Link to Document: Editing the final images
When it came to whittling the final images down, I had to think long and hard with what I wanted to achieve in post-production and what I was going to create to symbolise the mental health issue and make it stand out. With spending a few hours looking through each shoot, I managed to come up with the top few, in which I asked around others to see what their opinion was and with explaining what I wanted to Photoshop, I managed to then whittle it down even further until I had the very final shot I wanted to work with for each character.
It took me over a month working on all of the images, and with not having much experience on post production before, I am very proud of what I achieve with the final results.
During editing, I was suggested to download a programme called ON1 effects by another photographer and I was glad I did as I was able to have a play around with the effects and with wanting to create a dark overlay on each of my images so that they blended in more as a series, I managed to find a black and white effect that worked perfectly on top of the coloured image. Even though the characters are based on fairy tales and they are all portrayed in bright colours, I didn’t want the images to look too ’happy’ otherwise it would take the meaning and seriousness’s of the mental health issues I was trying to portray within each character.
Overall I am very pleased with the final results and with having constant feedback I was able to make a few small adjustments here and there but now feel fairly positive with having the final edited images.
When expressing and showing my work to individuals, they have given me nothing but positive feedback and said they hope my work inspires many others within the near future which is a great confident booster in itself.
My next step forward after post production is to test what paper I would like to mount my images on and how I’m going to mount them.
Alice in Wonderland
When I first brought the image into Photoshop, I had a play around with both the levels and exposure. Before editing, I found the image slightly too bright, therefore I wanted to tone it down a bit.
As you can see in the image already there is a clock, but due to the fact it’s covered in leaves, I couldn’t cut out this one. But during the shoot I thought ahead into post production and shot the clock separately on its own in the location so that in post-production later I would be able to cut it out and place it into the image. Not only that but it would make it easier to duplicate the clock over and over again.
Adding in the clocks:
Once I added all the clocks in, I was able to blend the base of the clock in with the leaves. To do this I used the clone stamp.
After I had done all this and was happy with the final image , I then went into the ON1 effects which I download to my laptop and synced up with Photoshop and had a play around. Once finding the correct tone, I managed to find out that the black and white filter worked best over my images. In a matter of fact, I used this for the rest of my images so that they flowed and worked nicely together as a series.
Process of ON1 Effects:
I selected the dynamic contrast section and then had a play around with the black and white colours in this section.
Before you were able to edit or change an images tonal in ON1 Effects you had to make sure you always flatten the layers.
Playing with the effects until I got the final results. With the final images, I also wanted to work with a sharp effect look which was great when it came to experimenting with the ON1 programme.
I will continue to edit all of my images throughout in the same style on the programme so that they fit nicely together and the audience are able to link them up more easily.
Final Design Layout
With this idea, I didn’t need to Photoshop as much in comparison to the previous shoot. Again the only thing I needed to do for this image, was cut out the image of the medication I took and place more within the image I took in camera. Once I had adjusted this, I was then able to take the image into ON1 Effects and change the detailing of the image. (Again using the dynamic contrast selection)
I cut out the tablets then placed them into the final image u had chosen to use:
I then changed the opacity of the tablets to make them blend in more and look realistic.
Again before placing the image into ON1 Effects, you have to make sure you always flatten the image.
The plan of action for the next image was to have the character flying on a magic carpet over the university landscape. (The measuring tape that the model will be covered in will represent the mental health issue).
To create this image I had to cut out both the model and carpet separately and then place them both into the landscape image.
I did try playing with the opacity but found this didn’t work as it looked more like a ghost like figure.
Once I was satisfied with the images, I then took it into ON1 Effects.
The final effect:
For this next image, I had been previously stuck on the idea of either using the slow shutter speed images, or placing the character into two separate teacups. In the end, I opted for the two separate teacups. I also thought this would be a clearer way of expressing to the audience what illness I am trying to express.
To create this image, I had to cut out both versions of the character (a happy and sad look) and then downsize each one so I was able to place them onto my teacup image. I opted for the image where there were two teacups either side.
At first I tried it on the tea table setup image but found the character was too small, therefore I decided to work with a closer up image of the teacups so the audience were still able to see the finer details.
First Test Image:
Final image design: I then took the image to darken it in ON1 Effects.
Again I made sure that the image was nice and sharp too.
