Studio 3 – Packaging

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

We had a look at some different types of packaging designs and how you can use them creatively to stand out from competitors.

I found some pretty cool examples of creative packaging. I tried to find some for cafes specifically because thats what I’m working on at the moment but there were some really cool other ones I wanted to share too.

Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters

Black Bear Brews

Bite Bakery

Trident Chewing Gum

Hanger Tea

And finally Rope Pack (thought this one was clever)





Studio 2 – Pre Press Workshop

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

In class a few weeks ago we went through the process of getting an image/document ready to print.

Here’s a few blogs that have a few good tips and guidelines to read first and then I’m going to go through the steps our teacher showed us for getting an image ready for printing.

Prepress tips for graphic designers by David Airey

Prepress by Prepressure

Printing & Prepress Basics by TutsPlus

Getting an image ready for print:

  • Open image in Adobe Photoshop
  • Duplicate layer

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  • Use the threshold adjustment layer

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  • Find the lightest and darkest areas
  • Open another adjustment layer – curves

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  • Use the pointing hand icon (up the top near RGB) – hold shift – select darkest area
  • Use the pointing hand icon – hold shift – select lightest area

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  • Hide threshold layer
  • Go back to curves and reduce the top spot down so the output is 240-245 and increase black to 12ish

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  • Increase the contrast (2 points on the curves graph)

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  • Flatten the image
  • Convert to CYMK

Hopefully this all makes sense and the screenshots help you out but feel free to ask questions if you have any.

Thanks for reading.

– KH

Studio 2 – Digital Portfolio

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

I just wanted to post up all of my final images. If you’ve only just started reading my blog I’m a graphic design student from Brisbane. This trimester we have been working on building up our digital portfolio by experimenting with different art styles and techniques. We did the by producing 5 analogue, 5 photographic and 5 digital images all of the same everyday object. Mine was hats.

For my portfolio, I decided to narrow down my choices (because there are a LOT of hats out there) to just 5 different styles and then produce an analogue, photographic and digital image of each one. My 5 hat choices were:

  1. Top Hat
  2. Newsboy Cap
  3. Felt Wide-Brim Hat
  4. Snapback Cap
  5. Beanie

1. Cover Page

PHO1 - Top Hat

Product photography

DIG1 - Repeatable Pattern

Repeatable pattern

ANA1 - Charcoal

Charcoal drawing

DIG2 - Newsboy Watercolour Collage

Vintage watercolour style

ANA2 - Collage


PHO2 - Newsboy

Simple black & white photography

ANA3 - Pencil

Pencil sketch

PHO2 - Newsboy

Simple black & white photography

DIG3 - Felt Hat DE w Quote

Double exposure + typography

PHO4 - Snapback

Street photography

DIG4 - Snapback Low Poly Final - 120316

Low-poly portrait

ANA4 - Pen

Pen drawing

ANA5 - Watercolour

Watercolour painting

DIG5 - Beanie Bear Illustration

Digital illustration

PHO5 - Beanie

Object photography

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think 🙂

– Kim


Studio 2 – Beanie Photo

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

I’m catching up on my blog posts so this one was for my digital portfolio I finished a few weeks ago. It was my final photography one. I wanted it to be a little different from the standard types of photography – landscapes, portraits or studio shots. So I decided to focus on the object a bit more. I looked at what you wear/use when you’re wearing a beanie. I have glasses, I like to listen to music and I drink coffee (quite a bit) so I included all of these elements in the photo too.

I had a got some inspiration from a few people I follow on Instagram (make sure you check them out):

  • TOMS
  • Sevenly
  • Krochet Kids
  • Cubby Graham

The settings I used were:

  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter Speed: 1/13
  • Aperture: f/2.5

PHO5 - Beanie

So this is just a short post as I have a few more to write up.

Let me know if you have any feedback/questions.

Thanks for reading.

