Shannon's "Big Fish" Photo Tutorial
After the positive reception of this photo and several requests for the details behind this technique, here's a quick tutorial on Shannon's intriguing photo!
1. Original straight out of camera image. This was taken with an Elinchrom Dlite 4 and Mola Demi above and to camera left aimed down at Shannon.
2. Imported into Lightroom 3, some color correction was done to achieve the cross-processed eerie look:
Basic- Temp: 4850 Tint: -7 Fill: 20 Blacks: 20 Brightness: 10 Contrast: 35 Clarity: 65 Vibrance: 80 Saturation: -45
Split Toning:- Highlights: Hue,77; Saturation,25 Shadows: Hue,178;Saturation,36
3. To make room for another head on Shannon's shoulders, perform the following in Photoshop: Edit>Transform>Rotate>4.3 degrees
4. Duplicate the rotated layer: Layer>Duplicate Laye
Flip the duplicated layer:
5. The rotation and duplication from the previous steps will leave some excess portions of the right knee. This area is circled in Frame 5. Create a new transparent layer (Ctrl+Shift N) and use the Clone Tool to remove this part.
6. The arrows in Frame 6 point to minor problem areas that were fixed. From top to bottom:
Top Arrow: The heads were slightly too far apart.
Center Arrow: Hips were too far apart.
Lower Arrows: The knees and feet were too far apart.
To fix these areas, stamp all visible layers onto a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E). Select Filter>Liquidfy:
-Use a large brush size (100+) -Brush Density: 45 -Brush Pressure: 25 -Brush Rate: 80 -Turbulent Jitter: 50
Simply massage out the problem areas until you are satisfied with the results. Voila, you're done!