CC, Rotoscoping & Green Screen

Approaching this assignment i think i spent almost 2 hours just aimlessly sifting through film clips not knowing what to throw together and then when i did find clips that i thought would work together i couldn’t cut the figures out neat enough because they were moving too fast or the person blended in with the background too much so when i used the Roto Brush Tool it wasn’t neat enough.

I was determined to use a Will Ferrell film (just because i think he’s great) and when i tried to pair Land Of The Lost and Elf it just didn’t work so i used Clint Eastwood from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly instead of Elf. This worked quite well because they were both in desert scenes, Clint was however very much in shadow, less saturated and not as orange:

clint

So i used a mixture of curves, exposure & the brightness & contrast to match him to the background.

cccurves

Using the Roto Brush i was able to cut around Clint, it wasn’t easy and i found that i needed to make the brush tool smaller to get much more accurate areas selected but i couldn’t see a way of doing this. I refined the edges of him in the Roto Brush Matte options by changing the Feather, Contrast & Shift Edge levels and this tidied it up a bit. I also added a blur effect to the background as Clint is walking towards the camera to add some depth of field.

And then for a bit of fun i threw in Woody (Green Screen) getting crushed by a falling ice cream van at the end, using  rectangular mask to move over Woody as the van fell on him.

woody

He also needed colour correction and the levels changing to suit the change of light as the van came from above.

woody-1

I actually really enjoyed this once i had the material to use, most of my time was spent wandering aimlessly through youtube just looking, i think if someone had given me the footage from the beginning i could of really spent some time and gone to town with it.

My Project – WILD WANGDANGLED

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POP ART

POP ART was a term that evolved in the 1950’s throughout the UK and America, originally invented by Lawrence Alloway who was a British Curator to describe a new and emerging form of ‘Popular’ Art. The dominating characters of this form of art was – Bold, bright, primary colours, contrasting thick black lines, everyday objects, creating cartoon-like simple imagery. It was very much a rebellion from all preceding art movements and revelled in the contemporary culture of that period creating a very avant-garde style.

Probably one of the most iconic Pop Art Photographers was Andy Warhol.

“Key Ideas

Warhol’s early work in commercial illustration was all about elevating an ordinary product into a more glamorous light for the purpose of selling it as an object of desire to the masses.”
(http://www.theartstory.org/artist-warhol-andy.htm)
Some of his work involved screen-printed images of Campbells Soup cans and you can’t really get more ordinary than that but by adding strong bold colours to what was originally a white tin, bold white frames, repetition and symmetry it’s lifted the boring to something that has visual prominence….
soup-andy-warhol
Pop Art become a great tool in the advertising industry because all of a sudden it was ‘ok’ to display recognisable items in a more visually stimulating way and encouraged more people to buy it.
I like the idea of making something so ordinary stand out…surely life would be boring if we didn’t have people that made the mundane more exciting.

We can only get better?

Something that i love to see is when top photographers show work from when they first started out, it gives a sense of hope to all of us who always feel like we’re never where we want to be….. are you ever? Its just one long journey of making mistakes, learning from it, moving on and improving.

I found this image that Kelly Brown had shared on her Facebook page:

kelly-2008-2016

It’s just a massive encouragement…no-one is brilliant from the get-go and we have to go through all the wrongs to figure out the rights.

So i put together one for myself:

2014-2016

I like to look at this….it makes me smile 😀 I actually thought that was a good photo in 2014….we can only compare to what we know, i obviously didn’t know enough then and this is why if you always are looking to learn more and discover new things you can only get better!

Kelly Brown | Learning from the best

When i decided i wanted to focus specifically on newborn photography it was Kelly Brown that influenced me the most. I love her work, from the way she makes her clients feel the moment they walk through the door, to the natural earthy colours & props she uses to the beautifully edited images. She is calm & professional and makes the whole experience special from start to finish. This is something that i want to provide, i want people to invest in beautiful imagery of their babies and in return i want to give them a luxury experience.

