Martyn Lewis Photography

Yorkshire based photographer - Weddings, Automotive, Landscape, Portrait & Studio Photography


clock March 30, 2011 07:27 by author Martyn

I've been reading some information around marketing and social networking recently. As well as finding me on twitter (@Martyn_Lewis), you can also now find me on Facebook - I'll be updating images on there to show some of my latest images. It's a great way to increase exposure, particularly when you can "tag" friends etc... that means that their friends are also informed too. Given that we're meant to be no more than 6 connections away from anybody on the planet... It could turn into a great marketing tool!

Anyway... On you go and take a look: Any "likes, greatly appreciated! :-D

Martyn Lewis Photography on Facebook

Facebook Profile Photo Hack...

clock December 15, 2010 11:44 by author Martyn

Tweaked my facebook profile today, using the new style layout. I'd noticed that the new style page has a section of 5 photo's that the profile owner had recently been tagged in, under the brief bio info at the top of the page....  So, with a bit of photoshop and profile hackery, you can achieve a fantastic design that really sets you apart from the crowd:

facebook profile snapshot

Here's a quick How to:

Things you'll need: Your Facebook page, open full screen. A graphics package, such as Photoshop, or GIMP. A high res photo or image you want to use across your profile page.

  • Maximise your facebook page, whislt on your profile, and "print screen". (You'll need the new style layout for this design)
  • Open your graphics package and paste this screen print into a new image.

(Following instructions for photoshop:)

  • Select the "Slice Tool" (Available via the crop tool function - hold your mouse button down on the crop button and you'll get 3 tool options - choose the 2nd one down)
  • "Cut out" your main profile picture on the left, as well as each of the 5 "recently tagged" images underneath your name and bio info, to the left of this.

(Tip, you can make your main profile pic as long as you like... so you can get a better effect in your layout, not just the size of the existing pic... Keep the width the same)

  • Paste another image of your self, or your chosen subject as a new layer, and re-order the layers so that your facebook cut out is at the top.
  • Move/nudge/stretch your image underneath this one so that you get your desired effect in both the side image, and the 5 smaller images too. (I chose to put the left quarter of my face in my main profile pic, then my right eye, the bridge of my nose and left eye across the other 5 images... with some funcky vector graphics too!)
  • Once you're happy, Choose File> Save for Web & Devices.
  • Set the image presets on the right of this dialog to JPEG with a high quality (100)
  • Hit "Save".
  • Choose a save directory on your computer, give it a name and change the "Slices Option" to "All User Slices" (that will chop your output out into 6 images...)
  • Go back to Facebook, to your photos, and create a new album - upload the 6 images you've created in the step above. Set this album to be viawable by "Everyone", in the drop down box.
  • Save the album.
  • Go to the album and "tag" yourself in it, starting with the image you want to be displayed at the right hand side of the screen, first, working back across towards your main profile picture. DO NOT TAG YOURSELF IN THE MAIN PROFILE PIC! Instead, select this one an click use as profile pic (or navigate back to your profile and manually change the picture...)
  • Sit back and admire your work, as your friends visit with awe and wonder.

Tip: You'll have to keep an eye on who tags you - as newly tagged images will push your pretty tagged pics we've just created, to the right... Just hover over them and a little cross will appear - you can remove them from this "tag stream" on your profile. (Don't worry, you'll stay tagged and the images won't be deleted!)



Random Post: Facebook's social pervasiveness, visualised.

clock December 14, 2010 11:44 by author Martyn

Not really photography related, but a very cool picture never the less - particularly when a lot of your time, like mine, is spent in the digital world - Hey, I work in digital mapping - these things, I find very cool!


365 Shot 43

Digital Forensics: Has an image been digitally altered?

clock November 8, 2010 13:30 by author Martyn

I've had a few queries from people asking me how I produced my image for day 3; "If..." Now quite obviously, I've used a little bit of photoshop wizardy to remove my own head, and place it elsewhere in the image - well, at least I thought that was obvious - apparently not, to several of my twitter and facebook followers out there!

They've written to ask how I did it?!

That got me thinking, and reminded me of a website I strayed across while working on something completely different, a few days ago:

Slip a photo URL into the Analyzer (jpegs only i'm afraid), and like something that Spooks would employ, it sneaks off, does some analysis, and then highlights the possible areas of alteration within an image.

How does it work? Well it's certainly not magic, but simply the tool looks for decreases in the quality of a jpeg image that occurs every time it is saved. These areas are more than likely not visible to the human eye, but highlighted by this tool...

I find it interesting to look at images created by some of my favourite self portrait 'togs, to see just how many photo's, sections of photo's and edits they use to create some of their most spectacular imagery...

We all know, most image have been altered, enhanced and bits chopped and changed all of the time, Some of the tog's even do how-to's on their blogs explaining how they create the images in Photoshop, or Gimp, and this useful tool goes some way to helping you figure out just how...

Rosie Hardy's "the canadians have landed..." - Analysis results here. (I Love this shot!) - Hey, those guys, that plane and that foreground are all from different images! (Highlighted in white...)

Miss Aniela's "Flying Solo": Analysis results here - Those legs and that frame stick out an awful lot from the background image! So does that bow! ;-)

Hope the 'togs in question don't mind me usng them as examples!


Weirdly though... my "If..." image comes up as reasonably uniform... so maybe i do have the ability to take off my head, after all? ;-) Mwah hah ha ha hah!


About the author

Martyn Lewis grew up in Weardale, Durham, spoilt by the wonderful surroundings of the North Pennines.  He graduated from Newcastle University, before completing an MSc at Durham University in 2001.




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