Pixlr Challenge Feature with Rosman Nizar
“There are few things that capture my attention more than emotive images. There is something else, something extraordinary about catching people feeling, whether it’s pain, sadness, anger, excitement, joy or my favorite, love. What drew me to Rosman’s image was the sheer simplicity of it and really honoring the moment shared between two people in love. You don’t even have to see their faces to know the emotion they share between them, the silhouette says it all. I found this image to be perfectly executed and reading about Rosman below, you’ll know just how much heart he puts into his work and his desire to share the true essence of moments, which is apparent in the image Josh and I selected as one of our 4 features. With all of the crazy and amazing artfully done edits we saw in the feed, it was really nice to see someone use Pixlr, which is known for their immense overlay options and layers, simply and just to enhance an already wonderful photograph. This image exudes passion from the subjects and the observer so it was no surprise it was one of our favorites.” - Jessii Powers -
I go by the name of Rosman Nizar, for most online matters I use the pseudonym of ‘RosmanPositivo’, living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s a great city, sort of like the multi-racial Asian version of New York. I do graphic works as a living, mostly for events & productions. But, to meet client’s expectations are far from creating art for pleasure itself, so that’s when I let the stress out with mobile photography. ;) I have always loved photography but due to budget constraints I can’t get my hands on a DSLR. So, I end up getting mobile phones with decent cameras. As I admit iPhones are good for photography, I’m not keen on how we can’t control most settings like exposure, ISO, white balance etc on them, so that’s why I turned to Android & never looked back. The stepping point of getting more interested in mobile photography was the day I got my first Android device, a Sony Xperia X10. Then I knew I needed a bigger screen & better camera so I got a Galaxy Note, which I still use today.
Most of the times I get inspired by looking the images on magazines, music videos, and of course, other Instagram posts. Sometimes I feel so small compared to millions of other talented people on Instagram who take GREAT photos, but then I realize I should take it as inspiration & motivation to learn & explore more. So I usually get out, look around & start capturing images. Sometimes I capture the tiniest details other people don’t even bother to look at, and some other times I ask my friends to be the subject and model some poses (Just like my #AE_Pixlr entry). That entry is inspired by some wedding photography elements, especially the silhouette.
Usually I take photos during the day where the lighting is very good, and edit them at night when I’m comfortable after I’ve completed works & chores.
I’ll start off by ‘correcting’ the colour balance, exposure, brightness & contrast of the images, so that they’ll turn out to be the way they should (if they haven’t).
At this point, most of the photos are actually ready to be posted on Instagram or other SNS, but sometimes when I feel a little bit artsy & wanna explore more on editing, I’ll start experimenting with several apps.
I have always liked Pixl-r-omatic, but when PixlrExpress came out it was like God-sent. I love the fact that I can do a loads of things in a single app. But if I need some different approach of tweaking, I usually go for Photo Editor or PicsPlay and some rare occasions PicsArt. I have tested a large amount of photo editors for Android and I end up using only a few, as I don’t need repetitive features from several apps & of course I don’t like to over-edit my pictures as it can ruin the already beautiful photos.
For my particular entry for #AE_Pixlr:
- The picture was taken at Sibu Island, located in Johor, Malaysia, on a holiday trip with some friends using the native camera of Galaxy Note 1.
- The couple in that photo is getting married in a couple of months so it triggered to me to capture their romance at the beautiful beach.
- I took the photo with a low exposure as I wanna capture the details of the clouds; thus, made me to decide to go for silhouette figure approach as the figures were darkened. Usually this approach is good in wedding photography.
- I started to edit it in PixlrExpress, and only PixlrExpress because that was the challenge.
- Like I mentioned, I first tweaked the colour balance, exposure, brightness & contrast to make an enhanced version of the photo.
- After that, I applied a little bit of Hagrid & Ingrid effects, only a few notches, maybe no more than 25% each, to enhance some details.
- Using the very useful ‘Touch Up’ feature, I touched up the shirt of the male figure to flatten some colour to make the black silhouette appear somewhat ‘more flat’.
- Then I started the colour tone adjustments using several other effects like Sanna, Ramona, Amber, and applied a little bit of Soft Vignette.
- I wanted to add some typography but afraid to ruin a beautiful photo as I reckon that simplicity is the key. Glad that I made that choice.
I used to edit in Pixl-r-omatic but now I only use Pixlr Express because it’s like the SwissArmy knife of a photo editing app. Really neat! I love all the effects/filters & overlays.
I use the effects & filters to tune the colour tone of my pictures by using several combinations until I am satisfied with the end result. Usually it takes 3 or more effects (applied subtly not up to 100%) before I save them.
If I feel a bit artsy then I’ll play with the overlays because the app has some very cool vintage camera effects & light leaks.
The ‘Autofix’ feature is also a gem, although sometimes it doesn’t work the way I like so I only use this in some occasions to test it out.
One bug I found in the app is, although it saves high resolution pictures (God bless Pixlr!) most of the times the output dimension is buggy, esp for 1:1 ratio. The height/width will turn out a few pixels more than the other, but nothing big to make a fuss on ;)
Thoughts on mobile photography :
I really enjoy mobile photography.
I enjoy the process from going out to take beautiful pictures of everything around us; nature, sceneries, buildings, people etc, up to the point where I edit them one by one, each with different directions, approaches & touches.
I love to share what I’ve gained in some explorations & experiments in mobile photography with friends and then we can use our knowledge to come out with even better outcomes.
As an example in my other entry for #AE_Pixlr some friends helped me to hold a couple of mobile phones to be used as torch lights and another friend blowing some cigarette smoke to achieve quite a satisfactory picture, even without heavy editing.
This is what I love about mobile photography. Humble people with several experiments sharing knowledge.
And also thanks to Instagram, we do share these with random strangers with similar interest and then challenge, and even collaborate with each other.
How cool is that? Mobile photography connects people!