Art as a path to self-acceptance

Life can be ruff. It may be twice as hard to an intuitive introverts. And yes, I am the one. I do not consider my life harder than others. It’s just the way how my brain process stuff and I must admit it’s not making it any easier now when I am in my mid 30’s.

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SAAL Digital photobook review

Hello guys, I had a chance to review SAAL Digital photobook. This article is available only in czech language, please check it HERE for CZ version and for complete gallery.

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RECENZE FOTOKNIHY SAAL DIGITAL (CZ)

http://www.saal-digital.cz/

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Josef Madl – Man Of The Year finalist

I had the chance to work with Josef twice. Our first photoshoot was his very first photoshoot ever. He succeded in male beauty competition and got into Czech version of  Man Of The Year finals. It made me feel so proud because my impression about him was that he should work in fashion industry with no doubt. Here are photos we took lately and the short basic interview with him.

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Results of Burlesque Beauty Workshop

Not so long ago I was teaching at Burlesque Beauty workshop in Wien under www.pixel-power.at with amazing Stephanie van der Strumpf. I should notice that without invitation of a long time friend from deviantart Cliff Kapatais this wouldn’t come true. It was wonderful experience with such a cool people and I literally enjoyed every moment. Here are the results of our work.

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Burlesque Beauty Workshop

Basic informations about Burlesque Beauty workshop in Wien under www.pixel-power.at

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Opened projects for 2016

I continously work on several projects that some of you may participate in. They are very personal and people are picked by various criteria. If you are interested to collaborate look down into my list of opened projects for next year. You might find yourself suitable for them.

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Workshop Analyze this!

Here are basic informations about Analyze this! workshop. Here you can also find source files and bonus actions for download.

Closest Analyze this! workshop at Splashed conference!!!

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Outline – Simplify

To get oriented in photography we are going to edit it’s necessary to simplify it. It is very similar to learning how to draw. You begin with simple geometric object and then you get into more difficult shapes.

1 – RAW
2 – Composition – liquify, crop
3 – Pixel, lightness/tonality, D/B, high pass
4 – Color of pixels, color corrections
5 – Final color grading
6 – Sharpening
7 – Actions, filters

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Workspace and Travelling Comfort

How important is your workspace for you? What do you carry if you travel? During years I´ve been thinking a lot about this. As a full-time photographer I spend lots of time behind a desk. I also spend lots of time carrying my gear with me. And of course I want it to be as comfortable as possible in both cases. If you sit on a bad chair behind bad table, soon you will realize that back pain, neck spine pain and headaches will turn your retouching into hell. Carpal tunnel infalammation may cause your inability to retouch for weeks or months. I went through it and I can tell you it´s nothing you want to experience.

My own health, bad choices and painful experiences made me writing this article. We usually talk about work techniques but every single graphic designer, retoucher or photographer is in pain from too much sitting behind a desk or carrying too much on his back or neck. I would like to share a few thoughts about it right here.

Analyze this 3 !

This is last of “Analyze this” articles for now. It would seal the circle. We talked about composition, light, mechanics, anatomy and now we will talk about another essential part of the image – colors and tonality, which are same important as any other aspects of image.

Analyze this! 2

Couple days ago I published first of articles about analyzing images – Analyze this!. Here is continuation.

Analyze this!

I was thinking about this article for a long time. Not only because it would show you how some of stylizations originates but it will also help you to understand retouching better. Actually it won´t be the only article but couple of them, each related to one topic. The first thing I do on every set of images is analysis. It goes from general set analysis where I pick the best images that works for me individually and in a set too and then I analyze every single image that should be retouched.

10 tips to better photography & retouching

Retouching is difficult discipline. If you work with bad images you tend to spend a lot of time on fixing what’s wrong. After all you spend all your energy on fixing something instead of enhancing what is already good and you will not reach the perfect image anyway. Perhaps it is good to think a little before you start retouching.

It’s almost impossible to get 30 good photos out of serie of 150 images with the same light, location, setup and everything. I wish I could tell everyone to do just really good images from the beggining to the end. You are an artist and you decide what is good and what is not. But for sure it’s better to produce one perfect picture than dozen of similar boring ones. Here are few tips to any retoucher and photographer that may help you to realize what to do.