Another cover for Melange Books.
For this one, I wanted to convey the idea that the man is the siren, and so I used the fish scale texture and a sort of rippling texture (a slightly Gaussian blurred image of quartz) to hint at the idea of the ocean. The author requested the gold and red tones, and mentioned that the siren works at a theatre, so I played with those colors and the background to give the cover a richer, classy feel. While I usually peruse Dreamstime for stock images, for this one, I looked through the images that Melange Books had purchased earlier during their stock subscription to see if anything matched.
This is the end result:
Stock images from Dreamstime:
After much trouble trying to get a texture accepted onto Texturevault, and nearly giving up on it, I finally went into their forums to ask why my photos weren’t being accepted. I had sent in roughly ten photos over the past couple months, with everything being rejected based on too much noise or not being sharp enough. When I looked at my photos, I found that all of them seemed to have the same amount of noise, same slight blur, and I couldn’t figure out how to get it any sharper. The support on Texturevault forum suggested I try an ISO of 100, and I decided to finally look up how to test for lens sharpness (which I had been meaning to do for the past month).
I found this review (http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/lens-sharpness.htm), which seemed rather harsh to me, but I came out of it with one very particularly piece of information in mind- that lenses have a sweet spot where they will be at thier sharpest, not necessarily at the wide open apertures (which I typically like to shoot), and other apertures won’t be as sharp. Pushing a lens to its extreme will result in photos that “test the limits” and aren’t as sharp.
Keeping that in mind, I went out into the afternoon light and took a few pictures- all at ISO 100, but at 1.8, 10, and 22 apertures. Immeadietly afterwards I loaded the pictures onto my computer and looked at them at 100%. The results were surprising- I finally saw what my teachers and books have meant by Chromatic aberrations (1.8), my pictures seemed to be hopelessly blurred at 1.8 and 22, but at 10- they sharp. Not extraordinarily sharp, but definatly sharper. And there was no noise.
I chose the two pictures that were the best and submitted them to TextureVault. This time they were accepted. I am happy to say I now have a way to test for lens sharpness, and in the meantime, I’ve just got to take more texture photos and figure out how to make sales.
View My TextureVault Portfolio Here: http://www.texturevault.net/view_photog.php?photogid=1067
Last semester I took Advanced Digital Imaging along with Creative Photography. Somehow I neglected to ever actually post any of the images I created on Flickr or WordPress, so, since I’m due to make another blog post this week, here are images that I edited or created during Advanced Digital Imaging with Wilson Hurst. (You can see more pictures on my Flickr account).
Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157624408578277/show/
These are more photo manipulations I did to practice creative photography and texturing with Adobe Photoshop CS4.
This is a set of photography I decided to do based on playing with texturing and combining multiples photos rather than being based on the Another Day series. I used Photoshop CS4 and Bridge for these. My fiance posed as the model in some of them.
A continuation of my creative photography classwork, this is the first set done directly for the “Another Day” series project that I am currently working on.
More humanistic animal photo montages for my Creative Photography Class. They are part of my "Another Day" series I have been working on.
Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623805074383/show/
For my creative photography assignment 5, I took photos from my Texas Trip and used Photoshop to duplicate and flip half of the picture to create the reflection. I made a picture out of each side, thus creating a paired picture.
Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623866438050/show/
These are pictures for my creative photography assignement 3. Here I wanted to play more with textures and photomanipulation/photo montage. All the pictures are ones I have taken. Animal pictures came from photos I took last summer at the Wichita Zoo. Several other photos had thier roots in the Texas Trip I took over Spring Break.
Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623624273313/show/