Archives for the month of: January, 2012

As Photoshop is primarily a tool used by designers it is not precisely set for use by photographers.  There are a couple of simple things that can easily be adjusted however, to have a default setup that accommodates professional photography.  These settings consist of:


Adjustments > Curves > Set both Clipping percentages to 0%.

Also click the ‘Enhance Monochromatic Contrast’ options and then ‘Save as default’.  This will prevent Photoshop from throwing away shadow and highlight information that could differentiate a masterpiece from an image that gets deleted.

There are also measurements that can be calculated to provide a more accurate visualisation within viewing ‘Print Size’.  To do this simply measure the width of the monitors resolution pixels by the width of the monitor itself, and divide, thus giving the correct Pixels Per Inch (ppi)

Finally, a quick reference concerning colour space:

sRGB – good for websites such as files saved as giff’s that work with a lower degree of colour space.  We can use the Jpeg slider to reduce the image file size when saving ‘Save to Web and Devices’ to assist web pages in accommodating such files.

Adobe RGB – A higher quality colour space than sRGB, good for printing, such as in an editorial locale.

Pro Photo – Super high quality printing, presumably for printing A2 or larger; medium and large format printing.

These settings can be amended according to the project at hand using:

Edit > Colour Settings (As below)

Another interesting feature of Photoshop, that I found quite fascinating, is the Actions tool.  Using Windows > Actions activates the utility box displayed below, with this you can record a number of actions within a task (as many as is beneficial to yourself) and play them back to have Photoshop cutout otherwise repetative, time consuming, monotonous tasks.  Brilliant.  In the case of a series of files or folders where the same actions need to be undertaken in bulk, there is the option of recording through ‘Actions’ then selecting File > Automate > Batch: Job done.


Just a quick blog to include the generation of my QR code (below), created using the QR Code Generator at ‘‘:

Myself, and others will now be able to use this code to access this blog using the process of Synergy; the interaction of technology/applications/different types of media with each other.  For example, using a smart phone with a QR code scanner to link to this blog which was created, and is monitored and updated primarily via a laptop.

A QR code (Quick Response Code) is much the modern version of a Barcode, but with the capability to store much more information and be more interactive and useful with progressing technology, including augmented reality, where, when scanned, you can actually move the scanner around to reveal the link (such as a picture) with the potential to move the device around and look around the link.

Below is a link to my Lightroom Slideshow example.  For this I photographed a series of images and brought them together with the theme ‘Falling’.  The soundtrack is also called ‘Falling’, by Alicia Keys as is apt to the theme.  I used the options panel in Lightroom to adjust my settings and tweek the image progression to my intended requirements, such as including an opening slide with my mock company name, followed by a picture of a girl to imply the physical act of falling is a metaphor for the emotional act of falling in love.  I was also able to alter background colours, borders, watermarks and the timing of the transitions within Lightroom.

Below is a setup of stills used and Lightroom controls I used to produce the above video:

As year progresses and the modules horizon becomes much more than just a distant landscape, wavering in the promised heat of Summer, I realise that I have still lots to do.

Adding to the book cover, of which I have found great inspiration from within (and from the link at the bottom of this screen), we have now to construct a zoetrope, this being a practical example of persistence of vision.  Traditionally, a slot would be made in a circular object that can rotate at varying speeds, and a sequence of images would be placed on the inside of this circle so that when viewed through the slot and rotated it would look very much like the examples in previous blogs demonstrating moving.  Examples such as those by Edweard Muybridge, and myself.  Please see Fig 1:











Image taken from,, Jan 2012.

Alternatively, a zoetrope can be created digitally by using similar methods to the GIFF files shown in previous blogs.

Originally, I had intended to create a digital zoetrope, but having already experimented with GIFF’s and intending to create many more (hopefully more advanced GIFF’s) in my spare time, I thought I would take to some craft and produce a traditional one.

So, as for my book cover, I am currently in the process of gathering the required materials and accessories I will need for both my model and the set.  This should take the maximum of a week to do, then I can move onto taking test shots in the studio to acquire the correct lighting, composition and also help to assist me in deciding whether or not to remove certain items that may clutter the scene and possibly divert attention from the main focal point(s).

Although I have come to realise that my final picture is going to be more complicated than I had originally assumed (even then I knew it wasn’t going to be straight forward), I am persistent in sticking with the theme and carrying out everything necessary to fulfill the specification and requirements of my Statement of Intent.  Therefore, at this point, I do not intend to change anything from my originally conceived take on the stories dust jacket.

This may take more time and effort than I had orignally penciled in for, however I believe it will be a good experience and enjoyable throughout.  Though if the set-ups and final pieces of my future assignments are based around a simpler concept, then you know why.

Link to inspiration and information gathering for a book cover shoot: