My Progress in Photo Manipulation

Portrait manipulation from 1998 to February of 2013. Proof of the value of practice and persistence.
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1998a300Take bored photo with webcam, desaturated to perfection.


2000_300Discover flattering angle, increase contrast to blow out forehead. No blemishes! I thought I was so cool.


2001_300Drawn on makeup. I wasn’t good at real makeup, either.


DSC00036Saturating to maximum hue particles? CHECK. Applying cut-out filter? Innovative! Saving as a GIF? Nailed it.


2005_300Discover working with layers.


2006_300Zoom in and enhance. Enhaaaaaance.


2007a_300Continue practicing layers. Sweet background, Brah.

2007b_300Clone my husband playing D&D with himself. My first manipulation project that took a lot of planning ahead of time in order to accomplish. Possibly also my last.


2008_300Introduction to adding something from nature. In this case a butterfly.

2008b_300Introduction to adding elements of magic. I was frustrated a lot this year, wanting to mix magic with realism, and feeling like everything I made looked fake.


2009d_300Accidental success. This was the first time I made something that wowed myself. This one is special to me.



The year something clicked with me, and my practice started to look less like practice and more like art.

2010a_300 2010b_300 2010c_300 2010d_300 2010e_300


The year I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer



Art helped me survive chemotherapy. I used my bald head as an opportunity for art.

2012a_300 2012b_300 2012d_300 2012e_300

2012g_300I finished chemo in August and shortly after I worked with a professional model for the first time. (Her name is Stephanie Tice. She’s amazing.)


I worked with her again earlier this month

2013a_300 2013c_300 2013b_300

1998a300Don’t give up.

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About Kamina Kapow

I have dimples and friends

9 responses to “My Progress in Photo Manipulation”

  1. Roller says :

    Your work is so ridiculously amazing.

  2. Mom says :

    And you never have given up on your dreams. I am honored to be you mom.

  3. kat kat bo bat says :

    i love seeing the progression. I’m so glad you did this, for us to see yes but more importantly for YOU to see :D

  4. joy lynes says :


  5. Sandi McComish says :

    Fantastic as always !!! Also glad your feeling good :)

  6. Cherritta Smith (young) says :

    What an inspiring and truly courage and amazing work.


  7. Ciel says :

    Woooow I’m always amazed by your work! Your skills are beyond! I wish I knew how to use photoshop like that… your work seems from another world that is what I like most about it! It really feels like peeking into that dreamy head of yours ;) Big fat hug! So glad we met!

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