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. 

Artist of the day x Micmojo

Jan Scholz, known as Micomojo online, is a Belgian portrait and fashion photographer. His photographs primarily consist of soft focused, dreamy intimate portraits. He is best known for his black and white analog work. After working with digitally for some time, he stepped back into the the film era with manual cameras. He uses 8x10, 4x5, medium format and 35mm cameras which are usually loaded with Fuji Acros, Kodak Tri-x or Polaroid film.

Website: Micmojo.com

F: Facebook.com/micmojo.photography

Blog: blog.micmojo.com