Humans of New York

Humans of New York

A while ago I stumbled across this amazing Photography project by New York based photographer – Brandon. Quoting Brandon – “Humans of New York provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.”

In the summer of 2010, Brandon set out on a goal to construct a photographic census of New York City. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind.”

Along the way, Brandon’s project – HONY, took a completely different turn. Brandon started curating stories and quotes from his anonymous New York City subjects. He started including these small stories and quotes along with the portraits on his blog. “Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, which over the past two years has gained hundreds of thousands of followers. With over 300,000 followers on Facebook and 120,000 followers on Tumblr.”- Brandon

HONY Stories

HONY

HONY

 

HONY

Humans of New York

 Humans of New York

Humans of New York

Humans of New York

Humans of New York

Humans of New York

( Image credits:  facebook.com/humansofnewyork All of the images featuring on this post belong solely to Brandon.)

 

Brandon curates his portraits and short stories of New York City on his website – humansofnewyork.com & Facebook page –  facebook.com/humansofnewyork  I have followed several of his portraits for weeks and now months. Leaving aside the Photography aspect of this project, what really amazes me is the kind of stories and quotes he captures. I have seen everything from brave, compassionate, heartwarming to inspirational content in Brandon’s work. His work is pure and unadulterated stories of folks from New York City. He captures some amazing portraits that sometimes tell a visual story even in the absence of textual content. I find his work non subjective and very inspirational. Checking his page daily is now a habit. There is always something heartwarming or encouraging one can find there. Armed with a camera, Brandon manages to really tell stories of the inhabitants of the City.

I really find his project inspirational. His work is a proof of passion & love for what he does. To  see his entire set, check his Facebook page or website. If you love stories then this is for you – Stories. Recently Brandon, even went out in aid of the victims of Sandy. He set up an indiegogo page to collect funds for the relief of the victims of Sandy. Brandon in collaboration with Tumblr built a beautiful relief campaign for the victims of Sandy.

HONY & Tumblr Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser

HONY + Tumblr

Extract from the indiegogo page:”Tumblr and Humans of New York are teaming up to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. For ten days beginning November 11th, we will be documenting and sharing the stories of those affected by the storm. We hope to show all sides of the story, featuring not only the victims of the storm but also the first responders and volunteers who are helping them recover. Hurricane Sandy revealed the power of nature, as well as the power of humanity. We aim to document both. By doing so, we hope to encourage YOU to contribute the relief efforts.

The purpose of this fundraiser is to collect donations. However, to spice things up a bit, Tumblr and HONY are teaming up to provide incentives and rewards for donating. Tumblr is throwing in some cool Tumblr gear, and HONY is providing prints and other goodies. We are covering these expenses ourselves so absolutely all money raised will be going to relief efforts.”

You can check it out here.

It’s not every day you see someone like Brandon following his passion and curating stories from strangers. His project assumed a different direction along the way, but I love it. And I think a lot of you out there would agree with this fact. Humans of New York is without a doubt among the best photography projects I have seen.

Brandon, keep doing what you do.

Rock&Roll.

About the Photographer : Brandon

Brandon in action

Hey there.  I’m Brandon.  I get really passionate about things.  At some time in my life, I’ve been obsessed or borderline-obsessed with saltwater aquariums, the baritone euphonium, reading, piano, filming, financial markets, New York City, and photography.  I studied History at the University of Georgia.  During my senior year of college, I took out $3,000 in student loans and bet it on Barack Obama to win the presidency.  A friend heard about this bet and got me a job trading bonds on the Chicago Board of Trade.  I traded for three years.  It went really well for a while.  But then it went really badWhoops. After I lost my trading job, I decided to move to New York City and take portraits of strangers on the street. Mom wasn’t too happy about that decision, but so far it’s gone pretty well. I’ve taken nearly 5,000 portraits and written 50 stories. And I’ve met some amazing people along the way.Feel free to drop me a line at bstantonphoto@gmail.com.

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Adobe Photoshop Cs 6

                For the last few weeks, the Photoshop team has been giving us some sneak peeks of the latest version of Photoshop. The latest version of Photoshop is due to be released in the first half of 2012.  So far a total of 5 sneak peekhave been released. Here is a quick overview what Adobe’s latest version of Photoshop Cs6 will have to offer.

Sneak peek #1 – Camera Raw 7
Sneak peek #2 – Performance Upgrade + Liquify tool 
Sneak peek #3 – Line drawing improvement (Dotted and dashed lines)
Sneak peek #4 – Advance content aware and copy 
Sneak peek #5 – Migrating presets, work space and tool settings + JDI
Sneak peek #6 –  New Blur tool & Options          (Updated March 2012)
Sneak peek #7 –  Enhanced 3D capabilities         (Updated 16 March 2012)
 
 
 

Sneak Peek #1 

Camera Raw 7 upgrade

In this video taken straight from the laptop of our Senior Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, get an early look at some of the things the Photoshop team is working on for Camera Raw.

Highlights:

  • Camera Raw 7
  • Interface Color Adjustment

Sneak Peek #2 

Performance Upgrade

Get an early look at a popular Facebook fan request – background save and the most powerful liquify tool ever, from Photoshop Product Manager, Zorana Gee.

Highlights:

  • Background Save
  • Liquify tool Upgrade

Sneak Peek #3 

Line tool Upgrade

Product Manager, Zorana Gee, gives a hint at what’s to come – creating dashed and dotted lines with just one click in Photoshop. A top requested feature brought to life!


Highlights:

  • Dashed & Dotted lines in just one click

Sneak Peek #4

Advanced Content aware technologies (My personal favorite)

See more advanced features of Photoshop Content-Aware technology. Straight from Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes, this video shares how to seamlessly move or remove an object from an image.



