Friday, July 22, 2011

Fashion retouching explained, change background using alpha channel and layer masks




Finally, after way to long time, I managed to get around and actually finish up this tutorial video I've been promising since this post .

I show and talk about how to use the alpha channel tools in Photoshop to build very good layer masks that can be used to replace or manipulate the background (or other selected parts of an image).

I'm not a very experienced videoblogger and the sound quality from my mic isn't the best, and on top of that Youtube managed to mess up the quality a bit when the file was uploaded, but that is all cosmetics. If you are having trouble masking out details in photoshop I'm sure you can learn alot from this vid, and that's why I published it. If something is unclear please let me know.

Best of luck with your projects, and if I actually manages to inspire or help you out, I would love to hear about and perhaps se the results (that would makes these efforts much more worthwhile). Read the full post

Monday, July 11, 2011

Roskilde Festival 2011, the Black n' White series


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

Ok, finally it is here, the Roskilde Festival B&W analogue photography series. Please click the read more link to view the full post.



I was very worried how this would turn out, especially since I decided to do the developing myself, but I'm crazy happy with the result. I can also brag (sort of) and tell you that in the end well over 200 out of the 216 frames I shot were totally useful images (I was hoping for maybe 50). One of the reasons I managed to get so many useful images is that you can push black & white images very much before they brake. And even when they start to break they look crazy cool.

For this project I was aiming for the very grainy, dirty, and messy kind of look, of course I am the first one to admit that this look doesn't work for every possible project, but I would argue that for a music festival of this caliber it is a perfect look.

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

P.S.
If (against high odds) you've found this blog and you can see your own face (or perhaps your hands protecting your face from my dangerous camera) on any of these images, please contact me. I would love to send you a high resolution file or perhaps even a print (free of charge of course). The idea of these images ending up in photo albums and on walls and stuff is just great in my mind. Your wall is just as important as the wall of som fancy gallery.


And also, if you like the pictures and want to see more, go ahead and check out this Picasa web-album where I have uploaded even more images.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Like a real photographer!


Don't worry I'm working on it, I'm actually working extra hard just for you *_^

But wow! The amount of work that goes into creating analogue photography is crazy, it's been a couple of years since I last developed real analogue film and worked in a darkroom and I had almost forgot how complex and time consuming it is. (and now I'm only developing and scanning, i.e. no real darkroom action). It would have been nice to enjoy the sun and warm weather this weekend but I don't mind it, feeling like a "real photographer" is so much fun and totally worth the hassle.

and also
Wow! The look and feel of the images is amazing. I will not say to much now because hopefully I will publish a blog post showcasing a nice selection by tomorrow. So please stay tuned

P.S
I have almost finished a video tutorial for that P.S. background substitution I did in the last project I published. Stay tuned for that as well. Read the full post

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Roskilde festival, may I fall in love and kiss you?


Only a fool would care about the mud and other real world problems. In the festival world of Roskilde the only sane thing to do is to embrace everything. The only thing I regret this year is not having enough courage, energy and sanity to have embraced all about this years festival more than I indeed did.

I came home late yesterday evening and I'm already totally nostalgic and post party melancholic. Saturday was especially epic for many reasons, among which the Strokes and Deadmou5 stand out in particular. Seeing PJ Harvey and MIA was also extremely great. But it's of course the people and the atmosphere that gives the strongest impression.

I'm not bringing this up only to namedrop great artists, it's sort of a teaser for a photography project I did during this years festival. I actually bought an old analogue Canon and bunch of black n' white high speed film just for this years festival. I shot about 6 rolls and I'm going to develop them this weekend and see what I managed to capture.

My intention was to catch a glimpse of the beauty within all the chaos and I'm pretty sure that I have some wonderful frames on those rolls just waiting to get discovered (analogue photography is so exciting compared to the instant feedback of digital). I'm also pretty sure that on most of the frames the exposure and focus will be way off (try shooting 100% manual with to much alcohol in your blood and you'll know what I mean), but I'm confident that for this project, way-off wil be just perfect. We'll see...
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