In GT we are doing a new project called double exposed portraits, it involves a lot of specific directions but you still have a lot of room to make it represent you. I have to admit that this seems like one of the hardest projects we have so far.
Portrait photography is a photo of a person or of a group of people. It shows personality, expression, and it is usually focused on the persons face. Portrait can relate to a profile view and silhouetting because they are all pictures, obviously, but a profile and a silhouette are types of pictures that can be used in a portrait. A profile is when you can only see half on the persons face, which is the outline, like the nose and lips, but you can also only see one eye. A silhouette is a image that you only see a solid color, usually black, of a person, animal, or object.
To create a double exposed portrait, you need 3 photos. One profile photo of one side of your face, and 2 other photos that symbolize you. Then you open up photoshop and you go File>Scripts>Load Files Into Stack. I have a picture of it on the right. Then you go and select your photos that you want to use. Once you've selected your photos and they are all loaded in photoshop, you use the dodge tool and you make the background white of as close to white as you can. Once you've done that, you double click on every layer and change it to 'screen', which lets you see through the photos. Then you add layer effects by going Layer>New Adjustment Layer then choose which one you want. I think that a lot of people would like to make one because you can really personalize it and make it represent you.
In my first double exposure (the one that is green), my two symbolic pictures are of plants and grass. I had trouble with making it in photoshop because I was really trying to make it not look as green and make the colors a little more surreal. In my next and final double exposure, my two symbolic pictures are of my favorite book (Harry Potter), and of sheet music because I like to play piano. I really think that I should've chosen a color besides brown and white, but I spent a lot of time on colors and it definitely looked the best out of the many other colors that I tried to use. I also wish that the words of the book extended to all the way down to the bottom of my shoulders, but I did not have enough time to place it because the bell rang.
The 2 adjustment layers that I used were the gradient map and curves. I first used the gradient map and found a very nice brown/white gradient that seemed to look by far better than the other colors I tried. But the only downside was that it also made the background a light brown. So then I go to curves and I adjusted it little by little until it turned the background white.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It works by taking more than one picture with different exposure levels, then it puts all of those pictures together to make an HDR photo. It is used to help make the picture look like what the human eye sees. I like how you have to take more than one picture and it combines it all into one picture. I really don't like how when I take a picture of a person because no one is able to be perfectly still so when I go in photoshop their face turns out blurry and there are ghosts.
To create an HDR image, you need to take a bunch of photos (the number may vary), but they all need different exposure levels. You have to manually set the exposure. Then you go into photoshop and you put them all together to make an HDR photo. The automatic HDR functions that other devices have like on an iPhone don't work as well. It takes all of the photos at the same time and combines it by itself. I personally think that it doesn't work as well because people usually don't hold their phone still enough.
My first HDR photo is the portrait photo. I am no too proud of my portrait and I wish I did a lot of things better. I wanted to get a picture of him outside in the open so the background looks nice. I made him sit down on a rock and I told him to be still. I was trying to find a good angle. I wish that I put him more to the left in the rule of thirds. His head is also turned a little too much. My second photo is the one is my landscape. I thought that it would be good because right in the rule of thirds there are these red flowers so I thought it would look nice. The trees were moving a lot but it turned out ok. My third photo is my superimpose which is on the bottom. I combined my to others photos to make it. I put the photo of my friend in the rule of thirds and I added text that says, "Inspire." I think that my superimpose is the best photo out of all of them.
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