Today I’m going to give you a quick overview on some basic editing and how I created this image. You can read all about the motives and ideas behind this image by following this link – The Manipulation.
SHOOTING THE IMAGE
To photograph the image I used my Nikon D700 and a 50mm 1.8 (I have the D750 which I use now but this was taken over two years ago). I also used a ring flash which is based on the camera (fixed to the lens). I used a blank white wall and also used natural light coming from a window to my right (left from your point of view). At the time I only had a trigger lead and access to self timer so I used the lead to help me focus in the shot and then set the timer to 10 seconds. I then jumped into shot and create different poses by just experimenting with the eye shapes. For the jewels on my face I used an old necklace from New Look and broke it up into small pieces. To stick them to my face I used snazaroo special FX glue which is skin kind/friendly and it was easy enough to wash off after the shoot. (In fact it was so fun pulling it off, but I’m weird like that!)
THE EDITING – PHOTOSHOP
To begin editing this image I chose two of three specific images that I wanted to play with and opened them up into Photoshop. Before I retouch and image, I usually start off by choosing the base image, and then add in the extras on top from the other images I have chosen to use.
So for example on this particular image, I began with the arm and the shoulder. I decided to remove the arm so that it looked like an exterior person was pulling my eye away, like I was being manipulated.
I chose a shoulder from another image from the shoot (as you will see below in my beautifully drawn diagrams) to replace the arm. To do this I used the lasso tool to move the shoulder from one image and copied and pasted it onto the base image. Once I had got the shoulder into a place I was happy with I then used the clone stamp and the paint brush tool to fill in and erase the existing arm.
Once all the basic manipulation is done, I then moved on to retouching the skin (best tutorial for skin retouching, here)
Finally I colour corrected the image using mainly curves and also sharpened the image using unsharp mask!
THE FINAL IMAGE
Ironically I titled this image is ‘The Manipulation’ – again if you missed the link at the top of this post, you can see my musings behind why I decided to shoot this idea and what channelled my to create it, here.
I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet insight into the editing of this image!