It’s almost February and that’s when I kick into craft mode. Right now I am getting ready to put together another Star of the Week poster for my kindergartener and my special Valentines for both kiddos. Both of these projects usually start off with a photoshoot.
You can see in my last Star of the Week poster, my son was featured as Captain America. Our Valentine’s have featured Cat Woman, Batman, a Cheetah, a Whale Shark, Rey, and Finn. This year my son decided to be Darth Vader and I plan to use these pictures for both his poster and his Valentine. Both projects I will be posting soon.
Depending on the costume or concept we choose, I’ll choose a background. I really pretty much stick to white or black. My backgrounds fit on a stand, but I have some hooks on the wall and I just prefer to hang them up on the wall. You can see more about that in my post about the photography equipment I use. For Darth Vader, I picked black, of course.
I also used my one light set up with my flash on a stand set to the side. My kid is a natural when it comes to wielding a light saber, so I pretty much just let him do his thing and I clicked away. The whole session took about ten minutes.
Here are a few of my favorites straight out of camera before I did any editing.
As you can see, my background is not very big and it’s pretty wrinkled. To edit these photos, I started in Lightroom. I did my cropping and usual edits to White Balance, Exposure and and anything else I thought it needed. Then I took the photos to Photoshop. To fix the background issue, I added a solid black layer over the photo and reduced it’s opacity so that I could see Darth Vader underneath. I then used a soft brush on the layer mask to erase the layer from Darth Vader. After cleaning up my lines, I increased the opacity of that solid layer to the point where I was happy. Here are my results.
No more wrinkled backgroud! This is a really easy way to get the look you are wanting if you are wanting a solid color background. Now that I know this trick, I don’t worry so much about making sure I shoot only the background. I can zoom out and know that I can fix it when I am off the background or get a great shot with my light switch on the side or my rug at the bottom.
In case you are curious, my settings on these photos were ISO of 1,000, f/5.6, and 1/100 sec. My flash was set at -2.0EV.
Check out these photos coming soon to a Star of the Week poster and Valentine card.