Creative perspective ideas
If you’re looking for a fun yet challenging photo project to sink your teeth into, then look no further
If you’re looking for a fun yet challenging photo project to sink your teeth into, then look no further. This technique exploits the lack of depth within a 2D image, allowing you to toy with perspective to cleverly create the appearance that a flower in the foreground is in fact part of a woman’s skirt in the background.
Although rather a simple concept, in practice there are a number of elements that need to be carefully juggled in order to get the shot to look just right. For instance, the flower must be angled perfectly from the side of the frame to line up with the model’s waist, all while ensuring that the aperture is set wide enough so that the background isn’t completely lost to blur. If this seems a little complex, then don’t worry as we’ve got you covered with our step-by-step tutorial, where we’ll reveal how you can capture your own image with ease.
Once you’ve bagged your shot, it’s then time to take it over to Photoshop for a spot of enhancing that’ll help polish up your shot to a professional-looking masterpiece. Read on to discover how to get creative with portraiture.
What you’ll need
1 Use a tripod Although for this technique we won’t be using a slow shutter speed, a tripod is a vital piece of kit to use as it will enable you to free up one of your hands in order to properly position the flower in front of the camera lens a bit later in the shoot.
2 Switch to Aperture Priority With your camera powered up, switch it over to Aperture Priority mode (A or Av on the mode dial) and set the Aperture value to around f5.6. With this mid-range aperture, it should let in enough light while ensuring that your model isn’t too out of focus in the background.
3 Increase the ISO Take a look at the shutter speed. If it’s currently at 1/60sec or slower, you may need to bump up the ISO in order to gain a faster shutter speed and prevent your model’s movements from becoming blurred. To avoid noise, try to keep your ISO as low as you can. In our shot, we opted for ISO 400.
4 Use manual focus No matter how good your camera’s AF system is, it may still struggle to focus on objects placed close to the front of the lens. Switch your lens over to MF using the switch on the lens barrel, then you should rotate the focus ring until it’s at the closest focusing distance.
5 Pose your model It’s time to position the model. For our shot, we want to make the flower appear as if it is a tutu on our model, so we asked our model to pose as if she were mid-dance. Ensure that your model isn’t too far from the camera so they’re not too out of focus.
6 Position the flower and shoot With your model in position, grab your flower and look through the viewfinder. Dangle the flower into the shot so that it’s in focus in front of the model. As soon as you’re ready, take the shot with your free hand. It may take a few attempts to get everything positioned correctly.
Choose your flower
Picking the right kind of flora is key to a perfect picture
Take a trip to your local supermarket or florist and you’ll find a vast array of flowers to choose from, which can make it tricky to pick the right one for your shot. It’s important to remember that the flower you select is going to be at the very heart of your image, so take your time when selecting a bunch. Carefully inspect each of the flowers, keeping an eye out for healthy blooms with good colouring, while avoiding any flowers that have creased or damaged petals. It’s also important to choose a type of flower that has a long and flexible stem, so that it’s able to gracefully droop into the frame – flowers with stiff stems, such as roses, are no good in this situation.
1 Brighten and increase contrast With the image opened in Photoshop, head up to Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast. In the window, increase the Brightness to 45, then boost the Contrast to 40. Click OK to confirm the changes.
2 Boost the saturation Next, go up to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation and in the dialog box, move the Saturation slider to the right to a value of 20 to intensify the colours within the image. Click OK.
3 Warm up the shot Add some warmth into your image by going up to Image>Adjustments>Photo Filter. In the window, set the Filter option to Warming Filter (85), then increase the Density to around 25%. Click OK to confirm the effect.
4 Add a vignette Go up to Filter> Lens Correction and in the window click the Custom tab. Under the Vignette options, set the Amount to -50 and the Midpoint to +90. Click OK, then save your creative portrait.