2012年12月28日 星期五

轉貼:Photoshop.com對名攝影師Glen Wexler的訪談


Envisioning improbable realities

An amazing talent with a signature style of “improbable realities,” Glen Wexler puts the pro in professional photography. Working with a full time digital tech/artist and an amazing network of freelancers that includes a producer, photo assistants, set designers, model makers, CGI artists, and stylists, Wexler creates scenes that make you look twice, and then look again. Photoshop.com had the opportunity to learn about what inspired him as a young artist, his evolution as a photographer, and how he creates those wild images! Suspend reality for a few minutes as you take a tour through the work of Glen Wexler.

Photoshop.com: Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without and why?
Glen Wexler: The camera. The essence of my work is recorded photographically. Photography provides the realism I envision to create photo-illustrated narratives of manufactured, altered or improbable realities.
Photoshop.com: What role does Adobe® Photoshop® software play in your photography process?
Glen Wexler: My work relies on the perceived (but waning) credibility inherent in the photographic image. I recombine elements of the real world to create a fantastical vision in which the elements often react in a surreal or absurd manner. This involves the pre-visualization of the finished image, then breaking down the plan for the final outcome into manageable components to be individually photographed and, finally, digitally seamed together.
Photoshop.com: How did you create the result in a particular photo?
Glen Wexler: Eric Idle, from Monty Python, wrote the foreword to my book, The Secret Life of Cows. When he agreed to do this I was inspired to create an unseen point of view from Spamalot and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The image “Preflight” depicts French knights preparing to launch a cow from a trebuchet (a French catapult) over a castle wall at King Arthur and his page. Eric explained in an interview we gave to Associated Press that this image depicts the original implementation of biological warfare. My intent was slightly more innocent, however, as I wanted to evoke the origins of the nursery rhyme of the cow jumping over the moon.
The image was created by combining studio photography of a miniature set of the castle and trebuchet (which actually worked) with a life-sized cow, talent dressed as a knight, and sky and moon from my image library.
Photoshop.com: Describe a favorite photo you’ve shot and what grabs you about it.
Glen Wexler: “Sold Our Soul” was from the exhibition and coffee table book of fantasy album covers: The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were. The exhibition first opened during 2003 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. It was an image that I had pitched for actual album cover projects, but didn’t create until this project came about. The image is a strong reflection of my signature style of album cover art, but was created entirely independent of needing to satisfy the expectations of the recording artists, managers or record labels.
Photoshop.com: How do you know that a photo is really good?
Glen Wexler: This is a very subjective notion. Photos resonate or are deemed “good” on very personal levels and based on the viewer’s specific tastes, emotions, knowledge of art, and overall visual vernacular. My personal criteria are about the aesthetics and skillful execution of an original idea or approach.
Photoshop.com: Where did you get your first creative inspiration?
Glen Wexler: The work by Hipgnosis during the 1970s was very influential for me. Many of their album covers were for some of my favorite recording artists, and those images made up my “art collection” as a teenager. The blurring of the lines of the photographic medium was inspirational in terms of pointing to the unlimited narrative possibilities that could be expressed with altered or combined photographic imagery. That being said, most of their images up to that time were obviously manipulated or stripped together. I wanted to make surreal, conceptual and thought-provoking images, but more “seamless.” I was looking at photography as a means of suspending disbelief.
Photoshop.com: Are you a self-taught photographer or did you have a mentor or teachers that showed you the ropes?
Glen Wexler: I went to Art Center College of Design for the technical training that I believed would exceed the scope of other art schools. It was my intention at that time to use these skills for my fine art work, but at Art Center I was exposed to the advertising works of Irving Penn and the fashion photography of Guy Bourdin, which I started to find more interesting and exciting than fine art photography. I considered moving to Europe to build a portfolio of fashion photography, but had the fantasy of shooting album covers. The recording industry seemed to be a very closed market, but when a door opened, I jumped at the opportunity and dropped out of school. I was very young, only 22, and hit the ground running professionally. I was much too naïve and focused to consider the thoughts of a mentor. I had a very clear vision of the type of images I wanted to create, and nothing else photographically was of much interest to me.
Album covers presented the unique opportunity to produce the images I wanted to create. My images were not applicable to the advertising market of the time, and it would have been cost prohibitive to create the work without the commissions. The recording industry provided a visual “playground” to experiment with elaborate photocompositions and to define a signature style. With the exception of some very basic darkroom manipulation projects at Art Center, I am entirely self-taught in terms of photocomposition, both analog and digital.
Photoshop.com: What are the benefits of working with CGI?
Glen Wexler: Over the past few years CGI has become a very valuable resource, and can be the best approach for set elements with certain surface properties. CGI might also allow for more flexibility in rendering options. For example, on a recent ad campaign the layout called for a circular staircase to be placed in a lavender field. The client originally rejected my recommendation for steel and glass stairs, and wanted the staircase to be all wood. CGI provided the practical means to show them the options, and in the end the agency and client agreed with my vision. Other projects, such as creating steam-punk styled pogo sticks or realistic mosquitoes; CGI was the most efficient approach in terms of cost savings and creative control.
Photoshop.com: You use a lot of practical models in your work. Can you tell us about your approach to new projects?
Glen Wexler: I love practical models and miniatures as they provide photographic nuances and realism. Often, models or sets appear more “real” than the perception of reality, and are often better for controlling the environment in regards to composition, lighting and weather. When a new project comes in it’s all about figuring out the best possible approach and production value. All of this research is done in advance to provide an accurate estimate to the client. When the project is awarded the team is assembled and we start the preproduction phase. This might include model and set fabrication (practical and CGI), talent casting, wardrobe and prop procurements, and the development of background images.
My shoots are all planned in advance and are very well choreographed, as all of the problem solving and most client driven decisions are worked out in advance. I also have my digital artist on set to verify lighting and perspective matches of each element being created for a photocomposition. The postproduction involves the processing of raw files, retouching and combining of the elements. If I am incorporating CGI models, the final CG rendering is completed with an exact lighting and perspective match to the photography, and if applicable, photographic elements from the shoot might be used to render reflections onto the CGI models.
Photoshop.com: Describe the most remarkable photo shoot you have done.
Glen Wexler: There are a couple shoots that come to mind for entirely different reasons. One was shooting backgrounds in Death Valley. I was out very early morning on a New Year’s Day in an area call Badlands, which is the lowest point in North America. After shooting salt flats for about an hour, I was walking back to the main road when a bus of Japanese tourists pulled up. A group of about 30 people passed me. As I turned around I saw a surreal scene of this group dispersing; they appeared to be walking into nothingness, including a nun who had stopped to study a hole in the ground. Typically, my images are completely pre-visualized, deconstructed and assembled, but this one was there for the taking. I shoot on location often for backgrounds. This was the first and only time that a “completed” improbable reality didn’t need to be constructed.
Another memorable experience was creating the Balance album cover for Van Halen. Drummer, Alex Van Halen explained in a creative meeting that, to the band, the title suggests the “duality of the human psyche,” and asked me to create a visual based on that concept. At that point, I had worked on hundreds of album covers, but never with this degree of thought provoking and unexpected direction.
There were also many challenging advertising assignments, such as figuring out how to depict a secret agent cow scaling a high-rise building.
Photoshop.com: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in the photography world?
Glen Wexler: Think or feel before you shoot. Pre-visualize. Understand and respect light. Learn your craft. Be original. Create trends; don’t chase them. Create bodies of work with a consistent and unique point of view. If you are selling your work, learn the business and how to license.
Photoshop.com: What is the ONE lasting impression you want to leave in your photos?
Glen Wexler: When my images succeed, it is when they engage the viewer in a new experience. I met a musician the other night from a very famous band at a mutual friend’s wedding. He said that they were just discussing the new album cover and they wanted a “Glen Wexler-like” image. Of course, I told him he was talking to the right guy. For any visual artist, I think a major achievement is leaving a unique visual imprint.