Highlights:

  • Improved Content aware fill (Determine source & destination)
  • Advanced content aware fill – Extend & Move Fill

Sneak Peek #5

Migrating presets , work-space and tool preferences + Developments in JDI

Get a peek of what sharing presets will be like in the future. We’ve also addressed dozens of requests from our Photoshop community, called “just do its” or JDIs. Submit your feedback at http://feedback.photoshop.com.


Highlights:

  • Easy migration of settings and work space from Cs 5 to Cs6
  • New improved shortcuts for layer duplication
  • Improved label color feature for layers
  • New JDI request included
Contact Sheets and improved PDF settings (Bring back )
  

Sneak Peek #6

Blur tool upgrade and development
Photoshop’s new Blur Gallery, Photoshop Product Manager, Stephen Nielsen demonstrated the new Iris Blur effect, a feature that will help you to simulate depth of field in a photo. 

 

Highlights:

  • Blur tool updates
  • Bokeh options

Sneak Peek #7

3D enhancement and development
See the 3D capabilities to come in Photoshop CS6 Extended, including enhanced performance and the ability to change the position, color, material, shadow, and light source of a 3D image.
 


Highlights:

  • Complete revamp and upgrade of 3D capabilities.
 
 

Apart from these sneak peaks, here are a few Hidden gems in Photoshop. Go check them out. Hopefully this post shed enough light on all the new features Adobe plans to pack in the upcoming release of Photoshop Cs6 in 2012. However to my disappointment, I have yet not seen any AUTO SAVE feature! (Long awaited ) So is the upgrade worth the cost, I would say its too early to say. But hell yeah Cs6 has definitely a punch packed in.
Also Adobe organised a couple of Photoshop events in NYC. Here are a few unseen features that were also revealed . Go check them out – NYC Event 2012
As Photoshop adds more Sneak peeks, I shall keep re blogging this post. So stay tuned for more exciting news and upgraded tools & feature releases of Photoshop Cs6.

Finally the much awaited –  Adobe releases Photoshop CS6 Beta. Go ahead and download it now!

Montreal Meets 2012

Just a year back, I stumbled upon Montreal Meets 2011 tweets via James White (Signalnoise) and Fabio Sasso (Abduzeedo). This year Aoiro Studio brings Montreal Meets 2012. Go checkout what this design event has to offer.

What is Montreal Meets?

Montreal Meets 2012 is a simple design event planned in Montreal to help connect with the creative world. To create events that will make people get inspired by the design industry. Especially by the people mastering their vision. It’s also an opportunity for you to learn from the people of the industry. It’s their gift to us. It’s our legacy!

Connect. Inspire. Learn.
François Hoang / The Founder

Checkout the AWESOME speakers lined up for #MM2012

image: http://www.aoirostudio.com/mmtwo 
 
 

So good luck to all those involved in Montreal Meets 2012. Hope you’ll guys have a great time and have some awesome content to share after the event.

Playing hand of God:Retouching

 

In this post I have handpicked some retouched photographs.Retouching today has a wide application and is almost used by everyone today on amateur basis.While beginners play off with Layer mask and then brushing,retouching photographs requires a lot of skill,perception and knowledge of Photoshop.Right from spot healing,cropping,patch to adjustment of highlights and shadows,every artist has his own action set planned.From individual level to professional one’s this field sort great source of income that doesn’t come easy.Pre-conceptions are that retouching is for magazine faces.But however today there are various sites offering  retouching for your personal pictures as well.Its an art most Designers and artist try to grasp,but only the one’s with the perspective vision accomplish.Today learning to retouch photographs is not all that difficult if you know the ABC of Photoshop.Here I have put 3 tutorials to learn retouching.Go ahead an experiment,it’s not all that tough.But always remember to provide a before-after preview to your work .

Breaking it down to the basics

Although there are several ways to retouch photographs,there are elementary steps that are achieved by different artist in different ways.The basic idea of retouching a photograph is not to change the original aspects but to clear the unwanted ones.Right from spots,marks,age lines to dark circles ,retouching is applied for an  overall makeover.

Step1:

Major spots marks and lines and first removed using the spot healing tool.This tool has to be used with a small brush size to maintain the colour unity of the face.At times where the section is badly affected like a scar or rash the patch tool suits best.However while using a patch tool,care must be taken that the generated patch is within the same shadow or highlighted area.Avoid a distant patch as it gets obvious.

Step2:

Now adjust the highlights and shadows for Image>Adjustments…Remember never play around with the brightness and contrast unless necessary,since the change overall  image including background.All major and minor areas of fault should be rectified by now.

Step3:

Now duplicate the layer.Select the underlining layer and apply Gaussian blur  to it.Make sure the basic elements like eyes and lips are visible to a decent respect.

Step4:

Now add a layer mask to the top layer.Select the layer mask and brush it with a soft brush of opacity 60%.You will now notice a smooth result as the lower Gaussian layer is revealed.

Make sure not to brush the eyes and lips in the mask.It will result in them going blurred.Play around and experiment to suit your level of requirement.

View tutorial demonstrating this method.

1.Tutorial for Beginner

2.Tutorial forAmateur

3.Tutorial for Professional

70 Beauty-Retouching Photoshop Tutorials

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“Little People Project” created by Slinkachu

 

The “Little People Project” is created by Slinkachu. It involves the remodeling and painting of miniature model train set characters. Those tiny models are placed on the streets to form various scenarios. Here are some of the cute images taken. To view more of Slinkachu’s works, click here.

To view the source page click here

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