spot Removal Tool. I used the Spot Healing Brush Tool to get rid of minor parts since it fills them in automatically and then used the Healing Brush Tool to specify appropriate areas of the photo, position these copied areas over the parts¬†to edit out and then blend them in using the Eraser Tool. My Photoshop Editing screen can be seen below:

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Here’s the final “Spot the Differences” or “Before and After” photos:

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As you can see there are quite a few big differences in the photos as well as the small minor “polishing” changes. The big changes include the guy in front of the door on the right, the guy by the Range Rover on the left, the red car/line in the bottom left and all of the Michael Kors and Dior branding on the shop fronts.

I was very happy with how this photo turned out since I edited it to the point where it is as good as it can be that I actually decided to post it online. For this I re-imported it into Lightroom, square cropped it and re-watermarked it in the new crop before posting it to Instagram as seen below:

I think my finished “before editing” and “after editing” photos shows some of the power of modern computer image editing and manipulation. There has been quite a lot of controversy online over this sort of “extreme editing” with relation to pictures of models/people edited by¬†businesses or the media which set unrealistic standards/goals to society. For example this recent story demonstrates a magazine possibly trying to make a model on the cover look slimmer than she actually is. Another example of Photoshop editing being caught out which I find particularly funny is these North Korean state-published images¬†which most are quite blatantly not real.

Here’s My Card….

For this assignment the task was to create a business card.

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Whenever I think of business cards I think of this scene from The Dark Knight. Image from here.

 

My inspiration for this assignment was from my Photography work which I actually needed to create a business card for at some point in the near future. This assignment therefore served as a useful opportunity to actually create a business card that I may actually use in the future.

Other inspiration was taking a look at other people’s business cards like this one¬†from another automotive photographer and other general photography related business cards on this website. After viewing these I had thought that I wanted to have one side primarily of example of my photography work and possibly my logo while on the other side have the standard contact information.

I started making the business card in Adobe Photoshop using two project files. One for the front and one for the back. In the front file I simply pasted in some of my best/favourite photos into the document and resized them in an equal pattern to fit the standard size (3.5 x 2 inches). For the back I inserted my logo and then using the Text Tool to write my contact information. I also used three small icons on the back, two of which I adapted from logos and one which I created using simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator .

This first attempt can be seen below:

However after doing the first attempt I wasn’t overly happy with how it turned out so I went on to make more changes. to the design. For the front of the card ¬†decided to reduce the number of images so that I could position the logo and about line on the front. I took 2 photos from the first attempt and found another that fitted well together having the horizon treeline lined up and sky above to provide a minimal background for the logo. On the images I did have to add in more of the sky to fill the height of the card which was done using the Content Aware Fill Tool which automatically creates pixels in that area based on the surrounding image. For the back I just rearranged the remaining content and made it larger so it’s easily readable since the card would be quite small if it were to be printed.

The finished product can be seen below:

I think the finished product looks quite good and I’m glad I was able to find 3 good images of mine to edit together for the front. The card could potentially look cleaner¬†with one single image on the front however one image doesn’t show a “range of work” so that may need some thought before I go about actually printing any. Also on the card I need to finish making my website before I go about printing any. As mentioned making business cards was something I needed to go about doing as over the past couple of months I’ve had quite a few opportunities where it would have been very useful to have some to give to potential contacts/clients at various events I’ve attended. So I will definitely continue to¬†develop what I’ve created above and probably get feedback from people before progressing to printing.

Photoshop Gone Rogue

For this assignment the task was to create an animated mosaic about a movie using a single image that then splits up into a grid of 9 different animated GIF images of various scenes in the movie.

My inspiration for this was from the Jaws example on the assignment page and from my last mashup assignment which was Star Wars Rogue One related. Differing to the Jaws example I had thought that the mosaic would be more easily created if it was using a landscape still image for the start as the GIF animations would be landscape orientated shots from the movie. During the thought process for this I also took inspiration from the Jaws example in that the GIF animations would appear momentarily one after another rather than at the same time.

To make this Star Wars Rogue One GIF mosaic I first sourced the starting still image of from this website. I then set about souring the 9  GIF images using the Rogue One Trailer 1 and Trailer 2. I copied this links to these videos and then using GIPHY as seen below specified the start points and duration of the animation which would make the selected part of the video as a GIF image which I could then download.

