20171130: One model photo, 4 versions, Photoshop demostration

Here in town I get a lot of requests of people having photos of family, boyfriend or girlfriend in USA & a local wants a better background on the photograph.

So I did a quick Photoshop demo to print out showing that I took one image of a woman & made 4 different treatments to that same image. With a single poster printout, I have 4 styles of one shot to show customers.

Photoshop work.

HOWEVER folks we Professional & Artists have been doing this LONG BEFORE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP was created.

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In 1993 I took a photograph of the Newspaper Publishing Co building with really beautiful clouds in sky behind it. About a month later, the parking lot in front was coated with a fresh coat of tar and one of the other staff had shot it just an hour later when no one was parked on it and everything was very clean.

I happened to see that both my photograph & the other person’s photograph were shot near the same area so it was an “easy” job of putting my sky in his “clean Publishing building” shot.

So some 6 hours of work “sandwiching the two negatives together” to make one image in a WET Darkroom. Next morning when the Owner of the publishing company came in I showed him the Black & white photograph print. He liked it, thanked me and walked off with it.

A week later I saw a new stack of sale person folder sitting on the Sales Dept manager’s desk as I walked by. Yeah, you guessed it, I saw my “sandwiched PHOTO” was on the cover of those handout folders for customers.

In 1974 with my 1st WET darkroom I was doing this at 2 am in the morning instead of sleeping for school later in the morning. Long history of having artistic fun!

So darkrooms & combining artistic work & photographs are about 180 years old folks.

Photoshop is the “new fangled name”, that is all.

Hope you like the pretty lady, a model in Southern California I show in 2014 & the different treatments of her portrait.

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2017

 

 

20171121: DIY Strip light for under $10USD

OK, so this ain’t no pretty beauty queen of a strip light box, but heck a “decent” one starts at around $80USD.

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Down here in Mexico, while I don’t know how soon I will need one, the shipping is expensive or I have to research out the Mexican companies that supply one.

I also have a money shortage & needed some soft boxes & hair light & a strip light so that adds of fast.

Well, the hair light and strip box were a little easier to make. I will wait on the soft boxes.

I made a hair light box out of cardboard & just need to find a little brighter light for it. The small LED light stick is too dim for studio work. I can stick a flash in there.

But the other day I noticed that here in town there are LED strip lights for sale & at only 95 pesos for one, heck that is like $5 USD so why not invest a little time to make a strip light out of one.

My neighbor also gave me a big cardboard box that was too large for what she needed.

So,

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1200mm is over 4ft long & 6500k is a nice level to work with. I did have a small issue that facing forward I got stripes on the wall. I had bought the clear lens so I could have the most light possible & would make my own defusing for it.

So I just turned the light around and faced into the box. The shiny side of the aluminum foil would defuse that issue just fine.

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I then added some more cardboard to make “barn doors” on the box.

I put aluminum foil on the joints of the barn doors & made sure that the barn doors were in the full open position when taping them together so I would not have issues of opening and closing them or light leaks.

Over all time is a couple hours of work, but here is the light in action.

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Wide open doors.

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Closed most the way.

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And a half way flagged position.

So tape, aluminum foil, a cardboard box & a strip of LED 6500k lights, plus a little and I have something that works.

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Like a say, “it ain’t pretty to look at!” But it does the job for now!

And is light weight enough to hang on a light stand/boom or even from the ceiling.

Creative Shooting folks! Specially those of you with a limited budget.

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2017

20171120: KARMA, 5 dozen eggs, hum & yum!

OK, so the other day I did a small job for a neighbor…

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While she paid me the money for the job, which I did not charge much being my neighbor, she also handed me these 60 eggs!

I laughed & complained that I had no refrigerator & it was too many. She smiled & said she works at a ranch & they give her eggs all the time at no cost, go share them.

I had been considering buying myself some eggs for the past couple of days as I had not had any for almost a year. This was a pleasant surprise to receive so many!

So I tried to offer someone some, but Adriana had given that person some a week before so she did not need them either.

Well, I like pickled eggs & know how to make them, some omelettes & the rest boiled to pickle!

The cooler weather will let me keep some for a few days for omelettes, but not more than 2-3 days. This also means I don’t have to buy some chicken yet either which was why I was considering buying some chicken or eggs.

I am vegan, mostly veges, fruit & beans, tortillas, cheese & breads, but some eggs or chicken or fish once in a while is nice change of pace.

Adriana does not speak English, so Alicia was translating for me & Adriana wanted to know about the pickling of eggs, so I will give her some after they are ready in a week or so.

Karma folks, eggs in my belly, not on my face.

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2017

20171120: Canon 16-35mm Repaired & working again! Wow, am I happy

OK, so after 3 years of hauling my broken Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 “L” II zoom lens around with me, not having the money to send it in to be repaired. I finally got inside it and found the broken wire causing the problem.

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This what I talk about in being intelligent.

It took 3 yrs of trying to find the way inside without BREAKING ANYTHING & I was patience enough to do so.

