Content-Aware Image Sizing

January 20, 2008

The narrator’s voice may put you to sleep, but hang in there for a minute. They’ve opened up a whole new level of photo editing capabilities.

So many times I’ve wished I had more image to work with, or a better crop.

A Photoshop plug-in should be coming soon from onOne Software.


College admissions photography

March 21, 2007

Admissions Photography

Originally uploaded by FJ Gaylor Photography.

For the last week I’ve been completely swamped working on some new admissions print work we’re presenting to a small university here in Michigan. I’ve been keeping my eye on FJ Gaylor Photography for quite a while also, they’ve carved themselves a really nice niche—specializing in college admissions photography—and they do it well. Another thing that doesn’t hurt is that they’re excellent at promoting themselves using free web services, setting themselves up with a flickr account and a blog has really made it easier for me to keep up with what they’re doing on an almost daily basis, and has kept them top-of-mind when thinking about photographers.


I’ve been blogged

January 5, 2007

New years at The Homestead

Originally uploaded by plounsbury.

This shot was posted over at Michigan in Pictures today. That site always has such beautiful shots from around MI. Never thought I’d see one of mine up there. Sweet.


In your face, weather.

October 16, 2006

Most people would think that getting a nice outdoor shot of a big, new bank building in Michigan, in October, when it’s rainy and cold would be a near impossibility.

Not us! We forged ahead into the grey, overcast morning unfazed by the bleak, depressing sky or the fact that the sun was on the wrong side of the building. We have a deadline, we have a photographer scheduled, and the weather’s only supposed to get worse. So, what do you do?

We get mad and whine about it. But then later, we make it work.

We had a photographer that was keen enough to give us multiple exposures for the building and for the sky, That was key. Good thinking.

So I started with these two-

sky
This one exposed to catch whatever detail we could in the sky.

building
And this one exposed to pick up the building detail.

Then combine the two, do some major color correction, build some new sky, make it blue-er…

merged

and just a few hours later, it’s a bright summery day at the bank.

I wish.


Photoshoots

July 11, 2006

Working on brochures and ads sometimes requires planning photoshoots when the client’s got enough cash in the budget for it. My problem with photoshoots? I hate trying to pre-plan them with models and props and stylists. The only way to get a great shot is if your in the midst of a real moment, when someone’s glanced away from the camera between shots or in the middle of a laugh when they think no one’s taking their picture, when you’re standing in a doorway and they don’t know you’re there. When their hair’s a little wild, when they’re comfortable and being themselves.

Some of the best shots I’ve used in work have been unintentional, off-the-cuff types of shots that happened when we weren’t trying to be perfect. Because they weren’t perfect. They were real.

Anyway, that just popped into my head, it could be bullshit, and my own special way of avoiding having to plan detailed photoshoots. But I’m sticking to it for now.