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After I then had all of the images I then set about compiling them together to create the final product. I first attempted to use Adobe Photoshop¬†since this allows the editing of GIFs in Timeline View¬†however this didn’t work out in the end as inserting more than one GIF created ¬†quite a few problems since Photoshop works by making each GIF¬†frame a different layer¬†in the project file. This resulted in hundreds of layers for only a couple of GIFs and meant that to position a GIF each every layer would have to be moved manually since only one layer (frame) is made visible at a time. Another issue was that the background still image layer would have to be manually toggled to visible for every frame in the animation. Some of these Photoshop issues can be seen in screenshot below:

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I then decided to move to Sony Vegas¬†instead to compile the animated GIF images with the still image. After importing them into a project file the still image was inserted on the first track on the timeline and then the GIF images inserted on the 9 layers above so they would be overlaid on top of the image. Theses were positioned on the timeline at various points after 1 second of still image to create the simultaneous appearing transitions and the crop tool used to position them in a 9×9 grid. After this white rectangles were created using Photoshop and overlaid to create the outline grid which would mask any gaps in the GIF cropping and be present on the screen at all times like in the assignment example.

Below you can see the Sony Vegas project file with some of the tracks visible on the timeline:

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To then make this into a GIF animated image this Sony Vegas project was then rendered as an MP4 video (since Vegas does not allow exporting in GIF file format). This video was uploaded to this website which can be used to convert video files to animated GIF images. Using this online tool the options  as seen in the image below were selected to make sure the animated image plays smoothly in real time and that it is the highest quality possible. I also did re-render and re-convert the video once during the process to cut down on the still image timing at the start of the animation as originally it took too long before the GIF animations appeared.Capture3.PNG

The finished animated GIF mosaic can be seen below:gif-assignment

I think the finished animated mosaic is quite an eye-catching way to view scenes of a movie and definitely takes a couple of¬†loops to view all of the different GIFs that make up the grid. So it could be better if reproduced that the GIF animations were more delayed between each starting or repeated to give the user more time to see what’s going on in them.

I chose this movie for this assignment because I have loved the Star Wars movies ever since I was a kid and particularly like this latest addition to the story-line¬†because of the stunning cinematic shots and use of CGI. For example the top right GIF animated image shows the amazing CGI establishing shot of the movie which rolls just after the titles which I like as it seamlessly drops you into the plot. Through the still image and some of the animated GIFs I have shown some of various troopers within the movie which are of particular interest to me since they are the coolest looking “characters” within the universe and also because I am actually part way through building my own Shock Trooper armour from the third Star Wars movie. On the mosaic there is also some key storyline scenes in some of the GIFs alongside the scenes I liked/am interested in; although there wasn’t much video content online to turn into these animated GIFs because the movie is still very new so the choice was limited. One of my particular favourites is the middle animated GIF scene with the AT-ACT¬†brushing off a rocket fired from one of the main characters Baze¬†as this adds a hint of comedy in the middle of the main battle scene. As of writing this I’ve seen the movie twice already and will probably see it quite a few more times. During the second time of watching I was keeping an eye out for the scene shot in Canary Wharf Underground Station but still missed it!

The Dark Side

For this assignment the task was to create a mashup of two iconic movie scenes. It was said that we should aim to be as subtle as possible with the mashup image.

When viewing the assignment page¬†I thought that the main¬†given example¬†simply puts the “Wilson” ball from the movie Cast Away¬†as a second moon onto a minor scene from the 5th¬†Star wars¬†movie. So this main example isn’t exactly meeting the assignment brief with using iconic scenes. So on viewing another example of what someone had previously done for the assignment which also wasn’t fully meeting the brief I was given inspiration from their work to create a mashup which also had a different take on the assignment.

Their assignment work which inspired me can be seen here on their blog and as the image below simply took a Range Rover and placed it onto the moon.

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Image created by Emily Atkins as seen here.

When I read the description of their finished mashup on the assignment page before I saw it I had pictured something different in my mind to what they had actually made. This inspired me to use their idea as a starting point to create a better mashup like I’d first imagined upon reading this example where I would place a Range Rover or other 4×4 vehicle into a Moon scene and then possibly add in a couple of other elements around it.

I started by gathering the first two images for the mashup which were a photo of a Brabus 700 Mercedes 6×6 ¬†from here and a photo of the Moon’s surface from here. These can be seen below:

I opened both of these images within Adobe Photoshop¬†and began to blend them together using the Magic Wand tool, Quick selection tool and Eraser to remove the background of the 6×6 image. I then used the black and white adjustment layer to remove the sand colour from the shadow and window since the moon is monotone.

