Monday, February 28, 2011

Photo Manipulation Art

Composite of 16 photos which have been digitally manipulated to give the impression that it is a real landscape.

Photo manipulation art of editing images which alters the original photo by adding a new dimension or feel to it. Photo manipulation is one of the most creative art forms to come out of the digital age which requires extremely creative and unique design skills.

Photographs are usually taken with a digital camera and input directly into a computer. Transparencies, negatives or printed photographs may also be digitized using a scanner, or images may be obtained from stock photography databases. With the advent of computers, graphics tablets, and digital cameras, the term image editing encompasses everything that can be done to a photo, whether in a darkroom or on a computer. Photo manipulation is often much more explicit than subtle alterations to color balance or contrast and may involve overlaying a head onto a different body or changing a sign's text, for example. Image editing software can be used to apply effects and warp an image until the desired result is achieved. The resulting image may have little or no resemblance to the photo (or photos in the case of compositing) from which it originated. Today, photo manipulation is widely accepted as an art-form.
There are several subtypes of digital image-retouching:
1.Technical retouching

Manipulation for photo restoration or enhancement (adjusting colors / contrast / white balance (i.e. gradational retouching, sharpness, removing elements or visible flaws on skin or materials, ...)
2.Creative retouching

Used as an art form or for commercial use to create more sleek and interesting creative images for advertisements. Creative retouching could be manipulation for fashion, beauty or advertising photography such as pack-shots (which could also be considered inherently technical retouching in regards to package dimensions and wrap-around factors) One of the most prominent disciplines in creative retouching is image-compositing. Here, the digital artist uses multiple photos to create a single composited image. Today, 3D elements are used more and more to add extra elements or even locations and backgrounds. This kind of image composition is widely used when conventional photography would be technically too difficult or impossible to shoot on location or in studio.

In this post I have compiled a list of 35 Creative Examples of Photo Manipulation Art. Hopefully this post will help you enhance your creativity.


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Monday, February 21, 2011

What's new will hit theatres in 2011?

New Upcoming Ventures of Bollywood for 2011

1.Delhi Belly

Dhobi Ghat may be the film that’s making headlines currently but don’t forget that there is another film waiting for a release in ‘Delhi Belly.’‘Delhi Belly’ is the next film from Aamir Khan’s production house and is close to his heart.The film stars actor Imran Khan (nephew of Aamir) in the lead role and is touted to be a sex comedy. It spins around a prodigal who returns to Delhi and gets entangled in the atmosphere of the city.The film has been directed by Abhinay Deo and is slated for a summer release.

2.Dhoom 3

Dhoom is one of the famous Bollywood movies. It is an action film and the entire series of Dhoom became very popular. The first film of the Dhoom series was being released in the year 2004 and the next one was released in the year 2006. Both of the movies were a hit and the third part of the film which is titled as Dhoom 3 is slated to be released in this year itself.

On 2 February 2011, Yash Raj Films confirmed that the third installment of the series would go on floors at the end of 2011 and planned for a December 2012 release. The film will feature Aamir Khan playing a negative character while Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra will reprise their previous roles. Dhoom 3 will be directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya (Victor). It was announced that the composer of "Dhoom" and "Dhoom 2", Pritam, will return once again to compose the music of the third installment.

3.Murder 2

Murder 2 is a 2011 Romantic Thriller Bollywood Film.Murder 2 is the sequel of Murder, which is being directed by Mohit Suri, in association with Mahesh Bhatt. This film is a sequel of the previous film and is more sensuous and bold in its appearance as well as story. The plot of this film is somewhat similar to Klayug, which was also directed by Mohit Suri. The director claims that this is a film for matured audiences and it revolves around the world of prostitutes, pimps, gigolos and transvestites.It is set to release in 2011.

Can the movie be without any steamy, sexier stuff? After seeing Emraan andJacqueline on the poster of Murder 2, we don’t need to make any guesses. The movie looks dark as well as hot. We are sure Murder 2 is going to be another milestone in the Vishesh Films filmography.


