Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations

Out of bounds (OOB) is a photo that has been manipulated so that they appear to be outside the boundaries of the original picture.

Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Sculpture at Suan Rot Fai n Bangkok


Sometimes, if its done effectively the image will seem to pop out of the photo and have three dimensional qualities. Its almost as if the photos are coming alive.  



Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Out of bounds cat




Some photos work better than others.

My Wife in Bangkok's Chinatown



 The concepts is not that difficult to understand and the entire process can become quite addictive.


Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Public Sculpture




A subject in the photograph is masked or isolated using the tools in a graphics editor.





Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme





 New layers are added including a faux picture frame and some shadows to give it that three dimensional look.




Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Statue standing on a picture




There are certain elements which lend to more realistic perspectives in out of bounds images.







Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Feline asleep on photograph



In my opinion, the most difficult part of creating effective out of bounds images is getting the shadows to look realistic.




Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
The Squow = Squirrel + Cow




Each image takes anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours to complete.



Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Snail + Buffalo = Snuffalo








There are several "Out of Bound" communities online with amazing artwork.


Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Crab in  Conch


These types of photo manipulations are quite common in the advertising world and instance of out of bounds images are easy to spot in the mass of marketing media.



Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Pickpocket Monkeys in India




Out of bound images are a lot of fun to create. If done correctly it can turn an ordinary and make it seem as if it is almost coming alive. 



Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Elephant laying on a picture
With some imagination, creativity and basic photo editing knowledge you can create an amazing OOB image that captivates the viewer’s attention.



Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme
Monkeys

Any photo editing software such as Photoshop or Gimp can be used.



Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme






I've included some links to some Out of Bounds tutorials at the end of this post.






Out of Bounds Photo Manipulations © 2012 Michael LaPalme







As you create more and more of these types of manipulations you will begin to understand the intricacies of lighting and layering on your subject matter.





Lumphini Park Statue on Photograph




This technique can easily be dovetailed with others resulting in some unique pieces.





Out of Bounds  Photography 2012 © Michael LaPalme
My wife and I at the Kao Yai viewpoint 




There are many very good tutorials on how to achieve this effect online. A few of my images are being featured here: 70 Outstanding Out of Bounds Photos


Out of Bounds Tutorials




You may also like...

Search This Blog