February 14, 20154 Comments

Angry Owls Tee Shirts from Salem, Oregon

When I was a kid, I lived in Salem, Oregon. Salem was recently in the news for making joke signs a reality in Bush's Pasture Park where an "Angry Owl" has been attacking runners. This fits in perfectly with my Caution sign tee-shirt theme.

Now you can wear the "Angry Owls" sign on a limited-edition silk-screened 2-sided t-shirt from Teespring.com

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February 14, 2015No Comments

Horny Cupid Photoshop Brushes

A set of eight free high-resolution photoshop brushes featuring the "Horny Cupid" from my Raunchy Designer Valentines Day Cards

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February 11, 2015No Comments

Limited Edition “Caution Skateboarders” Tee-Shirt

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The other day in Los Angeles, while skateboarding to work in the rain, I saw some yellow caution cones and had a deliciously malicious idea when I saw the triangular graphic. So I grabbed a sharpie marker from my desk, and went outside to draw some wheels and a kick tail on the black line under the falling person, and posted to Instagram. Throughout the day, I saw people passing by the cone. Some laughed, and some even stopped to take photos. I felt wickedly clever.

Now you can have this great graphic in the form of a silk-screened, limited-edition tee-shirt from Teespring. So do me a huge favor, and buy one before time runs out. I need to sell 100.

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January 3, 20151 Comment

How to line up shots for stitched panoramic images

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I like to carry a simple point-and-shoot Canon S900 pocket camera. It is convenient for capturing of-the-moment photos, but it produces a frustrating lack of detail when I am faced with large panoramic nature scenes.

Adobe Photoshop CC and other programs now have very advanced image stitching and photo merging capabilities. Here I will show you how to frame up your shots for the best possible stitched results. Of course, you can make much better quality images with good camera and a tripod, but this method is to make the most of hand-held pocket cameras.


Four techniques:

Panorama-Instructions-01Standing at the side of the highway, with my camera zoomed all of the way out, this is what I see through the lens. The aspect ratio is 4:3, and the resolution is 4000x3000 px.

While this is very nice looking, I would like to create an image of much greater detail, that shows the grand, looming presence of the mountains that I experienced with my naked eye.

All four examples are taken from one spot on the side of the road.


Example 1:
Zoomed-in landscape pan

PROS: My favorite. High resolution and low distortion. CONS: May need to zoom out for better composition and context.

Panorama-Instructions-02 1A. Holding your camera in landscape mode, zoom in to your subject, and choose a frame that includes all of the foreground and sky that you need for your final composition.

Panorama-Instructions-03 1B. Start panning across horizontally. Move your frame about one-third each time. You will need the overlap to make up for lens distortion and vignetting.

Panorama-Instructions-04 1C. Continue panning across until you have all the shots you need for your composition. Be careful to keep a point of reference, like the horizon, to make sure you shoot straight.

Panorama-Instructions-05 1D. Here are the actual photos. It took ten images to pan across the mountain range. Note the natural, in-lens vignetting. This should be removed in the stitching process. You are now ready to stitch photos in your graphics program.

Elkhorns-Pano-123114 1E. RESULTS: 10 images, zoomed-in, landscape orientation 15274x2996

Download the ZIP of ten images below to stitch your own panorama together.

zip-file-icon-49x64 01-Nelsdrums-Zoomed-In-Landscape-10.zip (31 mb)


Example 2:
Zoomed-in portrait pan

PROS: Highest resolution, least distortion. CONS: Difficult to line up shots. Can be time consuming when stitching.

Panorama-Instructions-06 2A. Holding your camera in portrait mode, zoom in to your subject, and choose a frame that includes all of the foreground and sky that you need for a final composition.

Panorama-Instructions-07 2B. Start panning across horizontally. Move your frame about one-third each time. You will need the overlap to make up for lens distortion and vignetting.

Panorama-Instructions-08 2C. Continue panning across until you have all the shots you need for your composition. Be careful to keep a point of reference, like the horizon, to make sure you shoot straight.

Panorama-Instructions-09 2D. Here are the actual photos. It took fifteen images to pan across the mountain range. Note the natural, in-lens vignetting. This should be removed in the stitching process. You are now ready to stitch photos in your graphics program.

