• THE THIRD WAVE Exhibition

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    Third anniversary of the launch of pixelsatanexhibition.com and the accidental birth of the iphonic movement.
    It’s a great honour and I really happy to have my work, “My own microcosm”, have been selected for the upcoming The Third Wave Exhibition

    I am proud to be part of it, indeed! Congratulations to everyone selected!

    The opening celebration will take place at the Garden Gate Creativity Center at 2911 Claremont Avenue in Berkeley this coming Saturday, December 1, at 6 p.m.

    It will be a wonderful night, I guess…
    Wish I could be there, unfortunately, there will be only my work and of course I’ll be there in mentally and spiritually =) I’ll be waiting for the news and any photo reports impatiently!

    Huge thanks, Knox, for all things that you do for everyone of us!!! It’s very important and I really appreciate it!!!

  • Tutorial 6. “Going on a trip” (collaboration test work)

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    Recently one of my iFriends, Roger Guetta, one of the most talented artists, whose work never cease to amaze and inspire me, gave a task.. a very challenging favour… =) He gave some original photos of some of his students, and asked to process on your own taste… and here we go!
    What looked as a challenge before became a superb interesting project & i truly enjoyed it.
    Well, for some reason I’ll keep silence with others details of this challenge and move on to my tutorial ;)

    1) So, here is the original image.

    2) First of all I decided to give more fun for this pic =) & I ran it through the FunnyFace app.
    I should mention, that I really loved her great yellow scarf and her stylish glasses =)
    OK, I think you can understand the reason why I did it twice in a row =)

    3)

    This picture I got by Pencil Camera app, using Canvas effect and I like the way it looks now but I would like to improve it by Snapseed using apps settings (adjust Brightness, Ambiance, Contrast, Saturation etc.)
    resulting image

    4) So far I do not see something special in it …
    I’ve mentioned that I liked her scarf! You know, it reminds me about some travelers …..
    Excellent! So, I decided to direct her to a fascinating journey and I mark it with the old/vintage atlas ;) As well as I little bit decorate her yellow scarf in a common style.

    These textures I combine with resulting pic. using Blender app.
    Several times before, I explained in detail Blender app. and its settings.
    You can find it in my previous
    for example: Tutorial1

    That’s all!  As always - ”Let your imagination works on you!” ;)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:
    FunnyFace+
    Pencil Camera HD

    Snapseed
    
Blender

  • New Look meets NaProsvet

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    This summer, I got a mail from the Finnish fashion called “New Look.”
    So, I got to know that they will have a city theme for article which includes fashion collages from four different cities in a big fall fashion issue. The chosen cities are Moscow, Paris, Dubai and Tokyo. There will be two page per city and the idea is to capture the “spirit” (through , architecture, phenomenon/trends, colors, feeling, etc) and imply it to fashion with street style pictures, product photos and runway photos tied together with pictures of the city.
    So, they were need for help to get the collages to be from the right point-of-view, capture the city’s real spirit and asked me to be their “guide” to Moscow.
    Sure! I am in! ;)
    Afterwards we had a correspondence, as well as I sent them some of my black and white .
    After a while I got a mail from which I learned that the magazine is in the print!!!
    YES! Finally I got my copy today!
    Flipping through this wonderful magazine, I got that is gaining momentum! (at least for me, this is really important) ;)
    Oh, it is a great pleasure for me! NO!! I am absolutely thrilled!
    I took some pictures of the article for you, friends.

    What a pity, I don’t know Finnish…;)

  • AN-3 meets NaProsvet

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    I am happy to announce my fresh news and introduce one of Russian music band “An-3“, who’s music is something like mix of funk, pop-rock and blues.

    Recently guys have created  their first music for the song called “Only to You” (“Лишь к тебе”).
    So, I decided to take this wonderful opportunity and took some pictures of the creation process. Afterwards I made a slide-show of these images. The guys liked it very much and they decided to use this slide-show as a preview for the upcoming . Please have a look at what it had turned out…

    Perhaps, it is worth to mentioning, that all things I have created with my ;)

  • Tutorial 5. Photo to Painting

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    In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to turn a photograph into a painting.
    Honestly,  this work is not entirely out of my arsenal. Of course, I mean, that such works (which look like painting) are eye-catching… However, after the reach a successful result, I lose my interest in creating of such works. (with flowers, pets, etc.)
    I bet, it will be hard to find more then couple of such works in my gallery.
    I hope you will enjoy this tutorial. It help you turn your ordinary image into the beautiful work of painting look in a few simple steps. (for your experiment)

    1. Well, few days ago I shot this pic, using the Slow Shutter app, lazily lounging on the couch.
    I should mention that was pretty dark in my room and I had no light, except for the light from the screen of my iMAC =)

    Hm… Not so good an image, but it did have potential for a painterly edit and I like a barely visible volume as the result of micro motion.

