Make a por­trait grid

Practical Photography (UK) - - The Human Body -

ZEROING IN ON EACH small de­tail of your sub­ject’s face may be your model’s worst night­mare, but the in­cred­i­ble ef­fect it cre­ates is well worth any coax­ing and ca­jol­ing you may need to em­ploy. And while the fin­ished re­sult may look com­plex, the tech­nique it­self is rel­a­tively sim­ple.

Use a kit lens

A macro lens might seem to be the nat­u­ral choice for this project, how­ever a hum­ble kit lens can ac­tu­ally serve you just as well. Most kit lenses will fo­cus as close as 28cm, so if you’re zoomed into 55mm then you’ll be able to fill your frame with ap­prox­i­mately 7.5cm of your sub­ject’s face. This equates to roughly twice the width of a hu­man eye, which is the per­fect size for this project. This gives you the abil­ity to cap­ture small parts of the face that would oth­er­wise get lost in a wider por­trait. Don’t be tempted to reach for a ded­i­cated por­trai­ture lens, as the min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance is usu­ally con­sid­er­ably less than a kit lens, so you won’t be able to crop in as far on the face.

You can make your own grid in Pho­to­shop, but we’ve made life a lit­tle sim­pler by col­lat­ing a se­lec­tion of grids for you to use. Sim­ply visit prac­ti­calpho­tog­ra­ to down­load 16 grid tem­plates you can ex­per­i­ment with. We rec­om­mend start­ing off with the ‘Square white frame’.

Open the file in Pho­to­shop and be­gin think­ing about where each shot needs to go. Open your first im­age, then hit Ctrl+A to Se­lect All and Ctrl+C to copy it. Now click on the grid, se­lect the Magic Wand Tool (W) and click in­side the first win­dow. Go to Edit>Paste Spe­cial>Paste Into. This will ap­pear as Layer 1 in the Lay­ers pal­ette. To shrink the im­age to fit, sim­ply hit Ctrl+T to ac­ti­vate Free Trans­form, hold down the Shift key to con­strain pro­por­tions and drag one of the cor­ner han­dles in­wards. Then re­peat the process with the rest of your shots un­til your grid is com­plete.

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