Welcome back everybody and enjoy my very fresh blogpost!
The past week I have spent a ridiculous amount of time processing photos, including 2 photo manipulations.
And tadaaa... You guessed right (if the title wasn't a big enough hint)! This weeks blog post will be about my 2 photo manipulations but also some photographers that I know and admire for their skill. If you know any good photo manipulators, just write them down in the comments or facebook so I - and others - can check them out!
What is 'photo manipulation'?
If you search the internet for the definition of 'photo manipulation', wikipedia tells us this:
Photo manipulation (also called photoshopping or—before the rise of Photoshop software--airbrushing) is the application of image editing techniques to photographs in order to create an illusion or deception (in contrast to mere enhancement or correction) after the original photographing took place.
In other words: it is 'changing' photos to create something new. It goes beyond the normal image processing (contrast, saturation, lens corrections, etc...).
One technique that is very popular these days is compositing, this is also the technique I want to talk about in this blog.
Compositing is combining several elements from different pictures to create 1 new photo. It is a great way to express your creative thoughts or feelings. Yet it is very hard to make it look naturally, which you will see in my photos.
It definitely takes time to master this technique if you are a beginner in photoshop.
My first attempts at compositing
As you already know I'm a student photographer at Syntra West, Brugge. One of the assignments of 'portrait' is to recreate 2 existing photo's you find on the world wide web or magazines. I had a selection of 4 images and my teacher chose the two with the most photoshop work in it! Not that the photoshop part is 'that' important, but he said it would be a good challenge.
So for starters; these were the 2 selected images I had to recreate:
The goal of this exercise is to recreate the lightning as good as possible, as well as styling and model choice.
In my research I only filtered pictures on these criteria as well.
Once I had made the basic shots in the studio with my model I searched 'the googles' for pictures that could match.
I came up with this for both pictures: (Raw studio shots I made and internet pictures I found)
I could describe you my whole work process, but I will spare you from that. I am not yet advanced enough to give you the 'right' directions on how to do it. All I can say is that it took me a couple of hours to finish the first one, and a lot more to finish the second one. I am also a beginning photoshopper, but by doing these kind of exercises my skills keep improving. The basics you should really know for these kind of manipulations is: 'knowing how to work with layers, masks and brushes'.
... I am actually starting to like this! ...
Here below are my side by side comparisons to the original picture.
Knowing that these are my first attempts, I figurally padded myself on the shoulder to congratulate myself with my work. What do you guys think of these shots?
To finish this blog, here are some photographers who I personally like because of their compositing:
Please provide me with other photographers as well ;)
Adrian Sommeling - Website
Maclaren photographies - Facebook
Erik Johansson - Website
Selina De Maeyer - Website
And so many more! ...
You can find pictures of these photographers on the bottom of this blog.
See you on the next one!
Glenn aka G-rar!