4/30/2011

New Work: Advanced Photography

I'm sorry to say, but this will be the last post of advanced work for the school year.  The students in advanced photography this year have really blown me away with their creativity and attention to detail!

To see all of these pieces and more (!), come by Topeka West High School to enjoy Best of West 2011.  Hundreds of pieces of artwork will be on display in A Building Monday, May 2nd & Tuesday, May 3rd.

Please enjoy these 16 incredible photographs and also feel free to leave a comment at the end of the post.  The students enjoy reading what others think about their images!!



Anna Wenner, senior


Giselle Herrera, senior


Patrick Lacy, sophomore


Klayton Edwards, junior

Vicky Phelps, senior


Natalie Bender, junior


Sydney Barlow, sophomore


Grace Elizabeth Phelps Hyphen Roper, senior


Samantha Wise, junior


Kelsey Haflich, junior


Lexi Chitwood, senior


Mitch Montague, junior


Blake Dexter, senior


Emily Ferlemann, junior

Brett Sidesinger, senior

Kody Wade, junior

4/23/2011

Introducing Pixlr, an extremely useful online photo editor!!

Photography enthusiasts (namely my students) don't always have 24-hour access to image editing software.  There are an array of online image editors (I reviewed Picnik back in 2009) but many of my students get used to the flexibility of more powerful programs, like Adobe Photoshop, in their advanced photography classes.

Last week, Mitch M. (one of my advanced photography students), mentioned an amazing little online editor called Pixlr.  The layout, floating palettes, and editing tools are very similar to those found in Photoshop.  After experimenting with it a bit I found that is does have its limitations but for those that are a bit savvy with Photoshop (but don't have the funds to drop for the full program), Pixlr is an awesome alternative!

To use Pixlr, go to http://pixlr.com/ and click on the link
"-> Open image editor <-":


Once the image editor loads, you can choose to create a new image from scratch, open images from your computer, open images from another website with a specific URL, or open images from other online libraries (such as previously saved photos to Pixlr or Facebook).

The layout of Pixlr is very similar to Photoshop including a tool palette, a navigation thumbnail, layers palette, and best of all a history palette!


Especially for the photographer Pixlr has included several pull-down menus that include a variety of image adjustment tools and filters.


Many of the included filters can add a creative uniqueness to your images before posting them online or sending them to friends and family.


For my very first edit using Pixlr I chose a photograph taken during my last visit to the Rocky Mountains.  The "before" image is taken straight from the camera.  After using three simple editing tools (Levels, Color Balance, and Hue & Saturation) I was quite pleased with how quickly Pixlr rendered my image and made it more colorful and presentable.


I also played around with a few of the included "Filters" such as Cross Process, Desaturate, and Mimic HDR.


After finishing the edited image I had the option to save the file directly to My Computer, to a Pixlr Library (that needs to be set up with an account name and password), or to several other photo libraries such as Picasa, Flickr, or Facebook.

If you are displeased with the image editing software that came pre-installed on your computer or you don't have access (or funding) to powerful programs like Photoshop I would recommend giving Pixlr a try!

4/06/2011

0 to 100

[via 0 to 100 Project]:  "Experience the Ultimate Life Story.  The beginning was humble, to say the least:  The people at Flash Reproductions told the people at Up Inc about a cool new bookbinding technique.  Intrigued by the possibilities, we brainstormed some ideas about how best to try it out.  From there, we enlisted photographer Sandy Nicholson, and a critical mass of other partners, for a unique collaboration.  The result?  Together, we’ve created 0 to 100, a poignant glimpse of the true face of the human lifespan: 101 portraits of folks at every age, from mere weeks to a full century old."









The 0 to 100 Project is an incredible view into the vast diversity of the human face.  Portraits of children younger than a year old to men and women into their 80's and 90's flow together to create a beautiful digital flipbook that you have to see to believe!  Click -----> here <----- to view the 0 to 100 Project's digital flipbook.