The idea for this next character was to cut out the figure of the character and duplicate this. With the duplicate version, I will then change the opacity and create it into the shadow, and within the shadow I will have text written that is related to anxiety (The chosen mental health for this character). I will then place the two figures onto the landscape I have shot. Creating it so that the shadow is attached (holding on) to the other figure. This will represent all the feelings that are attached to someone suffering with anxiety.
I then removed this dark line mark that was located on the character.
The two figures:
Again the final image will be taken into ON1 Effects.
With this next image, I felt with the final choice I didn’t need to edit or adjust much of the image except from smooth out the cuts which were allocated on the models arm. Once this had been edited, I was then able to finish the final touches in ON1.
Again this was another image that I didn’t need to alternate much as I found I had capture near enough everything I wanted to within the one shot.
Out of all the final images, this one was in fact my favourite. One reason being it was such a personal image, but I found I had really captured the true emotion of suffering within this image.
The Rapunzel image was another one I felt I didn’t need to do much too except brighten up the image a lot more before placing it into the ON1 Effects.
Unlike some of the previous images, I needed to do a lot more post production on this image. My idea was to have both the beast reflection and surgery line reflection in the one mirror, which will then be later photos hoped onto the chosen landscape.
Above is the mirror base image that I used. I then cut out the shape of the beast character and photo shopped it into the mirror by the right hand side and change the opacity so it blended in more.
I then changed the opacity of this character.
I needed to then crop out the mirror, which I will then place onto the landscape.
I then had to neaten up the line at the bottom of the mirror:
Once I had aligned the mirror line up, I was then able to Photoshop it onto the landscape.
I had to also make sure the mirror blended in to the background. To do this I used the clone stamp tool.
Then from there I could change the colouring of the image through ON1 Effects.
The final effect added to the final image.
With the prince charming image, as I had already completed the majority of the work in the camera shot, then leaving it all down to post production, I only had to edit on the ON1 Effects to the image. (I always made sure I used the same overlay effect on all the images so they matched up)
I also adjusted the levels and altered them slightly.
With the next shoot. I had a lot more editing to do to get the final result. The idea around this one was to have two versions of the person in an erratic state. I will then cut out the model and place her into the glass jar. Once this has done I will then adjust the final colours in ON1 Effects. With looking into the image, I will look into adjusting the colour of the sky separate so it’s not as dark as the foreground of the image. I purposely wanted the foreground of the image to be relatively darker as this is where the meanings of the image are taking place.
After selecting the top images, I was able to choose the top two best ones I thought represented the most emotional state. I originally looked into having 3 but with having a rough play of the measurements, I found only two would fit in the jar.
When editing, because the shots were taking at different timings, you could see the difference in dress colour, therefore I had to alter this in post-production.
Before final image:
To enhance the colour of the sky separate, I had to deselect the foreground section of the image and then adjust just the section I had selected.
This was the final image in where I didn’t adjust much. The only similar editing technique I did, was the same in the Belle image where I selected the top end of the image and added more colour into the waves and detail. Bringing it back, because previously before the image was edited, it was an off-white colour and didn’t look as appealing. I also flattened out the sand and got rid of a few indents that I found distracting.
As well as that I enhanced the colours of the red and green to make the characteristic of that character stand out.
The sand had been smoothed out slightly, I found with doing this , it was less distracting.
As I’ve mentioned previously throughout my project, the sleeping beauty character was a last minute decider, mainly down to the fact of experimenting with the final layout and finding that I needed an extra image.
The idea for this one was to place multiple amounts of hands around her body and coming up from underneath her. Representing the idea of been constantly awoken and being agitated whilst trying to sleep.
To start off I had to cut out the arm of the model that was already in the image. Without realising the model was wearing a ring, so I had to take this into account and remove the ring as well so it was less distracting.
Once I then cut out the shape of the arm, I was then able to add a bit of shadow into the image when placing it into the different areas of the body.
The shadow depended on the area the hand was located in.
I then had to remove the redness from the arm with the clone stamp and blended the hands in more with the body to make it more natural and realistic.
The final result:
Overall I am ecstatic with my final results. I found that with each individual character I managed to achieve exactly what I wanted to. Throughout this unit I have found I have had constant positive feedback which I know has played a huge part in keeping my motivation levels high for this project and for my sister too. I feel the series of images flow well together.
My next step is to look into having titles for each image and possible some quotes where the characters are speaking and expressing elements that you would connect with that illness there suffering with.