.holga.

12 07 2006

Holga cameras for those that don’t know are basically toy cameras, made out of alot of plastic, and interestingly enough, use medium format film. Alot of people like the holga because it’s the cheapest way to get into medium format, and the plastic lens creates a unique look.

Well Holgamods has an option for dSLR owners wanting that holga lens effect. They have attached a holga lens to a body cap. A little pricey in my opinion, but still pretty cool.

Check them out



Want to attempt the holga effect digitally? Check out this post then.



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.paper pinhole camera.

6 07 2006

Lighthouse in a Tree updated the Dirkon 35mm paper pinhole camera which was made to look like a regular camera, by giving it a snazzy design!

The design is given free in a PDF, print it, cut it, and even follow their video of how to assemble it.

Download plans here



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.new files.

5 07 2006

The other day i was messing around with photoshop, and I figured I would make some files for my readers that they may find useful. Two of them are for the cross-processed film look, E6 in C41 chemistry and vice versa. The other file is an actions file where I attempted to record the process of having a split-tone effect.

Downloading
There is a password you need to enter to grab these files. It is “idreaminred” without the quotes.
C41 in E6 Cross Process Curve file
E6 in C41 Cross Process Curve file
Split toning Actions file

Installing
Curve files – Just put these anywhere, just as long as you can find them when you need them. When you open up a new curves dialog in photoshop, there will be a button labeled “load”, just click that, and locate the file.
Action files – Check out the actions tutorial I wrote here. Look towards the bottom and you will see how to install an action file.

Using
Cross process curve files – I suggest loading them in an adjustment layer rather than a regular curves dialog, that way you can adjust the opacity to change the effect to your liking. Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves
Action file – just follow the directions when you run the action.

If you download and enjoy the files, please drop me a comment here, that way I know I’m not just wasting my time.



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.shutterbug underexposed.

1 07 2006

Shutterbug Underexposed
I’ve been a long time visitor to the site. Micki’s also been a long time visitor of my site, and alot of traffic to my site I contribute to shutterbug, although the link to my site on the page has seemingly vanished, but it’s alright, go check out Micki’s work.

For more than one day’s worth of images, click the archive links.





.film effects.

29 06 2006

I stumbled upon this website long ago, and recently discovered it again. The website describes how to achieve film processing effects through photoshop. Effects include:

  • Digital Lith
  • Bleach Bypass
  • Cross processing (E6 in C41 or vice-versa)
  • Soft Focus
  • Soft Overlay
  • Tri-X Tonality BW conversion
  • Simulating BW Infrared Film
  • Non-destructive Dodging and Burning
  • Fog Effects

The author was even nice enough to construct some pre-made actions to quickly achieve some of the processes above. Make sure you grab it while you are there.



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.features.

26 06 2006

Here are some of my recent favorites.

02254_by_r3nya.jpgdove_paris_by_asunaphel.jpggirl_from_the_subway_by_maxyme.jpggood_morning_glory_2___colour_by_brianfraende.jpgin_flight_by_insignificant_other.jpgle_voyage_by_lawra.jpgsunless_sea_by_lobegrinder.jpgup_or_down_by_grunkie.jpgwind_walker_by_redandre.jpg

edit: Interesting, Adobe purchases RawShooter engine.


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.glance.

21 06 2006

I really like doing portraits. It’s really satisfying when you get an image of a person that portrays their emotions and personality in that one fraction of a second. I dont get many subjects, mainly because my “studio” aka room is my shooting area and I don’t like everyone seeing how messy I can be. The image to the left was shot with a Canon 300D, with a 50mm mkII lens at f1.8 in raw. I didn’t like the coldness the converted black and white image portrayed, so i toned it slightly with a faux selenium toning through photoshop using duotones to give it a warmer feeling. I also used the technique called ETTR, where you push the exposure toward the right of the histogram when shooting raw, to obtain as much info as possible in the exposure, without overexposing the highlights, then later correcting the levels in the raw editor. I talked previously about this technique, that post can be found here.


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