Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Here’s a condensed version of one of my most popular posts – about 12,000 views to date. Links are provided to a free iOS book or, alternatively, a PDF version.

A Recipe for
A 100% in-camera, no post-processing required, creative technique
To make images like this

Make attention-getting creative images limited only by your imagination. Photo club competitors, here’s a way to stand out from the crowd in your club’s “straight photography” category (if such a thing still exists today in the kingdom of Lord Adobe).

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Abstract Art and Photography

Followers of this site know that I like abstract photography. It’s not everyone’s cup-of-tea, more of an acquired-taste, but worthwhile exploring for the benefits it will bring to your photography in general. Why else would abstracts be covered on a site called Photography Improvement? ;)

Here’s a multimedia presentation I made for several photography clubs last year

Click the image for

A set of three multimedia videos

Slightly OT – What famous artist popularized “selfies” hundreds of years ago?

That, among other interesting tidbits, is revealed in part-1-of-3

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Out-of-Frame: 2 Final How-To’s

Today we wrap up the discussion of out-of-frame images with two more how-to’s.

Yesterday’s post showed how to make a OOF, where the frame was created post-capture in Photoshop. How about a OOF where the frame is actually part of the image capture?


Remember this image? You should since I featured it several days ago and said “Remember this image; we’ll come back to it”. ;) Let’s see how this was done.


Here’s what the table top still life setup looked like when I made this “real OOF” – black backdrop and a real mat (held in place by “helping hands”). Just frame it all in your viewfinder, leaving out the helping hands, and you’re done. For my original purpose (altered image competition) this version would have been an illegal entry since it wasn’t altered.

Easy-peasy….


For my grand finale how about this OOF – it’s a double exposure – to add to the other two approaches shown yesterday and today.

It was made by combining the following two images –

Is that enough? More about framing of every sort than you ever wanted to know….


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Out-of-Frame: A How-To

The past several posts have illustrated images that I call out-of-frame (OOF). Today we have a How-To so that you can make your own. Tomorrow a variation on the theme.

How is OOF done? Open up any image editor capable of doing layers (any flavor of Photoshop will do) and follow along.


Step #1 – Select an image that might lend itself to having part of the image OOF. As shown in the previous post’s examples, the portion that extends over the frame can be a single side, two sides – or even all four sides. Depending on what the image might support, it’s your choice (but note – many images do not lend themselves to OOF at all).

This formation of geese will do.


Step #2 – Place a white rectangle on a layer above your original image. This rectangle later will form one of the four sides of your frame (or the photo’s mat if you prefer). Size the overlay to cover what ever you want to extend beyond the frame.


Step #3 – Erase the white where it covers the parts of the original image that you want to appear out of the frame.


Step #4 – Add additional framing (matting). Note that this added portion does not cover the original image. It simply adds a mat around the remaining edges. I’m showing this in two steps (4 & 5) because I find it’s easier this way when using PS’s Re-size Canvas option, but it can be done in a single step if you want.


Step #5 – Complete the “matting”.


Step #6 – Add color and/or texture to give a realistic photo-mat appearance. Also, add a simulated mat “bevel”. These “realism” touches can be as simple or sophisticated as you like (for example, directional shadow lighting on certain sides of the bevel and in the texture).


Step #7 – For a final touch of realism, add shadows appropriate to the OOF element. If you’ve added shadows in your mat texture and bevel from the previous step then you’ll want to ensure that the light direction for these step #7 shadows match.

And that’s it – you’re done.


Background – I developed OOF 10 years ago when I competed and needed an occasional entry for a category called “altered image” (otherwise known as Photoshop-ed).

  • I preferred showing my work more or less as it came from the camera rather than how it looked after undergoing some “artistic filtering” that I wasn’t very good at to begin with. Thus was born OOF.
  • Competition-wise it was a huge success in that I entered one of these on eight separate occasions and each got a ribbon of some sort. I was amused by the number of judges who actually got up from their chair, walked up to within a foot of the print (this was a print competition where OOF is more effective – deceptive – than a projected image), and ran their finger over it.

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Out-of-Frame: Early Days

The past several posts have illustrated images that I call out-of-frame. Today – a historical perspective. Tomorrow and Tuesday will conclude the series with two different how-to’s.

For the art historians out there, long after I started doing OOF I came across this painting. There’s nothing new in the world………..

It’s called Escaping Criticism (even in days of yore art judges weren’t looked upon kindly, it seems). It’s an example of a style called

“trompe l’oeil” (French for “fool the eye”)

which is more descriptive than OOF, I guess.

Pere Borrell del Caso (Spanish, 19th century), Escaping Criticism, 1874, oil on canvas, Banco de España, Madrid. In advance of the art critics, this boy (the painting itself) appears to be escaping out of the frame.


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Out-of-Frame Technique #2

Today’s OOF example may look similar to the previous two, but the technique used to create it is completely different. The earlier example depended on post-processing, but today’s was done entirely in-camera.

Orchids – Up & Out of the Frame

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Remember this one; I’ll come back to it

Used a totally different technique from the Dogwood Lane examples

I’ll describe out-of-frame techniques next week


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Out-of-Frame Technique #2

Today’s OOF example may look similar to the previous two, but the technique used to create it is completely different. The earlier example depended on post-processing, but today’s was done entirely in-camera.

Orchids – Up & Out of the Frame

D300_090605_121453__DSC6141_nx pwp warp pse5 canvas extend


Remember this one; I’ll come back to it

Used a totally different technique from the Dogwood Lane examples

I’ll describe out-of-frame techniques next week


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