I’m very into fields lately, so I thought that for White Wall Wednesday we would dive into a more complicated shoot where I’ll be moving myself and a prop to a different background! This can be done with a sheet taped to a wall if that is what you have! I decided to use the white wall only to further the idea that you can use literally whatever you have. I had such a good time shooting this. The session started with a rope tied around my head and ended with me accidentally throwing my whole body into the wall. I ended up with a whopping 50 shots for this shoot, which is way more than usual so I had a harder time choosing the pose. As a rule I don’t like to shoot more than 10 images, and I usually stick to 3-5 as average. So this was tough for me!
What I outline in the video:
Lighting for compositing.
The importance of camera angle.
And that will lead us into next week when we talk about the editing of this image, and all of the challenges that with some background knowledge we can work past in no time!
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If there is anything you want to know specifically about the editing of this image, let me know and I can work it into the next WWW video!
Last week I was in Chicago where I taught a class about storytelling and gave a lecture about “permission” and it was an absolute pleasure to be there with that group. I left feeling energized and inspired and ready to take on the world! Since I’ve been back, I really have! I’ve been making more connections with charity organizations, setting to-do lists and marking everything off, and feeling generally productive yet calm. What a way to feel. Sometimes I forget that all of that good feeling is harnessable and that sometimes it takes a mental shift. Hooray!
While in Chicago I photographed this image! I have certainly seen large key images before. I recognize the key to be a universal symbol as well as one that is easy to grab onto and create with. After all, it is timeless and beautiful and textured. What photographer wouldn’t love that?! Well, I can think of a lot, but this one does! I’ve created large key images before, but this one was special because of who I created it with.
My friend Jane Love came and modeled and she is always an inspiration, so I dedicate the finished image to her. Not to mention to all of the people I connected with. I felt like we were all unlocking things within ourselves that I hope will only go deeper as time goes on.
I wanted to share how this image was put together since it was shot for a class. This isn’t a portfolio piece, but it sure was a blast to create, and with really minimal elements, too! I created two GIFs because it was a two step process. Originally I was going to try and keep the subject on the same background she was photographed on, but decided the ground wasn’t dynamic enough (I have a thing with mowed grass) and so I moved her to a more wild looking New Zealand field.
What have you done recently that made you feel connected, inspired, or motivated?
I love getting to share some of my editing process. This week was super fun because I was working in a way that has a lot of wiggle room for creativity. I love changing colors especially in my images until I find just the perfect combination. I always have an idea of a color palette before I start, but there is magic in finding control in the editing room so that you can create a palette that speaks to your soul. That is how I felt during this edit.
Some of what you will see includes: changing the color of the dress (and overall), moving the subject to a different background, blending the subject, and some finishing techniques.
How does color speak to you? I never felt so in control of my editing until I learned color tweaks and color theory. To me, nothing has a bigger impact on the viewer than the color of an image.
Oh my friends, what a week since the last White Wall Wednesday! I was a little under the weather over the weekend, did some amazing hiking, had my 8 year anniversary, and totally forgot that I wasn’t ahead of the game with filming these weekly videos! So last night, at about 6:30pm, with 20 minutes of light to spare, I swooped up my equipment and ran (dress ripping as I tripped over myself) to my bedroom to shoot. I was in a literal sweat when I finished, I was moving so fast.
But alas, it has been produced! Apologies for some out of focus and poor quality of video, the light was basically non-existent. I love moments like that though, it was funny and entertaining to be sure.
This week I decided I’d do something slightly different – instead of shooting on a white wall, I’d take the concept of White Wall Wednesday (shooting with the most basic and boring spaces) and shoot from above, thus looking down at the subject. I utilized my boring bedroom carpet as my backdrop, but composited myself into a new background so that it was much more entertaining of an image.
The process of shooting was quite simple.
Step 1: Set my camera on the tripod and make my tripod as tall as possible.
Step 2: Point my camera straight down at the floor, or nearly.
Step 3: Focus on either the floor, or where your subject will be (if you’re not doing a self-portrait, you can simply focus on your model!).
Step 4: Shoot the images and don’t worry too much about the tripod legs being in the shot. If you have wardrobe that can cover them, go for it.
The final step I took was to photograph a clock from the same angle. You’ll see in the video that I photographed it up close instead of from far away like I shot myself. If I had used the same setup for the clock it would have been much smaller in the image, and I would have lost quality trying to stretch the image to make it bigger when editing. Next week I’ll go through some of the editing for this image, such as cutting and blending myself into the new background, working with a close-up shot of the clock to look realistic, and changing colors of the dress quite drastically.
Until then, I hope you have a magical week!
Share your White Wall Wednesday (top down, wahoo!) shots and remember to encourage others you see posting. Share the love and light!
I think that there might be nothing more inspiring to me than using a simple space in a creative way. From the first time I picked up my camera I began standing in front of white walls (which was all I had, hence the decision) to make my images. It forced me to think of idea upon idea to try and fill the space and make it more interesting than the last. I found myself very frequently using my body and simple props or costumes to fill the space, paying attention to body form and texture as a means of communicating an emotion.
This lead me to finding the simplest Photoshop tools to be able to make my subject pop. My methods were, as many people would tell me along the way, sometimes inefficient or outdated, but it was mine and it was fun. I loved creating in the way that I did, and still do. It might not be the number-one-best-way-as-trademarked-by-“professionals” but I love creating, so I consider it a success.
This is the point of White Wall Wednesday. It doesn’t matter what you have to create with, or what your methods are. Yes, there are things to be learned by everyone at all levels. Yes, my Photoshop skills have evolved as I have grown as an artist. Yes, I will continue to find new ways of creating. But for now, in this moment, it is important that we embrace who we are and where we are in our craft. Never let anyone make you feel inferior because you haven’t been creating as long as they have, or if your methods are different. Are you having fun? Yes? Good. Stick with it and shine.
I hope that you enjoy this editing video! I loved making it and sharing a piece of myself.
Leave me a comment if you found something helpful, interesting,
or if you created your own White Wall Wednesday art!