    Hm… Not so good an image, but it did have potential for a painterly edit and I like a barely visible volume as the result of micro motion.

    2. I little bit improve my image using Snapseed (exposure, contrast, levels, etc.) and went into AutoPainter3 , I chose the app settings Monet.

    You can see my result above, but it’s still so boring….I mean, Nothing special.
    I mean, using this application for the first time, it looks great, but I do not want to produce clones! (this is not my first experience) =) Actually, I use AutoPainter3 as only one of the steps in my image processing, as well, as all other apps.

    3. Further, go back into the Snapseed and improve result pic, using apps settings (adjust Brightness, Ambiance, Contrast, Saturation etc.) for your taste.

    Gradually this image gets forms and colors …But I’ve done it before.  So, I want to get something new.

    4. I dug into my treasures of hundreds of applications =) and discovered the Pencil Camera app. It’s what I need! I created some images using this app before… but now I run it with treated in previous steps image.
    Let’s see what happens!
    Pencil Camera app allows you to turn your pics to amazing pencil sketches. You can shoot a pictures directly from the app or or apply it to photos from your gallery.
    It has 15 funny effects with realtime preview: water colors, life on mars, pink glasses, dirty sketch, frozen, crayon’o'matic, rumpled paper, soft pencil, wooden floor, hipster culture, black pencil, canvas, oil paint, jungle and marble. Just try to be an artist for a while. As well as you can change brightness, contrast and contour in real time for endless possibilities. It supports both and iPad devices.

    So this picture I got using PencilCamera app, using Water Colors effect and I like the way it looks now, but I want to add a bit colors by combining it with this texture using Blender app.

    And a bit improve it using Snapseed once again (exposure, contrast, saturation, levels, etc.)

    That’s all! =)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:

    SlowShutter
    Snapseed
    AutoPainter3
    Pencil Camera
    Blender

  • Personal iPhoneography Training

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    Personal Training
    : with your

    The modern mobile cell phones have long ceased to be just cell phones. So, most of all are powerful multi-functional mobile computers, which can solve variety of tasks using the appropriate applications.
    To become the iArtist you would need at least to be an enthusiast. A lot of people shoot pictures using their iPhones, but not all of them got really good images, especially the great works! You have need a huge passion for photography, creative mind (I mean an extraordinary thinking for all things), a persistence and a really great desire to reach the goal (btw, it’s not bad if you can put it for yourself still on the shore) and iPhone, for sure!
    During the training you will get an exclusive knowledge, some basic skills and the starter experience with your new camera (it’s your iPhone).
    Now you don’t need any expensive equipment to create really beautiful pictures. This point consists not only in technology, but more in the ability to express your vision graphically, be sure, you have need to do it really good!
    The official online Apple App Store has a variety of specialized applications for photos and , but not all of them had been done on a qualitative level. The issue of choosing the correct and useful applications will also be considered during the teaching process of the course.
    IPhoneography is a modern and democratic trend in the art of photography, which gives a terrific opportunity to express your personal world view and show it in the way you see it, expressing your thoughts and emotions using the artistic language.
    The main principle of iPhoneography is that you have to shoot and process your images ONLY with the iPhone!
    A lot of happy owners of iPhone do not have even the slightest understanding of how to use the iPhone camera! However, if you have the basic knowledge and skills, creative mind, and the “right” applications, the iPhone can be a powerful and creative tool in the right hands! (Although you would have to spend around $50 to buy Apps)
    This course has been designed for people who have decided to learn the iPhoneography from scratch, as well as for those, who really want to organize their own basic knowledge of digital photography.
    During the training you will see that your pictures captured on your phone may become the full and finished works. Be sure that all of the others will also notice these great changes of your skills.
    Within the frames of the course I will discuss the history and genres of photography, the principles of building a frame and other basics. We would also talk in length about issues related to the search of the new languages and Artistic Expressions in mobile photography as well as the impact of modern painting on visual language of photography.
    As in any other science, the photography has its own wide-spread laws, trends and regulations. So, knowing them and being able to apply them in practice, you can jump even higher than your head.
    There are different of learning available, such as the group classes (courses), individual (exclusive) training,  master classes (they all are useful for those who already know something, achieved something, etc.)

    Master class cannot include both lessons on the general theory and practice and narrowly focused questions. Typically it is focused on one or two general topics, interesting and suitable not for everyone. It is rather a specialization after you finished your education (self-education for example). BTW, the self-education, probably is the most effective way to get additional knowledge, because it is suitable for your personal needs.
    In any case, one of these does not exclude the other, and, finally, the choice is yours! ;)

     

  • Tutorial 4.Weird Scary Portrait. “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing”

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    In my last tutorial Vintage And Aging Photo Effect I discussed one of many different ways of creation a vintage look .

