One thing I need to keep reminding myself - an image does not always have to be an image the way I actually saw and captured it. Thanks to today's software technology, so much more can be done with a single image. Or in this case, with several images stitched together into a panorama and then turned into a Tiny Planet.
These are fun projects with cool results.
I first came across this when our good friend and Photoshop Guru Russell "Doc" Brown did one. I was instantly fascinated as it had that "from space view" kind of feel to it. It's like you are traveling on your spaceship and you come across this little place in the middle of nowhere. That actually inspired me to create the Tiny Planet called "Nerdation", which of course is a reference to Stanford University overlaid on an image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. I kept the "atmosphere" so actual life could be sustained on Planet Nerdation.
If you have been following our adventures, you know that I am not a big Photoshop user or expert. Scratch that. I am now a bigger Photoshop user as I was one year ago. But I am still not an expert. I am learning something new every week. And there are several people that make great online tutorials for me to follow and learn. And whenever I am with them, I try to also pick their brains. I do learn best when I can watch somebody do it and then get my hands on a similar project.
Below is my latest Tiny Planet and also the panorama which lead to the creation of it. As you can see it's the very same view, but displayed in two very different ways. And both are actually pretty cool and with very distinct differences.
Where can I learn how to do this?
Good question! So here are a couple of links that will give you great information on how to do these artistic displays. And just with almost everything else, there are several ways to do something:
Colin Smith with PhotoshopCafe
explains things so well and really helps me understand the workings of Photoshop so much better. His instructions of how to make a Tiny Planet
Andrew Trice with Adobe shared his workflow here. Andrew always does some fun stuff and he has been a great fellow instructor at our Adobe Aerial Photography workshops. Here is how he does the Tiny Planets
Photojojo has another good workflow how to make these Tiny Planets
Photographymad also gives you great information on the Tiny Planet
Check them out and let me know how your Tiny Planet turned out! I might come and visit...
Here is my very first Tiny Planet from the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. It did not turn out too bad for a first try.
This was shot with the DJI Phantom with a GoPro Hero3 on it.