Life Before Photoshop…Almost
September 16, 2010 § 1 Comment
This shot was taken over twenty years ago…way before I ever heard of Photoshop, maybe even before there was Photoshop. I never even thought of doing behind the scenes shots back then, so you’ll have to take my word for it. I did a lot of model testing back then and soon grew tired of shooting on seamless paper. Location was more fun, but I decided to try my hand at set-building. I shot a transparency of a Kodachrome slide with a macro lens. I projected it onto two 4’x8′ sheets of foamcore and traced the lettering and window where the image goes with a pencil. I bought paint that matched the colors as closely as possible and painted in the areas that I traced. I cut the window out and assembled the whole “giant slide” on a frame made of 2’x4’s. I didn’t have a studio at the time, so I shot this down in my parents basement. I had to deal with 8′ ceilings, so I stapled black seamless to the ceiling and laid another piece on the floor. Betsy had the perfect outfit. I had her stand behind the slide and lean out of the window, she sat in the window on the frame and had one leg hanging out, and finally I had her do a series of jumps in front. I have to admit, even though this was shot before Photoshop, I did use Photoshop to straighten out the lines, clean up the junk on the slide, and add a couple of finishing touches to the final image. What took me many days to do back then could be done in a couple of hours(or less) today…but then I wouldn’t have any stories to tell!