Don’t miss my BTS story about the Princess and the golden chair on Retouching Academy Blog.
The final compositing
Part 1 was about my idea and my sketching.
Part 2 was about my idea of lighting setup.
Part 3 was scouting for background images.
Part 4 was creating the background in Photoshop as a concept.
Part 5 was about the UFO model and photograph of the UFO
Part 6 was about the photo shoot of the model Leon.
And now this final part is about the final compositing process.
I always start with the background this is almost a must to so I can analyze the lighting condition better. In this case I had the moon as my main light.
The main light is also important for all elements for the image therefore it was important to decide where the main UFO shall be located so I could shoot it with correct lighting.
So I created a studio at home, took some images and added the UFO to the background as a prof of concept for the lightning conditions.
Then it was time to add the boy to the image.
When I took the photography of the boy I put the main light source at the same location as the moon and Marcus Person my assistant used a white reflector to reflect some fill light.
When the boy was added to the image I start to add motivated lights to the image. Motivated light is light you add extra to increase the effect of lights to the image. In this case the lamp.
I moved around the second UFO several times to find out where I want to put it to the story. That’s why you can see it all over the place in all my images under my process.
I also added some footsteps and a red apple to increase the story telling of the image.
“ -What happened to the teddy? Some footsteps, a red apple and UFO in the skies, maybe the Aliens took the teddy thought it was a animal or something to eat, and the apple increate that idea. “
I never found any house around here in Alingsås (Sweden) where I live so I got a stock image for the house. I
It was also important to add the correct light condition for the house and the light in the window as intended from the beginning.
When all the elements are added to the image I analyze it with the golden rules. I always do this as my last step before getting feedback from friends.
It’s important to add elements within the golden rules lines and points.
You can here see the rules and I also added some comments to show you how I think when working with them to increase the story telling.
Most of the feedbacks was regarding to bright lights. So I fixed that.
Here is the final image
I hope you liked this story and got some ideas your self.
The boy and the Teddy
Now it was time to shoot the model, I went to the city with Leon (The boy – model) and his father (Marcus) to find some clothes. After five different stores we finally find a shirt and pants at H&M.
When we bought the clothes I wanted to find the last object of the card with the guy. His flashlight. Then the picture will be taken at the country so I wanted to have an old lamp. Marcus had one on his job, which fitted perfectly.
I chose to shoot the boy outdoor in the same lighting conditions as the background. This is because of my filters I already added in Photoshop would compensate the photo with the boy.
Marcus helped me with the reflective screen that was my fill light.
I did some test shoots to set up the correct light condition.
And as soon I was satisfied we cut of the head of the teddy and start shoot the images.
and now its time to add him to the background and next part is the house.
to be continued…
My UFO model arrived. So it was time to get it ready for my image. I bought the model on eBay. I wasn’t sure at the moment what I was looking for, but after I searched for “UFO Model” and after some scrolling and pagination I found something I did like.
My main idea is to paint it in Photoshop, but I need the main parts on the UFO to look like metal, and that’s to big job to simulate in Photoshop so I bought a silver metal spray and fixed the chassis of the UFO.
After that it was time to glue all parts together.
When I was done with the UFO I setup my light settings as intended. I wanted light from right to simulate my moon and some fill light in front of it.
I took images of it in frog-perspective (under and up).
When I was done with the photography of the model it was time to add it in to my background.
I moved the moon to get better composition, and also place the ship so the moonlight hit the chassis. I will probably add more UFO into the image.
To get it more realistic I added light to it this was done with some coloring and different blending modes. I will paint more scratches, shadows and lights on the alien later. I want the cockpit to reflect some red lights on the Alien and in the glass cup as well.
to be continued….
This is my first post in a series of BTS (Behind The Scene) posts regarding my latest photography idea “What happened to my Teddy?”
In this series you will follow me from idea to final result.
I got the idea for this image when I lay in my bed. I was thinking about a background I wanted to create, a landscape with a road and a house. This was my main idea, and I love creating images so I needed a story, suddenly I saw a boy with a flashlight in his hand. I remember I start thinking what’s the idea of standing there with a flashlight? I need the boy to target something with the flash. Then I saw a broken teddy bear in my mind. I don’t know why, but maybe because I wanted some emotions to the story and a broken Teddy is mostly something you are not happy about as a child.
I need more to the story, what did this terrorist action to this teddy?
A dog? Horse? Car? Or Aliens? An Alien should be cool; it will also make the image harder to create. I want a spaceship with an Alien leaving the place. The boy will not notice it though the broken teddy is more important for him than the environment. I also love lighting effect and the Alien ship will bring that to my image.
And as usual I mostly start to sketch my ideas. I do this because I want to know what elements I need to the image, and when I’m start painting my creative brain part starts see more things I want to bring to the image.
I this case I created footprints from an Alien, moon, lights from some of the house window(s) etc.
When I was done with the image I start looking for spaceship Model on eBay and a cute Teddy Bear I found this Alien ship model and this teddy. Cost me about $50.
So as soon the weather got better I will take a tour with my car and look for locations for my background to start with.
to be continued…