I would LOVE to do one of her 2 Day intensive workshops where she covers everything from safe work practice, posing through to the editing , products & client delivery. These cost $2000 and i would have to travel to Australia for it so at this time it is not an option for me 😦 I have contacted her and asked if she would ever be running an of these in the UK and if so can i be top of the list 😀

She is at the SWPP in London in January 2017, where she will be participating in seminars and is running a short class….but by the time i had found out about it there was no spaces left.

I am a huge fan of Creative Live and the resources that they provide for photographers are brilliant, you can watch free broadcasts and also buy the full courses if you wish. Last year i managed to watch a couple of the Newborn Photography Bootcamp by Kelly Brown and it was amazing but i couldn’t afford to buy the full course then. I bought it a couple of weeks ago and have started watching the course, it was run over a 4 week period and there is so many incredible videos as well as class materials, documents & guides. Once i have finished the videos i am going to begin to work through these and adapt them for my business.

Kelly Brown | Contemporary Practitioner

Kelly Brown, Master Of Photography with the AIPP.

Specialises in newborn & baby photography, she runs her business Little Pieces Photography from her home studio in Kenmore Hills, Brisbane, Queensland which she started in 2005.

kellys-first-studio

Which she soon outgrew and has now extended it into her garage, it has a full wall of windows providing her with plenty of natural light. She has become so busy that her husband chose to give up his job to work alongside her and looks after the business & marketing:

Kelly’s calm persona and concern for baby’s safety at the same time as creating beautiful portraits has really excelled her business, she has diplomas in Business & Photography and has spent time learning about newborn babies to have an understanding of their little bodies is really important when you are going to be posing them and putting them in different positions. She has a wealth of knowledge in this area and has become one of the most well known Newborn Photographers and teaches all over the world, she wants to provide people with the skills they need to run a successful newborn photography business and to help maintain the standards of the industry:

creativeLIVE Speaker – Newborn Posing 3 day Workshop

creativeLIVE Speaker – Bumps to Babies 3 day Workshop

creativeLIVE Speaker – Newborn Photography Bootcamp

ACCOLADES:

AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year 2014
AIPP QLD Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 and 2014
AIPP QLD Family Photographer of the Year 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
AIPP QLD Portrait Photographer of the Year 2013
AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year 2012

WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Individual 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Group 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Children’s 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Creative Composite 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Individual 2013
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Group 2013

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize – Finalist 2012 & 2013

RESOURCES:

http://blog.littlepiecesphotography.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/kellybrown

 

Perfect Moments Photography | BLOG

It is true what they say…BLOGGING really helps!! I have started doing it regularly and i have now bumped my site from Page 3 to the top of Page 2!! gaaaaaaah i just want to be on Page 1!!!!!!!! Obsessed??? ME!?? Nooooooooooo ….. i’m not obsessed

…..determined?? YES 😀 haha

I have listed the links to some of my recent blogs:

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/11/29/frosticles-long-shadows/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/11/25/posed-or-candid-photos/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/11/23/lets-print-print-print/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/11/22/baby-boy-ieuan-newborn-session/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/09/26/christmas-mini-shoot/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/09/12/baby-girl-arabella-newborn-photography/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/10/02/walks-fairies/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/07/08/sally-james-wedding/

https://perfectmoments-photography.com/2016/05/13/rhian-craig-wedding/

My Brand

Finding my style:

I like earthy natural tones, my style isn’t loud and vibrant it is more muted / pastels / natural fibres / lace / wood / leather / warm / pretty / classical. I like the contrast of black and white against natural tones. I love anything old / retro / vintage props. I also make as much as I can – props: beds, nests, outfits etc and this makes my work even more individual. – show examples

My logo / My Brand – this has been difficult because i’ve always done such a mixture of photography but now that I am concentrating on mainly newborn/child photography & weddings i’m finding that things are starting to come together. I can’t use the same watermark on a DJ’s photo as I would on a newborn photo.

My Brand – Perfect Moments Photography, I have chosen a flowery wreath around it and changed all my website look to suit it, I want it to appeal to women / mothers because that is my target audience. But it also needs to include me somewhere in there so I have added my name in a simple script font next to the flowery wreath and then its a mix of all the qualities I like.

