Not always as easy as you think.
The term ‘Photoshop it’ is used very freely these days, sometimes getting bad press, notoriously, the over airbrushed images of fashion models and celebs, making them appear super slim and blemish free. None the less, it is a brilliant application enabling us to make the impossible possible (most of the time!). We often get asked ‘Can’t you just Photoshop it?’ Our designers use Photoshop on a daily basis and can create all sorts of amazing affects from removing unwanted background objects to complete image manipulation. With technology and programmes becoming more accessible to edit your photos easily we find more and more people doing their own photo editing, which often makes life easier… other times not so easy. Here’s a few amusing images that we’ve come across in magazines, on the web and in the papers illustrating how not to ‘Photoshop it’.
Here we unravel a bit of design talk (technical jargon) and reveal a few interesting design(ish) facts!
Did you know?…
JPEG, an image file type which you
take with your digital camera or phone camera stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group.
HTML is the basic building-blocks of a web page and stands for Hypertext Markup Language.
PDF which you use for viewing documents electronically, stands for Portable Document Format.
OK, so I’m no Derren Brown… but I bet I can guess how tall you are, even though we’ve never met, just by looking at photo’s you’ve taken.
There are so many ways to take better photos, but you can start without even getting into what your camera settings are.
Most people take their photos at one height, theirs. If you’re 5’ 10” all your images are taken from that height. Want better photos? Vary the height, vary the angle.
In the example shot I went for a really low viewpoint to emphasise the dramatic sky in the shot, which looks great, but I’m sure I’m still finding sand in unmentionable places!
Kneel down, stand on something (solid!), lay down, crouch – anything to change that view. Really think about where you take the photo from – and don’t be afraid to experiment. The days of 24 pics or 36 are long gone (yes I’m showing my age – I used to shoot film) so there is no excuse for not being a bit more adventurous – after all you can just delete any that don’t work…
With photographer Niel Stewert.
And remember – have fun!
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