Rockstar is a upcoming Hindi movie starring Ranbir Kapoor, Diana Penty, Nargis Fakhri etc and is directed by Imtiaz Ali . In this film, the male lead is Ranbir Kappor, who also featured in his second film “Love Aaj Kal”. In this film, Ranbir Kapoor will be paired opposite to Nargis Fakhri, who is playing the female lead. The film is being produced by Shri Ashtavinayak Cinevision along with Eros International. The music of the film is being composed by none other than the Academy Award winning music composer A.R. Rahman. Apart from the male and female protagonist Jaideep Ahlawat can be seen in special appearance. The expected release date of Rockstar is Friday 27th of May 2011.

5.Jism 2

After the huge success of Jism, directed by Amit Saxena, Pooja Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt decided to make a sequel of the same film. The story of Jism 2 is written by Shagufta Rafique and is being co produced by Dino Morea and Pooja.  Jism 2 will be much bolder in its approach; both in story as well as in all other aspects. So we can expect an out of the box film, apart from thrillers or mushy love stories.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

India Post releases stamps on six legendary actresses

A set of six stamps on six legendary actresses of Indian cinema has been released at the world philatelic exhibition.

The actresses who have been honoured are Meena Kumari, Nutan, Kanan Devi, Devika Rani, Leela Naidu and Savitri Devi. The stamps were released by Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Gurudas Kamat here Sunday evening.

India Post had earlier honoured actors Madhubala, Nargis, Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor, singers K.L. Saigal, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Hemant Kumar and Begum Akhtar, and directors Dadasaheb Phalke, Satyajit Ray and Bimal Roy.

 Legendary heroines of yesteryears Asha Parekh and Vyjayanthimala Bali graced the occasion and remembered the actresses and work culture of those days.
The minister also released a coffee table book ‘Pigeon to Post' by Steve Borgia on Indian postal history on this occasion.



Devika Rani was the star and late manager of Bombay Talkies, from where she dominated the first decade of the Indian sound film and set the standard for the post 1950 Hindi film heroine.

Daughter of Col. Choudhury, surgeon of Madras, and grandniece of Tagore, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Royal Academy of Music (London) and also held a degree in architecture and was a successful designer of Paisley textiles. She married Himanshu Rai in 1929.

Her first film produced by Rai and directed by Osten, was as costume designer (and probably as extra) for “Prapanch Pash”(1929). In Germany where the film was edited, Rani was able to see Fritzlang, G.W.Pabst and Sternberg at work and assisted Marlene DIetrich on the set of ‘Deblau Engel’ (1930).

 Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi Depicted on the Indian Stamp was an actress and singer, She started with the name Kananbala. Debuting as a child actress in Joydev, she worked under contract with Radha Films where she acted in Jyotish Bannerjee Films. P.C. Barua was unable to obtain her for his role of Paro in ‘Devdas’ (1935) but she played the lead in his next film, Mukti, which made her a star and launched her long association with New Theatres.

 Meena Kumari 

Meena Kumari Depicted on the Indian Stamp Featured In The Indian Stamp was born in Bombay, one of the daughters of the Parsee theatre actor, singer and music teacher Ali Bux and dancer Iqbal Begum, Having hit upon hard time and living near the Rooptara Studios, Ali Bux sought to get his three daughters into films.
Her main persona was constructed through movies like Kamal Amrohi’s ‘Daera’, Bimal Roy’s ‘Yahudi’ and Guru Dutt’s ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, culminating in her most famous film, ‘Pakeezah’.

She married Amrohi, who directed some of her best work. The couple eventually completed the film they jointly conceived, ‘Pakeezah’, in 1971 just before her death.


Nutan Depicted On The Indian Stamp was introduced to films by her mother, Shobhana Samarth, in Hamari Beti. Her screen image was moulded by Bimal Roy (Sujata, Bandini) and by those who continued in the Roy tradition: Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Anari), Bimal Dutt (Kasturi) and Sudhendu Roy (Saudagar).


Savithri portrayed on the Indian Stamp  was Tamil actress and director, born in Chirravuru, Guntur District, AP into a wealthy family. She learnt music and dance under Sista Purnayya Sastry and gave some public performances as a child in Vijayawada.

 Leelu Naidu

Leelu Naidu Seen on the Indian Stamp was an actress who starred in small number of Hindi and English films, including ‘The Householder’, Merchant Ivory Productions’ first film. Selected Femina Miss India in 1954, she was featured in the Vogue along with Maharani Gayatri Devi in the list of ‘world’s Ten Most Beautiful Women and is remembered for her classical beauty and subtle acting style

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