– KH

Studio 2 – Street Photography

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

My second last photography piece. This one is going to be the snapback. Pretty popular hat these days, both for boys and girls, young and old. So I asked my friend if he was free and wanted to be a model for an hour or two. Thankfully he did. I didn’t want to do a studio shot for this one, I wanted to take some photos outside because of the style of the hat. It’s a very popular street/urban accessory. So we went looking for a cool place to take some photos. I thought graffiti would be cool and I’d seen some not to far away from GOMA so we headed there. And found out that the graffiti was in a fenced off, full car park. But not to worry, there was a pretty nice brick wall across the road.

brick wall

I had a bunch of hats for him to wear so I could see which ones worked best with the backdrop. So it was all going great and I’d taken a few photos (I was using my sister’s camera) when the camera kindly told me that the memory card was full. Ok, that’s cool. I’ll just delete some photos that were still on there from the other day. All good. All set up again to take the next photos. ERROR 02!! Every time I tried to take another photo it kept coming up with this error. Awesome. Have you tried turning it off and back on again? Why yes, thanks for asking. I did to that. Multiple times. ERROR 02! And then I proceeded to take out the memory card and put it back in. ERROR 02! Take the battery out and put it back in. ERROR 02! Finally googled it and apparently there was something wrong with the memory card or the pins but I couldn’t see anything. Luckily we weren’t too far away from uni so we quickly went there and I was able to borrow one of their cameras (thank you SAE). So we went back and took some more photos quickly before we had to return the camera.

I got some good shots. They were a bit underexposed but they were usable after I edited them. The settings I used (for most of the photos, some were a bit different) were:

  • ISO 100
  • f/4.5
  • 1/160sec

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Here are a few more that I edited a bit more, played around with Lightroom a bit more.

And the final shot I went with

PHO4 - Snapback

So after all the issues I got some pretty good photos in the end and I was pretty happy with how they turned out after editing them.

Hope you enjoyed the post. Let me know what you think.

– Kim

Studio 2 – Black & White Photography

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

My Newsboy photo. Again I wanted to link it to my other two newsboy images (a collage linking the past and the present and a vintage style digital art piece). I thought a bit about the hat and how it is worn in more modern times.

According to some articles (Hail to the hipsters and The Allure of Newsboy Caps), in the past few years the newsboy hats are being worn by hipsters. “Hipsters are thrifting them and wearing them with plaid and boots.”

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PHO4 - Newsboy

After editing a few of the photos, I decided to use this image and to keep it simple and clean in black and white. To get the white background we had two lights set up – one facing the back wall and the other on the model. We also used a reflector to reflect the light from the flash and ensure even lighting.

Thanks again for reading.

– Kim


Studio 2 – Product Photography

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

For my top hat photography, I took some with models (AKA Jo and Stephen) but I also took some with just the top hat on its own.

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I really liked these images with Stephen and Jo, but I thought that for the top hat (and looking at the other two top hat images I’ve already done – charcoal and repeatable pattern) I thought a simple product shot of the top hat would work best for my portfolio.


For the photos I used one light (Rembrandt technique) with coloured gels. I thought it was really effective way to show the structure and shape of the hat and it highlighted the bow one the side of the hat nicely.

Feel free to let me know what you think. I won’t mind 🙂

– Kim

Studio 2 – Birds Eye View Photography

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

For this photo I wanted to do something that was just a bit different. The object I have is hats so I didn’t want it to be someone standing there wearing a hat looking at the camera or even looking off into the distance. The hat for this photo is a wide brim felt hat, you know the ones, they’re pretty trendy at the moment. One of these ones:

Anyway, I thought about doing an outfit shot where all the articles of clothing for an outfit are placed out and arranged really nicely. But then I don’t really have outfits that match those style of hats so I decided not to do that. And then I saw a birds eye view shot of someone wearing one and thought that was really cool. So I thought I’d give that a go.

The first thing I had to do was find somewhere I could take my photos. And it’s a good thing I live in a 2-storey house that has a balcony. Although at first, I did try to take some photos inside from the stairs because we have nice wooden laminated floors and thought that might look nice. This was a good idea in theory until I realised the lighting wasn’t amazing under the stairs and I had to hold the camera through the gaps of the stairs and take the photos without being able to see through the viewfinder. But I persevered! And some of them weren’t too bad.

