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Experimental PhotographyJamie Mellors1Case Study

Photo Burst

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Artist and bio: Ray has always been a bit different. He grew up in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. When he was three, he slept on a beach in Thailand for 3 months. Raised by crazy hippie parents, Ray was homeschooled Really he just spent a lot of time outside.At the age of 14, he moved with his two brothers and parents onto a 45-foot sailboat in Trinidad, and, after an extended fixing period, they set sail on the Mangwana. As they sailed around the world, Ray trained in martial arts and took plenty of photos. 40 countries and 7 years later, he dried out a bit in France, and started shooting professionally. As a life long athlete and explorer Rays primary focus is on action and adventure sports. He splits his time between high profile commercial work, and expeditions to beautiful places with amazing people. And tries to keep things a bit different. Ray is currently based in Munich, Germany, he is almost never home.-An extract taken from Ray Demskis Website http://www.raydemski.com/About/1/He has acquired partnership and clients in high places including Adidas, BMW, Nikon, Red Bull and f-stop. Category:The image fits into the non-traditional category as it uses techniques that are only possible on a modern camera and using modern computer software.

The photograph could be seen: Internet blogs, google searches, experimental photography websites, photography's website

Techniques used:Quick Release shutter speed, Capturing Motion, Athletes, Fast shutter speed, Contrast, decolourisation, underwater perspective

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Of the images that Demski has provided on his website of the Red Bull Cliff Jumping event he has used a similar method in a large amount of his images that results in an effect as seen below. To create something that looks like this with multiple still shots of the same motion he has used a very fast shutter speed to capture action clearly with no motion blur. To perform this technique he will have first mounted the camera on a tripod to ensure that in every frame the sequence was fluid. As the athlete begins the jump he will start a camera process that takes multiple pictures in quick succession. Otherwise known as burst mode. This results in roughly 40 images depending on how long it take for the diver to reach the water. It is difficult to tell how many photos per second will have been taken as Demski has selected to use only ones that do not overlap for the final image, my guess is between 8-16fps. With these final images he will go into post-production using Photoshop to stitch each part of the motion together against the background to achieve the final photo showing each part of the motion. There are minor difference between each image. The two on the left have used a small fish eye effect, it is difficult to tell if an lens has been used or if the effect was added in post-production. Of all the images the one I have posted on slide 1 is the most unique parts of the images have been decolourised to highlight the water and the athlete. Waterproof casing has been used to allow the images to be shot from under water. It might have been mounted on a boat or more likely a walkway as it would be nearly impossible to keep the camera 100% still for the shots on a boat. The 3rd image on this slide is an interesting one as it looks as if the photos have been taken using different exposures. Looking at the cliff, sky and water gives me this idea. What is difficult the understand here is that I'm not sure that a camera is capable of capturing a photo bust while taking 3 or so picture for each slide with different exposures. I suspect the diver has been capture performing the motion and later on a photo has been taken from the same position with different exposures to achieve this effect the divers were later cut out and pasted onto this image using the lasso tool.

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Double Exposure

Artist and bio:

Category: The photograph could be seen:Google images, photographer's website, dedicated photography websites

Techniques used:Double exposure, merging two or more separate images, decolourisation, Portraiture, Architectural

I was unable to find much information about Yaser Almajed. I learned that he was from Dammam in Saudi Arabia and described his own style of photography as Digital Photography, Digital Art. He does not seam to have written a bio anywhere that I can find online despite his work seaming to have a large presence.

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TechniqueThe techniques applied to create an image such as the one shown at the bottom left of the screen begins with two separate images. Firstly open the image that will contain the other image (in this case the portrait of the model). From here the aim is to create a selection of the outline where the model meets the background. Make sure there is a duplicate of this layer before beginning, hide this layer for now. To do this a way to make the selection easier and more precise is to adjust the levels of the image of the model move the slider to the right to increase the contrast, you can also try turning the image to black and white if this helps. From here trace round the edge using a lasso tool of your choice, I find that the magnetic tool is best for images such as the one below as the contrast is high. When approaching areas of hair trace roughly past the area and continue on until the circuit is complete. This is where the benefit of increasing the contrast becomes worthwhile. Select the refine edge tool any coat the areas of detail, such as hair, which this selection. Adjust the sliders to get the correct selection and click accept. Then delete the selected area around the womans outline. This is when the second image is added in. Paste in the image of the mountain range and position it on the layer beneath the original layer, at this point the mountains should be visible through the outline of the model. Unhide the duplicate of the original image from earlier and lower the opacity to wherever fits your taste. Elements of both images are now converged together. To further refine this for simplicity use the eraser tool. The artist here has erased almost all of the defining features of the woman except facial features, this should be done with a soft brush to avoid sharp and ugly edges. At this point the image could be considered complete. Other adjustments can be made to enhance the final piece. For example this final design has a gradient (or other similar tool) over the background to match the mountain blue and white tones.

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Artist and bio: Robert Rhead Im an experienced web designer, graphic designer and photographer working on contract basis for businesses and large enterprises in and around Chester. I work either in-house with your team on a project by project basis or by pre-defined term. I have successfully delivered design and web work for large businesses on high profile projects with The Realbuzz Group, MBNA, Bank of America, Virgin Atlantic and American Express.

Zoom burst is a easy and simple technique to perform therefore there are not really any specialist photographers. Robert Rhead is a talented photographer so I found some images he has taken in the zoom burst category. The images on the pervious slide are not his however the image I example on the next slide is his own work.

Category: The photograph could be seen:Google images, photographer's website, dedicated photography websites

Techniques used:Zoom burst, adjustable zoom lens, Long shutter speed, motion, centre subject

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The basic technique to get a zoom burst effect is to have the camera in motion while taking a single frame with a long exposure time. Specifically the way to obtain this effect is to zoom in while the frame is capturing, a variable lens is required for this. The shutter speed should be set to longer than half a second to get the correct look. All manually adjusted camera setting can work to effect the final image. Here are some examples with the settings listed below. Shown on the left is the original image to get a comparison of how the different experimtation can change the final image. The first has been done with half a second resulting in a minimal amount of distortion, a tripod has also not been used meaning that there is no clear centre of this image. This constant can be seen in the second image which has used a tripod. A 5sec shutter speed had been chosen for this image which has allowed the entire frame to fill with streams of colour coming from the centre. The final image shows some experimentation. This time the photographer has opted to hold the camera free-hand. To form the spiral, wave like effect the camera must be rotated in a horizontal corkscrew motion. It is likely that each of the images below will have undergone some degree of post-production. Changes to the levels and other finite optimisation. Technique

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15What techniques were used?Double exposure

How was the technique used?Double exposure work by taking two separately shot image and combining the two into one heavily edited piece of work. This often work by positioning one photo inside the shape of the other, as I have done. Typically one image will break free from these boundaries in some way usually only at one edge. I chose not to do this as my background image (York College) did not have features that spread out and can be distinguished independently from th