So, here is my attempt at recreating the shadow concept that I got from Razooma. Because of my limited resourced available I stuck with a basic was in a studio setting. I did have access to studio lighting and did what I had to do to create hard shadows, which was adjust the levels in photoshop.
For this next one I decided I was going to add a little humor to it by putting in a no trespassing sign. This one, as you can tell, has a lot of photoshop manipulations. But what people do not realize is the shadow is her real shadow, I just outlined it and filled it with a solid color. So the only difference with the shadow is the hard edges. Then of coarse the fake wall lines and the laser.
Now this one.. This was composed entirely in photoshop, minus the two photos I took of the two models, I just flipped the scene using the same light the same distance apart just, opposite. Then I dropped in the wall, the light, muscles and some cigarette smoke and that was it. Again, those are the real outlines of the shadows. Yes, this photo does look kind of fake, but I still think it was fun to shoot and compose in post.
Lastly, which doesn’t fit the theme of the blue jeans, but a last minute idea of something else I wanted to create. I almost entirely copied the original from Razooma. I just tried to see what I can do to it. I think it looks cool, the sign is fake, the nails in her mouth is fake but everything else in the image is real. As you can see from Razoomas version the light looks like it has some color to it and the fall off is much greater than whats in my Image. They also had a sweet hairstylist and the nut kicking sign(which I completely forgot about until not, I would photoshoped that in also!).To see my original, click here.
So now you know my secrets of how my images were created. But before I left the studio on that first day I handed the camera over to kimmi and took a photo of myself for shits and gigs.
In the Photography world some people look at others photographers work as inspirational and take pointers from how things are done. Some “student” photographers, per say, call those people Masters. Not saying they are the best, but saying there are something more like a teacher. When I was taking photography in college my professor at the time told us that we needed to find one and follow their work.
One photographer I follow and consider a Master is Andrey Razumovsky, a Russian photographer that shoots, what I consider, off the wall type stuff. More of it is a bit artistic in nature and he shoots almost everything nude.
For my class we had to not only pick a photographer, but we also had to pick a series that the photographer has done, if they did a series. Razooma was a good choice because he has plenty to choose from. So I chose to do a shadow series based off of some of his work (below).
Since I had my concept chosen I had to get to work to put the pieces together. I know I liked the idea of the high production value, like the photo above has, with the broken walls, tree shadows, and different props they had available.
But I also knew I didn’t have the ability to recreate all of this with the limited resources at my disposal. So I took the basic approach and just stuck with the concept, shadow on walls with the model wearing blue jeans. The photo below is the general idea of what I wanted to recreate.
Razooma has many different concepts that would be really cool to try, not saying I would do any better but it should would be cool to attempt something like he does. He did a milk series that was sure off the wall and different that caught my eye, then is modern bobber motorcycle/ garage theme he is still uploading photos from. I know the man doesn’t work alone and gets ideas from other people that work for Razooma. Razooma.net is definitely a site you should check out and if you do not know Russian, use translate.google.com and it will help you out!
I will post what I ended up with next time. Until then,