The Importance of Keeping every Photograph from a Photo Shoot – Why? Editing. That’s Why.

Hello Everyone,

Today I want to talk about something really important that many photographers (even just hobby photographers) do, that is a terrible habit.  This terrible habit I speak of is called….DELETING YOUR IMAGES that you think are unsuccessful from a shoot.  

If you are one of these people…stop it.

The only images you should ever completely delete right away without any future consideration of its value are images that are;

  • Completely underexposed and it is basically a black image because your camera settings were     incorrect for that shot. 
  • Shots that are really blurred or completely out of focus (unless that was your goal).  
  • Test lighting shots that do not include your subject
  • Incredibly unflattering shots like eyes half closed, bad angle. etc..

The above are usually safe to get rid of.  However any other image that contains your subject, EVEN if you think you will never ever use it…keep it.

WATCH…

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Original Image I considered unusable… Overexposed He was not posing, just getting ready There is a HAND in the shot I never thought this would be something I use.
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Finished product – redone over a year later, removed hand, sharpened colors and interesting contrast, model looks like he WAS posing. Completely different photograph

I want to say that as artists we tend to evolve frequently, and our projects and interests sometimes can take such different turns from what we originally planned.  As we grow, we also start to view things differently both in out eyes and through our lenses.  Our minds change, our hearts break and life throws everything it has at you and sometimes just one year later your artistic perspective is completely different from before.

The more important thing is that you should constantly be getting better and improving upon your skills and knowledge.  This includes editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.  The more photos and images you edit and create, the better you get at it…obviously.

Editing is an incredibly powerful a tool to photographers in today’s technology driven industry just as much as the precious DSLR strapped around their necks.

Recently I was looking through my photography galleries just because I can, when I came across 2 images, both over a year old.  Both images at the time I considered unsuccessful for several reasons and truly they were….then.

So I fixed them, and that is when I realized I have ALOT of old photos to look through because I have missed some good stuff.

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Original image – shot in a cave, underexposed, unflattering angle to the model on the right, terrible framing, and just not enough detail
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Finished Image – redone, cropped properly, exposure and contrasts adjusted, took out the model that I messed up on shooting right, and sharpened features and colors. Much better 🙂

With my improved editing skills, I was able to take the two images in this blog that did not work for me previously and turn them into images that I happen to think work very well now.  I think I would slap myself if I had deleted these because of what I just could not see at the time.  

Like I said, my vision changed and my skills improved.

So as you go forth taking photographs both successfully and unsuccessfully, do not be so quick to hit that DELETE button when reviewing your images.  You just never know!

– B.B. Rebel

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Behind the Album Artwork: “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”-The Smashing Pumpkins

Hello world,

I have to start this post out by just saying of course what a huge fan of the Smashing Pumpkins.  I have been forever – seeing as I grew up in the 90’s 🙂

They were definitely, by far, one of my favorite bands to listen to when I was in my “teen angst” mood.  As life developed into a series of serious events, serious losses, difficult choices to make and problems beyond the scope of an angry and hormonal 15 year old – the power to some of the lyrics grew for me, the songs didn’t fade irrelevantly into time, instead they made more sense and felt more important to my life than ever.

Time is never time at all
You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth
And our lives are forever changed
We will never be the same
The more you change the less you feel
Believe, believe in me, believe
That life can change, that you’re not stuck in vain
We’re not the same, we’re different tonight
Tonight, so bright…

Mellon Collie‘s figurehead is a girl who never really existed: a daydreaming star nymph with a split personality.

Her creator is John Craig, an illustrator from Pittsburgh who is known for his work with collages and his talents at the time developing them.  Please keep in mind some of this stuff was before digital manipulation was really simple to do, none of this work was simple as it would be to pop into Adobe Photoshop CC.

Craig had spent the majority of his professional career as an artist doing editorial commissions for magazines.

For the star nymph he worked based off of Billy Corgan’s (lead singer of the band) handwritten scribbled notes and hand drawn conceptual incomplete sketches, most of which arrived through the horrible print of older fax machines.

She is assembled, like all of his images, from scraps of paper ephemera, but she but doesn’t look like a collage at all.

I think it is really important to look at music artwork if you really enjoy the band or artist.  My reasoning for this is because even though the work (whether collages, strange paintings, photography, digital illustration) is not necessarily created by the artist you like but it is DEFINITELY a reflection of them.  It’s like how some music, if you told somebody to listen to the words……your soul will be exposed to them almost.

In my opinion, if the musicians truly have a passion for their music than their album art strongly tells you exactly the image they want to reflect upon themselves into the public eye.  Personally, that matters to me…

I like this artwork because of the vintage and surreal qualities they posses. The color palette is very muted and low key yet comes together in a strangely uncomfortable yet soothing way.  I say uncomfortable because the images themselves are weird.

The characters like the floating three headed relationship, all the flying angels in their surreal quality, the bird-human flying over a city, etc.  None of these images look like they would be real obviously.  But it doesn’t have a cartoon feel either.

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is to this day still one of my favorite albums of all time, not just by The Smashing Pumpkins. ❤

“Left Alone to my Own Devices” – A Fine Art Project done by Yours Truly – B.B. Rebel

Good day to everyone!

This post will have some of my more personal work in it…I hate to ruin it with my giant stamp but you just can’t be too careful these days.

I categorize these images as fine art, not because I think they’re so fine but because I simply don’t know what other category best suits them except “weird photos” which is not a real category…

As you look at these images, please keep in mind that in one way or another, each of these images expresses something about myself, my thoughts, and my deepest darkest secrets.  The best of me and the worst of me are represented in these photographs.

These are some of my favorites from different projects….I will briefly talk about each one, but please decide for yourself what you feel about them.  Whether they bother you or irritate you, stir something in you, or you hate them; it is alright.  Just feel anything. 🙂

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“Drip, Boil and Bubble” 

This image to me is about confusion, chaos and all the beautiful things that make no sense but come together in an inexplicable warmth.

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“Shiver”

I will leave it to you to try to figure out what the hell this is a picture of…I felt so cold when I should have been warmest.

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“Reflection”

Reflect on this: Fuck you.  Take it however you want.

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“Shimmering Vortex”

All that glitters is gold.  Actually, it rarely ever is gold….just a shiny distraction from reality.

When I take photographs like these, I usually feel at most relaxed, my most comfortable.  I am never worried about the opinion of others, their judgement, or whether they can see my vision.  That, to me is what truly makes this my “fine art” –  because it really is so unrefined in its own way, which makes it truly mine.  This is me at my happiest, Nikon in hand and only the physical world requiring my attention.

There are no models to move or position, no makeup to do, no images that are interesting because some beautiful human is in them.

These images made me think about deep things – from the time I clicked the shutter through selecting them and editing them until I finally watermarked them.  I thought of art, abstract beauty, how deceiving something can look if you need it to, and how simply beautiful the most ordinary objects can be when the right eyes fall upon them.