06. April 2013 · Comments Off on Musical Instruments from the Middle East · Categories: Photography, Still Life · Tags:

I’ve been working with costume designer Shadia for almost a year on a web site for her costume business. We’re getting close to completion. I’m very excited about this web site because of all the beautiful images of her costumes it will have. I have a modest photography studio in my basement and today I photographed some of Shadia’s late husband’s musical instruments. He was a Lebanese percussionist and she was a dancer in a musical group that toured throughout North and South America. It was an important part of her life and the images from it will be part of her web site. Here’s a preview.

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Friends brought these lillies the other day. I shot this with bounced flash and a backlight. I created the pastel effect with Photoshop layers and Nik color effex. And I used Filter Forge “Sobel Edge Detector” to bring out the lines.

The following is for my friend, Maria, and anyone else who might be interested in how I created this image in Photoshop.
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Someone was curious about the “mood” image on the home page of my website.  My daughter made a puppet in 8th grade art class.  First I photographed the puppet as a standard portrait:

puppet against white fabric

Then I wrapped it in black fabric and startled it with a spotlight pointing up towards the face!

puppet wrapped in black fabric

I took this image and used Photoshop to paint around the face and hands with black.  Then I used the perspective tool (Edit – Transform – Perspective) to distort the proportions.  Finally, I used Curves to saturate the colors for a lurid effect.

transformed in photoshop

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