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Mar06

Float and fly using Photoshop

Posted on Mar 6 by

I think all of us had that dream as a kid, running around and suddenly have the ability to lift your feet and fly off. I know I did. I’ve been floating and flying using photoshop on more than one occasion and as with many things in photography and Photoshop there are multiple ways to floating and flying using Photoshop. Since I don’t hide being a great fan of Phlearn I’m going to recommend their latest tutorial. If you want to become a floating and flying master than they have a 4.5 hour tutorial lindup for you, and let me tell you it’s awesome! Packed with valuable information and, as usual, fun to watch. Become a float master and start with Phlearns Beginners Guide to...

Aug26

How to composite photos | Photoshop

Posted on Aug 26 by

When you want to know how to composite photos there are a couple of things you need to know. After that it’s easy and most of all fun! When you finished with these tips I suggest you read Photoshop Compositing Tutorials, next. I compiled a list of 5 tips on how to composite photos these tips are all it takes to get you going without getting frustrated on your first couple of tries. Start simple and work your way up to more advanced composites. 1. When selecting images for compositing think of you horizon line You can’t always just select elements of one image and paste them in your background. When selecting material for your new compositing ideas always check the horizon line (when applicable). When they’re completely different safe yourself the trouble and just look for something else or shoot something that fits the horizon line of your background. Here’s an example of 2 images with completely different horizon lines. It would be very hard indeed to use elements from one image into the other. Even with images taken...

Aug22

Compositing Tutorials | Photoshop

Posted on Aug 22 by

Photoshop compositing tutorials, my top list Look no further these Photoshop compositing tutorials will get you creating your dream world in no time. There’re a lot of Photoshop compositing tutorials around. Over the years I found that a lot of those sites cover the basics really well. Maybe push their way into intermediate level. When you want to go further and make mind blowing  composits in Photoshop you’re often left to experimentings. Nothing wrong with that but who doesn’t like a good instruction video! Here’s the list of my best Photoshop compositing tutorials. PHLEARN This is the Photoshop tutorial site which changed it all for me. There are a lot of really good free Photoshop compositing tutorials. The Pro Photoshop compositing tutorials are really one of the best out there. Not only are the tutorials good they’re also fun to watch! No one likes to listen to a bland voice and silence while watching a two hour tutorial video. Aaron Nace who does almost all the tutorial video’s makes the learning process fun with his sense of humor and casual flair. Just checkout these Pro...

Apr21

Footwear Legends

Posted on Apr 21 by

I came across our anonymous photographer while working on a project. She didn’t announce herself as a photographer but while talking to her I was struck by her keen inside into street work and photography in general. I asked her if she does any work of her own and she told be about Footwear Legends. While most street photographers would focus on scenes at eye level this project differentiates itself by diving all the way down and find character in peoples footwear and legs. The project according to our photographer: “The project dates back to the summer of 2012. I was on a Paris metro, which was so crowded that there was no choice but to lower your eyes or else breath into the back of someone’s head. As soon as I started practicing this habit, I saw a completely different, parallel city scene. I’ve never paid so much attention to peoples feet before. I noticed the different shapes of toes seen through open toe shoes, and then of course I started to explore shoe design and the splendor of colors. A few months after...

Mar24

Epson R2880 with Ilford Gold Fiber Silk

Posted on Mar 24 by

After having it on my to-buy list for a couple of years I finally went ahead and got the Epson R2880. The initial reason I wanted one was to print better quality digital negatives for my Vandyke brown process (see http://blog.theodoorthomas.com/van-dyke-brown-part1/). However I did a couple of really nice shoots in the past month so I thought why not actually make a really nice black and white print on proper paper and see what I could end up with. A quick trip to the photography store where I went completely nuts and bought 10 sheets of Ilford Gold Fiber Silk A3+ paper, which set me back about 50 bucks. You might think that just going to a lab and having them print your image is way cheaper, and you would be right, however in my experience they usually don’t manage to make proper black and white prints. When you do have a lab that’s able to do so you usually want them to print samples first and then decide. That means a lot of driving to and fro and...

Mar22

Holga and the sunny and cloudy switch

Posted on Mar 22 by

Okay it took me some time to figure this one out. Turnout that there’re Holga’s with a working sunny/cloudy switch and there’re Holga’s where it doesn’t change the F-stop at all. The rule to this is actually fairly simple, if you have a glass lens Holga (the GN) you really do have 2 F-stop settings, the plastic lens Holga’s have one F-stop setting and changing the little nob to cloudy or sunny won’t change a thing. For me at least, mystery solved 🙂 More on shooting with...

