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Flash – Moving Still Photos

I’ve decided to try and create an effect that I had seen before in documentaries programmes where still photos contain a moving image of a subject.

I used 2 old photos that I had taken from gigs many years ago, the first photo is of the band Travis and the second photo is of the band Ash.

I think moving still images works best with performance type of photos as it’s more dynamic and the movement makes the image come more alive. I carefully chosen photos that had a subject in front and a background that had some interest.

I began the piece by creating a layer mask in Photoshop to mask out the band members and putting them into a new layer that’s separate from the background.

Content Aware was used to roughly fill in the background layer hidden behind the band members as some of these area will be seen when the photos starts moving, I also used the healing brush and stamp tool to further clean up the background.

Click here to see the final separate images.

After getting the images all separated, I imported them into flash to create the moving animation. The animation could be done in any other software such as Premiere, Indesign or even Powerpoint.

The concept is to increase each image size of the separate parts and have them moving at an opposite direction to each other, making it look like the camera is moving.

I’m pleased with the final result, It does seem to bring static photos to life.

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Photography – Miniature Effect Photos

Photography - Miniature Edinburgh 01
Miniature Edinburgh Train

Photography - Miniature Edinburgh 02
Miniature Edinburgh Building

Just for fun, I used a couple of old photos of Edinburgh that was taken last year to create a miniature effect look using Photoshop.

This was done in Quick Mask Mode with a Reflected Gradient to mark the area in focus and then used Lens Blur to make the background out of focus.

To finish it off I did some adjustment in the levels, colours and saturation to get a more artificial look.

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Brochure – Visit Zhaoqing, China

Brochure Visit Zhaoqing 01

Brochure Visit Zhaoqing 02

Click here to view a high quality online pdf of the brochure.

Here is a sample work that I’ve created of a typical holiday tour guide brochure. It’s a 3-sided brochure layout; front and back. This was done in InDesign and took about 2 days to make.

I wanted to improve my knowledge of InDesign and decided to use my recent trip to China as the subject for a tour guide brochure.

All the photos used in the brochure were taken by myself during my trip to China, the image of the map was taken from Wikipedia.

As it’s a sample work, I decided to focus my time on the layout design of the brochure and didn’t spend much of my time on the written content; hence the use of dummy text.

I began with creating 3 columns for the text; with a transparent fill background to make it more readable. I then added the panoramic photos and placed it at the bottom of each page which instantly made the design more brochure looking.

I used a gradient for the upper part the background and several photos set in ‘lighten’ blending mode which added more visual interest and blended the upper and bottom images together.

The thumbnail photos were placed with a 2mm text wrap which gave it some space between the text and the photos.

I went for a 3-sided brochure layout but the final design could easily be adapted for a two-page spread layout. I’ve incorporated a 3mm bleed so it’s all setup ready for print.

I enjoyed making the brochure and I’m pleased with the final result, I hope it has made Zhaoqing an appealing place to visit!

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Panorama – China

Seven Star Crags, Zhaoqing, China

Here is a panorama of a popular lake area in Zhaoqing, a city situated in southern China.

Pano2VR was used to create the flash from the panoramic photo.

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Panorama – Hong Kong

Here is a panorama of Tai Po, an area of Hong Kong where I recently visited.

I had not been back for over a decade and a lot has changed with many of the areas being revamped and modernized; but Tai Po still holds a very traditional look with its old buildings that I still remember when I first came to visit.

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