I then without a schematic looker for where a wire should have been attached.

As you can see, it was not so obvious a place.

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The first attempt to connect an extra wire to this spot did not work, the wire pictured would not solder down. So I replace it with a copper wire which did work & that little tiny extra inch of wire let me reconnect the wire inside the lens body to the circuit board.

After closing it up, I tested it and everything fired just right. 3:30am time for bed.

Next day I took it out to the street while selling & tested it more. Everything seems fine. Later that night I went and did some night shooting & so far everything is well & GOOD.

Since this is the lens that in 2014, I had a tripod fall over on a mountainside and break this lens literally in half, I assume either the solder job at the Factory Repair was bad or the wire was weaken but that fall & rolling down 100ft of mountain.

I have over $2000 invested in the lens both from buying it & then the repair of that breaking it in half. So it is nice to repair it myself & have it back in the photo kit!

Sorry I did not take more photos of the lens being opened & repaired, wee morning hours are great for working, but I don’t always remember to shoot a lot of “extra photos” on these repair jobs. I am more interested in getting the job done & get to sleep!

The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 “L” is one of the sweetest landscape lens I have ever used.

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2017

 

20170422: What to do to Increase Creative Abilities…

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The other day I was asked a question, “What can I do to increase my Creative abilities?”

A little while later, someone else asked a similar question, “My creativity is at ZERO. What can I do about it?”

This list is the answer.

In 59 years of life I have never run out of Creative Juice, sure I can be stumped as to what to do. Or the pen sitting not moving in my hands. The keyboard motionless & quiet under my hands….

But I always follow these rules and have found and answer!

Cameras, canvases, paper, inventions, problems in business, every time words, paintings, drawing, photographs & even silly posters are all born from these simple rules!

Enjoy and have fun doing that Creative whatever You Like to Do!

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2017

20170321: Perfect example of “NO imagination & demanding no one does.”

OK, so yesterday I put a comment on a LinkedIn post which the person had made comment of the North & South American continents looking like a “Duck” when laid on it’s side….

I replied that if you look at Google Earth and the South American continent you will a “FACE” looking at the Galapagos Islands…

I got this reply back…

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So here is the image from the Earthquake 3D imaging which makes it “Point Blank” to me.

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What do you think folks?

Do I  have too hours of staring at computer screens or is the stuff I drew lines to seem pretty obvious to the average person looking at it.

Sure Google earth is harder to see, but when You consider that as a 50 year landscape photographer with 42 years as professional….

As a person that has had many “Tour Guides” confirm that yes that formation of rocks is the next thing they are going to talk about as it is some 100s to 1000s of years old local “Spirit FACE”…. what do you think ?

Should I shut up about my impressions of a image & my abilities to use my imagination?

I mean after all I did create the International Space Station.

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Have a CREATIVE DAY folks, and remember, “Your imagination is YOUR RIGHT TO DREAM!” Never let a idiot or jerk knock that down.

20170321: 1046HRS  Jon Miller II replies….. damn this dude has 2 brain cells and they hang between his legs… too hard to figure out HOW TO USE THEM….

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TALK ABOUT DUMB!!!!!

20170317: Looking for Graphic Work, “remote” contractor available NOW!

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I am a “Whistle Blower”, I caught the USA government & it’s court system breaking laws and doing damage to me & my son.

I therefore need to find “Jobs” which I can do and still be free to move out of harm’s way.

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I have 42 years of advertising & graphic design experience, which is available to help anyone who wants to try improve their business chances in the modern world.

I do not sell lies or scams, but honest work.

I have quite a bit of artwork to build with for you. I also have experience in 7 did fields of employment and earned paychecks with 50 plus different job titles. I have a clue about a large selection of markets, products & customer needs.

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As you can see I have a lot to work with, in a variety of styles.

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And as this poster shows, I can cover continents without issue, in Mexico while doing this for a Nigerian in Africa.

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also have a sense of humor,

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Pancho Mango was done for a local fruit cart vendor who works the street in front of the Cafe in work out of.

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a selection of fonts & the play of creative abilities, with 2 photos of some roommates caught in sticky mouse traps one week.

And just a few of the “brushes I can play with in Illustrator or Photoshop.

and of course I do stuff just for me…

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All pricing is by piece or hour depending on your needs. I will discuss any honest contracts & have a PayPal account to make payments to.

I have several ways of getting your design work to you through the internet.

I am a human being and have Adobe CC Suite 2017 plus other contracts for font houses & graphic houses for artwork needed or can create quite a bit myself.

However all of this requires monies to pay bills & still have a place to sleep and food to eat.

PLEASE CONTACT ME, if you have any abilities to help or graphic design/business needs I might answer.

email me at vanderhoofpeter@yahoo.com with details of any job you might have.

I also can do video editing & creating, while this piece IS NOT finished, it is a sample of what I “TAUGHT” myself in just 2 months of using Adobe After Effects for the 1st time in Jan 2017.

I used Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, & Lightroom to create this creative vision.

All artwork copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2017

 

 

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