Author: Lenin

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Re:retouch Game or Girl

Quick re-edit from Blinque’s 2012 calendar. Another one of my favorites from the shoot, did basic cleanups on skin painted in stray hair and giving the photo a more balanced composition. Checkout the original edit and raw photo below.

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Went for a warm golden night color tone.

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October – Soon to be forever alone Lvl: 300

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Original

After the rain? Another version a bit more blue and added water droplets to the window.

Setalight

Plan Your Lighting in a Virtual Photo Studio

On this week’s app find! set.a.light 3D Studio a virtual photo studio program from Elixxier. Plan your lighting before you shoot, think of it as Sims for photographers. Anyone familiar with 3D or playing games will find the program easy to use.You can move and adjust everything around, choose your room type, add a backdrop and every type of light is available plus their modifiers and a few helpers eg. a reflector. You also get a few models with different poses to choose from and there are also some props available for you to play with. Checkout their video for an overview of the program. It’s in German but you’ll get the idea.

I’ve been playing around with it for a few days. Below are some of my renders with basic lighting setup.

Had fun with the program just had a few problems, Some menu options were still in German, I couldn’t find an undo button and when exporting the lighting setup it kept crashing on my machine. But overall it’s a great find. And might help with planning your shots.

You can get set.a.light.3D Studio here for € 139 ($178) or try it for 15 days.

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Gamer Girl

Re:retouch Gamer Chick

For this week’s weekend project, I dug up the Blinque 2012 Calendar photos again, and picked a few of my favorites for a new weekend project called Re:retouch. In all the composites I’ve done, I’ve never been truly satisfied. There is always something to change, to add or take out, from a minor superficial fix to abstract symbolisms, as the great Leonardo Da Vinci once said “art is never finished, only abandoned”.

In the next few weekends, I’ll be working on 5 of my favorite photos from the calendar shoot, one each weekend. For today I picked the “Gamer Chick” photo, this is my 5th favorite from the set. Checkout the changes I made to the photo below.


Re:retouch, one big major change I did was the color treatment, I gave it a more sexy pink and violet this time. The new colors seem to give it more depth.


From the original I already did a head replacement, sadly I don’t have the copy anymore. From that I created the master file.Then I started from scratch with skin cleanup color correction/grading the only thing I didn’t redo were the HUD elements.


Compared to the original composite, the new look gave it a more powerful feminine feel.

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Moonlit Wish Feat. Alodia Gosiengfiao

Blinque and SplatPH photoshoot / interview with the cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao. This photo has been sitting pretty and forgotten on my desktop for nearly half a year. Had a bit of a creative block when I got the photos and this was an unexpected photo from a friend Eight Espino for our friends over at Blinque and SplatPH. Sorry guys nadugay!Haha. Alodia was a guest judge at the Mindanao Cosplay Summit 2012 organized by Ambox. This was an after event photoshoot. Checkout the breakdown video and photos below.

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Stock photos used for the moon, bird, mountains. The rest just basic Photoshop goodness.

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I had a few problems when I was brainstorming a concept for the edit. First off who/what anime/manga was she cosplaying? Is it anime/manga related at all? or an original? Why don’t I recognize this?! My soul died a little inside that day. Turns out the dress was a gift from Doll Heart. Ok now thats out of the way. Should I go gothic drama dark? Skulls? Crosses? Crows? A single tear running down her cheek?

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Had a bunch of options, Eight had a lot of good portraits from the set but I opted to go with this full body, her expression is just what the I needed. Decided not to go too gothic dark, but went for a more hope and dreams kind of thing. Original photo on the left. I did some body parts replacement to get the pose I needed. Although looking at it now, it could have worked without replacing the arms. Yes yes just because you can doesn’t mean you should.


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Did a little bit of tailoring on the dress, cutting out a part of the dress to give a little separation from the legs. Then finally masking out the background.

Thanks

Blinque

SplatPH

Eight Productions

Alodia Gosiengfiao

Silentman Studios Retouching

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Dropbox Alternative to Sync Files Locally ~ Updated March 2016

UPDATE MARCH 2016

BitTorrent sync, now only branded as Sync has been updated since I posted this blog entry and I thought I’d give an update and share a few more thoughts. After three years this is one app is still my go to solution for syncing files locally within my network of devices.

One major update they did was, it now syncs across multiple devices and platforms, Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and even sync NAS setups from Synology, Drobo and Western Digital.  Another new feature is the secure link sharing, you can add expiration on shared folders and you can folder access prompts owner for approval. Sync is still free  but now they also offer a Sync Pro version.

Sync Pro includes, more folder options like assigning folder ownership to other users, change access permissions anytime, save space as Pro version has the ability to sync file placeholders and only download files when needed.

For more info visit their website : BitTorrent Sync

For me the free version is enough for my needs and is an essential part of my daily computing needs.


 

ORIGINAL POST

In my line of work I constantly switch from my desktop to laptop, move tons of photos between machines and use Dropbox to sync files with clients. But sometimes I just need to sync between my PC’s and not want it uploaded to the cloud.

What I usually do is transfer files to an external hard drive or create a network folder and copy files from there but it’s a hassle to setup.

In comes BitTorrent Sync, no it’s not a torrent download client its a tiny piece of software that syncs folders directly from one machine to another locally, no servers no cloud. It uses torrent technology to securely sync your files. No size limits on the files you can sync. Unlike Dropbox which you need to put files on one special folder, BitTorrent Sync can work on any folder directly and sync them. Best of all it’s freeware.

It isn’t perfect yet, there’s no mobile support as of now and both machines need to be active for files to sync. It’s not Dropbox so you can’t access your files on the fly if your on a random computer. But even with it’s cons it’s a fantastic piece of software that saves a lot of time.

Sync unlimited files between your own devices, or share a folder with friends and family to automatically sync anything.

File transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud and your data is protected by private keys.

BitTorrent Sync is specifically designed to handle large files, so feel free to sync original, high quality, uncompressed files.

 

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Midnight Noir Breakdown

Sultan Ghahtani aka Photo Sultan did a a fantastic job on this photoshoot with a 50’s-esque theme. The photo itself looks amazing even without retouching, but imagination takes over resulting into “Midnight Noir”. I have always loved the 40’s and 50’s era specifically pin-ups and the film noir look and feel.   For this touch up goal was to introduce more shadows and completely relight the scene. Check out the quick video breakdown below.

The final edit.

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Le original photo.

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Le black and white goodness in the spirit of Film noir. If you have questions Leave a comment below. Share and Enjoy.

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Project : Midnight Noir

Photographer: Sultan Ghahtani

Retoucher/Digital Artist : Silentman Studios

Blinque November

Nomvember Blinque 2012 Calendar

Blast from the past. November photo for Blinque 2012 Calendar featuring zombies! Now a days who doesn’t love zombies?? They have been on an all time high since The Walking Dead came out. That’s why this is one of my 2012 favorites. I had a blast painting in the zombiefied effects. Checkout the breakdown and photos below.

Best weapon when zombies come at you? A sword and wait let me check howtokillzombies.com hmmm…. a tablet!
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Check out the video below to see more of the Blinque 2012 Calendar.

Project : Blinque Calendar 2012 – November Feature

Photographer: Eight Productions

Retoucher/Digital Artist : Silentman Studios