Shoot the breeze
James Paterson explains how to make your subjects disappear into thin air for a ghostly portrait effect
Make your subjects disappear into thin air for a ghostly portrait effect
Something as simple as a piece of lightweight fabric can add an incredible burst of colour and shape to your portraits, especially if you can find a windswept location and a willing subject who doesn’t mind being buffeted by the breeze. Not only is the fabric fantastic for conventional photos, it can also be used to create beautiful effects, like our ghostly figure. In this project, we’ll explain how it’s done using a cunning combination of shooting skills and simple Photoshop techniques.
The fabric in question here is a shiny dress lining material – light enough to get picked up by the wind and thin enough to define the shape of the figure underneath, but also not so transparent that it gives the game away by showing the person in too much detail. After draping the fabric over our subject, we’ll use Photoshop skills to remove the legs and replace the area with a portion of the empty scene taken from another frame. Even for Photoshop beginners it’s a simple job that takes just a few minutes...
The mission ● Shoot a person covered in fabric then remove their legs Time ● One hour Skill level ● Beginner ● Intermediate ● Advanced Kit needed ● Tripod ● Light colourful material