Mixing fashion with Fine Art…and Chaos.

Conceptual Photography, a Behind-the-scenes Look at “Crayons”

This project is called CRAYONS and while time constraints did not allow for the project to be a full series, I am posting it none-the-less. This project was very challenging for me; high fashion, juxtapostion of images, film and fine-art inspired me to do a photoshoot where every image contains 1 element that is hand drawn with crayons (a backpack, an umbrella, a necklace, and earrings). You can see we used real props as place holders to later be replaced with hand drawn models in photoshop..

Unfortunately, like I said, we didn’t have enough time in the studio to do a full series, rather this was more a test of an idea, but I had a blast creating this and I will be revisiting the idea in the future. Let me know what you think and stay tuned for a photoshop tutorial going over how I achieved this look. You can check out the full video down below.

I divided the shoot into 4 parts:

1-Backpack


2- Umbrella


3- Necklace


4- Earrings

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10 Photoshop Shortcuts to Speed Up your Workflow

This is a pretty intensive tutorial cover simple to complex photoshop shortcuts that I use every day to speed up my workflow. This cheat sheet compliments the video so follow along whether you are a Mac user or a Windows user.

enjoy!

MAC USERS

1- Creating a New Layer:

SHFT+OPTN+CMD+N

2- Zoom Image

SPACEBAR + CMD + click & drag left-right

* the order in which you hit the keys matters on Mac to avoid opening spotlight search.

3- Resize Brush

CTRL+OPTN click & drag left-right to change size

or

CTRL+OPTN click & drag up-down to change brush hardness/softness

4- Stamp Visible Layer

SHFT+OPTN+CMD E

5-Liquify

SHFT+CMD X

6- Create Custom Shortcut

Go to EDIT > Keyboard Shortcuts and select the filter or task you want to create a shortcut for. Make it something you’ll easily remember. See #7 Gaussian Blur for reference.

7- Gaussian Blur

SHFT+OPTN+CMD+ G

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘G’ so I could remember Gaussian).

8- 2 Window Display

SHFT+CTRL+OPTN+CMD+ W

and

SHFT+CTRL+OPTN+CMD+ V - for the 2 window vertical split

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘W’ and ‘V’ so I could remember Window and Vertical).

9- Creating your own PS Action - Frequency Separation

Hit Record in the Action Tab

>Make a new Stamp Visible Layer

>Rename it to Low Frequency

>Make another Stamp Visible Layer on top of LF

>Rename it to High Frequency

>Set the Opacity on the High Frequency Layer to 0%

>Select the Low Frequency Layer

> Add Gaussian Blur at around 4.6 to Low Frequency Layer

>Select High Frequency Layer

> Set Opacity on High Frequency Layer to 100%

> On the top menu go to IMAGE > APPLY IMAGE

Set the SOURCE to LOW FREQUENCY

Change the blending mode to ADD

Change the SCALE: 2

OFFSET: 0

Make sure INVERT is selected

Click ‘OK’

>Change Blending mode on High Frequency Layer to LINEAR LIGHT

>Select both layers and Group them using CMD+G

>Rename the Group to Frequency Separation 16bit

>Open the the group and select Low Frequency

> Click the STOP RECORD BUTTON in the actions panel

>Check the box next to Gaussian Blur in the Actions panel.

>ENJOY Frequency Separation

10- Group Layers

Select the layers you want grouped and hit

CMD+G

WINDOWS USERS

1- Creating a New Layer:

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+N

2- Zoom Image

CTRL + SPACEBAR click & drag left-right

3- Resize Brush

ALT+Right Click and drag left-right

4- Stamp Visible Layer

SHFT+CTRL+ALT+E

5-Liquify

SHFT+CTRL+X

6- Create Custom Shortcut

Go to EDIT > Keyboard Shortcuts and select the filter or task you want to create a shortcut for. Make it something you’ll easily remember. See #7 Gaussian Blur for reference.

7- Gaussian Blur

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+ G

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘G’ so I could remember Gaussian).

8- 2 Window Display

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+ W

and

SHFT+ALT+CTRL+ V - for the 2 window vertical split

*(you can use ANY combination of keys that you want. I wanted it to end with ‘W’ and ‘V’ so I could remember Window and Vertical).

9- Creating your own Action - Frequency Separation 16bit

Hit Record in the Action Tab

>Make a new Stamp Visible Layer

>Rename it to Low Frequency

>Make another Stamp Visible Layer on top of LF

>Rename it to High Frequency

>Set the Opacity on the High Frequency Layer to 0%

>Select the Low Frequency Layer

> Add Gaussian Blur at around 4.6 to Low Frequency Layer

>Select High Frequency Layer

> Set Opacity on High Frequency Layer to 100%

> On the top menu go to IMAGE > APPLY IMAGE

Set the SOURCE to LOW FREQUENCY

Change the blending mode to ADD

Change the SCALE: 2

OFFSET: 0

Make sure INVERT is selected

Click ‘OK’

>Change Blending mode on High Frequency Layer to LINEAR LIGHT

>Select both layers and Group them using CRTL+G

>Rename the Group to Frequency Separation 16bit

>Open the the group and select Low Frequency

> Click the STOP RECORD BUTTON in the actions panel

>Check the box next to Gaussian Blur in the Actions panel.

>ENJOY Frequency Separation

10- Group Layers

Select the layers you want grouped and hit

CTRL+G

Quick Photoshoot in San Luis Obispo | BTS

A quick behind the scenes look with Amber Paige in San Luis Obispo

I ended up dropping my camera and missing the most important parts of the shoot… BUT I’m making the most of it and showing you what I got. This was a very unexpected quick shoot and the pressure of shooting without any preparation and having to improvise (finding a location, good light, poses, everything) was a little daunting. I made a ton of mistakes and realized that a lot of my ideas didn’t work but I feel like I learned so much and love the images that I got. I keep being reminded that it’s about the daily grind vs trying to be perfect right out the gate. The video is linked down below! Hope you guys enjoy it and learn from my mistakes and continue to follow me in my photography journey. Thank you. #prayforantonio