Halloween? Halloween? Yeah, I know that it's the end of November. However, the US Thanksgiving holiday gave us a chance to re-shoot assignments; or make up assignments that we might have missed. We were celebrating our 40th Anniversary at the end of October, and I missed the October 31st assignment.
This particular assignment was to illustrate an article on the Origins of Halloween. The challenge was to shoot to a preset magazine layout. In addition we had to consider the placement of the headline, and take care not to place objects on the centre of the page. We also had use leading lines to ensure that readers be attracted to the text on the right hand side.
I would love to tell you that this was shot right completely in the camera, but it's a composite of two images plus text.
I shot the pumpkin and the leaves on one shot.
24-70 @ 42mm
I used both strobes for this, at minimum setting. I don't normally include a behind-the-scenes shot, but this might be a good time to make an exception.
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Not the greatest shot, but you get the idea.
The ghoul is actually only one shot.
24-70 @ 35mm
Then I used Photoshop layers, to turn one ghoul into three. Then I merged the two files and positioned the three ghouls.
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The final step was to merge the composite image with the separate text file. Voila!
During class, Don suggested that I clean up a small blemish on the pumpkin; and do some burning on the leaves at camera right. This is the final product.
When I started this assignment, I was worried that my rusty Photoshop skills would cause problems. While this "pushed" me, I needn't have worried. Don and the entire Project 52 community are so supportive. Come to think of it, kinda like Planet Nikon!
I love this course! Thanks for looking, everyone.