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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


Air, Dogs and Trees

A nice walk in the forest will refresh your creativity or energy.
And the best way to push you out the door is to bring a dog or two, three, four, five... Yes I'm a dog person.
So anyways, get out, get some air. And I'm an hypocrite that's sitting inside on my couch while writing this.
And this photo is from yesterdays walk.

//Elias

Tassa, my neighbours dog

Tassa, my neighbours dog

Lets Talk About: Moments!

Can you stage a moment?
Now that's a question a lot of people have different opinions about.
For me, personally, I would say yes. What if you never got that first kiss at the wedding, putting on the ring or the cutting of the cake. Well, you can re-shoot it. Stage it, do it again. As long as the end-result shows the story, you can get away with it. Because at the end of the day its the shot that the client wants that matters. And, the upside of staging a moment is that you can pose them so they'll look even better. If you put the subjects in a location where that pretty perfect light is coming down on them.

Could you tell that this photo was staged if I told you it was? Or would you have believed that this all happened perfectly on its own?

Could you tell that this photo was staged if I told you it was? Or would you have believed that this all happened perfectly on its own?

Now would you call that a candid moment?
No, of course not.
All you did was positioning them in the ideal spot for you to shoot them in.
You've just put them there and nothing special is happening. Now you'll have to give them some direction. For example tell them to talk about their day, tell them to ask each other what they're excited about or what they're gonna do after all of this is over. And the staging have suddenly become the real moment depending on what direction you gave them.

This post have been more about creating wedding moments but its all applicable in other areas of photography as well, you just have to give the appropriate directions or guidelines to your subjects.

How do you create moments, do you even do it? Or do you think its wrong to do it?
Would love to know what you think!

//Elias

BTS at Stiller Studios

I shoot some Behind The Scenes at a film recording where a Roman Soldier and a Barbarian fought against one eachother in this huge green screen room for later be composited in to a game engine.
Interesting technic and just shows what technology can do these days and its amazing!