    Today I am going to continue the same theme , but I try to concentrate on creating of weird and scary . Unique and Fun/or not So ;)
    You know, my completed work reminded me of the terrible “Book of the Dead” …
    Ok, I go deep into the historical background.
    Pictures of dead people…Hm…I guess, that normal person will never think about such things.
    Today, it is wild, but 50 years ago it was a common thing. And now, we can follow the evolution of the relationship of man to death looking at these dark images.
    Shooting of dead people was born in Europe and then, in the mid-nineteenth century it came to Russia. Weird and really terrible custom…
    People started take pictures of their deceased relatives. In fact, it was a new manifestation of the tradition of writing posthumous portraits of loved ones and doing plaster masks from the faces of the dead. However, portraits and masks were too expensive, while picture was getting more and more available to all people.
    Deceased children in the pictures looked like alive. On these pictures, they were with their favorite toys, or seated on the chair. were dressed in the most elegant dresses and decorated with flowers.
    So often the deceased were captured with pets. Particularly striking that the living and the dead sons and daughters were shooting together.
    In the 20-30 years of XX century, scientists began to explore the phenomenon of post-mortem photographs.
    Then came the expression “Photographs of the Little Death” One click of the camera have killed a moment and at the same time it gave eternal life.
    Thus the deceased stay alive forever at pictures on which they were filmed in their familiar surroundings. For example, reading the newspapers or in favorite armchair, with friends and family.
    The “Book of the dead” consisted of such series.
    However, I’ll hurry calm you with my mental health! =)))
    Be sure, I’m crazy, but not so much! So, on my original image you can see the real and alive guy! ;)

    1) Select original image. I used a photo that I shot with Pudding Cam.

    2)  Next, I ran it through the Decim8,  using the wonderful FOLD4RAP5 effect

    Gradually my picture becomes the really scary! This is what I need! ;)

    3) Further, I run it it through the Vintage app.
    Vintage Scene app
     is one of great vintage effects app, turning a modern photo into an old photo, one that looks like it was taken many years ago.This application is easy to use but gives the user control to change each component for a unique look on each photo.
    I really love this app. and use it quite often, but I’ve never use it to finish processing the image!!! I mean, it’s too little for me to complete my work.

    Well it looks pretty good for the intermediate steps and I must say – I love it ;)

    5) So, go to the Blender app. and merge in sequence with different textures, which have a vintage – oldie look,  using the application settings “Arrange” and  “Mask”

    I should mention that using this texture I’m going to stitch the mouth to one of those…(I will never deny my madness) ;)

    Further, to enhance the aging effect, I added the canvas texture, using  the Pixlromatic+

    It looks good for me and I really love it! So, this is one of my two possible final works.
    However, I would like to complicate the one of them…

    6) So, go back to the Blender app. and merge with next texture, using the application settings at my taste

    I don’t want to see the strange pink/magenta color (it’s an important for me)

    Finally, to complete my  work I used ScratchCam app.

    That’s all!  These weird things put an imaginative twist on my portrait , making my  subjects seem both fanciful and mysterious.

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:

    Pudding Cam
    Decim8
    Vintage
    Blender

    Pixlromatic+
    ScratchCam

  • “In the tradition of Russian avant-garde” Welcome to the gallery G8!

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    The Gallery-G8 represents dozens of unique images and several paintings by the famous artist Andrei Chezhin, the rare Suprematist compositions by classic of the Soviet avant-garde El Lissitzky and works by artist .
    The exhibition will run from November 10 to December 3 in the space of G8-Gallery, Gorki-8, Moscow
    The works by Chezhin stored in the best museums of the world – the Hermitage (St. Petersburg) State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Russian National Library (St. Petersburg), Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation; The Navigator Foundation, Boston, USA; Columbus Museum of Art, as well as the largest private collections.
    The unique scenic works by El Lissitzky 20s years of the twentieth century from the private collection becomes the semantic center of the exhibition. Lissitzky combines at once the monochrome philosophical works by Chezhin with experiments by young i-artist Natali Prosvetova, who works with iPhoneography art.

    IPhoneography is a pretty modern and democratic trend in the art of , which appeared quite recently, but it has already gained significant worldwide popularity. The gallery will feature the i-artworks by Prosvetova which are performed in the spirit of the Russian avant-garde 20s.

    A selection of her works have been exhibited at the Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery in Carmel, USA, at the Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa (MINA) in New Zealand, at the first WiAM exhibition in Naples, Italy,  as well as in the LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 in Santa Monica Art Studios, USA; BiiAM Belgitude iPhoneography exhibition in Belgium at The Jonas Gallery, etc.

    El Lissitzky

    Andrei Chezhin

    …and I am, yours truly NaProsvet =)

    www.g8-gallery.com