Feb24

Holgaroid and light metering

Posted on Feb 24 by

(Update 22-04-2013: The article bellow describes using the back with the GN glass lens Holga) Yesterday I finally got my Holgaroid back in the mail, it traveled all the way from Hong Kong to my doorstep in The Netherlands. Opening the box it came with the back (without film) and a diopter lens to correct for the new film plane distance as with the instant back that moves a couple of millies backwards. It also comes with a new frame you can click into your holga instead of the 6×6 or 6×4.5 But let me first start of with 2 questions and their simple answers. Q: Polaroid doesn’t make film anymore so why would I want one? A: Correct they don’t but FujiFilm does and since instant film is still used in science labs they won’t stop making it tomorrow. Q: I never shot instant film and I have no clue what film to use? A: Fuji Film sadly discontinued there ISO 400 color and black and white film which would have been perfect for the Holgaroid. But fear...

Feb14

Women by Bas Adriaans

Posted on Feb 14 by

This rather generic, but aptly, named book by Bas Adriaans saw the light of day 4 months ago. Back then I gave it some attention on this blog with a short description and a link to Blurb where you can preview and buy the book. However I would like to give a bit more background information on how this book came to be, it so happens that I had the privilege of being a close observer of the blood, sweat and maybe even tears, that made Women what it is today. I’ve seen many preliminary versions of the book, different formats, shapes and sizes. Eventually he decided which of the photographs, he spend months tinkering with the order, should appear in the book. But who is Bas Adriaans? A little excerpt from the book. “Commercial and fine art photographer Bas Adriaans (1971, Eindhoven) is already an Interior Design graduate when he is accepted into the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague to study photography. His zeal for the medium does not go unnoticed. Before long he is offered a select...

Feb05

Rapture by Rob Verbunt

Posted on Feb 5 by

Rob Verbunt a recent graduate of the Academy of Photography in The Netherlands. Graduated with his project Rapture. By his own description: Rapture shows an intimate series of images about being enraptured, achieving or passing borders and the thin line between appropriate and inappropriate, pleasure or displeasure. In Rapture, living the images while shooting, was as important as to publish them. To enhance the imagery of the theme, pinhole photography, long exposure times and the mixing of light with different color temperatures were being used. His choice for equipment and lighting complements the idea of the project very well. Flowing lines and soft shapes erotic in nature while at the same time in darkness seems to suggest to some forbidden fruit. As still often in our society our automatic response is one of disapproval when something feels too good or when – being enraptured. His work reminded me of Magnum photographer Antoine d’Agata and in particular his Stigma project. Where the work of Antoine d’Agata on Stigma is confronting and at times harsh, then Rapture is much easier to...

Mar29

Article in PNKV

Posted on Mar 29 by

Recently an interview was published in PNKV magazine about my Poland project, if you got here by following the link in this article and you would like to contact me then please refer to this websites which hold my contact information: http://theodoorthomas.com Kort geleden is in het PNKV magazine een interview met mij verschenen over mijn Polen project. Wanneer u hier over met mij in contact wil komen kunt u op de volgende website mijn contact gegevens vinden http://theodoorthomas.com The interview itself can be found by following this link, the interview is only available in...

Mar08

Van Dyke Brown

Posted on Mar 8 by

A Van Dyke Brown or vdb print is a contact print technique  not unlike the better know Cyanotype. Unlike the  Cyanotype the Van Dyke Brown print produces a brown (actually more Sepia like) print. I always had an interest in old photography techniques but never really dove into to them in detail. When reading and researching about wet plate photography I stumbled upon a video of making a Van Dyke Brown print and decided to take a side step from my wet plate adventure and dive into Van Dyke Brown printing. I really loved the look and the relative simplicity of the processes and figured this would be a nice introduction to alternative photography in general. I’m not regretting it! It’s really to bad that so little is know about these processes as they can compliment digital works very well. If you think that these techniques are only for the darkroom veterans think again! You can print out perfect digital negatives and start printing with these techniques in no time. Interesting enough these alternative processes have become a lot easier with todays cheap inkjet photo...

Jul07

Photography, Style and Composition

Posted on Jul 7 by

The story: Journey of you, as a novice photo enthusiast: You have no clue about framing or composition and shoot it the way you think it looks best in the frame you see when looking through your camera’s view finder (or at the display of your digital compact). Often you’re surprised by your own work, people compliment it even! If you have real passion for it you’d probably want to discover what makes a pleasing image just so you can make more of them. You browse around for tips on composition, pretty soon you find photography forums and galleries where fellow “photographers” burn each other for putting subjects in the middle and many more rule of third based preaching. Photos also get shot-down for having blown-out highlights and no shadow detail. You realize that many of your own pictures you like so much would get burned in almost all of these online forums, all those “expert photographers” would rip them apart. However your passion for photography is strong, you decide to learn everything about the rule of thirds, complementary colors and all the other...