Correcting photos for photo essay in Photoshop CS6

When I have chosen photos I want to use for my photo essay, it was time to correct them in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Like I said in my previous post, I intend to have them in black/white colours (read my previous post to find out the reason why).

Screen shots of my working screen:

1. After I cropped the chosen photo, I selected ‘Adjustments’ and then ‘Black & White’.


2. It came up with quite a lot of different ‘Presets’ so I went through them all and chose the one that I like the best – ‘Maximum Black’.


3. I thought it was a bit dark for my liking so I selected ‘Adjustments’ again and then ‘Levels’ to control levels of black and white colors in the photo.



4. When that was all done I still thought that I could do a bit more to make it a bit lighter so I selected ‘Curves’ and made it a bit lighter.


5. All I had to do at this point was to save it and the job was done.

 Final version of the photo

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I corrected all my photos by choosing the same settings.

Taking photos for my photo essay

Today was the day when I started to take photos for my photo essay.

The camera I used was ‘Nikon D3200’. (picture downloaded from Google)


It was quite difficult to do if I’m honest – try to take photos from different angles, make sure that the light was OK etc. While taking photos, I realised that I had a little problem as quite a lot of them were blurry. The problem was the MISSING TRIPOD!!! That’s why I had to use other things I had in the room with me like a chair, table, even a bottle to support my camera so I could take nice photos. It was like a little adventure that took more than 2 hours to finish.

After I got home and had a look at all photos (85) on my laptop, I wasn’t very happy about them as a lot of them were very blurry but I could still choose 17 great ones.

Overall, it wasn’t a too bad experience and I was quite happy about the photos that I’ve decided to use for my photo essay.

Creative part of my brand identity – CD case/CD

For creative part of my brand identity, I decided to create a portfolio CD with a CD case.

A little research about designs on the internet gave me ideas on what I want to do. I typed into Google ‘CD case templates’ and found these two pictures that I really liked and wanted to do use them for my design:

CD cover presentation design template with copy space and wave e

This gave me an idea how I want my CD case to fold.


After a little discussion with my lecturer about designing ideas, we came up with a better idea how to fold a CD case.

Screenshot of the layout (working screen – Illustrator CS6):

screenshot - layout - clear

Theory of artwork

Before I start to talk about the theory behind the artwork, here is the final version of it –

screenshot - layout

  • For the front page of my CD case I decided to use exactly the same design as I used for back of my letterhead (for more information read article below).
  • The back of my CD case is a continuation of circles but without the grey line through full page as I didn’t think it was necessary to use it there again as it creates a nice flow of the design. The circle space I used for my contact details (the exact font is used that I used for my logo).
  • On the top, you can see a lot of different words with different sizes and colours. The reason for it is that I decided to fill inside of the case with words that are appropriate for the industry I will work in and also for my personality so when you open the case, it will tell you a little bit more information about me but still not enough as main information will be on CD and little booklet of my work put inside.
  • The text on top is in a different font, it’s more bulky that gives the connotation of not being scared to try and experiment with different things within the industry. Different sizes of font are used because I wanted to highlight important words that stand out from others. Using different colours are used for the same reason as the different size of font.

Final version of the case:

final version

CD design

For my CD design, I downloaded from Google this picture as I needed to create my own template for designing:

CD template

I uploaded it into Illustrator CS6 and created a circle on the second line and also in the middle circle for the hole and covered it with my design that I used for back of my letter head.

Screen shot of working screen:

working screen

Then I right clicked the mouse and chose ‘Arrange’ and ‘Send to back’.

working screen2

At the end I hid the background CD template and the final version was done:

working screen3

Research about the topic for my photo essay/photographer

It is always a good idea to do research before starting to do any work. So this is what I did.

I typed into Google ‘ composing of music’ and it came up with so many different pictures but here are examples of a few of them that I would like to do myself. All of these pictures have techniques that we have been looking at in semester 1 and have to demonstrate in our photos.

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By taking photos with this topic I would like to show  to the viewers my passion and love about the music as it’s been a massive part of my life since I was 8 years old. My photos are going to be black and white as it is symbolic to black and white keys on piano.

Photographer that I like

The photographer that I have always liked is Lindsey Byrnes. She takes great photos of celebrities and music groups, her photos have emotions and this is what I really like about her work.

Few photos downloaded from Lindsey Byrnes’ website:

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