BEHIND THE SCENES// bloom

52 WEEK CHALLENGE. 1 PHOTO A WEEK. EVERY WEEK FOR A YEAR.

This being the prime place for my creative outlet, I have decided to mainly share all of my 52 Weeks project and behind the scenes here.

THE TOOLS

                                      
Self portraits are not for the faint of heart. It's a lot of trial and error, and can be extremely frustrating while you're learning. (Or say you go on location and take a hundred and get back to find they are all out of focus by a hair. Yeah.)These photos were taken in my bedroom, and were naturally lit by a window. I normally use a remote, they are life-savers for focus and allowing you to continue taking photos instead of running back and forth from the camera every few seconds. Unfortunately, the batteries in my remote died, so I used the sensor that doubles as a shutter release. You can find the remote/sensor I use here.
The other tools I used for this shoot//
Canon 5D Mark II
50mm 1.4
tripod
Photoshop CS6
VSCO Film Pack 01
RedLeaf Boutique Film Solution Pack

THE EDIT



I shoot all of my photos in RAW, and usually edit in LR, but because I would have to add in layers, I edited these in Photoshop.
1. Opened photos in Camera Raw and applied a VSCO preset. Kodak Portra 800 with tweaks from VSCO pack 01.
2. Opened in Photoshop and applied a RedLeaf Boutique film action, "Color Matte", set to a lower opacity.
3. Made adjustments in Selective Color to desaturate the yellow tones and dodge and burn to enhance highlights and shadows.
4. Used the smudge tool to clean up out of line lipstick. (Whoops)
5. Added layers from out-of-focus photos of bouquet. (More below)


THE PROPS


I knew I wanted to use some false flowers, but needed to use the same flowers to make soft frames for the photos. After getting the image I was going to use as a base, I used the flowers to create effects.As shown above, I took photos of the flowers with a wide aperture and out of focus. I took plenty of photos for extra options, then opened them in photoshop and layered them over my images of choice, erased what didn't belong, and played with the opacity of the layers.



THE FINISHED PRODUCT

TAKEN WITH A CANON 5D MARK II, 50MM AT 1.8 AND 1/100

I was pretty satisfied with the outcome of this photo. It's always an odd venture taking self portraits and looking at your face too much in photoshop, but I loved taking a new approach and giving it that fashion feel. I plan to use this project to really explore all corners of the world of photography. I love the freedom.
Are there any projects you are working on this year? I would love to follow your work and learn more about it and you. I'd love you to leave your information, links, suggestions, and questions in the comments below!