How its Made

Editing the Pumpkin family

Technical stuff and how its made


Let me go thru all the technicalities how I made this composite shot.
I required 3 persons for this shoot because people are more fun to use then stands with sandbags on. Shooting one "pumpkin" at a time with the Joe McNally Trigrip as the main light and a flash with a full CTB (Color temperature blue) for the highlight (As seen on the picture).

 Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Then I shot all the pumpkins at the spot I wanted them to be located within the frame with the same light by just moving everything around. This made it very easy for later in postproduction to edit them together for my frame was the same in all shots.

 Pre-post

Pre-post

After it was all done it was just a matter of stitching it all together in photoshop to make it look like it was captured in camera.
Here you can see the "before" image, where I just took all the pictures I've shot to make a quick simple masking to get an overview of how I wanted it to look.
Then it was a matter of cutting every subject out to make it transition perfectly throughout the picture. And the last bit that is also the hardest in most case, adding color grading which sets the mood and feel for the entire picture.

 Finished image

Finished image

Hope you've enjoyed this little backstage of how I made this shoot and why not try it out yourself. The important part is to have your camera on a tripod so it wont move and in beforehand choose where the focus should be and lock it in. After that its easy to just mask everything in in photoshop.

//Elias


Editing The Paint Pictures

I thought I'll show some before and after pictures of the shots from my project to show how much work that was actually done on them and what goes on.
One of these images takes around 1-2h depending on how much work needs to be done, example; stretching, cloning, darkening and highlighting specific areas.
The whole process was very enjoyable after I saw the results and what slowly got created.

But a very much important point in making "Creative images" is that a break time between them or in the middle of editing really helps seeing whats wrong and if you've overdone it. Obviously these shots are already "overdone" in a sens but you know what I mean.
This applies to everything, by doing something intensely for hours and trying to focus 100% you'll need a break so you can see the misstakes or misses you've made.

Hope you enjoy the before and after images down below!
//Elias



Portrait Session: Simon

Photoshop and all that,
A portrait session with Simon


 Portrait of Simon

Portrait of Simon

I had a great model shoot with Simon the other day and thought to my self, retouching, people think that photographers now days retouch their images to the extend that you cant recognise the person in it any more.

I try to do my retouching to a minimum if its a portrait, just get it right in camera and then keep it simple in photoshop.

And for all the tech nerds out there, all I used was an umbrella for these shot with speedlights, mixing it with natural light.

So at the end of all this, my message would be that Photoshop is an enhancement tool, not an repair tool.

//Elias


How its made: Funky disco portrait


 Box of CD's

Box of CD's

So sometimes I hoard up on stuff that are totally meaningless to hoard up on, example; this box of CD's I've filled up over the years.
And then I thought, wait, I have a box of CD's, this could make for a pretty fly background perhaps?

What I used was the CD's as my background, A beauty dish as my main source of light and a chair so I could be above my subject. And some sweet funky music from my speaker (This step is mandatory).
 

 Beauty dish selfie

Beauty dish selfie

So if you're a photographer and are like me, hoarding up on useless stuff, use it in your shots. It might look cool or not. Give it a try at least. Worst thing that can happen is that you fail. And then we just try again until it works!
//Elias

 

 


And for the result? Super-Funky-Disco-Mode!

  Before

Before

  After

After