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Friday, August 26, 2011

How to do tilt effect on photos

The tilt effect is a effect you get when photographing into a miniature world like toy train. The depth of focus is usually in the middle of the picture. All objects in this area are sharp. Outside this area, foreground and background, are blurred.

the original photo
You cannot get this effect with your camera with one shot. But with working over it with software you can make this effect. Here is how I do it.

In my example I took a shot with objects in the foreground, fireplug and lamp, in the middle, the small park and in the background, houses, a figure and the square.

What do I want?
Foreground, fireplug and lamp, should be blurred as well as the background. Only the park with trees and bushes as well as the facade of the house in this area should be sharp.

How to do?
  1. Make copies of the one layer: 2 for foreground, 2 for middle and 1 for background - the original layer keep as backup.
  2. Mark the first foreground area, all under the park, in the foreground layer. Soften the edges. Cut out the rest.
  3. Mark the fireplug and lamp in the second foreground layer. Don't soften the edges. Cut out the rest.
  4. Mark the trees and bushes and the part of the house's facade in the first middle layer. Don't soften the edges. Cut out the rest.
  5. the layers
  6. Mark the ground in the middle area in the second middle layer. Soften the edges. Cut out the rest. This is because we want to make the ground smoothly change from blur (foreground) to sharp (middle) to blur (background).
The layers should look like this:
  1. Foreground layer with fireplug and lamp
  2. Foreground layer, only ground
  3. Middle layer with ground
  4. Middle layer with park and trees
  5. Background layer
  6. Original layer - not visible
Now blur both foreground layers and the background layer

Colours Now the objacts should look like painted with coloured lacquer. To do so increase saturation. Sometimes I also change colour debth.

Result A look like into a miniature world.
hello mini world

Here is another example with more figures. The Figures look like painted. The effect is a little too extreme, but so you can figure out the result.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Song analysis "Big adventure" by Nick Kwas

Nick Kwas asked me what I think about his song Big adventure
Ok, here my opinion:
  • perfect production
  • good arrangement
  • good chorus singing
  • the song itself is a good composition.
  • expressive vocals, good understandable.
  • vocals: first tone at 1m43s a little out of tune.
  • in the beginning the voice is ok, soft as it is; the message obviously is "think about this". At the end "so walk right out of door" needs more power, it's a little too soft. convince the listener that you mean it like wanna say "move your ass, lazy bone! and now go and change the world"
  • i dont like the crash cymbal.
  • changing in tact (~0m40s) can be a prob for airplay in commercial radio - if you target mainstream
Here the link to the song:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Krems niemals! Never! - Signs at Wachau

Walking in the beautiful valley Wachau from Duernstein to Krems I saw a sign. From far I read "Krems niemals!" meaning "Krems never!". Coming closer I could read the words between saying "Krems links liegenlassen? Niemals!" meaning "Give Krems a go-by? Never!". It seems that either the sun has bleached out the words in the middle or some funny people, let's call them anonymous, removed letters. Nevertheless a very unclever advert because you should avoid a negation in a message.

In Unterloiben, a small village between Duernstein and Krems there was a restaurant with a funny sign saying "Essen Sie bei uns sonst verhungern wir beide!" what means "Eat here otherwise we both starve". Very creative!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Walking in Wachau along Danube

relaxing near Aggstein / Wachau
It's warm, it's sunny. Off to valley Wachau!

Wachau, located between Melk and Krems, is a very beautiful place at the Danube. Mountains left and right and so much wine. Austria's "Veltliner" is planted here. The Ancient Romans found out that this is a very good land for wine and startet planting grapes. Left and right the Danube there is a biker's trail Melk-Krems, 33km, most partly shady. Up on the rocks there are ruins like Aggstein and castles like Schoenbuehel. Don't forget to visit Heuriger and drink Wachau wine - white Veltliner.

I did not take a boat tour on river Danube. I went down from Melk to Aggstein and made a few film shots and also took pictures.

No stress, please
Watching boat tour on the river Danube

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Coffee beard and Crumplehouse

After dining spareribs and Viennese beer I took a coffee. I had an idea and told her to picture me. Her? Well, she does not want to get photographed, alright I keep her anonymous.

Then we went to a crazy house in Vienna Favoriten (district 10). Look at that facade. I call that house "the crumplehouse"

Friday, August 5, 2011

New press picture launched

A little photoshop work.
  1. First I cut out the figure from a picture and mirrored it horizontal.
  2. Copied the figure and with filter I solarized it. To make human colours on the face I removed the face from this copied layer.
  3. Next I took a photo from a landscape and worked over it with a lot of filters to make it colourful. I used effect curves in a funny way, I made a wave in the filter. On top of this layer I smeared a little. There should be no hard lines or edges.
    I added musical notes, squares, flashes and lines. The lines are turned in nearly the angle like the guitar's neck.
    The light points are flares (photoshop filter). With curves I reduced the lightness of the spots from white to grey.
  4. Then I processed another image nearly the same way, but made a squirl effect to look a little like a loudspeaker. I set the layer's opacity to about 40%.
  5. Another picture looking like a wav file is also turned in nearly the angle of the guitar's neck. And I put splats on it.
  6. Then I copied the figure again and made 3 layers with processing the colours by toning it. A little smoothing the edges and set opacity to lower than 100% to make the background shine through.
  7. Adjusting opacity of layers on final check and all together now is the final picture (see below).
Important: Fill out ITPC and copyright data and also make resolution to 300dpi for printing.
I was looking where to change resolution, but it's easy:
Adobe - help online - Change the print dimensions and resolution
ViennaCC in the world of music

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

First Austrian 3D MUSICVIDEO launched

First Austrian 3D musicvideo "Chat online" uploaded on YouTube, a song from the latest album "Connected". In the musicvideo "Chat online" I act in a dark cyberspace between server-cubes and computer-boxes with moving webpages in the background. You need 3D glasses red/cyan to see the 3D effect.

A few hours after upload YouTube reported a copyright issue to me. I ridiculed on Twitter: "It's my music. Better listen to the music, not to attorneys!"

My background? Well, besides photographing producing musicvideos for my own songs as well as interviews and videos for Austrian bands for OKTO, a local TV-channel in Vienna.

Here my statement for the press: "I am the first in Austria creating a 3D musicvideo. TV, Home-PCs, video editing software and Youtube is not prepared for 3D-format yet, but 3D is fascinating and is a technique of the future. I want to do 3D to see how camera movement, colour and light design and - not to forget - effects work on 3D."