JPCollinsPhotography
JPCollinsPhotography

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Side-lit 45 degrees-right using an LED desk lamp. Using a displacement mask and a "rust" image overlay, then blended using the brush tool. To finish, ...
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Side-lit 45 degrees-right using an LED desk lamp. Using a displacement mask and a "rust" image overlay, then blended using the brush tool. To finish, high-pass sharpening and global adjustments using the curves tool and Lightroom.
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TracyDreyer
 
TracyDreyer September 14, 2016
Fantastic photo. Great imagination and caught my eye immediately. Good Job
JPCollinsPhotography
JPCollinsPhotography September 14, 2016
Thanks Tracy!
maudrietjens
 
maudrietjens October 02, 2016
That looks amazing I hope too learn how too photoshop like that sometime. Is there any program you would recoment
JPCollinsPhotography
JPCollinsPhotography October 03, 2016
Thanks! Photoshop is what I use but I'm not sure if there are equivalents out there... Phlearn on Youtube is great for tutorials so check them out! This was done with a simple displacement mask and a lot of blending so relatively simple in the terms of photoshopping! Thanks for commenting :-)
candywoodcollins
 
candywoodcollins October 14, 2016
This is cool! I'm a complete amateur who just enjoys photography, but I know what I like and this is good. I love the way you can read into it. Personally, I see life and death but not a physical death. More of an emotional death. As if you've been through something that's caused you an emotional downfall and in turn you've become withdrawn and introverted. It's an awesome photogragh either way!
JPCollinsPhotography
JPCollinsPhotography October 17, 2016
Thanks so much for stopping by and for the very thoughtful comment, I'm glad you like it and could take something from it! :-)
Alex_Boyd
 
Alex_Boyd March 08, 2017
This photo looks amazing, I'm in college learning photography and moving towards photoshop and this is the kind of photos I'd like to end up making... really inspiring, thank you
JPCollinsPhotography
JPCollinsPhotography March 12, 2017
Thanks Alex! Best of luck with your course :-)
DanielBenda
 
DanielBenda April 05, 2018
Absolutely fantastic, To be honest I have tried something similar some time before I came across your photo however your execution of it is just miles ahead anything I could even dream of doing.
JPCollinsPhotography
JPCollinsPhotography April 05, 2018
Thank you so much, Daniel! Keep at it and you'll get there. There are many great tutorials out there on YouTube to help you along. All the best with your work!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at my home - nothing glamorous, I'm afraid!
Time
Friday 20th November around 18:30, after work - I'd had a really full-on week and felt so worn-out by the grind of the office. I was doing some work with textures and displacement masks at the time (unsuccessfully) and then just decided to use my fading attention span to take this self-portrait.
Lighting
This is entirely artificially lit - it's black and miserable at 18:30 in November. The sickly light from the low-evergy ceiling lamp was on directly in front, I wanted add some texture and fill-in the lower shadows so I set-up a with a 45-degree flash.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 60d with a inexpensive (but excellent) Canon 50mm f1.8 prime, I used an IR triggered 430 II ex Speedlight on a tripod for the fill light.
Inspiration
I was really just throwing mud at the wall to see what would stick - sometimes something does and you can turn a last shot into something positive (I was quite ready to veg-out in front of the TV at this point). I suppose the choice to use the rust overlay was subconsciously capturing my feelings about the week and the mental attrition of slaving over a mundane job - to which something I think many people are able to relate. The energy I felt after making some progress with it was a huge pick-up and a great feeling.
Editing
Due to the components of the photo, post-processing was unavoidable - I post-process all photos as the camera doesn't capture the image in the same way your eyes do so for me personally it's an essential part of photography, it just depends how sympathetic you want to be to the real scene - in this case, I used a displacement mask in Photoshop - I had to create a high-contrast version of the portrait for the displacement mask to pick up the contours - overlaid the rust image onto the mask and blended using the brush tool. The eye was blackened using an adjustment layer with the brightness/contrast adjustments and blended with a brush - I wanted to maintain full control and ensure the catch-light remained so it still looked real. I shot it wide open so I needed to add some slight blur to the rust overlay as it moved backwards toward the left ear. To finish, I applied high-pass sharpening to bring-out the grit and texture of the rust and used some global adjustments using the curves tool and Lightroom.
In my camera bag
Usually far more than I (or anyone) ever needs... I had a cull recently and tried to shake-off the gear-junkie tendencies so now I'm left with a Canon 60d body, Canon 50mm f1.8 prime, the trusty Canon 17-55mm f2.8 USM (which I'm worried might be attached so much of the time that it permanently becomes part of the body) - that thing's a beauty for the money, especially with a cropped-frame sensor; and the 430 Speedlight. OK, I lied about shaking of the gear-cravings... I also bought a Sigma 70-200mm f 2.8 recently and I'm really impressed with the results - the bokeh doesn't compare to the Canon's L series but its so sharp you have to put the cover on in crowded places (and half the price of the L!).
Feedback
The beauty of shots like this is you have ultimate control of the lighting in a studio environment so you can really play with mood. Timing is not an issue - especially if you're doing a self portrait - just make sure you get the focus on point if you're shooting wide open as this will be really obvious in the results (mark out the floor so you stand in the same spot or put something behind you so can't move backwards) - this was shot in autofocus as I was central to the lens but you may have difficulty if you are shooting off-centre. The rest is practice behind the lens and the computer (Youtube is excellent for tutorial videos if you need to pick-up specific treatment ideas/how-tos). Lastly, ensuring you upset your wife and friends when you're out and about by stopping every 30 seconds to take odd photos of seemingly boring textures - use an f9 or f11 on a flat surface to get maximum sharpness.

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