Logo creations and stuff for my blog

I have decided to make a logo for my bog and website, all part of a new phase of my photography. I have started this year with a more positive outlook on my photography and all aspect associated with it. Hence the logo. 1cam1lens LogoI have decided to stay with the one camera one lens and maybe extending it to add 1light. I want to focus on portrait work this year particularly head shots. I want to work indoor and on location and include just one light, that may be ring, continuous, off camera flash, strobe or even long exposure. I will have to wait and see what is creative juice at the time. I have created two new headers for my blog, I am learning on the fly how to custom design my blog using the WordPress tools. The logo headers should appear random on loading.

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Above is the first version that will be deployed and below is the second, each hopefully given a different look and feel the the blog when active. Below is the second header.

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I created both by selecting images I have taken using Fuji XE1 and 35mm lens with two types of home made ring light. (made from an old inspection lamp) its fluorescent light so not quite good daylight colour balance but the Fuji is rather good at sorting out these issues and its well work the trouble as this ring light leave a fantastic catch light in the eyes. Next I would have normally opened up the image in Photoshop, however since the introduction of Adobe PhotoShop is now on a subscription based licence I have abandoned it. (like many others that are poor!)

I am not willing to pay a monthly fee to use software. There are a number for FREE options available to perform virtually all of the same functions as PS with out the massive learning curve and costs. I am not a designer or publisher or have reason to be constantly retouching images so I don’t really need it anyway, Im no expert this for sure. Programs such as “Gimp” is a great alternative and I have been using this for a while. However recently I have come across a new program not the App store. “Pixelmator” is a program that runs on Mac and cost around £20. I’m learning as I go and so far its looking good. You can check out a demo here. Its now available for iPad too, however I prefer the larger screen to work born this type of thing.

I created several text layers and a few filter lays to create the logo, converting some of the text into objects so that I could manipulate them to suit my needs. Once I was happy with the design, group the layers and position them in the image until I was happy, its then just a case of exporting back to jpeg and up loading to WordPress, a little effort was needed to crop the images to suit using the WordPress editor then…. hey presto logo headers have arrived…. I hope you like them.

3 thoughts on “Logo creations and stuff for my blog

  1. Nice one Simon, Happy New Year by the way!
    I myself have been looking into WP design too as I will be trying a few things out this year. I have taken he decision to move back to Olympus and use the EM-5 again, still keeping the old faithful X-100 tho!
    Loving the look of that ring flash in the eyes on your new header too.
    All the best for 2015, let’s hope it’s good to us eh!

    1. Hey Bob thank for the comment dude and happy new year to you too. Yep don’t let go of the X100 I’m going to hold onto mine. WP is super and I am starting to work out how to customise. Thanks for your kind words. I’m sticking with the Fuji’s and concentrating on investing in some lighting this year. I’m loving these portraits I have taken in the past and what to focus doing lots more this year. Hope it’s a good one for you too mate. Stay in touch. Best regards.

  2. Affinity Photo seems to be a promising Photoshop alternative. Everyone is looking for a good one since the subscription model started. I like Pixelmator, but it’s just too different from Photoshop. I’ve got a decade of habits built up. Affinity’s product seems a better fit (though it’s still in beta)

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