Today we are going to have a debate! And the subject is TFP, something which I have a had a fair few debates on already in Photography groups on Facebook. Now I’m pretty sure you all by now you know what TFP means and what it entails, if you don’t, you are either very lucky, or very unfortunate……or you have been stranded on a desert island from birth, catching fish with your shoelaces and drinking your own urine. If you are said, bearded castaway then let me explain :
If you ever entered the dark depths of Deviantart a few years back, you would have most likely stumbled upon the name Conzpiracy at some point in your journey. Like a modern day urban legend, his complex manipulations of the macabre made waves through the DA community.
Conzpiracy’s Photoshop tutorials were coveted by users in their DA journals. If you dug a little deeper, eventually it would lead you to SurrealPSD. A Photoshop, manipulation, tutorial website, where Conzpiracy laid out his tricks and techniques for all to learn. Having used this site as a go to for my own early works, I always wondered who the man behind the curtain was, the wizard of this dark , twisted facade.
Benjamin Franklin once said “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”
And no truer words have been spoken, well apart from “its finger licking good!”….but lets not get on to the colonel and his tasty chicken fillets. 😛
As photographers, most of us tend to have creative brains, which in my own experience, tend to work in the most annoying way imaginable. Logic and coherence is thrown out of the window for a machine gun of random, inconsistent, inspiration, an attention span of a 5 year old, and the tendency to daydream for 15 minutes a time in the middle of your current task. The best way to describe a creatives brain (taken from a meme I once saw on Facebook) is like an internet browser, with thirty tabs open all at the same time. Not very productive or time efficient, to say the least.
Sell the fake or add to the surrealism.
As as creative retoucher and composite photographer, these are two aspects that in my opinion are very important, you either learn techniques to help blend realism into the piece, or techniques to make it stand out and add surrealism. For example, you can have a model float in the air with giant swords, fighting a very angry octopus, but if the shadows are in the wrong direction to the sun, then i’m sorry but that is a big fat fail! [Read More…]