Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Overall I'm quite 'mehh' about this photo... I feel like it might have turned out better if I took this in a bigger room, but hey, you now know how small my room is!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mr. Poppin's Commute: Before + After

An extreme (well for me it is) before an after.  I woke up at 7 a.m. to take advantage of the gloomy summer morning and after finally finding all of the appropriate tutorials on how to use various Photoshop techniques online, I saved the final picture at 9 p.m.  

Needless to say, I was pooped- It just makes me so much more amazed and awe-struck at photographers who are able to do this every single day.  While I would love to do a step by step tutorial, unfortunately I wasn't taking very many screenshots during editing as I was going along :(.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Buon Appetito

A return to the world of food photography- one of the hardest in my opinion.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Frame of Mind + Making Of

I noticed that my 'About Me' page didn't even have a picture yet.  Now I finally understand that awkward feeling all of those conceptual photographers on flickr feel- looking at yourself on your computer for hours on end is just weird to say the least.  I can't imagine being able to do this for 365 days.

I'm a straight up noobie when it comes to conceptual photography (if you want to see some amazing examples check out the flickr links on the right).   By no means whatsoever do I consider myself a capable photoshop instructor, but at the same time I think it would be nice to give a tutorial so all of you who are as inexperienced as I am can follow along with the learning progress.

Okay first we need to take a self portrait... I decided to take mine in front of my piano room next to the front door- the light shining through the glass from the door added what I thought a nice dramatic tone.

Now if you have a remote or a pocket wizard then that's great. I don't.  So I had to find a way to get my portrait in focus, so I looked around the house to find something that was roughly the same height as I am (not too terrible of a task since I am a rather short) until I found an easel.

However, it was rather difficult to get it in focus because the poles that make up the easel are rather skinny, and the camera kept focusing on the background instead. To solve this problem I just threw a sweater on top of it to make the job easier.

After getting it into focus, switch your camera into manual focus and turn on the self timer. Now it's just a matter of moving the easel out of the way and standing in its place.