In today’s session, I partnered up with one of my colleagues and we mind-mapped our initial ideas.
Then, we visualised our first close-up photo of the object. We chose this angle, where the audience can only see some of the car, to create a sense of enigma. This will make the audience want to look at the rest of the sequence of photos that make up the narrative, so that they can resolve this enigma.
Our workshop in today’s session centred around the basics of Photoshop. A programme in which we can edit and perfect our photographs post-shoot.
Regarding our project brief, we need to produce 5-8 photographs in black and white with selective colour spotting. The magic wand tool helps us to select parts of the photo that are all the same colour. It is an advantage when the colour is block and not of different shades. On the other hand, the lasso – polygonal tool is the best when it comes to selecting an area of the image we want to isolate. Furthermore, with the perspective crop tool we can straighten up a slanted photo.
Using the adjustments panel (never the image panel as it will damage the photo permanently), we can adjust the exposure of the photograph. We do this by dragging the level up and down until we get the perfect look. Although, too much exposure will make the image noisy with white grains.
Bringing the white level up will increase the brightness, therefore dark areas in the photo will become visible.
If there is something we do not want included in the photograph, we can remove it. Using the polygonal lasso tool, select around the area you want to remove, then click edit – fill – context aware – OK. Now the unwanted part is removed, with the surrounding background blended so it is smooth.
Black and White Selection
For this project, we need to edit the photographs to make them black and white with a colour spot. To do this we can click quick selection, then drag it over the coloured area we want to keep. Hold alt and – and click on the small areas which are not quite included, so you can make the perfect selection. Then click select – inverse – adjustment panel – black and white. If there are mistakes in the image, use the brush tool, making white the foreground and paint over it.