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Next we moved outside. I think these ones are better because the green grass looks really nice and works well.

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These are all unedited at the moment but here is two I’ve edited

PHO2 - Option 1PHO2 - Option 2

Studio 2 – Photography 3

Design, Graphic Design, Photography

Last week in photography we learnt about using two Elinchrom lights (if you read my Photography 2 blog I talked about using one light – Rembrandt technique). Using two lights is called the clamshell technique and it’s simply placing one light on either side of the model. They can be moved around for the effect you want but it just allows more light on the face compared to the Rembrandt technique where we only had one side of the face in light. I forgot to take a photo on the day but here’s one I found to show the setup.


Clam Shell Lighting Set-Up

(Photo found here: Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home)

The manual settings I used for this session were:

  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/9.0
  • Shutter Speed 1/200sec

I didn’t change them throughout the session because they were all turning out ok.

One of the things I need to work on would be as the photographer maybe giving some directions, different types of poses they could do. This would be good because by doing it in the studio while we’re learning, it will hopefully become habit and will transfer to when I’m working with models and clients if I ever have to do that. Also, on the flip side of that it would probably be good for me to try some different types of poses myself when I’m being the ‘model’ because I hate doing it and never know how I should pose. But if I’m trying out different poses I could probably help direct other people in different poses.

So I just went and had a look at some websites that offer tips

Posing To Perfection – 10 Crucial Steps To Pose A Model by Clay Cook (I just skimmed this one but watched the video about jumping photos at the end and thought that was interesting – about how many shots they had to actually take)

Dear Model: Posing Tips for How to Look Your Best in Photographs by Other Model aka Jen Brook

They aren’t really ideas for how to pose but they all had some good tips to be aware of. Now we just have to see if I remember them…

Here’s some of the photos I took:

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In some of them I need to work on my framing of the model.Sometimes I’ve cut of the side of their arm or part of their shoe. The photos will probably still be usable if I crop them down but they would have been better or used for something else if I hadn’t cut off their fingers or their elbow in the photo.


We were running out of time but we had a quick lesson on the macro lenses. I found them really hard to use. There were two lenses – a 60mm and a 65mm MPE. With the macro lenses you get a better depth of field. They are good for extreme magnification.


A very close up shot of a dragonfly

(Photo found here: Macro Photography)

I think it was the bigger lens I was looking through and I couldn’t get the image to focus. It was just a matter of moving backwards and forwards until you could get it but I didn’t get it and it was making my eyes hurt a bit. Maybe next time.

Thanks for reading!

– Kim


Studio 2 -Photography 1

Graphic Design, Photography, Studio


It’s really (really, really) late but in the first week we learnt about photography, specifically, how to use a the manual functions of a DSLR camera. We learnt about shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

  • Shutter speed: the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. Responsible for creating dramatic effects by either freezing action or blurring motion (Mansurov, 2009).
    • lower = more light, higher = less light
    • lower = blurred movement, higher = freezes movement better
  • Aperture: a hole within a lens, through which light travels into the camera body (Mansurov, 2009).
    • lower = more light, higher = less light
    • lower = object in focus while background is blurred, higher = everything in focus
    • depth of field – when aperture is higher, the depth of field range is larger
  • ISO: the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light (Mansurov, 2009).
    • lower = less sensitive to the light, higher = increased sensitivity of your camera

Here’s some of the photos I took:

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I didn’t really remember a lot of the settings in this first session so I just kept changing the shutter speed and aperture. I need to spend a fair bit of time just playing around with the settings to see what works and what doesn’t. And also do some more reading about each setting so that I understand more about what each one is specifically. Especially any photography blogs where they give tips for specific settings because if I have a basis for where to start and then make small changes from there. Also, I didn’t really know what to take photos of so I didn’t really take too many – I should have just taken more photos.


Understanding ISO – A Beginner’s Guide. Retrieved from

Powerpoint slide from class