Use a projector to add intrigue
IN THE LAST PROJECT WE LOOKED at placing a figure inside a landscape, but for this one we’re going to get a little more creative by putting a natural scene inside a portrait. While there are plenty of ways to fake this with Photoshop, sometimes nothing beats some good old-fashioned in-camera action. All you’ll need is your camera, a trigger and a projector.
The most important part of this technique is finding the right projected image to really make your final shot sing. Epic natural scenes of lightning or stormy clouds work particularly well, but you might also want to experiment with images of leaves, flowers or tree branches. If you have some suitable shots on a hard drive, feel free to dust them off and put them to good use. If you don’t, take a look at image websites like pexels.com or pixabay.com to find free stock images that you can use. The pictures on these websites are licensed under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means they can be used for any legal purpose without attribution.
Shoot a low-key photograph
You’re going to shoot against a dark backdrop for a mysteriously dramatic low-key photo that will be sure to impress. Unlike typical studio shots, you won’t need any professional lights. In fact, you’ll need to get rid of any light sources aside from the projector, otherwise you’ll dilute the image being projected onto your face. Make sure you don’t position yourself too close to the wall, as you may get the projected image spilling onto your background. If you find the projection still shows up, then you can either edit the shot postcapture, or turn down the brightness on the projector at the time of shooting.