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轉貼:迎合SoLoMo大趨勢 自己動手建立及管理網上商店

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2012年12月28日,招騁雜誌Recruit (Friday Issue) 中提到商家應把握SoLoMo所帶來的商機,自己動手實現網上商貿王國!

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2012年12月27日 星期四

Ivan Petrusevski的治癒系插圖

馬其頓的插畫家Ivan Petrusevski為了展覽會而創作了一系列治癒系的插圖


2012年12月21日 星期五




天行凝方認為不然,現在成熟的網絡文化現正慢慢成形,網絡相關的職業比過去任何一個時候更逢勃,更完善,極需要創意人員的加入,無論是求職還是從事 自由工作,都是一份相當不俗的技能。而團購,淘寶的事例更證明時下的網絡商機已是一個實體的經濟收益,如果將所學技術結合良好的商業概念,更有可能成就 Facebook, Youtube或Groupon等網絡奇蹟,帶來豐厚回報。
隨著網絡的營商工具愈來愈多,亦造就了一批網絡創富者,他們有具創意的產品或意念,善用網絡中的平台,例如Wordpress, Paypal,等工具,在沒有繁重的程式編寫的壓力下,輕易建立網上商貿平台,更善用Facebook,SEO等技術,成功建立一個網上事業王國。
solomo 1024x601 為什麼網站/網絡技能提升大有可為?
天行凝方以SoLoMo為其網站課程的辦學中心,什麼是SoLoMo? SoLoMo是三種概念混合的產物,即:Social(社交)、Local(適地)、Mobile(行動),連起來就是SoLoMo。隨著SoLoMo時 代的來臨,將會改變消費者對於訊息、通訊的方法和觀點,再加上會有越來越多的消費者將由電腦網路移動到行動網路。如何觀察、預測出消費者真正的需求,並創 造出適當的行動服務及應用,將會是許多企業的一大挑戰。


