Archive for November, 2008

Mr and Ms. LTeW (Part 2)

Posted in Portraits with tags , , , on November 26, 2008 by Dad in Manila

This is the second part of the Mr. and Ms. LTeW from the previous post.

Here are the pictures of the male participants of the event.

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Mr. and Ms. LTeW (Part 1)

Posted in Portraits with tags , , , on November 24, 2008 by Dad in Manila

Last week, we had a photo shoot at eTelecare in Eastwood City, Libis for a profile shot for their upcoming Mr. and Ms. LTeW (a leadership pageant) on December.

Here are some of the photos of the female participants that we got from the fun-filled, half-day pictorial.

Thanks to all the beautiful people in eTelecare. Special thanks to Bunny and Byo. (Bunny, I’ll give you the images tomorrow. Promise.Ü)

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Picture of the Week 4

Posted in Picture of the Week with tags , , , on November 22, 2008 by Dad in Manila

Mactan, Cebu City

Photo by Randy Bautista

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Basic Food Photography

Posted in Studio Work with tags , on November 19, 2008 by Dad in Manila

From Basic Food Lighting Photography Seminar by Ricky Ladia.

Photos by Francis Pacunayen

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Focal Weddings Rate Card

Posted in Studio Work with tags , on November 17, 2008 by Dad in Manila

A preview of our Wedding Packages Rate Card


(front view)


(back view)

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Picture of the Week 3

Posted in Picture of the Week with tags , , , on November 14, 2008 by Dad in Manila

Ortigas Skyline at night.

Photo by Francis Pacunayen

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Andy Warhol Effect

Posted in Photoshop Tutorial with tags , , , , on November 11, 2008 by Dad in Manila

This effect is probably the most overused effect in Photoshop and yet I still find it very attrractive and catchy especially for large framed prints.

But before we start, here’s a brief bio for those who don’t know who Andy Warhol is:

Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987), known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist and a central figure in the movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats. (Wikipedia)

Most of his famous paintings are characterized by cartoon-like images (of famous people or brand) with bright, vector-like colors copied repeatedly on a single canvass. The most widely recognized painting that he did was a portrait of Marilyn Monroe in 1967.

Ok, enough of history, let’s get to the meat of the topic. Here’s a tutorial (the easiest way I know) on how to get that Andy Warhol effect on your photos.

Step:1 Open your Image in Photoshop, preferably a head shot with a plain background like this: 

Step 2: Remove the background. You can this by selecting the background using the Lasso or the Magic Wand Tool and deleting the selection. Don’t worry if you missed some of the edges of the hair, it doesn’t have to be precise as long as the shape of the head is intact.

Step 3: Go to Image > Adjustment > Threshold and select a value between 100 to 150. The original should turn black leaving only the details of the image.

Step 4: Create a New Layer. Fill the Blank Layer with a bright color that you like. And set the layer’s Blending Mode to Multiply.  

Step 5: Do the steps 4 times, changing the Fill Color everytime.

Step 6: Create a New Canvass, make sure it is square. Drag each image on the New Canvass placing it on each quadrant of the canvass.

 

I know this is very basic and it’s not even close to the real Warhol effect, but just as I said it’s the easiest, not the prettiest. If you have more time you can save different parts of the face in different layers and apply the color separately. Or you can also do 6 to 10 images and arrange it on a panoramic canvass if you like. 

Share with us what you did!

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