Surrealist portrait

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For a digital manipulation class I had this past fall, we were assigned to create a surreal portrait.

To start the project I came up with an idea for an image and photographed a plate. In this case, the plate ended up being a composite of four different frames.

In order to keep things easy, I placed the camera on a tripod and a large beauty dish in the right corner of the room on another tripod. This would then make the background and lighting uniform for all the images so when I started piecing the images together they all would match lighting wise.

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After the plate was finished, I went onto compositing in the hat, books, and typewriter. Each element was photographed individually then manipulated either with size and/or direction to create depth and realism.

Composited top hat.

Next was the atmosphere. I started off using a fog machine, but the fog wasn't dense enough and just created a haze. As a result I went ahead and ditched that idea and went ahead and did it in photoshop. If you want to know how I made the fog you can watch this Phlearn tutorial HERE

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After the fog was done, I just played with the levels, curves, and gradients to create the final feel of the image. 

Cervelo S2 x Photoshoot

Last Wednesday I had the incredible opportunity to produce a full on photo shoot for my Cervelo S2 road bike. Since The James Douglas Studio is a teaching studio, they will periodically give me and the other interns the opportunity to improve out portfolios with full scale photoshoots. In studio, I was practically given unlimited resources from two octodome softboxes with Profoto lighting, reflective black plexiglass, a multitude of seamless backdrops, V-flats, to even a 5D Markiii with a 50mm f/1.2 lens.

 My internship with this studio has only been for two weeks & it has already taught me so much. This week I will be editing and constructing my photographs through photoshop, which I will be learning on the fly. In the meantime I produced a Go-Pro time lapse of the six hour photoshoot, which will only yield two photographs. 

BTS timelapse of a photoshoot done for the Cervelo S2 in The James Douglas Studio.