Photo Cafe Lounge ~ Chat Transcript ~ 12th November 2022 "Edit & share-it!" H.11:00 AM SLT
[The following Episode #30 will be on:
2023 – TBD!]
[11:03] Duraya Resident: Hello everyone and welcome to Episode #30 of our bi-weekly photo cafe.
[11:05] Duraya Resident: Today we will again have a ‘getting to know each other through art’, I especially love this theme because we can show our development, the changing interests and the red line of our self expression we keep throughout all our ‘enterprises’.
[11:05] Duraya Resident: But first Kika will give us an overview of the news. Will you please Kika?
[11:06] Kika Yongho: Hello Photographer friends!
Welcome to our episode #30: quite a good achievement for us all! Congrats for being part of this long time project and for bearing with us since 1 year and 2 months!
[11:06] Kika Yongho: And today is also the last episode for 2022: the Photo Cafe’ will take a well deserved “holiday break” and reprise our episodes in 2023 (date TBD)! Please join our group:
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Keep in touch for the 2023 news in January!
[11:07] Kika Yongho: And.. Speaking about January.. We will need a new volunteer (or we will volunteer one of you, so you better be fast to propose yourself for the task!) for.. “In The Spot”, our Quarterly Seasonal (single)Photo Expo! The theme will be Winter, and your photo will be on expo on the sim from January to March 2023, for 3 months! The current photo is from Bonach Ireton (“Autumn”) and you can admire it at our landing point.
[11:08] Kika Yongho: So.. You can proceed by IMing me with your spontaneous candidatures for the task or wait for me to poke you before the end of this episode #30
[11:08] Duraya Resident: Thank you Kika
[11:10] Duraya Resident: c and q written in open gets you on my discussion tracker, so I can call you when it’s your turn and hopefully no one will be ignored, r sneaks you off again
[11:10] Duraya Resident: And please type ‘done’ when you finished so I know I can move on. Thank you.
[11:11] Duraya Resident: Now let’s turn to today’s agenda
[11:11] Duraya Resident: We delivered two pictures to chose from and asked you to please post process one of them (two is great as well) to share the result here.
[11:11] Duraya Resident: Please tell us what you used for editing and why you chose that specific tool.
[11:14] Duraya Resident: anyone brought a picture?
[11:15] Duraya Resident: today I took the liberty to make one myself – as a gift for the 30th episode
[11:15] Duraya Resident: so I will share that first ;-P
[11:16] Duraya Resident: I don’t think it qualifies as ‘art’ – it is more an advertisement for the cafe
[11:17] Duraya Resident: so as you might guess I took the original picture
[11:17] Duraya Resident: then I experimented with night cafe studio – an AI program
[11:18] Duraya Resident: you can define where you want the picture changed
[11:18] Duraya Resident: then I cut in Pixlr, took it too the Topaz studio and back to Pixlr for the text
[11:19] Kika Yongho: c
[11:19] Duraya Resident: by now everyone should have found the picture they brought and tell me they want to share 😉
[11:19] Duraya Resident: yes Kika
[11:20] Kika Yongho: I have edited too but not really as complex edit
[11:20] Kika Yongho: I can share if no one else wants to go first
[11:23] Kika Yongho: Okay so we saw the “before” and “after” edit 😀
[11:23] Kika Yongho: I use the Nik Collection tools to edit my photos, Analog Efex Pro suite
[11:24] Kika Yongho: It allows to change the basic film color
[11:25] Kika Yongho: And to add a variety of effects, Vignette and I added also my favorite one, “double exposure”
[11:26] Kika Yongho: I might have been using also a lil bokeh here but I can’t recall 😀
[11:27] Duraya Resident: is it an open source program or do you have to pay?
[11:27] Kika Yongho: No they are plugins
[11:27] Kika Yongho: There is a free version by Google old one that can run as stand alone, no need to have Photoshop
[11:28] Kika Yongho: I can show the second edit, same effects, just different usage
[11:29] Kika Yongho: Here double exposure to the max. done
[11:30] Duraya Resident: really different though using the same effect 🙂
[11:31] Duraya Resident: thank you Kika
[11:31] Duraya Resident: who else brought a picture?
