Tumblr Staff

A quick shoutout (is that still a thing) to the Tumblr Staff blog, the official feed from the people behind Tumblr. Lots of good tips and tricks to check out.

I have to admit I needed to look up the whole end a text post with a question mark thing earlier today.


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An artistic activity such as photography is “literally and figuratively enlivening,” according to Ellen J. Langer, a professor of psychology at Harvard and author of “On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity.” “When people are depressed, they tend to retreat from the world. Noticing things in the camera puts you in the present moment, makes you sensitive to context and perspective, and that’s the essence of engagement. I have years of research telling us how good that is for health and well-being.”

Photography as a Balm for Mental Illness - NYTimes.com (via photographsonthebrain)

I knew I was doing all this for a reason.

(via photographsonthebrain)

Palm Pods (masking test) Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 
I’ve been trying to simplify my dust removal workflow. This is a picture of the result of one such test. The black outlines are the safe area around the palm pods. The white area was the selection, which was processed using Photoshop’s native Noise > Dust & Scratches filter.
Those black dots were little specks that were larger than 8 pixels. I suspect they were of low enough contrast that they escaped my selection pattern.
My selection process works like this:
Magic wand the background with low tolerance, contiguous, anti-alias setting.
Manually select key low contrast areas
Select > Modify > Expand by 8 px. This causes the selection to increase in size, encircling any dust larger than 7 pixels
Select > Modify > Contract by 7 px. This returns the selection to almost the original state, less 1 px for safety.
Select > Modify > Contract by 20 px. This increases the safety area around the perimeter of the subject.
Select > Modify > Feather by 10 px. Effectively softens the anti-aliased edge by half the perimeter radius.
Refine in Quick Mask Mode, editing out any visible specks. This is the point where the technique seems to have failed. The dark specks in the image were not visible in Quick Mask and, I suspect, were not bright enough to have been seen, nor were they large enough to see when the selection was in marching ants mode.
Now I have my final selection and simply apply the Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches filter with a radius of 8 px and a threshold of 1 level. This aggressively fixes the selected background without harming the subject areas, which are later touched up by hand.
Do you have photoshop selection secrets to share?

Palm Pods (masking test) 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun 
Jul 2014 

I’ve been trying to simplify my dust removal workflow. This is a picture of the result of one such test. The black outlines are the safe area around the palm pods. The white area was the selection, which was processed using Photoshop’s native Noise > Dust & Scratches filter.

Those black dots were little specks that were larger than 8 pixels. I suspect they were of low enough contrast that they escaped my selection pattern.

My selection process works like this:

  1. Magic wand the background with low tolerance, contiguous, anti-alias setting.
  2. Manually select key low contrast areas
  3. Select > Modify > Expand by 8 px. This causes the selection to increase in size, encircling any dust larger than 7 pixels
  4. Select > Modify > Contract by 7 px. This returns the selection to almost the original state, less 1 px for safety.
  5. Select > Modify > Contract by 20 px. This increases the safety area around the perimeter of the subject.
  6. Select > Modify > Feather by 10 px. Effectively softens the anti-aliased edge by half the perimeter radius.
  7. Refine in Quick Mask Mode, editing out any visible specks. This is the point where the technique seems to have failed. The dark specks in the image were not visible in Quick Mask and, I suspect, were not bright enough to have been seen, nor were they large enough to see when the selection was in marching ants mode.
  8. Now I have my final selection and simply apply the Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches filter with a radius of 8 px and a threshold of 1 level. This aggressively fixes the selected background without harming the subject areas, which are later touched up by hand.

Do you have photoshop selection secrets to share?

Color Management inquiry

I’m currently recalibrating my scanning workflow and am looking for sources (books, sites, etc.) that you might like or trust.

(I made the mistake of not ending a previous version of this with a question mark—which invokes the Tumblr response mechanism, so here’s the redux.)

Would you please reply with links or titles of color management resources that you recommend?

Stacked Peonies (retouching mask) Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 
If you look closely, you will see that I need to be more careful cleaning the glass during extended scanning sessions!

Stacked Peonies (retouching mask) 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun 
Jul 2014 

If you look closely, you will see that I need to be more careful cleaning the glass during extended scanning sessions!

Color test Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun jul 2014 

Color test 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun 
jul 2014 

kailaetc:


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has an important message about proper attribution. 
(video by kailaetc | gif by alexstone)

Morning Rain (slowmo)

Trio Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 

Trio 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun 
Jul 2014 

humanoidhistory:

July 20, 1969 — Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin at work on the Moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong, who can be seen reflected in a couple of the images.

(NASA)

I was 8 years old, visiting my cousins in Wisconsin. I remember running out to the back yard and waving at the sky—hoping the astronauts would see me.

Foundling Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 
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Peonies (DX/screen) Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 
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Wrapped (peonie & cling film) Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 

Wrapped (peonie & cling film) 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun 
Jul 2014 

Public sculpture at Scott Rakow park Untitled by George O’Perry, 1973