Earlier this week, my friend, Beth, was nice enough to model for me for an upcoming article on double exposures. I guess now is as good a time as any to share that I’ve started writing articles and tutorials for iphonephotographyschool.com. My first one, on symmetry, will be published soon.
I have to admit, it was pretty awkward for me, conducting a shoot with an iPhone, instead of my Nikon. I need a little weight in my hands, and something to put up to my face. This was my first time photographing a model for real, with my iPhone. I’ve photographed people, but always in a quick and casual way. For this shot, I needed the right conditions and the right location.
I kind of feel bad hiding Beth behind the pumpkin because she has awesome blue hair to match her blue eyes. I’m sure you’ll get to see the woman behind the pumpkin in some other images, though.
Creating the shot
To start, I used the native camera app for a photo of Beth in the park. The other photo was of a pumpkin I had carved. In order to make the extraction of the pumpkin easier, I put a white sheet on my computer chair, set the pumpkin on the sheet, and rolled it out to the porch for some good light.
Next, I used Union to combine the images. Then, I used Mextures to mold the light and add some texture. It’s important to have consistent light and texture, if you want the two images to sit more naturally. After Mextures, I used Snapseed to play with ambiance, contrast, and structure. Next, I used PS Touch to mold the light some more, by painting on an empty layer set to overlay. Finally, I wanted to make some final adjustments to contrast with Snapseed.
It took a bit of time to create, but I think the results are worth it.