Something I have never tried before – setting up my camera to take an overhead shot. Fortunately my lens was wide enough to get everything in the frame (mostly) but I did have to tie the tripod to a doorhandle to stop it tipping over with the very heavy camera suspended way out to the limit of the center pole. Plus we had a couple of small earthquakes while I was doing it!
Two new things were tried in this image, the overhead angle and I also had my first go at blending in extra fabric which was quite challenging. It wasn’t til the image was finished that I noticed how the swirly element had been duplicated rather obviously 😦
Oh well, these images are ALL ABOUT THE LEARNING, there are many mistakes here but each time I learn so much more 🙂
This time I was much happier with the colour tonings, I understood a lot better what I was trying to achieve and am much happier with the finished product. Need to have some variation away from the blues and purples tho!
- Make canvas bigger
- Copy blank carpet shot and fill in expanded canvas
- Put in main subject image (above)
- Bring in extra fabric options on separate layers, warp into place and touch up with masking
- Select fabric elements as one whole selection and recolour and mask out colour bleed
- Desaturate whole image
- Select hair and brighten and contrast
- Add some darker vignettes
- Add some shadow under the edge of the fabric
- Do THE MOVE – CTL SHIFT ALT E to compress all layers into one blended one but retains all layers underneath
- Tweak over all colour channels via curves
- Brighten up the left side a bit
- Denoise heavily
- Add a texture and mask off skin
As always feedback is welcome, I am still learning this process so any tips and tricks etc welcome.
What does this image say to you, what is its story?