Park Views with Brittney

If you are familiar with the Pittsburgh art scene, you have probably heard of Brittney Chantele. She's always performing incredible pieces and spreading her message. During this session she choose to focus on her spoken word and biking. Be sure to like her Facebook page for updates!

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Embrace the Golden Hour

   

A collection of images from my trip to Outer Banks this summer.

I wanted to add a little task to this blog post. Five of the images above were taken on a Nikon and three were taken on a Canon DSLR camera. Now is your time to decide which you believe is a Nikon or Canon! Reply with your guesses!!

 

Note: All images were edited using Lightroom

Sewickley Creek Greenhouse

  

Last week, I worked with Sewickley Creek Greenhouse to photograph their Christmas collection. Words cannot describe how beautiful and at home you feel when you first walk into the door. The store is decorated from wall to wall. I've never seen such an array of ornaments including snowmen, santas, glamorous ice cream cones, and coca cola bears. I spent the day taking wide and close angles of the products within their store. With a place looking like this, it's nearly impossible to get a bad photo. Check out the gallery above and my new Commercial Photography page! Also, be sure to be on the lookout for a Christmas video from this location!

Background Replacement

Original background image:

Original model image:

Edited background replacement:

The process of background replacement is simple with Photoshop. You can take an ordinary image, and put it into any spot! One thing to be sure of is the lighting. Outdoor lighting usually only works with outdoor backgrounds.

Photo Restoration

For my final project in my electronic imaging course, I worked on a photograph to restore it. This was a difficult and lengthy process. I ended up making my own background and having a low opacity overlay of the original background. The spot healing, clone stamp, patch, and paint tool helped me greatly in fixing the worn out parts on this photograph. I wanted the color of the picture to have a vintage feel to it so I took away the reds and gave it a little of a green tone.

Background Replacement

For my most recent assignment in my digital imaging course, I had to do background replacement. Scrolling down, you can see the original background image, original image, and then the edited version of the photograph. Enjoy!

   

Original background image:

Original image:

Final edited image:

I put my model in Paris! The original photograph, I took with a model in Pittsburgh on the top of a parking garage. I used the eraser tool, magic wand tool, and magnetic lasso tool to remove the background. I changed the color of the railing to make it blend in more with the photograph. I also had to change the coloring to match both of the images together.

 

 

Original background image:

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Final edited image:

This is the second photograph that I edited for my class. I wanted to put my model in the middle of a NYC street, instead of by a mural in Pittsburgh. I used the gaussian blur filter on the background image to show depth. I had to recolor both images so that they could blend together better. I used the magnetic lasso tool and eraser to remove the original background.

Levitation Photography

  

Today was my first time working with levitation photography. It's an interesting challenge. I was lucky to work with a model and friend of mine, Evan Toman. The weather in Indiana, PA has been incredibly cold over the past few weeks so when it decided to be 32 degrees and snowy, I figured I wouldn't get another opportunity to do this for a while! Working with a model that is comfortable with you and the best possibility as a photographer. During the process, I had to pose the model and work with her clothing to make sure it was draped correctly.

The editing process took around an hour for each photograph. I had to combine the original photo (as seen beside each final image) with an image of the scene without any objects in the view. Using PhotoShop, I loaded the files into a stack. This created a way for me to use the mask tool and erase the objects. After the objects and original background were erased, I spent time using the curves tool to find a brightness to my liking. Some minor cropping was also done. Lastly, I had to select my model's entire body and create a shadow using the fill tool and a filter.

Be on the lookout for more levitation photographs in the future!

Review: Four Year Strong, Transit, and Such Gold

This show was incredibly refreshing. It has been a while since I’ve been at a show and didn’t see everyone in the crowd on their cell phones.

Sadly, this show had the first band start as doors open. This is something that should really change in the music scene especially when local bands have to sell tickets to even get their chance to be on stage.

When I walked into the Rex, Seaway was on the last song of their set. I haven’t listened to them much but I was shocked by how his voice sounded. It was rougher (and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all) then I remember hearing from a few of their songs I’ve heard. Recently, I’ve become more interested in their music after seeing them perform.

Such Gold shortly took the stage afterwards. I’ve been a long time fan of their music and have even traveled to Cleveland on four hours of sleep to see them play with The Story So Far. This band always puts a ridiculous amount of energy into their set and it shows.

Transit is a band that has been around for a while and is the reason that a lot of my friends have gotten into this genre. Their set was filled with many crowd chants. Almost everyone who wasn’t up front singing along, were swaying around in the back.

Finally, Four Year Strong appeared on stage and the crowd got closer together. FYS is the band that got me into this genre. I remember being in high school and after classes putting their music on in my bedroom and getting work done.  Four Year Strong had a blend of new and old music which made it possible to please all of their fans. They have a strong connection with their fans and every single time I have seen them, they’ve made a point to show their fans how much they appreciate them. From being at Warped Tour and having long talks with their fans at their merch tent or at this particular show having their fans join them on stage during their encore song (you can see an iPhone quality picture in the gallery)!

 


Pitt Punk

If you're from the Pittsburgh area and you don't know about Pitt Punk, then there's something wrong. Pitt Punk's founder, Adam Rahuba has turned into a good friend of mine. Every single time I see him, we always have a good conversation about happenings in the Pittsburgh scene. After receiving a twitter follow roughly a year ago, I became intrigued in the idea of having a community where people in the Pittsburgh area could talk about music, ideas, and interests. Whenever my schedule isn't hectic, I love to photography concerts for Pitt Punk and also write articles. Below are some of my posts to the page that can also be seen on pittpunk.org

Photo Restoration

   Currently, I am learning new photo editing tools in my Electronic Imaging course. Using PhotoShop, I restored this family photo for my Electronic Imaging class. There were many tools that I had to use to get this picture the way that I wanted it. The orange/yellow spots were removed with the clone stamp tool and paint brush. I cropped this image down to get rid of the burn marks on the top. The curves tool helped to make the image stand out more. Color wise, I wanted to keep the sepia color of this image so I used contrast tool to enhance it.  This editing process took several hours for just one photograph. When it comes to restoring photos, a few hours of work can mean a family with a photograph that they will cherish for a lifetime. I love the results and plan to scan photos from my family albums and restore them! 

 

Currently, I am learning new photo editing tools in my Electronic Imaging course. Using PhotoShop, I restored this family photo for my Electronic Imaging class. There were many tools that I had to use to get this picture the way that I wanted it. The orange/yellow spots were removed with the clone stamp tool and paint brush. I cropped this image down to get rid of the burn marks on the top. The curves tool helped to make the image stand out more. Color wise, I wanted to keep the sepia color of this image so I used contrast tool to enhance it.

This editing process took several hours for just one photograph. When it comes to restoring photos, a few hours of work can mean a family with a photograph that they will cherish for a lifetime. I love the results and plan to scan photos from my family albums and restore them! 

Scanography

Finally, I have been exposed to the world of scanography! One of my first projects of this semester was to make a creative scan of objects (but I decided to use objects and a person!) The first image is unedited and the second is edited.

Unedited

Unedited

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Edited

I made some simple edits using Photoshop including cropping, painting, and lightening. The scanner was cleaned multiple times but still ended up having some smears on it so I used the brush tool to remove the imperfections. I also decided to bring out the color in my model's hair and makeup. I lightened her eyes and other parts of her face so that her features could be seen clearer. If I could change one thing, it would be the lines that you are able to see on her face. The scanning process is not always perfect, minor movement can change the image. Overall, I'm happy with the outcome of this project and plan on using scanography more in the future.