I was recently going through my old archive folders and came across some photos of Matthias Dandois who just so happens to be one of the most well known flatland riders in the world at the moment. The thing is though, it wasn’t always that way and at one point you would be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the flatland community that knew of him. Back in May of 2008 when I was shooting the Voo Doo Jam in New Orleans I kept hearing about this young kid from France that was amazing and that I really needed to try and shoot with him. Terry Adams specifically made it a point to meet up with him and make it happen. Little did I know that he would go on to win flatlander of the year the very next year at the Ride NORA Cup awards and go on to become an inspiration to the BMX community as a whole and bridge the gap between all disciplines. If you ride BMX, and you don’t enjoy Matthias’s riding you should just sell your bike and get a pair of rollerblades because it wasn’t meant to be. Even though it didn’t take very long for Matthias to make moves here in the States, I consider myself lucky enough to have had the chance to not only meet him five years ago but also to shoot with him as well on a one-on-one basis back before most people even had a clue as to who he would become. Looking back on these photos made me want to come up with an idea for a column so I decided to take one of the photos we shot and do a re-edit of the original almost five years later for this week’s TTL.
There has always been something intriguing to me about a .GIF file. They are almost mesmerizing in a way and although they have been around for 25 years and are one of the oldest formats used on the web, they are becoming more and more popular just as programs like Photoshop are making it easier than ever to create your own. It is an amazing way to take a sequence and make it come alive right before your eyes. You can get as creative as you want and honestly the possibilities are endless. It is much easier than you think and the process can become quite addicting. Read more to find out exactly how to make your own in Photoshop CS5 and don’t blame me if you get hooked and start turning every sequence into an animated .GIF, I warned you.
When it comes time to sit down and edit photos after a shoot everyone has their own process and steps that they go through to get the final look they are after and technically there is no right or wrong way to edit a photo. But, of course there are a few guidelines that you can follow to keep your photos looking on point and that is the basis of today’s TTL. I wanted to run down a few steps to help clean your photos up and make them pop. The key to a well-edited photo is making sure you don’t over do it. Every adjustment should be done for a specific purpose and the end result is something that you want people to appreciate without knowing exactly what you did to achieve that certain look. For the first editing column though I wanted to keep things very simple and give some insight into a few basic editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop that every photographer should know. Check it out.