1. Web Designer 網站設計師

  • 你可以報讀:網頁設計課程 (CEF認可) – 互聯網多媒體設計文憑課程 Diploma in Multimedia Design for the WWW
  • http://formwelkin.com/web-design/
    • 為甚麼要修讀?網絡已成為21世紀人類溝通的首要平台。無論朋友聯絡,買賣交易,相關網上的服務已日漸成熟。根據worldwidewebsize.com的統計,2012年全球有多達7億個網頁,這些網站都需要人設計,以至經常 維護、更新,以吸引人的目光,你看到當中的商機和工作機遇嗎?
      另外網絡世界亦面臨重大挑戰:流動平台的興起。我們看手機/平板電腦的時間已慢慢比桌面電腦還多,故現今的網站設計成適應不同裝置(Responsive Design)的工作十分殷切。掌握一些新的標準例如HTML5, CSS3的技術正是業界渴求的人才。本課程正是為你裝備面對網站設計的挑戰。
  • 適合誰修讀?如果你希望以網站設計師為你的職業,不論是受僱還是自由工作,又或現有的工作中需要協助公司更新或維護網頁的人士,都適合就讀。
  • 課程特點: 新增Dreamweaver for mobile 環節,讓學員進修最新HTML5, CSS3, jQuery等技術,建設多平台兼容的網站。

2. Web Developer 網站開發者

  • 你可以報讀:動態網站開發文憑 (CEF 認可課程) Diploma in Internet Applications Design and Development
  • http://formwelkin.com/php
    • 為甚麼要修讀?這課程教授如何開發動態網站。甚麼是動態網站? 動態網站是指網頁所設計的內容文字、圖片或是其他的一些系統﹝如新聞訊息發佈、產品展示系統、照片圖庫及報名系統 … 等﹞設有程式管理系統, 讓日後的使用者可隨時自行修改、更新或新增;通常這些系統是網頁程式人員開發的程式來建立。 這樣網站的效果,會讓人感覺到網站的商業動力(不斷創新的技 術發佈及產品訊息)和增加客人造訪的機率,亦令網站整合到公司資料庫作進一步分析。本課程就是教授使用最普及的PHP和MySQL資料庫製作動態網站。
  • 適合誰修讀?如果你希望以PHP和My SQL作為你首個編程(Program)語言,投身網站開發者的工作,這課程是你的不二之選。千萬不要認為PHP編程是書呆子和宅男的玩意,其實只要結合好的意念,Facebook, Groupon等核心都是靠PHP發展出來的。
  • 課程特點: 課程全力教授最實用的PHP和My SQL建站技巧。

3. Web Wealth Maker 網絡創富者

  • 你可以報讀:高效網絡創富證書課程Certificate in the effective use of the web network for businesses
  • http://formwelkin.com/e-marketing
    • 為甚麼要修讀?現 在有不少人腦中有上佳的商業概念,但奈何實體經濟的成本如租金和工資往往令人卻步,抹殺了大好的商機。故愈來愈多人選擇用網上來建立自己的商業平台,或開 拓多個銷售推廣門路。以住建設網上商店需要專門的編程知識,甚至要聘請專業人士代勞,但此課程正正就是教導學員善用網上的創作工具如 WordPress,Paypal, Google Analytics等建設網上營商平台,並作推廣及分析成效。
  • 適合誰修讀?如果你希望腦中有創業營商的意念,或希望為現有的生意開拓新的網上銷售,推廣渠道,但不想被繁瑣的程式或軟件的制肘,這是你不可錯過的課程
  • 課程特點: 課程理論與實戰並重。學員不需有網站製作或編程背景。完成課程後學員即可擁有專業級的網上營商平台。

請密切留意天行凝方設計博格的SoLoMo特輯,我們會繼續為你剖析SoLoMo Web的最新動向


2012年12月19日 星期三

轉貼:“Fat & Furious” 創意漢堡包 by Thomas & Quentin, Photoshop, AI創意課程

資料來源:Form.Welkin Facebook Fanpage

最近法國的兩位創意藝術家,Thomas和Quentin開了一個名為"Fat & Furious" 的有趣網站,專門用來展示兩人設計出的創意漢堡包。把向來一式一樣的漢堡變身為各種不同的形態,兩人還會因應時下不同時節或事件,推出相應的主題漢堡,讓漢堡包也上演了一場有趣的Cosplay,例如末日漢堡、魔戒漢堡等

聽說漢堡包全部真才實料製作,不過相片效果也離不開Adobe Photoshop!如果現實中有這樣的漢堡包賣,不知你又敢不敢試?

Photoshop, AI創意課程

2012年12月18日 星期二

50個Rolling Stone Logo慶50周年, Illustrator/Photoshp創意課程