If you are a photographer or if you just love surfing the Internet for photographs and inspirational material, I am sure you’ve come across images like the one shown below during your searches. Such images are pretty easy to make, and they’re mostly conceptual.
If you want to produce an image (like the ones shown below), following this little tutorial:
What You Need:
Here’s a list of things you will need to produce such an image:
- A creative idea – everyone seems to be doing the one with the plants and what not. Maybe think of something new and unique?
- A camera – I believe any camera would do (even a mobile phone camera could work). Although, I believe a DSLR would be perfect for the job as the shallow depth of field would be greatly helpful.
- Tripod – very important as you want to capture the exact background as you do in your first shot
- A pair of glasses
Go on to the location where you intend to produce such an effect. Hold the glasses in front of your camera and make sure the focus of the camera is on the glasses, and not on the background. The background needs to be blur.
If, however, you’re using a mobile phone camera, then you can produce the blur later on using Photoshop.
This will be your first shot. Now, without disturbing the location of your tripod, we’ll go on ahead to take our second shot.
The second shot will be the exact same photograph as the first one, with one exception: the glasses will be missing from the photograph, and instead of a blurry image, the image is will be perfectly focused.
Important: If you accidentally move the tripod, try re-adjusting the position and you can later re-align the images in Photoshop.
Now, open up both the images in Adobe Photoshop and perform all the tinkering around you want to do. Just the basic tinkering – such as adjusting the contrast, brightness, hue & saturation, blacks, whites, etc.
Now, move the second shot (the one without the glasses and focused background) on top of the image with the image with the glasses present in them. You might want to reduce the opacity of the second shot (background one), so that you can align/scale the image to fit perfectly with the background of the one in the first shot.
Check this image and you might get an idea what I’m trying to say:
I reduced the opacity and I tried to scale and align the image so that it looked just like the blurry background of the first shot, except that the photograph I was aligning was perfectly focused (just the opacity reduced for the time being).
Enter Masking Mode (Q), and paint over inside the glasses where you have aligned the second shot.
Once you have masked the area, unmask and you’ll get a selection of your mask. Delete the part of the second shot that is not inside the glass of your glasses. That way you’ll get only inner glass image fully focused and perfect, as opposed to the background of the image (which will be blurry)
Raise the opacity to around 80-90% and you’ll have the image you were looking for.
Now, all that’s left is for you to tinker around more with it. Edit it any way you like. Different people have different styles of editing, so I’ll leave this for you to people to edit yourself. If you don’t edit, that seems to work fine too.