Today I’ve got another fun self-portrait composite to share! I recently pulled out all of my much-neglected lighting equipment and started working on a small project. This was spawned more or less from the boredom of being trapped inside due to the horrible weather. What started as something to fill the time turned into a bit more.

I started with the idea to create a single image for a community contest on Google+. Once I really got going I realized I could have a full-blown personal project on my hands! By the end of the afternoon I had 3 goals in mind: 1) reacquaint myself with my flashes, 2) improve my Photoshop selection skills and 3) begin a list of ideas for future images.

Picking up the flashes was like riding a bike, after a few shots it all started coming back. Selections were a different matter. I’ve always had trouble with selections and especially pulling them out for composites. After a few hours of video tutorials and lots of practice I started to get it down. Building a list of ideas was real easy, once I started the ideas just kept coming. Now I just have to find a way to pull them off!

Gear: Canon 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Canon Speedlite 430EX II

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CC

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