Use a pro­jec­tor to add in­trigue

Practical Photography (UK) - - Creative Self-Portraits -

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.

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