Upcoming Tutorial on Cross Polarization

7 09 2009

Now, I won’t get paid any more or any less for announcing this but, since I’ve been working on it for awhile (thus neglecting my blog), I wanted to share an excerpt and this announcement. This tutorial will be appearing at tutsplus.com within a week or so.

Here is an excerpt so be sure to check it out at the link above. The link will be updated as soon as the tutorial is published.

STEP 4: How to Compose the Shot

Composition is always a serious issue in photography. My advice here is to ‘tighten’ your image by moving in as close as you can. This rule can even eradicate/eliminate light contamination. Check your saved shots regularly to ensure your composition is what you want.

When taking your light reading you must take into consideration whether your background is to be white or black. For a good black background, take your light reading from the lightest part of your subject (low key). If you’re going for a white background, take your light reading from the darkest part of your subject (high key). Be careful of the high key approach as it often causes loss of detail in the brighter parts of the image.

Plastic Goblet in Cross Polarization

Plastic Goblet in Cross Polarization

Text and Photo © 2009 Kathleen Bjoran





The Eyes Have It

10 08 2009

I got a phone call from an ‘art’ aquaintence wanting me to create an iris (of the eye) that everyone could recognize. Now, I told him about Photoshop and how the majority of my artwork is photography, airbrush w/acrylics, and pencil & ink. Oils only hold a fascination to me if the work can not be completed otherwise. I could tell he was dismayed.

Art has changed over the years but photography has been in the (proposed) forefront since about 320 BC. Aristotle and Leonardo Da Vinci were both fascinated by it. This is where great minds met in unison. The Camera Obscura was theoretically devised to capture elements of nature (mainly light) onto a medium sensitized to light. As we now know that VERY few mediums are NOT sensitive to light, we can record on almost anything.

I don’t preach what art is (as do many of my ‘artsy’ peers) but I do understand ART. Drawings and watercolors have been used throughout the years to make scientific observations (just look at Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s works) that are now made solely through the camera. These earlier observations are now considered ‘Art’ because the reasoning is that the scientist had to understand and record his subject. This is what a photographer needs to do today.

Let’s kill the ramblings of my ‘artsy’ friends who create the same thing over and over. Branch out into nature and technology and live the experience. Please, just KNOW your medium.

Here are a few of my creations anyway. Photoshop and know-how go a long way.

Blue Eyes with Fish

Blue Eyes with Fish

Brown Eyes with Fish Tattoos

Brown Eyes with Fish Tattoos

Green Eyes with Fish

Green Eyes with Fish

Green Eyes with Fish Tattoos

Green Eyes with Fish Tattoos

Red Eyes With Fish

Red Eyes With Fish

Rainbow Eyes with Fish Tattoos

Rainbow Eyes with Fish Tattoos

Story and ART © 2009 Kathleen Bjoran