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My second time at the creativeLIVE studios was just amazing, as I knew it would be. To be around such hard working and dedicated people is truly a gift and I do not take it for granted. The best part? Getting to meet the students and spending time with them outside of the classroom. We went rogue, shooting in a park, even past when I was supposed to be inside for a panel discussion. Oops! I made it, no worries!

The passion I feel there is immense, and I wanted to do something with the images that I shot that would reflect that. These are the final images, and I will walk you through the how-to of two of them briefly here:

Image 1: Dreaming Alone

Model: Terra Olsen

This image came about when I was demonstrating ways of doing levitation photography without having to know the ins and outs of the technical side. It was shot on a black backdrop with a black stool under her, and therefore became quite easy to remove the stool simply by darkening the background.

There were a few things to clean up and do before putting her on a different backdrop. First, I had to fix her leg where the stool originally indented. I also had to choose a blending mode that would allow the black to fall off so that only the model would remain. This proved to be tricky in that it did not work everywhere. Therefore, the final image that you see has a combination of erased black mixed with the blending mode of “Lighten” to blend her into the image.

In choosing a backdrop, I wanted a space that was very neutral, so as not to overpower the subject, while also being graphic and old. Given that the model was wearing a poofy dress which was quite nondescript, I did not want to confuse the viewer by putting her in a situation that contrasted. I really liked that there was a wall in the background that she could interact with. I ended up having her foot touch the wall, ever so slightly, so that the illusion of her being in that space was enhanced.

Creating shadows helped make her look like she was part of the scene, and so I added them in while keeping in mind where the light source was (or would be). I enhanced the light later in post so that it looked more directional, thus justifying the shadows a little bit more and adding a hazy light to the image.

Image 2: To Dance or Die

Model: Sophie

The process for this image (and all that you see here) was very similar. I began with a lovely volunteer holding the model up so that she could pose in this fashion. I wanted a very accentuated back arch, and so extra support was needed to hold her in place. By darkening down the background, and painting black over the assistant, I could maintain an image where only the model remained on a black backdrop.

I used a layer mask to cut the black away from the subject in this image.  Changing the blending mode did not work well enough, and so I chose to cut. It might seem time consuming, but in reality it took me about 20 minutes to cut all of the black away.

Choosing this background seemed like a good choice given the lighting. Since there was no way to identify a direction of light, I could place her into the scene more seamlessly. In order to get rid of the dark rim around her body (which was natural due to the light hitting her body from the front), I used Replace Color on the edges of her body to make sure that light was hitting her evenly everywhere.

Here are all of the images, including the antlered goddess from my segment with Lindsay Adler! I hope you enjoyed Photo Week and thank you so incredibly much for watching my segment…I owe you!

Model: Anna

Model: Juliana

Model: Terra Olsen

Model: Sophie


{ 5 } Comments

  1. Cindy | October 9, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the post production tips! Really helps and gives me inspiration for my next shoot. What did you mean when you said you used a hazy light?

  2. Kenny Evans | October 9, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this information! The picture are as amazing as they are inspiring. It loos like you used a texture of some sort on some of these. Is this the case, and if so, how do you decide whether or not to use one and which one you will use?

  3. Addie | October 9, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Can you tell how you got the first two to look more like a painting – is that an action or a texture – just curious b/c I havent seen anything like it… thank you for sharing!

  4. Denise Jensen | October 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Great information on post work. I was wondering how you determined the shape of the shadows and what tool you used to create them? I too was curious about that beautiful hazy light. Thank you.

  5. Tara Eveland | December 19, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    i really enjoyed the part where you were covering her in the mud! how fun!

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