Abstract Portrait Before & After

September 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I wanted to share a before and after of one of my favourite portraits that I have made so far.


I shot this portrait in my house using a single speedlight with a softbox attached along with a reflector to bounce a little light onto the shadow side, the backdrop was a very cheap set I got from eBay that came with a few colours to choose from not that the colour mattered for this shot as I had wanted to keep this one black and white.

I started off with the model (my lovely wife) kneeling in front on the background and started to position her hand so that the mirror shard would cover her eyes easier said than done.

Once I had the mirror in position I took a few shots moving the reflector round to better fill in the shadows, then I positioned the model facing the camera to capture the image that would replace the reflection on the mirror using the same lighting to keep the look consistent.

The next step was to take the images into Photoshop to start bringing my idea to life, I began with masking out the portrait to fill in the mirror I changed the blend mode of this layer to lighten and gave it a gradient as this allowed for some of the dust specks to come through giving it a more natural look.

I started to clean up the creases in the backdrop with the clone stamp as I didn’t want to remove them completely because I think the textured look gave more interest and depth to the image,

The I converted the image to black and white and using a curves layer I added a bit more contrast to the image and gave it a matte look to finish.

Looking back at the image there are a few things I would do differently and a few things I would change but very happy with the outcome :)

As always thanks for reading :)


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