The Overexposed Mind





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paulsCOPhotography June 06, 2016
One of the most creative images I have seen in a long time. Superbly executed too
MadameMadFish June 06, 2016
Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment :)
ewill February 17, 2017
Amazing creativity
MadameMadFish February 19, 2017
Thank you!
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Jinjii March 21, 2017
great creative mind you got there
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johnboywalton196 April 16, 2017
Visually intriguing and great creativity. As Paul says one of the best creative images I've seen in a while. Well done!
MadameMadFish April 17, 2017
Thank you so much, John!
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rturnbow September 28, 2017
Love it, congrats on the challenge win!
MadameMadFish September 29, 2017
Thank you!
jamiesarkett September 28, 2017
Congrats :)

Behind The Lens

This image is a combination of several different images. The fireplace background was shot at an old plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Everything else was added in post production, including the wall paper. The two women are actually self portraits, which I shot at my home with a camera, tripod, and wireless remote. The two cameras are part of my antique collection and were also shot at my home, along with the picture frame.
All of the photographs used to create this image were shot in the afternoon to keep the lighting as consistent as possible.
When shooting composites, it's important to shoot your subject and background at the same time of day, with the light coming in from the same direction. If not, then you can easily end up in an editing nightmare. In order for a digital manipulation to be believable, the lighting needs to be consistent throughout the image. Shadows are key to believability. Without them, your image will seem flat and won't feel right to the eye.
I used a Nikon D5100 and a tripod.
I was inspired by my travels to Portland, Oregon, where I found the two cameras used in this image. I had never been to the west coast before and throughout the trip, I took countless photos. I realized later that I never really stopped to enjoy the sites I was seeing. Instead, I spent the entire trip with a camera attached to my face. I guess in a way I felt like my head didn't even exist anymore. The camera had taken over entirely.
This image is all about post-processing. I had to cut out the two women and both cameras, then blend everything together to match seamlessly with the background. It took a lot of time and patience to pull off.
In my camera bag
I don't carry a lot of equipment with me. All I need is a camera, tripod, and a wireless remote.
One thing that has helped improve my digital manipulations is to not take the easy route when cutting out my subjects. You may be tempted to use the selection tool or wand tool for an easy cut out, but it often creates a hard or jagged edge (or maybe I just need more practice with it). What has worked best for me is to use a layer mask and a brush set to 40% to "erase" the areas I don't want. When you photograph a subject there is usually a subtle softness to the edge, so in order to make the image more believable and blend together better, you need to recreate that same effect in photoshop. A completely soft brush will erase too much of the edge of the subject, while a brush that's too hard will make the edge of the subject look too obviously photoshopped.

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