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How I do (portraits of self portraits)

How I do (portraits of self portraits)

i've been having a lot of fun with this new series and i wanted to share a bit of what is involved in creating each image. i have had some great models and have more to come and really want to thank everyone so far for participating and being able to be silly in front of a camera for me. :) 

the lighting in most bathrooms is, in general, pretty crapy. A hard source from one tiny spot causing hard, dark shadows and blown out highlights. to combat this, i take 3 separate exposures of each bathroom and combine them to my liking so i have details where i want them in a way that would be nearly imposible in a single exposure. then, with a bit of straightening i have my background plate and can start to build my image.

for this particular image i wanted a grimy, grose bar bathroom to put him and his bloody nose in but didn't have easy access to one i liked. i had taken this picture of a friends unfinished bathroom and with various images of grime i was able to turn it into the nasty bathroom i was in search for.

now to bring in Cody. we shot this in my studio on a white background so i could have complete control of the light on him. i simple initial mask to knock him out from the original background and were ready to make him a part of this image.

i then mask Cody into the mirror and correct his color to better match his surroundings.

and here is the final image. i've added some grime on the mirror in front of him to add to the effect that you are seeing his reflection. then a few overall color adjustments and some image fine tuning and your all done! nice and simple.

Good times with fun people

a Sunday shoot