Friday, September 24, 2010

Experiments with props and scripts

dork glasses

I thought I'd share the fruits of my recent ridiculous labors with props. Who knew those Groucho glasses could look so classy? But I guess that Groucho was a classy man...

No, seriously, the cool scripts I used in Gimp really helped with these photos. They do wonders with crap flash-lighting (you know, the way flash photos make people look scary and undead?) I'm super-impressed with all of these scripts, and I'll definitely be using all of them.

dorky props

Want the Gimp scripts? I got them here:

I tweaked most of these to get those nice bright reds, this one is probably my fave:
silliness with sunglasses

I know you guys asked me about a billion years ago for scripts you can use in Gimp, these are the coolest ones I've found, hope you enjoy! :)

Oh, and thanks for all the encouragement and helpful ideas on the booth! I just might take the plunge and bring a printer, but only if I can recruit a helper to man the camera. I think I have my process down, after lots of trial runs, and can do it pretty quickly... In any case, please keep the photobooth ideas coming - I really appreciate it!!! :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Filmstrips and photo booths


So, here's what's been occupying my thoughts night and day for the past week or so... I'm planning a photobooth for my best friend's wedding! I got the idea from a few different sites, but rather than fork out for a real photobooth, I'm going to re-create the effect on my own, using a camera, my computer, and a printer.

I purchased about 2 1/2 yards of that crazy floral print fabric you see behind me. In actuality, it's a rather demure, almost dull charcoal-looking gray and off-white:
the backdrop

Just goes to show how much a flash can change the look of a fabric! I still think I'd like this fabric a lot more if it had a red background, but I couldn't find a red-patterned fabric I liked.


In the background are a few little crafty projects I'll show you close-ups of later - large initials on red fabric, a little red heart applique in a tiny white oval frame and in the rectangular frame (which you can't make out at all) is XOXO in red on black. Looks like I'll have to re-stitch that one in a better color, probably white or pink... And, yeah, that's a Twilight calendar. It's an inside joke. Or, maybe I just like Edward. Moving on...

How I'm Gonna Do It...
So, my plan is to set up the fabric backdrop with a camera on a tripod. I'll set my camera to fire 4 times, and just press the button (or get a cute kid to do it for me). Then, I'll download the images to my computer, and edit them to create that cool filmstrip-effect. I have oodles of dumb props like sunglasses, hats, Twilight calendars, etc.

My main quandary: should I take my printer with me? It, um, weighs 33 pounds. I'd love to be able to print the little filmstrips and give them out as favors to the wedding guests. But in between taking photos, downloading them, editing them, and printing them, maybe I'll be too pressed for time? Oh, and I'm also standing in the wedding. Yeah, that too. ;)

Maybe I should just create a slideshow for the bride and groom as I edit the photos, and print them later? Either way, I plan to give everyone a link to the photos so they can print them out on their own...

What do you guys think? Have any ideas on how I should do this? I know you guys are all really, really creative... Anyone done a DIY photobooth before and have some words of wisdom for me? I'd really appreciate it! :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Texas wanderings

I've been relatively productive, but still haven't posted much, I know. I'm used to having internet at my disposal 24 hours a day, so that I can procrastinate and putter and still get a lot of stuff posted. Now I have internet 1-2 hours a day, and only if I make a concerted effort to drive or walk somewhere to get it. Then, trying to cram all my thoughts into that small space is daunting. Inevitably, I forget about 90% of what I was hoping to do.

I'm enjoying my wandering and free time very, very much. These pics were taken in one of my favorite parks by the river. To those of you who don't know San Antonio very well, the cute little part of the river you know as the Riverwalk is entirely man-made. But this is the real San Antonio river, and there's a feeling you get from the trees, the reflection, the leaves, that is entirely different, entirely ancient...

I remember so many times in my youth, in high school, feeling so altered, so angsty - you remember that feeling? Like you're in a hurry for all of life to happen at once - like you know life is just around the bend, and you're enduring this awful spell of waiting for it to happen. In any case, whenever I felt this way, I would take long walks by myself, anywhere I could hear the wind moving through the trees - I would feel myself become completely silent, until I could hear my pulse in my ears. Only this would calm me. Maybe it was the feeling of life in all the living things around me?

Being finally away from the roar of New York and the constant presence of thousands upon thousands of people, I feel awed by this quiet. How did I live so long in a place so unmatched to my personality? Or, maybe - I learned to view the people around me much the same way I once viewed trees and leaves and nature. Quiet presences that reminded me that life continues.


Well, I promise to do a post soon on something crafty! I've been cranking out little projects here and there, scrawling drawings in my sketchbook - ideas for my best friend's wedding. Yes, my best friend is getting married. I'm really glad to be here for that.

Well, until next time, here's a sketch I did of a sculpture at a museum with my mom. I've been the drill sergeant of drawing for her, and I drew this while waiting for her to finish a sketch.

Hope all is well for all of you! What have you been working on?