After joining a small group of footballers for several matches once a week or so, I found myself with cleats that were gunned with dirt. Usually, commercial shots of products portray them brand new with no flaws or even smudges from your finger tips. The studio can almost feel like a sterile lab when handling glass or reflective surfaces which is why it can be a lot of fun to work with used and, in this case, filthy products. One benefit of creating a brand new looking image is that you have a particular goal in post – namely, removing all marks, scuffs, smudges, etc. However, working with something dirty has a lot of grey area in deciding how dirty you want the item to look – what you keep and what you take out. Below are a few of the images from the cleats but with no post. Enjoy!
I was recently invited to create a portfolio at Cargo Collective. I found their designs to be very simple and effective. Check out my work at http://cargocollective.com/alexsegalphoto
In creating the portfolio, I also managed to dig up some more images to include under “Places”. Here are those images:
Cross processing colors in Photoshop seems to be very popular for making images look edgy and, what some may label as, “hipsterish”. I personally don’t like labels because a single style can be used for a variety of reasons for to produce wildly different looking work. So, when I found that one of the photos from my trip to the beach in the very early morning came out sort of boring, using cross processing seemed like an excellent solution to make the colors stand out. I didn’t just want the colors to be brighter, though. I wanted the colors to be in-line with the idea that the content that the image was putting forward.
I figured that 6:00am was early enough to be at the beach in order to capture the shots of the sun rising. Unfortunately, it turned out to be way too early. Even more unfortunate was that my camera’s battery was on its last leg. So, I settled on taking some long exposures of the horizon, counting down anywhere from 40 to 120 seconds per shot.
The glow in the sky was produced by the street lights in the distance. If the camera was facing any further to the left, the glow would disappear as there were almost no lights in that area. And, I naturally wanted to use the editing process to place more emphasis on “pollution” by making the colors a bit more.. toxic.
In addition to a slight crop, I also wanted to get rid of the object in the foreground. Because it was such a dark corner, essentially lacking any detail, removing the object was relatively simple by means of stamping and healing.
Cross processing is an extremely versatile way to get the colors you want. This is partly because you use a different layer filter for each color channel (Blue, Green, and Red). Each one can be manipulated with complete freedom. They can then be brushed in or out using masks, or you could just lower the opacity for the one or all the layers. In this particular shot, I didn’t even use the red filter.