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Friday Photoshare – Behind the Scenes of We Write our own Story

Wow – it’s the final Friday of January already! In this week’s Friday Photoshare, I’m taking you behind the scenes of “We Write our own Story” with not only a photoshoot video, but also a quick look at the basics of my compositing/editing process. I hope you enjoy!

As you might guess from the title, the message of this image is that we write our own story.; life is a blank book we fill. The theme of life as a story is on my mind right now because of the new course I’m creating (you can read more about that here!). To see the photoshoot and a bit of how I created the final image of the subject out of three separate shots, please check out this video. =)

As you’ll notice in the video, the dress I wore is blue in real life. I always intended to change it to green for the final image because green has connotations of new life and rebirth, signifying the power of re-storying your own life. While I played with the idea of a totally abstract background, I ultimately decided that being on a path was more meaningful. The forest greens in the background were overwhelming the dress’s visual power, so I changed the background greens to purple. For the image overall, I pushed the shadow tones towards blue and the highlights towards yellow in order to create a more painterly, surreal feeling. I’ve frequently hesitated to manipulate images “too much” and have been afraid to create things that seemed to “fake.” One of the things I’m working on this year is allowing myself to view my self-portraits as art and not, strictly speaking, photography. Yes, I use photography and I want my images to seem at least somewhat plausible, but I’m trying to be more okay with having finished products that feel more surreal/painterly (at least some of the time!).

As always, I hoe you enjoy this look into my creation process. If anyone is interested in a tutorial showing some basic compositing, please let me know! Or maybe a tutorial showing how to make a basic levitation image?

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  • BeadedTail January 27, 2017, 15:25

    I didn’t understand some of the terms you said or exactly what you were doing but what an incredible process! It’s very interesting to see how photos can be changed and enhanced so much. I love the final photo!

    • Natashalh January 27, 2017, 19:17

      Thank you!!! I can’t believe I worked up the nerve to create something so ‘unrealistic,’ but I really like this one, too.

  • Cynthia January 29, 2017, 06:26

    wow that is so cool! and so much work goes into these photos

    • Natashalh January 29, 2017, 08:18

      Thank you! Even the simplest photo typically takes me a couple of hours. I work on more complex ones for a few days!

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