Elkhorn-Mountains-Pano-Tight-123114 2E. RESULTS: 15 images, zoomed-in, portrait orientation (B) 24128x4686

Download the ZIP of fifteen images below to stitch your own panorama together.
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Example 3:
Zoomed-out pan

PROS: Uses the least shots, very fast to shoot, shows more context. CONS: Most radically distorted pixels, hardest to stitch together in proper perspective, lowest resolution.

Panorama-Instructions-10 3A. Here I have zoomed all of the way out, and will shoot overlapping images from left to right.

Panorama-Instructions-11 3B. Move your camera about one-half of the frame at a time. Note how the perspective changes drastically with the addition of near-field foreground elements.

Panorama-Instructions-12 3C. The more images you shoot zoomed-out, the more distorted your final stitched image will be. Try not to go over 120 degrees. You are now ready to stitch photos in your graphics program.

Elkhorns-3-Images-Stitched-Perspective-1231 3D. RESULTS: 3 images, zoomed-out, landscape orientation 9588x3050

Download the ZIP of three images below to stitch your own panorama together.

zip-file-icon-49x64 03-Nelsdrums-Zoomed-Out-Landscape-3.zip (9 mb)


Example 4:
Multi-row zoomed-in pan

PROS: Possibility of making massive, detailed images. CONS: Most difficult to shoot properly, more chances for stitching errors.

If your graphics program supports it, you can actually stitch a whole grid of images together. To do this, you will need a good eye and points of reference in the viewfinder to line up the shots properly.

Panorama-Instructions-13 4A. Here we have the 3 stitched images. They are fairly low resolution. To recreate this in high resolution, you need to shoot additional rows of images.

Panorama-Instructions-14 4B. Find a good reference point, zoom-in and shoot across horizontally like I have described above. Give yourself plenty of overlap.

Panorama-Instructions-15 4C. Continue across until you have all you need for the composition, then move down for the second row.

Panorama-Instructions-16 4D. Create a second row from your previous reference point. Continue until you have an equal amount of second row images. Add additional rows as needed. You are now ready to stitch photos in your graphics program.

Elkhorns-3-Images-Stitched-Perspective-1231 4E. RESULTS: 12 images, zoomed-in, landscape orientation 38352x12200

Using the methods described here, I was able to make all of the panoramic images on this site using only a small, handheld point-and-shoot camera. Let me know how it works out for you.

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January 31, 2013No Comments

Respect the Tech – 2014 Kia Forte Super Bowl Ad

My colleagues at DNG have been kicking ass and taking names. Literally.

January 30, 2013No Comments

Kia Sorento 2014 “Space Babies” Super Bowl Spot

The Kia Sorento "Space Babies" Super Bowl spot created by my talented colleagues at DNG is amazing. I can't get enough of it. All of those tasty little details.

Check out the best commercial of the 2013 Super Bowl ad blitz.

August 27, 2011No Comments

2012 Kia Soul Hamster Commercial

The Kia Soul hamsters are kicking ass again with a fun and uplifting message. Making me proud to work at DNG! Uploaded Friday morning, it's already up to 86,000 views. Share it with your friends.

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May 14, 20115 Comments

Big Head, Little Body

This week my brother-in-law and I went and photographed my son's fourth grade class outside the classroom. We directed them to make "larger than life" expressions and poses to create some unique class portraits. 28 students, 1 teacher and 700+ frames later, we were ready for some coffee.

Next I spent some quality time with the images. Chose the most dynamic poses and expressions, then went about removing the background. My intention was to spend about 1/2 hour per person, as I like to get these projects done as quickly as possible. It turns out girls with long hair posed an unexpected problem: no hair showing where their neck was, and long hair hung down way too far for the tiny bodies.

So, now we have a couple of real world word math for your fourth graders to solve:

  1. Nels had 29 photos to retouch. There were 16 boys and 13 girls. Boys and girls with short hair took 1/2 hour each to retouch, and girls with long hair past their shoulders took 1-1/2 hours each. If there were 10 girls with long hair, how many hours did it take Nels to complete his project, if he also spent 2 hours creating a slideshow presentation?
  2. If it takes 7 minutes per page to print 29 archival posters for students, how many hours does it take to print all of the posters?

Use the comments to submit your answers.

The students really enjoyed the Keynote presentation that used the photography project to help explain what I do for a living, and how I went about creating the artwork. There was raucous laughter as each image came on the screen, and that made it all worth while. Each child was presented with an archival poster print.

Click on the image above to view a slideshow of all 29 portraits.

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