Question: How Do You Expand Your Photo Repertoire?
Answer: “Photography Magic” Class starts June 6th
My Story May Be Yours?
I started having fun with my first camera, learning how to work it, and discovering different techniques. As you know, it is a long journey, because there’s no end to the learning! Isn’t that the whole point of photography; you spend your time enjoying learning new and different techniques?
My invitation is to checkout the upcoming and fun online course: “Photography Magic” taught by professional photographer, Greg Robinson. Click on the link for more information: http://www.ppsop.net/phma.aspx
Below is a sample photo of a technique called: ”Multiplicity” taught in the “Photography Magic” course. I’m sharing the camera technique and will walk you through the step-by-step post processing.
How to Shoot “Multiplicity” Images.
“Multiplicity” is a technique in which the same person is photographed many times within one scene. All the images are pulled together using Photoshop Elements or Photoshop.
Ideal Photo Equipment: A digital camera with a tripod. Ability to set F/stop, use manual focus, and a wireless or self-timer feature.
Choose your backdrop carefully. Lighting should be even. Be aware of bright areas that will show up as under or overexposed. Take a practice shot of just the background to ensure it will work and that there are no distractions.
Avoid any overlapping: Plan where you’ll first place yourself, then second, third, and so on. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t occupy the same space from previous shots.
Change of clothing: A change of clothing makes the final image fun and interesting.
Props: Here again, advance planning helps. As with a change of clothing, the use of different props makes your final image interesting.
Shoot all the photos in full Manual mode or Aperture Priority mode. This ensures that each frame will have consistent exposure and that your focus is locked in. You don’t want the camera constantly re-focusing the scene when you step in and out of it. Next, put yourself in the frame and move yourself into different locations within the frame as seen with the above images.
Suggested F/stop ranges from f/11 to f/22.
Post Processing - Photoshop Elements
- Transfer images to your computer. Name and save each image in the order that you placed yourself in the shot: Image #1, image #2, image #3.
- Open all images into Photoshop Elements in the following order: Image #3, #2, #1. Trust me, it makes the final steps easier.
- Image #1 ends up opened in the main workspace. As a result, in the Layers window to the far right, it is the bottom layer named: “background.”
- All three images will appear along the bottom in the “Project Bin.”
- Drag [Left mouse click, hold, & drag.] image #2 on top image #1 in the large workspace and next, drag image #3 on top of the image #2.
- All images appear in the Layers window to the right. Image #1 the bottom layer, image #2 the middle layer, and image #3 the top layer.
Step #2 – Layers Window
Top Layer – Mouse click on the top layer to activate it. Next, click the Mask icon (Looks like a camera icon.) at the bottom of the layers window. A white box will appear to the right of the image thumbnail. Make sure to click inside this Mask to activate it.
Select the Brush tool (Keyboard shortcut “B”.) You can adjust the Brush size by using the keyboard shortcuts: “[“= smaller and “]” = enlarge.
Locate the Foreground & Background icon located at the bottom left of the toolbar. Set the Foreground to black. Note: The black square will be on top of the white square. Switch back-&-forth by pressing “X” on the keyboard.
Remember to first click inside the Mask to activate it. Take the Brush tool and completely erase yourself in the top image layer. All of the other images of you are hidden. If you accidently reveal part of yourself in one of the hidden image make sure you erase this by… Switch the Foreground color [Press “X” on the keyboard.] to white and use the Brush tool to erase. Remember to switch the Foreground color to black when you are done.
Second Layer – First, before going forward, mouse click inside the top layer Mask and press “ctrl + “I.” This command is for “insert.” Magically, you will see two of you! One from the top image layer and one from the second layer.
In the middle layer, mouse click inside it to activate it. Make another Mask and repeat the Brush tool process and erase only the second image of you from this layer. Remember, you only have to erase the second image of you.
“Ctrl + I” – Make sure you’ve clicked inside the middle Layer mask. Photoshop Elements will display the next image of “you” from the last Layer window. Now, there will appear all three images of “you.”
Final Image – Guess what? You are done! All you do at this point is to save the image. If you wish, you can do any clean-up work from inside Photoshop Elements.
Multiplicity photography can be a real test of your patience as you work to create a vision. Like anything new, it just takes a few practice session to nail this new technique. This is also true with the post image processing and will reinforce the necessity to make sure you space yourself properly during the shooting process.
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