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Composites for digital imaging

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This week in our digital imaging class we learned how to composite images. We first practiced with two images supplied by our teacher and changed the background of the image that the model was in. Basically we combine two images and try to make them look as natural as possible.  It sounds pretty tricky and there is a lot more to it than I ever realized. In order to make the image look natural, you have to make sure that the lighting from both the background you want the model to be on, and the light in the image with the model are the same or at least pretty close. After we practiced in class, we got to try it out on our own. Here is one of the composite images I created this week. I know it is nowhere near perfect, but I am pretty impressed that I was able to create this on my first try. I cannot wait to learn more about how to composite images and I look forward to being able to  carrying this new skill with me.

 

-Megan Wright

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Advanced Portrait Retouching

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This week in our digital image technology class, we focused more on retouching photos. A good edit is one where the photo still looks natural and looks as if it was not edited in the first place, unless you have the before and after photos side by side. For this assignment we had to take a photo and retouch it. I chose to photograph my dad. He is always willing and patient when I ask if I can photograph him. I think my editing skills are becoming a lot better. My dad told me that he looks ten years younger in the edited version of the photo. I still believe that everyone is beautiful and retouching too much can cause someone to not even look like themselves anymore. When I retouch photos I want to still be able to see the texture of the skin because that is natural and to me, that is beautiful. I am excited to learn more and become even better with my craft everyday.

 

-Megan Wright

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Portrait Retouching

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This week we worked on portrait retouching. We learned how to fix bumps and blemishes, create a flattering and even skin tone, brighten eyes and whiten teeth. We had to photograph three different classmates in three different lighting scenarios and retouch the photos. Although I will not need to retouch people very often as a commercial photographer, it is still a nice skill to have. I did not want to retouch the photos too much because I wanted my classmates to still look like themselves. We all have imperfections and that is okay. Nobody is perfect without extreme retouching of course. We all should strive to be comfortable in our own skin, myself included.

 

-Megan Wright