Deconstructing the Edit: Week 6

Deconstructing the Edit: Week 6


Hello and welcome back to my creating
room we are jumping into Photoshop but first my name is Brooke Shaden I’m a
fine art photographer and I want to take you back to an image that I made a
number of years ago maybe eight years ago now I made this image with a couple
of things in mind first I used a male subject I don’t usually do that and it
was really exciting because I felt like I had a whole different sort of set of
tools to work with with wardrobe and posing so I went with a really static
straight-on pose he’s looking not directly at the camera but really close
to it yeah just just off not to make sure and I wanted this to be a little
bit more of a confrontational image but really beautiful at the same time so he
was actually house-sitting for this house in LA and it was this amazing
beautiful house so I decided to take advantage of that and do a photo shoot
of the front of it and so if we go down to the beginning of my layers here we
see a lot of green happening and I want to take you through how this image
transformed the key steps what was important etcetera so first I expanded
my frame upward and this is the first thing that we need to talk about its
expanding the frame because I didn’t want to get so far back from the house
that I would have to crop it because that would lower my resolution I
wouldn’t be able to print as large so I wanted to get closer but that meant that
I had to tilt my camera up and as I tilted my camera up something called the
parallax gets distorted and when this happens we have this issue of the edges
of the frame going whoo mmm like that and so the edges don’t quite match up
everything is a little off kilter and there are a few things that we can do to
fix that so one of them the way that I decided to do it is to go ahead and just
warp and perspective shift things into place so if I click on that layer I can
go to edit transform perspective and I can start to change the perspective of
whatever I am deal so I would have had to have brought this
down like probably to their to actually be correct I didn’t do it that extreme
though because I still wanted to fill in the edges and and have it all be covered
by the grass so I did that a little bit I could warp it so edit transform warp
will get the leaves where I want them just sort of matching them up so that’s
one option another one you could go with skew which is something that I use from
time to time works really similar to perspective so that’s another good one
to play with but I eventually got the leaves in there and then I did two
things I rotated this image because if we zoom out you can really see it was
just off I just shot it poorly I just shot like a little bit off-kilter I
didn’t have my tripod for this one so I shot it a little bit weird I fixed it I
filled in where there was this gap on the left hand side by clone stamping I
didn’t want there to be this big open spot because you can see it’s really
white bright in that area and because of that the eye goes straight there because
it’s it’s this bright geometric shape up in the corner so I had to get rid of it
if I wanted to keep the focus in the center of the frame and that’s what I
did I found this dead butterfly I mean a butterfly Firefly and I ended up
photographing it many times in different positions to add into this picture
because I titled this picture the protector of magic
and I really wanted to fill that idea that there’s this this guy who’s like
protecting this area that’s all totally beautiful and magical but it wasn’t
really that magical because it was just like this is too close to reality the
green for me is like such a realistic earthy color and I wanted this to evoke
a sense of magic so I changed the color to be purple and that was through
replaced color we talked about this earlier and if I go into image a
just means replace color I just want to select a green color but if you were
here going to select a green color which one would you choose would you click
just anywhere or would you target a specific color because what you’ll see
is like in this area there’s a really almost like cyan infused green but then
up here there’s a really really yellow bright green they’re all different tones
so if I select the dark one that might be okay we can start to change but you
see how all the brighter greens are totally left out so I use my little
eyedropper tool with a plus sign and add in those greens to get everything and
that’s how I would go about changing the color of something that has multiple
tonality z’ in it now that wouldn’t have worked if he had any green on him or in
its space or anything like that and that does happen you might think well nobody
has green in their face but that’s not true it does happen different sort of
color tones work their way in and if that were the case I would simply select
around him and to sort of quarantine him with a selection so that only everything
outside of that selections gets changed so here we see the actual changes that I
made with that final one being the big color shift all the greens are now
included I have changed where the eye goes with light by adding it just around
him so that it really makes him pop and stand out and then I really like texture
on top so this is a really fun image to do because we had the the goods to work
with like we had this house and it was beautiful and it was magical but not
quite enough for me so I went through and changed the perspective changed the
color and finally got to a place where I loved this image I hope that you loved
this video let me know and have a wonderful week

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