Multiple Image: One, Two, Three Final Assignments

This is the last week of mulitple exposure photography – we’ll end it with 3 assignments.

First: A “CMYK” multiple exposure.  I call it CMYK after the colour print process – which includes Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black – and the funny off-set that can happen with printing presses.

Second: An Emo multiple exposure.  Try to capture a portrait and emotion in one frame.

Third: A movement or motion multiple exposure.  This must contain at least 8 frames for full effect.

BONUS: Your very own multiple exposure.  Push the boundaries and use all the skills you have learned about multiple exposure to create one amazing image.

CMYK ASSIGNMENT

The how-to:

STEP 1

Take your portrait.  It’s important that you shoot on a blank background (the studio is set-up for this).  Bring that portrait into PS.

STEP 2

Adjust your levels (Ctrl + L).

STEP 3

Convert to black and white by desaturating (Ctrl + U).

STEP 4

Adjust your levels again to regain some blacks and pinch the whites (Ctrl + L).

STEP 5

Using the Magic Wand tool, select your background.

STEP 6

Double-click on the Background layer (highlighted with blue), and select OK.

STEP 7

Delete your selection by hitting the backspace key.  Your background should now be transparent.

STEP 8

Make a new canvas – 8×10 inches at 300 dpi.

STEP 9

Drag your original image onto your new canvas, and resize if needed (Ctrl + T).

STEP 10

Duplicate the layer and place equally across the canvas.

STEP 11

Colorize the layers (to either Cyan, Magenta or Yellow, or a combination of all three), but selecting Ctrl + U and clicking the “Colorize” box.  Use all sliders to make the image look correct.  Do this for the back three layers.

STEP 12

Change your layer opacities and blending modes to “Multiply”.

STEP 13

Tweak your image to look correct, adjusting the opacity down as the image progresses along the canvas.

STEP 14

Save your work, and print it off!

EMO ASSIGNMENT

The how-to:

STEP 1

Import your images into Photoshop.  I like to have them open side-by-side so that I can edit levels to match.

STEP 2

Adjust your levels on both images (Ctrl + L).

STEP 3

Desaturate both images (Ctrl + U).

STEP 4

Adjust your levels again in Black and White (Ctrl + L).

STEP 5

Select the background of one of the images using the Magic Wand or another selection tool.  Invert your selection (Ctrl + Shift + I).

STEP 6

Drag the selection onto the other image.  It will become “Layer 1”.  Turn the opacity of this layer down.

Double click on the layer entitled “Background” and click OK.  This will become “Layer 0”.

Close the other image.

STEP 7

Make a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), and paint it white.  Drag this layer (Layer 2) to the bottom of your Layers menu.

Turn down the opacity of Layers 0 and 1 and move the images how you like them.

STEP 8

Play around with the blending modes and layer opacities until you come up with a pleasing combination.  Dodge and burn the layers to get rid or or accentuate aspects of the image.  This should take the most time.

STEP 9

Once you are happy with your image, it’s time to crop it (if needed).

STEP 10

Flatten your image (Ctrl + E), and put your final touches on it (dodging, burning, level, etc.), and save and print.

MOTION ASSIGNMENT

The how-to:

STEP 1

You need to use one of the Sony a55 cameras for this assignment, because they have the Hi frame rate to allow you to capture movement easier.  When using the camera, make sure you are on the Auto (no flash) mode, and click (FN) to access the Drive Mode.  Select “Hi – 10” for your mode.

Set up in the studio with the lights and black background for your photos.  Have your subject move across the studio while holding down the shutter in burst mode.  Try not to move the camera too much for optimal effect.

STEP 2

Import all your images into Photoshop.  Select ONE image to be your background and drag all subsequent images onto that.  You need to go through and adjust the opacity of each layer, and change the blending mode to “Lighten” if shooting on a black background.

STEP 3

Move your images and adjust each layer to look good.  Adjust the colour through levels, or change it to black and white.  You should have a minimum of eight images combined for this assignment.

 

ALL ASSIGNMENTS (CMYK, EMO and MOTION) are due FRIDAY, MAY 11.

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