What I decided to do for my photograph was to take some of the players on my fantasy football team, the Scorgasms. What I did was I created a blank background first. I then found pictures of my players online. I chose Philip Rivers, Hakeem Nicks, Aaron Hernandez, Julio Jones, Matt Stafford, Ryan Matthews, Adrian Peterson, and Arian Foster. What I did for all my photos was I went in and took just the subject out. I then would mess around with the levels to create a more photogenic picture. After I messed with the levels. I then worked around with the saturation. Post saturation I used one of my favorite techniques. What I like to do with the photos in a collage type surrounding is to select a portion of the subject; in this instance I focused on the players jerseys and bodies, and sometimes helmets. I then use the cutout filter. What I like about the cutout filter is that it gives a cartoon or drawn on look to what has been selected. When I pair that with the unselected body parts of the players, I feel that it gives a real unique look. I feel that my collage looks like someone took these players, and cutout material to use on the players, but still maintained a realistic heads and arms. After doing that process to every player, I then had to make sure that the layers fit well, and looked good. Upon completion I went to the background and colored it black. I then used a craquelure texture from the filters to give another dimension to the collage. Overall I am pretty pleased with it, I do think it could use a little more word, but I am a tinkerer when it comes to using Adobe Photoshop.
I really like the cut outs. I am impressed with how well they turned out. I think the levels and the effects of the players are really well done. As a creative suggestion it might be kind of cool if you used a picture of a football field as a background. Then you could make some of the players look like a game is going on. I’m not entirely sure how all of that would work, but it is something that might be fun for you to play around with. Totally just another random idea but maybe you could find a cool quote about football to put around the players and mess around with the text of that. The only other suggestion I have is since all your pictures came from the internet is to make sure they are free to use for the project. I can easily see the point the collage is trying to make which is certainly not the case with many collages. I think the concept is fun and it is visually appealing.
I think you have an awesome looking collage and it looks like it took a lot of work. The theme is awesome how you took some of your fantasy football players and put them all in the collage. You did a really nice job cutting them all out and getting them to fit nicely together and layer them. I like the dark background because it makes the players and their uniforms pop out, which is cool. Peterson is a baller and is also on my fantasy team, so let us hope he can keep up his great performance from week one. One thing I would be worried about though is the copyright stuff. Copyrights are confusing from the readings we had so I would be careful using the images you have not taken yourself. I would recommend emailing the teacher or going into the lab and make sure they are ok to use, if you have not done so already. Great job though I like it a lot.
I like the idea of your photo collage/blog, as I have a fantasy football team as well, and it is a very different topic than most. When it comes to your collage, I like some of the technical elements like the slightly cartoonish look of Mathew Stafford. One question I have though, is if all those images are for free use, since you found them all online and they are of professional athletes. I might suggest using or taking some photos of your own. For example, I took a cell phone picture of all the guys in my league as we sat and drafted this year, so if you have something like that I think it could give a good personal touch. Also, maybe for a background you could use a football field or stadium if you have any photos of that for legal use. But overall, I like the idea.
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