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Diptychs, Triptychs, and Beyond!

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I love what you can convey by presenting a spread of images together, as in a diptych or triptych.  Some people are really good at putting images together that are distinctly different yet complimentary and story-telling. I’m not one of those people (I don’t really think I have that “artistic eye”), but I did sit down last night and combined put some photos  in a way that hopefully says a little something about Suki.

One thing that can be accomplished with more than one image is the presentation of small details or fractions of a whole, that together, give the viewer a sense of the whole person, place, or object. I experimented with this concept in four images that don’t really reveal exactly what Suki looks like, but do give you a sense of her as a whole through the details that are presented. I dunno, I think it kinda sorta worked.

You can also present a sequence of events or actions using a polyptych (weird word). Suki does the most adorable yawn, but conveying what her yawn looks like pretty much necessitates that I show a series of photos in sequence.

After processing these photos in Lightroom 3 Beta, I opened each up in Photoshop to put them together. I just learned a dead simple way to do this. Assuming that each image is the same size and aspect ratio, all you need to do is extend the background layer’s canvas size by 100% in whichever direction you want to put the next image. Then, just copy and paste the next image on a new layer and drag it into place on the background layer. Sound confusing? Then head over to my cousin Josh’s blog for a video tutorial on diptychs.

Josh is my go-to guy for all my Photoshop needs. I only started working with Photoshop last year, but he’s been using it for easily over a decade for a variety of different art forms, including photography.  A few weeks back I asked him how to add black bars to the top and bottom of my photos, and he sent me an email with screen shots that outlined how to do it step-by-step. I told him “Wow, wouldn’t it be cool if you did some sort of video tutorial on this?”

Soon after, what do you know! He posted a video tutorial on how to add black bars to the top and bottom of your photos. Cool! So I bugged him again and asked him to do another one on diptychs. The cool thing about his tutorials so far is that while there are dozens of ways to accomplish the same thing in a powerful and complex program like Photoshop, he endeavors to find and present the simplest and fastest method. I really appreciate this, as I’m the kind of person who likes to spend as little time as possible editing at the computer. You can find more how-to posts on his blog at http://jliba.wordpress.com.

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Image Top: Nikon D300s + Micro Nikkor AFS 60mm f/2.8G

Image Bottom: Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 35mm f/1.8G

Written by Jonathan

February 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

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  1. Soooo cute! I love both quad-tychs. The first one is intriguing, but also seems like a loving way to present Suki’s cutest features. The second one is just too funny!!!!!!! I really miss my doggie now!! (posting from work, hehe)

    Bridget

    February 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    • Haha thanks, I’ve always wanted to do a little yawning set of Suki!

      Jonathan

      March 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

  2. Jonathan,
    Of course you have an artistic eye. I really like what you’ve done here. I learned new words – diptych and triptych. They’re like collages but cooler. Great job.

    Melissa

    February 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    • Thanks Melissa, appreciate it! These are new words for me too =D

      Jonathan

      March 3, 2010 at 8:56 am

  3. Great to know about photoshop! Thanks! My husband processes all of our shoots, but it’s always great to get more insight. I let him know about Josh’s blog. Thanks!

    AP

    March 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

  4. Thanks for the link bro! You’ve been my best input for new instructional vids!

    Josh

    March 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm

  5. […] Fleming, My cousin and Pro Photographer featured my tutorial in his latest post.  Check out the link for  some excellent diptych results  that can be obtained using the method […]

  6. Hey, there, Jon! You know if Josh has a new blog? I was thinking of checking out his tuts, but turns out it’s closed now! You’re quadtychs inspired a couple ideas in me and I want to see if I can find something else to try there =)
    Thanks for your art! It has become a source of inspiration for me to get better and search for a good style of my own!

    Hass

    January 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm


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