Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Better Photos The Mogeo Way

Today I welcome Mary and George, friends, good eggs and photographers. In the blog they write about taking photos and compare the olden days with the modern, digital age.

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Taking the photo is just the first step. Previously it had to be developed and edited in a dark room using expensive chemicals and equipment like enlargers. Some of the techniques that produced wonderful images in the past are air-brushing, and burning & dodging under the enlarger. Take a look at some of the greats. For example Cecil Beaton, Ansell Adams and, even further back, Frank Hurley’s photos of the doomed Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton in 1915.

Today we are luckier as we are able to use the power of computer-based editing software, such as Photoshop CS5. This allows us to achieve the same techniques without all the space and equipment that was previously required, not to mention the cumbersome cameras and large glass plates. 

We came together by very different routes and are inspired by all that is around us, from the very small to wide open spaces.  For example, can you guess where the heads on the left come from originally? They sit in this mysterious location. Here we not only manipulated the heads to reshape them, but also completely relocated them to become The Snow Watchers. Some might argue that this is computer trickery, but we haven't done anything that skilled photographers in the pre-digital age couldn't have achieved.

You could try something like this too. Even if your camera and software may not be as powerful or complex and you may not have the available hours, you can produce reasonable images and creations with less expensive kit and free software, such as GIMP, Picassa or the less expensive Photoshop Elements.

Mary Patrick and George Vranjkovic are MoGeo Photographic. Not only do they photograph objects and people, they do book covers. They came together as a creative entity a few years ago after Mary expressed the desire to “find” her creative self, though she started with pottery. George, having found some photos she had taken a while before, suggested she might try photography as a less expensive avenue. The rest, as they say, is history. 

You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, their Blog and Flickr.

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With that I bid you adieu and I shall see you on Friday.

3 comments:

Al Diaz said...

Good picture! Reminds me of the Oracle in the Neverending Story

Nick Wilford said...

Clever work they've done with those heads. This is definitely a skill that's useful for writers to have, as we become our own publishers and create our book covers.

Martin Willoughby said...

Al: I've seen the movie but can't remember that character. Though it has been twenty years...or more.

Nick: They're handy people to know.