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Photoshop and my obsession with Exit Signs

Ok, so I have to confess that I have several obsessions. Neatness is one of them. Yes, I fold grocery bags in tiny perfect triangles, and recycle them. And don’t even get me started on recycling and plastic, but at least, I can excuse myself saying that I care about pollution. But this one obsession would make the fire department seriously mad. Exit Signs on wedding photos!! I confess, I don’t like them, and yes, they are necessary and save lives in case of an emergency, but they drive me mad. You see, I don’t really notice exit signs, until I see them hanging over my gorgeous brides’ heads as they’re walking down the aisle, or as couples make their big entrance during their reception. Look up, there are there, and there are everywhere. Big red lights that take my attention away from my main subject. I wish there were like vampires who don’t up when you photograph them, but they do. So I decided that if I can’t beat them…I can Photoshop them.

Here, I removed the Exit Sign from the photo on the right using the cloning tool in Photoshop.

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Then I decided to play a bit and removed the guest standing in the background. I used the clone tool on the left photo.  The on the right photo, I created several layers where I brushed in color, using the sample tool, to smoothen it out. I added some glass effect, and then some grain to match the rest of the photo.

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But it’s now too even, so I will let this image rest for a while, and I will continue editing the background tomorrow and then blend all layers. It’s like painting, it needs different coats! Now you see why I don’t like exit signs. They make me put a photo under the microscope, so what started as, let me remove the Exit sign ended up in a 10 layer PS file.

… to be continued.


The new Light Field Camera from Lytro that promises to change the photography world.

I’m anxious to see the new camera that is promising to change the world of photography. Lytro, a start-up company from Silicon Valley, is scheduled to release a new photographic camera later this year, The Light Field camera. This new camera will let you select focus after the photo has been taken. That’s right, there will be enough data stored in each photo that you can choose a different focus later.

The new light field camera will be marketed to the consumer market just like any other point and shoot camera.

Lytro decided to develop and market this camera and will not be licensing this technology to the big camera makers like Canon or Nikon, so don’t expect your new canon 5D Mark III to have this new and awesome feature.

Play around with the photo, and select your favorite focus point.


What is a Memory ?

The other day, Danny and I were talking to one of our couples about their recent wedding, and our wedding. What we all remembered from our respective weddings, and what we don’t remember at all!

Because I’m a very visual person, I have always wondered about the significance of memories. What makes us remember some things and forget others. My obvious answer is that we remember the things that are important to us, the things that impact our lives either in a positive or negative way, and the things that change us.

Yet, there are very special moments in my life, including important parts of my wedding that I can’t remember. At least not without the help of a photo. So what makes a memory? The scientific definition tell us that “memory is an organism’s ability to store, retain, and recall information and experiences.”

So what happens when we can’t remember important events? Is it possible to build memories with the help of images and photos? Is it possible that a picture will help you recall an event or experience ? I definitely believe so.

These questions, and more importantly the answer, have made me re-evaluate the importance of what I do and how it impacts other peoples lives. I realize that I’m doing more than taking photos, I am safe keeping memories.

The First Wedding Picture

It is said that the first Wedding Portrait to be photographed was that of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The royal couple married in 1840, but this picture was recreated for the camera in 1954, and taken by royal photographer Roger Fenton. By the mid 1800s, wedding photography was popular among high society, but because of its high cost, couples had only one wedding portrait taken, and they wore their best clothes, and not necessarily their wedding attire. It wasn’t until the very late 1800s that people began to pose wearing their wedding clothes.

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Wedding Picture

2010 New York City Canon Expo

canon expo manhattan new yorkThe Canon Expo 2010 took place this past September 2 through September 3rd at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Canon Expo happens every five years, and it is an exhibition that gathers business partners, Canon customers, and industry professional. The exhibition is an experience like no other, and it gives the rare chance to take a look at all Canon products under one roof.

My impression of the exhibition was of pure awe with Canon display of products that vary from the most known Photography, Video, Projection, Broadcasting, and Printing lines to Healthcare, security and business solutions. Attendees were able to see a lineup of all Canon products classified in different pavilions.

As a photographer and director, we spent most of our time at the photography and video pavilions. The Photography exhibit took you from start to finish of the photography process, from taking a photo, transmitting it wirelessly to your computer, where it could be manipulated, and then printed all in a matter of less than 5 minutes.2010 Canon Expo New York Photography Video PavilionREAD MORE