Building A Photograph…One More Time
May 6, 2013 § 11 Comments
I’ve been busy lately shooting some jobs, and also doing model comp work for models and actresses. Robbie, a local actress, contacted me recently so we could do some images for her portfolio. We started out doing some headshots with studio lighting. I noticed some nice light coming in from my window, so I suggested we do some natural light portraits. I wanted to check out the light, so I asked Robbie to sit in while I did a couple of test shots. This was the very first shot, and while it made for a nice moody look, the outdoor area was pretty much lost. I added some fill, and adjusted for the outdoor sky, and then shot a number of shots Robbie could use for her book…this wasn’t one of them. While this wasn’t good for her, I thought the way her glasses stood out against the washed out background was interesting. I decided to see if I could make something interesting out of a simple lighting test shot. I added a simple piece of wood for the window sill, and “stretched out” the image in Photoshop. I stripped out Robbie, found an image from a trip I took to Maine a few years back, added an image of window panes and curtains to the Maine image, softened the focus a tiny bit, and finally added Robbie to the new background. I used OnOne’s Perfect Effects to bring out some nice color, and then used Topaz’s Adjust to add some texture. Not the greatest image I’ve ever done, but a nice “save” of a “throw-away” test shot.
Just a short blog this time, but I hope you enjoyed it!