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My Top 5 Inspirations

These are ten people or things that i find inspire me to create photography:

1. Brooke Shaden

A self taught photographer from the USA, I find her photography to be so imaginative and inspiring. For me, i find that her imagery evokes a sense of innocence contrasted with the harshness of reality.  Her work is inspiring because the ‘worlds’ she takes us to are her own: you can see that the concepts are hers and that she hasn’t tried to copy anyone else’s style.  Also, i find that her imagery is rather dark, playing on the idea that there is no life with out death and no death without life.

4904245825_728647cd7a_z My Little Bluejay Brooke Shaden Piece 6 BROOKE SHADEN 1 5621629521_2a61011d07

To see more of her work, see her Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/

 

2. Miss Aniela (a.k.a Natalie Dybisz)

Miss Aniela is a self taught photographer from the UK. I find that her latest series of work, Surreal Fashion, extremely inspiring. Within this series she pushes the boundaries of beauty and fashion, often combining her model’s with animals or editing her images so that they have a surreal feel to them. I find her work extremely inspiring because she seems to combine fine art and fashion photography to create this hybrid genre that is unique to her.

Storm Door Miss Aniela (1)

 

Miss Aniela (12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more of her work, go to her Flickr page:http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndybisz

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Tim Walker

Tim Walker is a famous fashion photographer who is known for his theatrical images.  I love his use of oversized props and vivid hues that adds to the clothes his images advertise. He has shot a lot of images for a wide range of fashion magazines such as Vogue.

 

Tim Walker (5) Tim Walker (4) Tim Walker (15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Gregory Crewsdon

The work of Gregory Crewsdon can only be described as darmatic and imaginative.  Using a large format camera, he spends months create these elaborate scenes in which we shown a glimpse of an alternative reality that coincides with our own.  I think that is work is extremely intriguing because of the way that he has thought about the actors, lighting, composition and atmosphere and how these components all connect in the final image.

gregory crewdson (11) gregory crewdson

 

 

gregory crewdson (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Crewsdon is currently making a film documenting how he creates his images. you can follow the progress on twitter:https://twitter.com/CrewdsonMovie

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Mercedes Helnwein

Mercedes Helnwein is the daughter of renowned hyperrealist painter Gottifried Helnwein.  Her work, which she create using pencil crayons, consists of images of women who are caught in a moment of sadness and loneliness  Her work is very mysterious which is enhanced by the use of dark heavy shadows and Helnwein portrays her subjects emotions extremely well.

Mercedes_Helnwein[1] mercedes-helnwein-2[1]Picture_1[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was going to make this post into my top 10 inspirations but i am in the process of creating my own art, photography and fashion blog! Watch this space for more info!

 

My Top 5 Inspirations

These are ten people or things that i find inspire me to create photography:

1. Brooke Shaden

A self taught photographer from the USA, I find her photography to be so imaginative and inspiring. For me, i find that her imagery evokes a sense of innocence contrasted with the harshness of reality.  Her work is inspiring because the ‘worlds’ she takes us to are her own: you can see that the concepts are hers and that she hasn’t tried to copy anyone else’s style.  Also, i find that her imagery is rather dark, playing on the idea that there is no life with out death and no death without life.

4904245825_728647cd7a_z My Little Bluejay Brooke Shaden Piece 6 BROOKE SHADEN 1 5621629521_2a61011d07

To see more of her work, see her Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/

 

2. Miss Aniela (a.k.a Natalie Dybisz)

Miss Aniela is a self taught photographer from the UK. I find that her latest series of work, Surreal Fashion, extremely inspiring. Within this series she pushes the boundaries of beauty and fashion, often combining her model’s with animals or editing her images so that they have a surreal feel to them. I find her work extremely inspiring because she seems to combine fine art and fashion photography to create this hybrid genre that is unique to her.

Storm Door Miss Aniela (1)

 

Miss Aniela (12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more of her work, go to her Flickr page:http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndybisz

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Tim Walker

Tim Walker is a famous fashion photographer who is known for his theatrical images.  I love his use of oversized props and vivid hues that adds to the clothes his images advertise. He has shot a lot of images for a wide range of fashion magazines such as Vogue.

 

Tim Walker (5) Tim Walker (4) Tim Walker (15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Gregory Crewsdon

The work of Gregory Crewsdon can only be described as darmatic and imaginative.  Using a large format camera, he spends months create these elaborate scenes in which we shown a glimpse of an alternative reality that coincides with our own.  I think that is work is extremely intriguing because of the way that he has thought about the actors, lighting, composition and atmosphere and how these components all connect in the final image.

gregory crewdson (11) gregory crewdson

 

 

gregory crewdson (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Crewsdon is currently making a film documenting how he creates his images. you can follow the progress on twitter:https://twitter.com/CrewdsonMovie

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Mercedes Helnwein

Mercedes Helnwein is the daughter of renowned hyperrealist painter Gottifried Helnwein.  Her work, which she create using pencil crayons, consists of images of women who are caught in a moment of sadness and loneliness  Her work is very mysterious which is enhanced by the use of dark heavy shadows and Helnwein portrays her subjects emotions extremely well.

