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Content Aware really IS your friend!

Hey!

Yeah i know, off the radar again! I would love to say the reason for my blogging absence is due to being so mega busy that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day…etc…etc…

Fact is - i’ve been too lazy! Ok, a little bit busy too, but mainly lazy!

Anyhoo - as the title suggests, we’re going to touch a little on photoshop.

A couple of weeks ago I was over at Theater Oberhausen, doing a promo shoot for an upcoming production.

You’ll note, that yes, i have shot slightly less insane things.

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The above image is straight out of camera. You’ll not that we’re shooting inside a built set, within a larger hall. We were actually in the set building hall belonging to the theatre. No much room to shoot inside this wooden box, and a ton of natural light flooding in through the windows.

It needed to be a moody shot anyway, so killing the ambient light and bringing in flash was always on the cards. The biggest problem though was framing the shot. I shot with the widest glass i had - 17mm on a FF sensor - and had to hold the camera to my side against the wall, so i had no real idea what i was shooting.

Anyway, because of the constraints i had, this meant there would be a fairly heavy chunk of post production coming my way in order to keep this shot wide-looking, but having it look like were just in this stripy room!

The final image

The final image

Obviously, i’m not a genius, and don’t have hours and hours to spend bringing images through post production. But, the content aware tool is your friend. Selecting parts of the image that are outside of our little ‘room’, and using the CA fill, really does help to speed up the process. In most cases, it’s pretty accurate in expanding the background.

There’s obviously going to be some imperfections to the background, but they can be tidied up using the clone stamp tool, and with some creative (and fairly liberal) use of dodge, burn and vignette, the image came up good!

Here’s another example:

Note the wall to the right of the finished image also came through CA Fill successfully

Note the wall to the right of the finished image also came through CA Fill successfully

Content aware is a fairly simple thing to use: use lasso, patch, pen tool, selection brush - whatever you prefer to select an area - hit delete, select content aware, hit enter - job done! There may be some fixing to do afterwards, particularly with busy images, however, the hit-rate is pretty good!


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So, this wasn’t really meant as a photoshop tutorial, but whatever! Thanks for reading!

Until next time!

Ant

Off (On) the Wall

Hi!

Well, i had a nice surprise last Saturday!

It had been a fairly busy week; a band shoot on Tuesday, Ruhrtriennale on Wednesday, Kammertheater Karlsruhe on Friday. Saturday was the turn of Theater Oberhausen to get a visit from me!

Imagine my joy when i arrived in the Theater on Saturday to see these beauties hanging!

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You can probably imagine, i was pretty impressed by these suckers! 180x120cm ish, and backlight!

Ego-boost ahoy!

Until next time!

Ant

Multi 2018 - Part 1

Hey!

A short update to my last post about Multi

The first week came to a close with a big event at a sportsground in Oberhause Holten. 

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The visiting kids were all there, and their guest-families invited too! Bouncy castle, bucking bronco, football tournament and lots of food - no more really needs to be said!

I also had the opportunity to get the drone out again for a bit of aerial work! There'll be more coming in the next post too ;)

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Week two has been a little less hectic than the first, with the program not being quite as packed as in the first week. 

As we head into the final big event, and the departure of all the visiting kids back home, it's time to start reflecting on what a great and interesting two weeks it's been. Keep an eye out for the next post!

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Hot News!

Hey guys!

It's been a while i know, i've been a busy boy! 

Just needed to fire a quick update to you all to let you know that I've been given the honour of being selecting to join the official photography team for the Ruhrtriennale arts festival from 2018-2020! 

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It's a big thing! And i'd like to send a special thank you to those who have supported me and helped me get to where i am! You know who you are!

x

Ant

 

New Video: Kalbe (Milde)

Hey,

Last weekend my travels took my east to Kalbe in Saxon Anhalt. This place felt like the end of the earth - no people, no cafes, no takeaways. 

Three supermarkets serving the apparent 8000 people that live in this sleepy village!

Anyways, i had time on my hand, so it was time to finally let me Osmo and Spark join forces to make a short video.

Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.

Travel light i always say. Travel light i never do.

 

This also represents the first time i have colour-graded footage, and used Premiere Pro - it's a touch different to using iMovie ;)

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So, the results of my first foray in to Premiere Pro.....

Thanks for reading! Coming soon, more behind the scenes action from the Theater Oberhausen programme shoot!

Until then...:)