[11:33] DaneAlbion: c
[11:37] Prins (skylog): c
[11:39] Duraya: ready for you Dane
[11:40] DaneAlbion: i used GIMP to edit and i went with the picture 1, I thought the original was pale for my tastes and couldn’t decide if i wanted to accentuate that or try and change it.
[11:41] DaneAlbion: After a little trial and error i decided to try and change so i used the Exposure tool to increase the Black Level and then the Burn tool just to darken the overall picture a little.
[11:41] DaneAlbion: I used the Saturation tool to slightly reduce the warmth of the colour and added a vignette just to take some of the brightness out of the edges and bring attention to the middle of the picture. I didn’t make a huge change to it, i tried to keep everything very subtle. done
[11:42] Duraya: thank you Dane
[11:43] Duraya: Prins – you are next
[11:43] Prins (skylog): First I wrote: I looked at it shortly, but it ended in a worse result that the lovely image I started with. I have been a little ill the last week and then it got worse and I have issues looking, which make it hard processing a photo at this table. Then I used a few minutes on this – I have worked with layers in Photoshop and mixed it together. The photo tools were copied into a new layer to pull it forward. Done
[11:45] Duraya: I like the result, thank you Prins
[11:46] Duraya: anyone else with a picture?
[11:46] ϮƗ Vɪᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢꜱᴛᴀʀ ƗϮ (violette.rembrandt): yep
[11:48] ϮƗ Vɪᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢꜱᴛᴀʀ ƗϮ (violette.rembrandt): ooooook so this one will prolly be the faster edit i’ve ever done …. i forgot the assignment
[11:49] ϮƗ Vɪᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢꜱᴛᴀʀ ƗϮ (violette.rembrandt): ok… so i had the idea to make an overlay of the photo into the photo, instead of the photo café logo
[11:50] ϮƗ Vɪᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢꜱᴛᴀʀ ƗϮ (violette.rembrandt): then i pushed contrast and shadows, applied an effect in photoscape and added some little lights then added an old photo vignette
[11:51] ϮƗ Vɪᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢꜱᴛᴀʀ ƗϮ (violette.rembrandt): (i’m at the maximum of what i know about editing in that one. Done
[11:52] Duraya: thank you Violette, I love the rich colors
[11:52] Duraya: seems editing should be one of our themes in 2023 too
[11:53] Duraya: I love to post process and to experiment a lot, and I love to learn from you all
[11:54] elan (ineffable.mote): c
[11:54] Duraya: I would love to hear a few suggestions what else we could get busy with. Yes elan – please speak
[11:55] Nardis (n4rd1s): c
[11:55] elan (ineffable.mote): I edited one too, could share quick if you like
[11:56] elan (ineffable.mote): it just highlights red, done in gimp, with a couple filters. Done
[11:59] Duraya: that looks great, thank you. I have Nardis on my list – your turn, Nardis.
[12:03] Nardis (n4rd1s): There is on flickr an artist who added to her art a LOT of textures to help our work, either to be used as “over” layers ,backgrounds.
[12:03] Nardis (n4rd1s): or even as additional textures such as normal or specular maps
[12:04] Nardis (n4rd1s): Her name is Kerstin Frank, see for example:
[12:05] Duraya: and it’s free to use?
[12:05] Nardis (n4rd1s): yes
[12:06] Duraya: great
[12:06] Nardis (n4rd1s): I have a second contribution if possible
[12:06] Duraya: sure
[12:08] Nardis (n4rd1s): I had no idea about the given examples so I propose to explain the kind of effects I like at the moment with a picture which is already finished, here is the original shot:
[12:11] Nardis (n4rd1s): I wanted a painting effect, so I enhanced the contrast, acting on the curves, and applied a GIMP artistic effect
[12:17] Nardis (n4rd1s): [12:12] Nardis (n4rd1s): Here is the picture after the process
[12:14] Nardis (n4rd1s): Now I want the picture to have a correct enlighting in SL but no fullbright nor excessive lighting
[12:15] Nardis (n4rd1s): To do this we have to use the alpha channel as an emissive mask
[12:16] Nardis (n4rd1s): To do so we have to separate the RGB components, add the light mask and recompose in RVBA
[12:13] Duraya: the effect is great, thank you for sharing
[12:18] Duraya: please, all stay in contact so we can start anew in 2023