I then gathered some more images to put into the background of the mashup image to give it some movie relation for the assignment and to make it more interesting to viewers. I felt that the space theme and menacing looking Brabus 6×6 lent themselves to relation to the evil characters (dark side) in Star Wars. I gathered an image of a star background from here, an image of the Death Star from from here, and image of an ATAT from here and an image of a Death Trooper from here. These can be seen below:

I then inserted these into the Photoshop file to blend into the mashup. The star background was placed over the moon scene and was erased until it just covered the black “sky”. The death star was scaled down, placed in the top left corner and the opacity was reduced to make it blend in with the “sky” more. The background of the ATAT image was then removed using the quick selection tool and then scaled down to be positioned near the horizon.

The death trooper image was then positioned next to the 6×6 and scaled to be appropriately size in comparison to it. To make it look realistic I then created a shadow¬†by selecting the area of the trooper and on a new layer filling in this area with the paint brush tool to get a silhouette. This was then positioned, scale, angled¬†to the same degree as the 6×6 shadow with the perspective transform tool ¬†and the opacity reduced which created a realistic shadow effect.

Using the paint brush I then added a white highlight to the right of the trooper and death star to add even more realism by making them fit with the scene lighting and also used dark grey to cover the 6×6 number plate since I wanted the finished image to be as good as possible.

The finished mashup can be seen below:

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I’m quite happy with the result of the mashup and while the image is obviously not real or subtle I think that the cleanliness of the Photoshop adds to the effect that it “could be real” as you can’t see where I’ve cut out the images and that they have been blended¬†well. Looking at the finished image it also reminds me of a car advert¬†with the perfectly lit and central car¬†and the other elements engaging viewers into looking at it. (Also slightly somewhat related to the Nissan Star Wars Advert)

I also tweeted the finished assignment to the DS106 participant that inspired me to create this!

 

Jurassic Story

For this mock marked post I chose this assignment  which involved the creation of a silly movie poster.

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Above you can see what I have created using Adobe Photoshop. I started by using a blank template of the Jurassic Park poster which I found on this website. ¬†My inspiration was to blend the dinosaur character Rex from Toy Story¬†¬†into the post in place of the dinosaur head which is on the real poster. I did this using this image of Rex which I inverted the colours to in Photoshop using the “control + i” shortcut key. I also added this movie rating image to the top right like most modern DVD covers/posters have some other funny text elements into the poster to make it more suitable for the assignment brief (see if you can spot them). For the title text on the main logo I blended both the movie titles of the elements I used together into “Jurassic Story” and then using the layer options I added a background outer glow to the text.

If you wish to view this assignment you can do so here!

Power of Editing – #tdc1357

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This daily create was about creating a image in the same style of those created by Thai photographer Chompoo Baritone in which Instagram posts are framed in the original images to show the full picture rather than what the user has selected to post.

For my version of this I took a post from my automotive photography Instagram¬†and then using Adobe Photoshop I overlaid a screenshot of the post on top of the original unedited image. I quite like the effect this creates giving a behind the scenes look at the final posted “finished product” since it shows the rest of the image that was not included and the differences that have been made through editing.

If you wish to view this daily create you can do so here: http://daily.ds106.us/tdc1357/

My submission: https://twitter.com/Hugh_B_/status/796756220287877120

The dream team – #tdc1748

For this daily create we had to create a poster of 5 people for our “dream team” who we would like to work with some day.

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Above you can see the image I created in Adobe Photoshop of the 5 people I selected that I would like to work with some day.

  • Casey Neistat is a YouTuber/Filmmaker with a “live life on the edge” attitude to daily life. His daily videos through their story telling, camera work and editing make even the most normal of days and tasks really interesting to watch. If you want to make an interesting video that’s full of energy then Casey is your man!
  • Lewis Brindley is a YouTuber part of “The Yogscast” and widely regarded as the original founder of the group. He would be good to work with because of his organisational skills, technical knowledge, media organisation/brand knowledge and his likeable personality.
  • Blair Joscelyne (Moog) and Martin Mulholland (Marty) ¬†and both YouTubers who run a channel called “MightyCarMods” which is close to my heart due to my interest in cars/motorsport. Their videos are among the best produced on YouTube with their story telling, informative content, camera angles, editing and personalities all creating very engaging and interesting ¬†videos (especially their more cinematic ones). Alongside this Blair also produces all of music included in the videos which is an amazing achievement.
  • Sam (SeenThroughGlass) is also a YouTuber who covers various cars and automotive events/lifestyle. The way in which he develops a story throughout a video and the cinematography/camera angles that he uses is very appealing and makes his content stand out over the other “competitors” around him.

So overall it would be great working with this team on a video production in general or more specifically related to the automotive/car subject that I favor due to my passion in it.

If you wish to view this daily create you can do so here: http://daily.ds106.us/tdc1748/

My submission: https://twitter.com/Hugh_B_/status/791983904483897344