I cannot believe I haven’t made a post since Easter. I won’t make an excuse because excuses are like a***holes….everybody has one.
Instead I am going to try and help someone who asked me today how to use masks to replace a background. Here is a little demonstration using Adobe Photoshop CS5. There is no sound as I am using Adobe Captivate 5.5 Trial version and sound isn’t included.
This is another question I am often asked. The answer is in most case almost certainly especially if the subject is female.
I was talking to a wedding photographer one time and I asked the same question. He told me that if he doesn’t re-touch he gets far less final sales.
The key is not to do too much. Don’t make a sixty year old look like a 30 year old but taking 5 or ten years off will almost certainly get you a sale.
You saw some images of Annie Moya yesterday. At 26 she has beautiful skin and to skin smooth her until she looks like a plastic mannequin would be a sin. She had a few small spots on her chin, you poor girls must hate those hormones doing that to you, and so a little spot removing with the clone tool is all that is needed.
Continuing on from my last post about my Studland shoot, next in line was “Mistakes”, inspired by the saucy seaside postcards that you could buy in the 50’s and 60’s.
This was the inspiration card
Saucy Seaside Postcard Inspiration
Set 2 – “Mistakes” The Brief
Saucy Postcard – Print and card sale
Saucy Seaside Postcard embarrassed dancer
Cast – Raphaella as dancer and MonModel as helper
Location – Preferably outside on lawn but if weather does not favour could use front hall
Make-Up – Stylised with dancer’s cheeks blushed
Hair – Dancer in ponytail, spectator hair up.
Wardrobe – Dancer in bright coloured TuTu and flesh coloured knickers, Helper bright sportswear and spectators in earth tones, coats, hats and maybe willies. (Will grab some of the others hanging about for this shot but no more than 4, Nikki might want to be in this as a spectator)
Matching Tutu knickers
4 politician masks
Walking sticks (CStGPA)
The girls went off to change with Nikki fussing over them and I and my trusty assistant for the day, ‘Biscuit’, broke set and moved on to the next location. The sun was in and out of the clouds and so I decided to use two Bowens with reflective umbrellas to give an even light over both main subjects. Set up either side of camera and at head height. I used a shutter speed of 1/125 at F11. This gave me a wide depth of field making sure the main subjects and the audience were in focus.
With the camera on a tripod I set the models in position, marking their spots with coins so that I could always have them in the right part of the frame. After 18 shots we had it in the bag and here is the result.