Ten Photo Digital Art Rules

J rt is a lot of things to a lot of people. Create what you will, and what sells will follow . . . perhaps with a few tweaks in Photoshop, perhaps with a grainy image of your grandmother's backyard, or perhaps just being at the right place at the right time. With Photoshop CS2 by your side, using its tools, like the cool new perspective options or Raw file capabilities, your images are perfectly ripe to become priceless images when you easily correct errors (like under- or overexposing...

Framing and Matting

Buying or making mats Configuring mats for your photography Buying and assembling frames Framing on the cheap ow you frame your print has a great impact on its value. Your options are many in terms of finding a display for your digital photographs. If you're on a budget or just starting out, you can refurbish old frames or learn the craft of making or putting together the frames and mats yourself. If you're preparing high-end art for galleries and upscale stores, there are many places from...

Making an Image Whole Again with Photomerge

You can take extra-tall things or extra-wide things and string them together to make a panoramic picture with Photoshop's Photomerge feature. Although a landscape shot piece by piece and stitched together in Photoshop has great appeal and that is what most people use Photomerge for you can do this same process on images of other tall and thin subjects, too, such as buildings, trees, sculptures . . . even clowns on stilts. Using Photomerge to create one large, whole image of something you could...

How Your Camera Interprets Light and Color

When you prepare your camera for taking a picture, you control the exposure, or how much light is cast on the film (with a film camera) or on the sensor (with a digital camera). A shining sun, bright and unobstructed, is necessary to get the most color on film or your digital camera's sensor. If you set your camera to aperture-driven auto settings (see Chapter 5) so that the shutter speed is automatically determined by your sensor, you do lose a bit of creative control regarding shooting for...

Sketch filters

If watercolors aren't your thing, take an image and convert it to a sketchlike image in Photoshop by using one of the sketch filters. I find this technique effective when starting with an image with lots of shadows, silhouettes from natural sunlight, and lines within architecture. Here are but a few of the Sketch filters that Photoshop offers. Use the Charcoal filter (FilterOSketchOCharcoal) to create streaked lines, just like you get when drawing with a charcoal pencil. Photoshop posterizes...

Julius Shulman Creator of an eternal future

Architectural photographer Julius Shulman selected the best middle-of-the-last century buildings and homes architecture by well-known architects, such as Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright to capture on film. He has become well known for studying the components of the architecture he has shot. His iconographic photography not only teaches us about modernism though a wide angle lens but also about the futuristic optimism of the era's architecture. His photographs, set in reality of steel and...

David Glomb architectural photographer

With a rebirth of interest in modern architecture, a home-building boom, and new renovations of inner city neighborhoods, the media buzz has put architecture in the bull's eye of public interest. With home improvement first on everybody's list these days, taking pictures of a well-done home in the latest modern style has become big business, too. Magazines such as Dwell and Architectural Digest contain the works of the best-known architectural photographers. One of these architectural...

Digital Camera 101

Just like when choosing a film camera, don't let all the options, bell and whistles, and knobs bamboozle you. Read through the following sections to help make your equipment purchasing decisions. Be prepared to pony up a bit of cash when you go high-end digital, but you can find a lot of features on moderately priced models. And prices come down all the time, so first determine what features you want need and then shop around. You have many types of digital cameras from which...

Authors Acknowledgments

First, cheers to Nicole Sholly and Teresa Artman, who guided the progress of this book and offered dozens of solutions and ideas in its development. To them, a heartfelt thanks. Thanks also to Robert Stone for his patience teaching me the ins and outs of landscape photography in Paris and Vietnam Robert Jones of Insightful Solutions for guidance for Internet and Web site photography Roger Vail for his wonderful nighttime carnival photography the expertise of sports photographer Drew Brashler...