Post Production – Texture

Learning new things

One of the many beauties of editing photos with Photoshop is that you can add a number of items to your photo, and you can do all kinds of things, from creating a layer mask to blending textures and other photos with the original. This fun part is called post production! 

Post production is where you spend the majority of your time (usually). You go out, take great shots but they 99.99% of the time don’t come out exactly like you want them to. So, you have to edit.

What I tried this time was blending a texture (shown above) to one of the portraits I took a couple of weeks ago. At that time the sky looked insanely  beautiul and I wanted to get that in my shot, as well as my model. Next I will show the original shot from the camera without any edit whatsoever and my version of it (I exagerated a bit, but which photographer doesn’t). 

Then, I used the texture photo I got from Pexels, to blend in with my awesome and bright sky. And this is how it turned out!

I wanted the sky to look like broken glass, that is why I added that mosaic glass arrangement photo on the sky behind. You can still see the colors, as well as the details. 

I really liked doing this bit of the post production process. I will be trying new things and more of this eventually, so keep coming back!

Movie Poster

(recreate) Movie Poster – Unfriended

Never in my life I had thought that recreating a movie poster would be so time-consuming (not to mention hard). No, who am I kidding? Yes I thought about it, but is something completely different when you actually take the time to learn and do something like this.

I chose the movie Unfriended in light of Halloween month, you know, is a scary movie, so why not. And also because I decided to direct and act on my own movie… Remember when I said you always need a willing friend (if you don’t, you should check my other posts). Well, this time I didn’t have anyone readly available to help. But still, it was a lot of fun to do all this facial expressions I saw in some of the original movie posters when I was doing research.

Here is my awesome acting along with the movie poster recreated on my own style.


Studio Quality Invisible Black Background

Yes! Invisible black background because these photos were shot in broad daylight in a well lit room (see set up shot at the end). For the studio quality with the invisible backgroung all you need is the correct settings for your camera, any light (flash, LED strip) and either a helper or a light stand.

If you’ve been on my About Me page, you probably read I am originally from Brazil. So, obviously, in this first shot I had my home country directed at the camera. I had a friend holding both the globe and the light on the side from a high angle. The settings were perfect and I was able to get a completely invisible black background without much effort here.
In this photo Adele (the gorgeous model) was doing some quick poses in the middle of the gallery and we have an LED strip on the left to be able to focus on one side of her face while everything else was dark. Studio quality huh?
This here is the photo you can see me shooting on the set up shot. I was getting some regular boring angles from the other side of the bench, so I decided to change it up a little bit and now you can’t see the backgroung. Invisible Black Background, what a beaut <3

Set Up Shot

As promised earlier, here is my set up shot. Bet you didn’t believe me when I said it was broad daylight in a well lit room huh? Well, there it is. Every other picture in this post was taken in the same room at the same time. Like I mentioned, all you need is the right settings, and a light source. Oh, and I friend to hold the light for you… Or a light stand, is up to you!


Ordinary Spot, Extraordinary Shot

Ok, now I really am obsessed with some fairy lights. I was wanting to take some cool pictures like that and this project was a great motivator. This is literally my camera on a tripod on a timer, me holding the lights up, and a completely lit room. 
I absolutely love the color burgundy, or maroon, whatever you prefer. So I decided to take a fuzzy blanket I have and use is as a backdrop for my sparkly shoes. Et voilà!


The moving picture

Let me tell you, this cinemagraph was the coolest project I have worked on lately.

It looks prety simple, just a phone blowing up with notifications, but it took me four hours to complete everything from start to finish.


It wasn’t a very complicated set up at all. All I had was:

– Camera;
– Phone;
– Fairy Lights (in the background);
– Friend willing to blow up your phone with notifications (as you can see);
– Time;
– Photoshop cs6 extended.

BOOM! Project completed with success.

Your Turn!

There’s a pretty cool tutorial where you can learn step by step how to try it yourself here.