Guest post by Justin McKee
I sat at my desk for a looooooong time before figuring out what I kind of photo to shoot for this post.
Let it be known, that if there were a bunch of mini-me’s running around the office I would not attempt to crush them under my size 13 shoes.
Although, I’m not sure what my co-workers would stare at more: A hoard of miniature versions of myself or what I actually did to make this composite photo.
Similar to two posts ago, I had to set my camera up in one place and take multiple images of myself in order to create this composite.
The first image I took was of me taking the step.
And yes, it’s just as awkward as it looks. You have to imagine how the final image will look as you shoot it.
As well as hope that no one sees you doing it.
One co-worker did and many eyebrows were raised until I showed him the final product.
“Oh, that makes sense now. Cool.”
The remaining pictures were taken from the same angle, I just positioned myself in different scenarios as best as I could. I had to go back a couple times to reshoot because once I got some of the images into Photoshop the angles were slightly off.
That’s the fun of a project though.
Trial and error.
Editing the images together is a little more tedious than actually shooting them, but only by a little.
The photograph of the giant me stepping is the image that I worked on the most. The other three were pasted into that one.
I had to cut out the other versions of myself using Photoshop’s polygonal lasso tool.
As with many things in Photoshop, that sounds more complicated than it is. I literally just cut myself out.
Then I moved on to scaling the versions of myself down. I shrank them down to their proper sizes and made sure that their feet matched the ground beneath them.
You have to be very thorough here. The shadows under the shoes and the slight reflections from the tile floor are things that need to be addressed in order to make a photo manipulation like this look good.
To add shadows under my feet, I simply took a soft brush tool and applied a slight layer of black pixels where necessary. To get the reflection on the tiles, I duplicated the versions of me and used a blur technique in Photoshop that blurs an image vertically only. I then erased everything but the bottoms of my feet and made the reflections very light.
Overall, I’m fairly satisfied with this photo manipulation. It’s a fun little project that stretches the imagination.
Justin McKee is a small-town photographer with big ideas living in Michigan. In addition to portraits, wedding photography and video, he also enjoys wildlife photography. He always seeks to learn more about his craft.