Here is an initial setup of my graphic collage composed of 5 images, which includes an edited background image and 4 other edited photos. The main focus of my photo collage is to portray the cultural aspect that I value the most wherever I go, which is dancing. Therefore, I started with the selection of my background image. I chose the map of my homeland, because it gives a bigger picture as to where I am originally from. With the background image editing, I worked mostly with the adjustment levels, basically because I wanted the image to standout since I have chosen it as the background photo. I changed the brightness and contrast levels a lot, and added a little bit of vibrance and saturation to it. I figured that the next step I should take is to slightly blur it so that the images on the collage will stand out a little more. As for the collage images, I thought it would be interesting if I could place an image of a plumeria (most common flower in the South Pacific Islands), a picture of myself in my cultural wear, an image of my Pacific Islanders club (PIC) dancers, and another photo of myself along with the ladies of the PIC (in orange) performing at the Dad’s Weekend Luau held at WSU. I figured that the image of the plumeria would give a more island-look to my collage, whereas the rest of the images would altogether give a clear portrait of how I have embraced cultural dancing wherever I go. I have spiced each and every image up a little bit mostly by adjusting the levels and opacity. One of the images that was sort of different was the picture of myself with the headdress. I wanted to do a separation of the image and the background just because the picture didn’t involve anyone else but me and my cultural wear. I hope to add more touch ups and effects on every image so that it would bring out the best island-look that would perfectly reflect my blog post topic.
September 8, 2012