Using Stack Mode for Smart Objects in Photoshop – by Milos Brkic
Presented on February 4, 2021.
Have you ever wanted to remove people or cars from a busy site, yet there was always someone inside your framed composition? The technique I discuss here will allow you to do that by taking multiple shots and using Smart Objects and their Stack Mode in Photoshop. There are other uses for this technique as well, such as:
- Removing moving objects from a scene
- Creating long exposure effect in daylight photos (e.g., from movie clip frames or time lapse series)
- Noise reduction in astrophotography (and other low light situations)
- Other artistic effects
Click on Using Smart Objects And StackMode to see how to do it.
Here are just two examples from the presentation:
Snowflakes 101 – A Beginner’s Guides to Capturing Snowflakes
This Tech Talk was presented on January 21, 2021 by Kersti Meema. The following is a summary of what was presented and is intended to get you started on photographing snowflakes.
What you need:
- Camera with macro lens (or lens with macro capability)
- Remote trigger
- Glass plate (the glass from an old picture frame works well – cover edges in duct tape)
- Falling snow! Temperatures of -8 oC to -5oC work well.
- Extension tubes (optional)
- Sharpening software – I used Topaz Sharpening AI (optional)
How to: Click on: Snowflakes 101 to see the PowerPoint Presentation with all the images.
LET IT SNOW!
Another high profile annual event on the Toronto art scene is the SNAP auction organized by ACT, Canada’s leading AIDS service agency. The next Gala event will be held on March 25, 2021 at the Arcadian Court and I am beyond excited to have one of my images, Game of Tones, selected for the Silent Auction. All the funds are supporting the AIDS Committee of Toronto, more details at www.SNAP-Toronto.com.
When the night is over, a new journey starts along the spectrum of human experience. A search for meaning, through contrasting realities and tones that bring the balance and harmony we are seeking. Every shade is beautiful. A rewarding venture.
I was delighted to learn that an article with photographs that I submitted to the magazine Nature Photographer was accepted and published in the Summer/Early Autumn issue. The article entitled “Going on a Moose Safari” describes my adventures photographing moose in Algonquin Park in June of 2018 and includes four of my images from that weekend.
There are a few reasons for wanting to have your work in a gallery space. Exhibitions are a great way of getting your work seen and evaluate how it is received by the public. In addition, the exposure offered by an event in a formal setting can be monetized through sales.
This year at “Spectra”, part of the annual CONTACT photography festival, I presented a series of four resin cast images mounted on wood panels. The show, which ran between November 11 – 22 at Gallery 1313 on Queen Street West, featured the work of 14 artists who are members of the Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography.
In a time when things are deliberately overexposed, I find myself continuously returning to those aspects that are often hidden, my images making visible what is overlooked. Throughout this series, I invite the viewer to move into a space of gentle energy. As almost everything reflects light, I use photographic processes to reveal an ethereal but lively essence of momentary dispersions of light on various surfaces. They are all different and the living shapes created by the reflections produce a unique experience that requires one to look more closely and deeply.