1.) I know I’m spelling “Photoshop” wrong and probably will get a cease-and-desist letter from Adobe at any moment.
2.) I am REALLY over winter.
So hello everyone. We’ve been having a busy few weeks with a lot of going on. Earlier this week, we got the chance to meet a bunch of great metro-Detroit wedding vendors at the Michigan Wedding & Event Professionals (MWEP) meet-up in Royal Oak at Bastone, which was a really neat place. Anyone looking for a cool, intimate, awesome space for a rehearsal dinner or whatever should definitely check them out. Big thanks to Amanda at Bliss Weddings and Events for putting the whole thing together – it was fantastic!
So Fotoshop Friday you ask? I was playing with some images today for an online advertisement I’m planning – and afterward I decided to get a little creative with Photoshop. Both Andy and I have been long time Photoshop Junkies for over 10 years. Back in college, I took the first “Digital Imaging” class my university offered, using Photoshop 4.0. No one at the time knew what they were doing. Even our instructor seemed as new to it as us, but he was very enthusiastic about it. It was a terrific class in that we were encouraged to just mess around and see what we could come up with. We didn’t really learn Photoshop through instruction at all. To this day, most of what I do in PS is self-taught. I probably do some things the “wrong” way, and there are some things I totally ignored for a long time because I just never needed them. (Like Actions. Any photographers reading this are probably gasping right now, but I never used Actions until a few months ago – no kidding!)
For a few years, I was really into making digital art – taking images from my photography, painting, found textures, etc. and collaging them together into something unique. I have no idea where those files went – if I ever find them, maybe I’ll post a few. I’ll warn you I was in my goth/experimental phase then though! However, in the last few years, I’ve really used PS more to do things I could do in a traditional darkroom – adjusting exposure, contrast, color balance, etc. Making realistic images rather than overly artsy ones.
One of the hottest trends right now in wedding photography is images toned to look older than they are, or images roughed up with textures to give them more or an edgey/grungey appeal. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think what people are doing is cool, and there are some beautiful, highly artistic photographers out there really making amazing custom pieces of art. But on the other hand, I think this is very much a fad, the way white vignettes and selective coloring used to be a fad. And now when people see pictures like that they shrink away in horror. I also spent years making images that looked like this back in the days of Digital Imaging 101, so while this is super hot right now, I’m kinda over it.
For our clients, I want to make sure they have a large selection of really useable, “clean” images, with a minimal amount of processing. These images are really what I see being handed down for generations. They are a document of your life.
I used to do professional restorations for photos that were anywhere from a few years to 100 years old. I worked with images that were cracked, faded, water damaged, and had mold growing on them. I guess another reason I have an issue with the “aged photo” trend is that most of them look really fake to me. And if the photos look like that *now*, what happens when they really are old?
You probably won’t see me applying fake coffee ring stains to any of our work, or making our images look like they were folded in half and put in your back jeans pocket for 20 years and then tossed in the washing machine. No offense to people that DO do this kind of work – but it’s just not us. What I AM am starting to dig on though is image texturing – something I used to do all the time. I think these make for great pieces to blow up large on canvas. And creating them makes me feel all nostalgic.
So today, I played. What do you think? We haven’t really showed these stylized shots to our clients much, but we are happy to do custom work like this. If you are a current or past customer and want something totally unique for your walls, let us know.
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