Below is my journey through logos over the past few years:

logo-collection

Website ~ Ongoing Improvement

www.perfectmoments-photography.com

My website is currently at the top of page 3 when you type in ‘Newborn Photographer Wrexham’.

And i need to be on page 1, there is people i know on page one and their website isn’t built around key words for newborn photography. But i am really struggling with the limitations of wordpress.com, i have my hosting through them and i pay for the premium account so it allows me to do more than the free account but i just don’t know how to optimise it anymore. I have spent lots of time talking to their support and there isn’t much else i can do. And i’ve spoke to different web designers and they haven’t been able to help much, they said it would need to be moved to another host but that’s not going to be easy to do. So i’ve just been trying to make do with it as it is, i can only use the themes that wordpress.com supply and out of them all there was nothing that quite suits the look I am going for so I have modified it to the best of my abilities so far. I have created a linen background to it because this ties in with the natural fibres I use in my sessions and the colours are what i tend to use as well –

I like earthy natural tones, my style isn’t loud and vibrant it is more muted / pastels / natural fibres / lace / wood / leather / warm / pretty / classical. I like the contrast of black and white against natural tones and I love anything old / retro / vintage.

It has a scrolling gallery on the front page which shows all my latest blogs so i have got this part working how i like because it keeps my home page current.

Associations

I have paid to become a member of BANPAS (Baby And Newborn Photography Association) And NAPCP (National Association Of Child Photographers), I am listed on their sites so if anyone searches for a photographer in my area then I will show on their website of registered photographers. They have ongoing training, workshops, legal information.

I have joined every online local advertising sites there is on the first 3 pages of google –

http://www.kidsguide.org.uk/wrexham-flintshire-children/family-photographers-wrexham-flintshire/

https://www.bidvine.com/ll/wrexham/baby-photography

http://www.freeindex.co.uk/profile(perfect-moments-photography)_700981.htm

http://www.wrexhampages.co.uk/search/wrexham/photographers

https://www.uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk/intown/Photographers-in-Wrexham/

http://directory.walesonline.co.uk/search/wrexham/photographers

I have also verified my business with Google –

https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=perfect%20moments%20photography%20wrexham

Social Media

All my social media sites are linked to my website blogs so they get shared throughout:

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

And YOUTUBE

Suggestions that i have found on the internet:

How to boost your seo-

Use SEO Plugins, but i can’t do this because it would need to be .org its .com so i can’t install any seo plugins like Yoast

SEO for Idiots: The 10 Basics of Blogging Search Engine Optimization

I make sure I have keywords in the metadata attached to every photo I upload, in my posts I try to use as many key words as I can.

Getting reviews on any advertising pages that i am on will help – so i have been requesting reviews from people once i have finished each job

Blogging as much as possible

Keep regular new content on the page

Link to other websites / referrals etc

Join Blog circles

4 months Of Client Galleries

Below is links to the galleries of some of the work i have done since opening the studio, it was going to take too long to create hyperlinks for all of these but if you copy and paste them into your browser they will take you to the gallery –

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyieuan/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/lisa-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/sam-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/sarah-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/victoria-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/amanda-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/lucy-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/julie-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/kate-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/rhian-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/abigail-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/carnell-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/jac-xmas/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/emilysfamilyshoot/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyelsie/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/elite/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/benjamincakesmash/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/carolinefamilyshoot/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/nataliefamilyshoot/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babylottie/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babydarcie/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/sophiacakesmash/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyrhys/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/reneefamilyshoot/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/sarahfamilyshoot/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/jonesfamilyshoot/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyarabella/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babysidney/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyted/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/janeandjohnsweddingday/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyleo/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyphoebebellaandsam/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyarthur/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/reubenanddexter/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/reggieschristening/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/zsazsas21st/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/lindasbirthdayshoot/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/finlayandelise/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyrhaya/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/babyharley/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/jamesandsallywedding/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/rachelharris/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/benjaminsbaptism/

http://perfectmoments34.pixieset.com/dananddomstudioshoot/