Mercedes_Helnwein[1] mercedes-helnwein-2[1]Picture_1[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was going to make this post into my top 10 inspirations but i am in the process of creating my own art, photography and fashion blog! Watch this space for more info!

 

An Experimental Edit

Because the prop I had ordered on Amazon arrived late, I had to postpone my photo shoot for next week.  This meant that I had nothing to do.  Out of sheer boredom, I decided to edit a random image from an old photo shoot.  Halfway through, I decided that I wanted to edit the image differently to how I normally edit an image so I looked at the image, Dark Lands and Evil Plans by photographer Brooke Shaden for inspiration (which just so happened to be the first image I came across looking at the images on my Mac).

I really wanted to use the dark blue/purple tones and yellow highlights of this image and apply it to mine. Most of the editing consisted of Curves and coloured layers.

Dark Lands & Evil Plans

Here is the entire process of the 37 layers from this:

IMG_9182

To this:

An Unplanned Edit

THE PROCESS:

Layer 1:

0Start

Layer 2:

The first thing I did is add a bit of contrast to the image.

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Layer 3:

I raised the highlights a little bit more.

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Layer 4:

I added a blue curves layer  to the darker parts of the image.

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Layer 5:

I then changed the contrast on the RGB  curves channel to make the image more ‘blue’. I also made the shadows darker and the highlights lighter.

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Layer 5:

I then adjusted the contrast on the blue channel whilst adjusting the RGB channel slightly.

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Layer 6:

Added a slight contrast ti the RGB curves channel

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Layer 7:

Darkened the overall image.

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Layer 8:

I added a light yellow layer and set the blend mode to light and the fill to 18%.  This gave the image a slight yellow tinge without being too obvious.

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Layer 9:

I made the highlights lighter.

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Layer 10:

I then added a deep purple coloured layer and set the blend mode onto Darken and set the fill to 28%.  This darkened the image adding a deep purple to the shadows of the image.

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Layer 11:

I then added another light yellow coloured layer and put the blend mode on overlay and the fill on 36%.  This meant that the highlights had a yellow tint to them whilst the shadows remained deep purple.

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Layer 12:

I then decided that I wanted the image to be a lot darker so I added a dark blue layer and set the blend mode t multiply and the fill to 19%. This gave the whole image a slightly darker blue tint.

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Layer 13:

I then raised the Red and Blue curve channels to give the image a strong purple tint.

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Layer 14:

I then darkened the image using RGB curves.

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Layer 15:

Raised the highlights slightly.

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Layer 16:

Darkened the image further.

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Layer 17:

I raised the mid tones of the green curves layer and raised the mid tones of the RGB curves channel.

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Layer 18:

I then darkened te mid tones slightly.

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Layer 19:

I then Raised the red curves and darkened the green curves.

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Layer 20:

I then darkened the blue curves layer.

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Layer 21:

I then added a light green layer and changed the blend mode to multiply and set the fill on 16%. This added a greenish tinge to the highlights on the umbrella and back of the subject.

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Layer 22:

Raised the blue curves slightly.

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Layer 23:

I then adjusted the levels to lighten up the image.

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Layer 24:

I added a curves layer to the image and then layer masked it so only the face was lightened.

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Layer 25:

Raised the blue shadows whilst darkening the blue highlights using the blue curves channel

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Layer 26:

Darkened the shadows.

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Layer 27:

Darkened the blue shadows

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Layer 28:

Lightened the red curves.

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Layer 29:

Lightened the highlights to make them stand out.

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Layer 30:

Lightened the red curves channel and darkened the blue channel.

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Layer 31:

Darkened the blue channel further

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Layer 32:

From here, the overall editing was done, but I decided to play around with the selective colour tool to enhance the colours. Here I edited the green colours, making the highlights look more yellow.

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Layer 33:

I then edited the yellow colour to make the highlights more paler.

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Layer 34:

Edited the blue colour to make the umbrella a deeper colour.

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Layer 35:

I re-edited the yellow colour so that it was less paler.

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Layer 36:

I then decreased the saturation of the whole image.

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Layer 37:

This is final version of the image.  I opened it on a PC and found that it looked a lot lighter than on my Mac. So i decided to darken it but i didn’t like it looked on my Mac. I decided to re-lighten the image and leave it how it was!

37 opened on pc (looks lighter)