Week three would become our first opportunity to learn about flash photography, we would watch a demonstration showing us how to take a polaroid photograph as well as how to set up a Bowens 500 Watt flash. After the demonstrations we where given the task of photographing an object that we had brought in using our cameras coupled to the Bowens 500w flash and on a white background. After this we had to use photoshop to cut out our photographed objects and then place them onto a pure Adobe RGB white background. After this we then took a copy of our cut out object and placed it, so looking realistic into another environment which we had shot earlier on in the day. A demonstration of this task is illustrated in screen shots below as well as well as a copy of the finished product.
Firstly here’s a copy of my first Bowens flash assited portrait, shot at 1/125th, F16, ISO 100.
Journal Task: Placing an object into a seperate environment
As mentioned above, our task for this week was to photograph and onject that we brought in with us, and then to photograph a seperate environment in which to place our object. I chose to photograph my Nikon F3 and decided to use my window sill at home as the environment in which I’d place it. Below is an illustrated guide showing how I completed this task.
To start with, we need to process our RAW files, converting them to Tiffs for use in photoshop. As this stage I also altered the contrast of the images and made them ready for use. Note how the image has been shot on a white back ground to help in the carrying out of this task.
Once this has been completed, we open up the image into Photoshop in order to begin work, cropping out any unessecary background.
Next we select the Lasso Tool and begin work neatly removing the back ground from the edge of the camera.
The complete image having removed all the background replacing it with Adobe RGB White.
Our next move is to us the magic wand tool to select the background area, I then made the Adobe RGB White background transparent, this however isn’t nessicary. Once the background had been selected, I right clicked the area and selected inverse, thus changing the selected area to the camera. I then opened up my second image and used the grab tool to pick up my camera and drop it into my second image.
Next we can maximise the image with our camera dropped into it and focus on this image. We can now use the free transform tool to resize and reposition our camera in the new environment.
Once happy with the cameras position, we can flatten then image, making the camera and the background into one image, combining the two layers into one.
The final move is to save our image as a Tiff file and as a PSD file. A Tiff as the finshed article and a PSD incase we should wish to re-visit the image at a later date.
The completed image.