Day 3 – Towerama

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This is a vertical panorama, or towerama as I like to call it. Taken during a visit to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London.

A simple stitching together of 3 horizontal photos from my Canon camera. Blended together using Hugin once again, although it did make at least 1 mistake – see if you can spot it…

Day 2 – Night panorama

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This panorama comes courtesy of 8 images from my Canon camera. Laid out in a 4 x 2 pattern, the final image has been blended together using Hugin. The dimensions come in at 13,800 x 3,500 or a massive 48mp – way too large to upload onto wordpress…

Enjoy…

Sunset Panorama – iPhoneography

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I usually take my best shots using my Canon camera, but didn’t have it to hand for this sunset. This is a trial panorama using the iPhone and I especially liked the flare it caught from the setting sun.

Well worth standing in the freezing cold for half an hour…

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted on my blog, so to all my readers, a belated Merry Christmas and wishing you all a fantastic New Year.

This panorama is a series of 4 photos which has been blended together using the free tool Hugin.

If you have any questions about how to do this, do leave me a message below. I’m always happy to help.

Sunset panorama

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The sunsets during the winter months are more spectacular for me. The lack of haze means the colours are much more vivid.

This panorama is a series of 8 photos which has been blended together using the free tool Hugin. I have only started using this software and have hit a few bugs. But I hope you agree the results are pretty awesome.

BTW, the dimensions of this image have been reduced from 13450 x 3633 or a massive 47 megapixels.

If you have any questions about how to do this, do leave me a message below. I’m always happy to help.

How to change the colors in a photo in 3 minutes


Here is another tutorial which focuses on changing colors in a photo. In this example I’ve changed the color of a dress, but you could change the color of almost any part of the photo.
If you like videos, then check out the 3 minute tutorial here:

Or if you just want the highlights, then carry on reading.

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Apply a black Layer to your photo to remove the color from the photo. Don’t forget to change the layer mode to ‘Color’ otherwise you just get a black photo!
This will allow you to apply a Layer Mask (with Full Transparency) so you can manipulate the area of the photo you want.


I used the Scissors Select Tool to select the dress so it stays B&W, whilst keeping the original colors of the remainder of the photo.
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Once the B&W layer is complete, simply duplicate it and change the layer color to the color you want. This layer needs to be in ‘Overlay’ mode, otherwise the new color doesn’t get applied so well.


Do check out my other photo tutorials as I am hoping to build up a collection of them.
If you need any help with this effect, do get in touch. I would love to hear from anyone who has given this a try after following my tutorial.

How to colorize a photo in 5 minutes

Following on from my graffiti tutorial, I put together another video to show how easy it is to colorize your photos for free using GIMP rather than Photoshop.

This is a really quick effect to put together, but can produce fantastic results. I hope you can spare a few minutes to watch the video (ok, it’s 7 minutes long!):

Otherwise here are the highlights:


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Step 1 Create a B&W version of your photo
The easiest way to do this is by creating a new copy of the image and simply setting the Image->Mode settings to Grayscale. You can then copy the B&W photo back into the original photo as a new layer.


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Step 2 Add Layer Mask
The layer mask (with Full Opacity) allows you to cut holes in the B&W layer to reveal the color layer underneath. It can be found under Layer->Mask->Add Layer Mask, or by right-clicking the relevant layer.


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Step 3 Cut out the Layer Mask Using the Scissors Select Tool
The Scissors Select Tool allows you to select irregular shapes easily. This is as simple as joining dots around the area you want to colorize. Make sure you have set the background color to BLACK when you delete the selected area, otherwise the color layer doesn’t appear!


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Step 4 Use the Airbrush tool
Finish colorizing any small areas by using the airbrush tool. Just in case the Scissor tool didn’t select the right areas, you can use the airbrush to correct any mistakes. I use a hardness of 75 to correct any errors quickly.


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Step 5 Sit back and enjoy your finished photo
Well done! You should have successfully colored your photo. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to do this in less than 5 minutes. Good luck…

Check out my ‘How to Colorize a Photo using GIMP’ video and add any comments you have below. I’d be particularly interested in hearing if you guys prefer video tutorials or the written word. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…

Selection of Photos

I have been experimenting with putting photos onto my blog, and the tiled mosaic effect always looks the best to give a great headline in the reader.

I chose a small selection of photos which I thought might be interesting for some to look at. I like taking a variety of photos, and am particularly interested in nature and water.

Double rainbow caught in Luton

Double rainbow caught in Luton

Double rainbow
This was the first time in 40 years that I’d seen a double rainbow. Caught it by chance in Luton, so unfortunately didn’t have my Canon to hand. The iPhone took a reasonable picture though.


Red flower glowing in sunset light.

Red flower glowing in sunset light.

Red flower at sunset
I walk along a field everyday and had never noticed these flowers, until I saw them at sunset. As the sun set, these little red flowers started to glow brighter than anything around. Very unusual, and just shows how different light affects what you see.

Green butterfly on lavender flowers

Green butterfly on lavender flowers

Lavender
Lavender always has such a strong colour to it that makes it a great flower to take picture of. Lucky I caught this green butterfly to provide a real contrast to all the purple around it.


Daughters boots caught underwater

Daughters boots caught underwater

Boots underwater
This is a shot taken with an Olympus water proof camera. I am always interested in unusual shots, and those taken underwater allow for a different perspective on everyday items.

Doorway to heaven - ceiling at Wies Kirche

Doorway to heaven – ceiling at Wies Kirche

World Heritage site – Wies Kirche, Germany
This unassuming church in the middle of nowhere (aka Stiengaden) in Bavaria, Germany has been rightly listed a world heritage site for it’s magnificent fresco ceiling with the great doors of heaven waiting to open up and welcome you in.

One Giant leap for a tiny caterpillar

One Giant leap for a tiny caterpillar

One giant leap for a caterpillar
Managed to catch this tiny caterpillar making a death defying leap from one piece of wood to another. It must have been a risk taker as I’m sure it has a smile on it’s face.

Son jumping into pool in Thailand

Son jumping into pool in Thailand

One big splash
This one looks like it’s been altered in Photoshop, but has actually has not been altered in any way. This was taken with an Olympus water proof camera, but it was the timing of the shot together with the flash which gave this effect.

Hope you enjoy my first photos on this site. Do let me know which are your favourite.

How to Create a Graffiti Logo

I was recently asked to put together a tutorial video for doncharisma.org showing how to create a graffiti logo using Photoshop. The video goes through the step-by-step process of how Don Charisma put together his logo.

Check out my ‘How to Create a Graffiti Logo’ video below and add any comments you have. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…