BLENDING MULTIPLE IMAGES FOR EFFECT
www.greggcestaro.com The more times you bring your camera with you, the more opportunities you will have to capture something pretty cool and interesting where ever you go. Soon you’ll have plenty of odd concept pieces, environmentals, angles, landscapes, textures, and scenes that are great by themselves. But, mixing and matching separate images into one has great editorial potential too. Such is the case with two pics I shot two months apart. First is an actress playing Cinderella who I photographed for a newspaper story and the second is condensation on a window at a small town restaurant looking over a grass field and house. The very 18th century feel for both these pictures I found interesting and decided to create a piece that had an old-time portrait or painting feel to it, a kinda rainy, mysterious 18th century fashion editorial, a “Manon of the Spring” feel.
The actress was photographed with my main PENTAX with a 300mm lens and the window scene was shot with my Canon G11 point and shoot. Blending the two in Photoshop is pretty easy. Sizing the two images so that the perspective is believable is the first step. Then layering the girl to the back, window up front, then with a lessened opacity makes the window really a window. Color correction and removal, bump in contrast, and a nudge of saturation, and some cosmetic erasing is all that is needed. What results is a pretty cool period piece fashion editorial from two separate images that otherwise would have never existed had I not had a camera with me at all times and had my eyes open.