Following a rally demanding the reunification of the abducted children the United States government abscounded with at the southern border, with their their parents, I began a conversation with a first generation Irish American woman. Our lingering conversation intrigued Idris, a Turkish student studying film in the city. He had been filming during and after the rally and asked for a short statement from us. I in turn asked to film a statement from him. Unfortunately, I missed the first half of his truly enlightening statement because I forgot to hit record. Luckily, I’m not being graded! Take a listen and share his story!
This weekend I decided to begin Photoshop tutorials so I can become skilled at improving my finished photographic product. My self-learning course consisted of selection tools and background removal in Photoshop and experimenting with Topaz Impressions while using both as plugins to Lightroom CC 2015. The below edits are a combination of the techniques I’ve learned on YouTube and other tutorials as well as through trial and error.
I literally cheered when I was able to remove the female hand and phone from the tree-cluttered background. It’s not the smoothest removal, but it’s mine – and it only gets better from here. 🙂
First, I stitched together two photos of the image in Microsoft ICE. I was hoping a combination of the two shots would be better than either by itself. It was.
Then I edited the stitched photo in Photoshop. The chore in Photoshop was to remove the two upraised hands from the background. Once I accomplished that, I thought I could continue impressing myself! 🙂 I liked the cloudy sky (what says opposition and perseverance better than going through a storm?) and I thought: Wouldn’t it be great if there were a message on the phone? Then I went about figuring those two things out. This was one of my first Photoshop projects, ergo my excitement.
This is my final version (so far), titled: Evolution of Revolution.