Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy New Year!
If you ever wanted to get a copy of a photo of the Earth, it's very easy to do. Years ago, I contacted the Johnson Space Center in Houston and they sent me a duplicate 4 x 5 inch transparency free of charge. I was surprised, but they told me that the image was in the public domain since our tax dollars paid for the space missions.
There are many images of the Earth now on the Internet. Just do a search for 'high resolution Earth images' and you'll find many. Here is a link I used to get a good one:
All you need is a file equal to about 2 to 4 megabytes, because when you place the image into one of your backgrounds using Photoshop, it probably won't be very large. I revisited a technique I used in the 90's where I combined a mannequin head with a perspective plane, and then I added the Earth as a poignant focal point. The 'stars' is a photo of glitter sprinkled on black velvet.
This is the kind of cut and paste technique I discuss in my Photoshop workshop at home. My February workshop is sold out, and the next one will be the weekend of April 24, 25 in Nashville, Tennessee. Contact me for further details.