Wednesday, 28 January 2015

learn: photo editing with Nicky Johnston

The 52-week Challenge wall is filled with an abundance of beautiful artwork. Here are some great tips to photograph and edit your photos so your artwork can be viewed in the best possible way.

Try to take a photo of your artwork in a space where there is natural light. Not in direct sunlight (as this creates unwanted shadows.)

Take your photo as square as possible to avoid any elongated angles of your artwork. I usually stand directly above the artwork and line up the edges of the paper to the sides of the photo frame.

Cropping and basic editing can be done on most phones these days. Crop the unwanted background so you only see the image. Most phones also have basic colour/lighting tools that you can experiment with too.

Here is an example of artwork I did for Week 4 - Insects:

PIC 1 - You can see here that I took a wide photograph. I tried to keep the illustration as square as possible.

PIC 1 - Taking a photo as from a height keeping it as square as possible

PIC 2 and 3 - Cropping
I used my phone's editing options and cropped the unwanted background of my photo.

PIC 2 - select the area I want cropped
PIC 3 - the cropped selection
PIC 4 - Lighting correction
Using my phone, I selected 'light' and I played with the levels that I preferred.
PIC 4 - the level of preferred colour
PIC 5 - After cropping and lightening....this was my final artwork I posted to the Challenge wall. A marked difference from the initial photograph I took.

Other helpful apps and programs (for phones and computers) to assist with editing photos, recommended by Challenge members.

Computer Programs:
I highly recommend that you have a 'play' with cropping and editing - it really does help display your artwork in the best possible way!

Stay creative,
x Nicky

leonie's picks - week 3: RETRO

Wow Retro week for me was a trip down memory lane, a blast from the past and a great big dose of nostalgia for many things I'd thought I'd left behind me. 

Loved how we moved from 1950 to 1990, from flower children to hippy chicks and John Travolta, amazing retro furniture that I'm sure is in vogue again, toys, fashion, music, cars, technology, kitchenware, hair styles, paisley and psychedelic patterns ... retro certainly brought out some very cool interpretations. 

The pics selected are those that particularly resonated with my 'retro' years, but there were so many wonderful pics I encourage you to hop over to our Challenge Wall for a little bit of time travel to the recent and not so recent past! 

Hope you dig it as much as I do!

Leonie Cheetham

Alisha Jensen

Annie Hamilton-Grundy

Bec Benson

Celeste Hulme

Cherie Altea Bitanga

Clara Cook

Claudia Matz

Damien Thomasz

Deborah Parker

Debra Vranek

Dee O'Brien

Dee White

Diane McWhirter

Giana Cochrane

Hannah Grace

Hayley Atkinson

Jen Mueller-Barton

Kelly Anne

Laura Jayne

Lesley McGee

Lynn Tait - Grandaughter Elin (3yrs old)

Marily Valkijainen

Matt Glover

Michele Kempees-Lewis

Natalie Daniel

Nicky Johnston

Penny Fisher

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

exhibition shortlist - July

Week 27 - SNOW

Anita Gadzińska

Jen Barton

Judy Watson

Kayleen West

Ramona Davey

Vicky Pratt

Week 28 - FEATHER

This was a particularly extraordinary week and we have shortlisted 10 artists, instead of the regular six.

Anita Gadzińska

Karen Erasmus

Jess Racklyeft

Kathe Hennessy

Kim Bergstrom

Lisa-Marie Kerr

Lyn Lewis

Matilda, age 5, and Rebecca Webb

Mel Gannon

Skye Robertson

Week 29 - PLANE

Alison Smallwood

Anita Gadzińska

Melissa Tan

Natalie Daniel

Penny Fisher
Margaret Dewar

Week 30 - SYDNEY

Another exceptional week, with 7 shortlistees.

Bettina Dodson

Judy Watson

Sarah Epstein

Trish Davis

Keryn Bowdidge

Michelle Varga

Tracey Lennon

Week 31 - LINES

Bettina Dodson

Penny Fisher

Kristen Okeeffe

Louise Tesoriero

Nicole Trapnell

Lisa-Marie Kerr

Stay tuned for August's shortlist - next Tuesday!

The finals will not be revealed until the Exhibition Opening on Monday 9 March, at Bookfield Place, Perth. A full report of the Opening will be posted on the blog by 12 March.