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Family Photography - Create Unique and Playful Family Portraits

teacher avatar Jimmy & Kasia, A Couple of Compulsive Creators

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9 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

      2:06
    • 2. Class Project

      0:39
    • 3. Useful Tips and Tricks

      2:28
    • 4. Smartphone Setup and Shoot

      6:21
    • 5. Smartphone Edit

      5:00
    • 6. Our Studio Setup

      7:27
    • 7. Studio Photoshoot

      13:49
    • 8. Editing in Lightroom and Photoshop

      19:55
    • 9. Final Thoughts

      0:54
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Learn how to set up, shoot, and edit a Box Photo with this easy step by step class. Our in the box photos are amazing to use for family, children, school photos, Christmas sessions and so much more. They are a perfect wall piece too!

Do you run a family photography studio?  Are you looking for a way to set yourself apart from the competition with your own unique style? Do you need something to offer your clients that sets you apart from the rest? We’ve had remarkable results with this type of photoshoot. 

And for those of you who do not own a photo camera, we have also come up with a way to achieve almost the same result. And this using only your smartphone and a free editing app. So there are no excuses :)

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Jimmy & Kasia

A Couple of Compulsive Creators

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A duo of photographers and videographers with more than 10 years of experience.

Enthusiastic creators who do not seem to be able to limit themselves to one area and constantly try something new. Owners of a successful newborn and family photography studio. Wedding & commercial photographers and videographers. Creative spirits always looking for new challenges. Tech geeks constantly trying out new gadgets. Passionate about DIY projects & cultivating the inner child. Determined never to grow up.

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1. Class Introduction: Hi, I'm Jimmy. I'm Kasia. In this class, we would like to introduce you to our SWIETIES in a BOX concept. SWIETIES is our newborn and family photography brand, and SWIETIES in a BOX became our in box shoots, as we call them, which are in fact composites made out of a number of pictures as you will see. Over the years, we have made quite a few of this box composites. They are a great formula for every family photography studio. They are one of our customers favorites, and are also very often purchased as a gift. They are a lot of fun for the kids and are really not difficult to execute. In this course, we'll show you step-by-step what our process is. In the past, we tested several ways to construct our box. We will show you two approaches. A simple one, but you can easily do yourself at home, and abroad complex one, where the box is part of a building wardrobe in our studio. In the first part of the class, I will teach you how to make this kind of composites using only your smartphone and natural light. I will then take you step-by-step through the editing process, where I will only be using one free application. While I will be showing you a more permanent and robust setup as we are currently using in our studio, which we will then combine with professional editing tools like Lightroom and Photoshop. Out of these two setups, you can then pick a solution according to the time and of course, money that you would like to spend. Either way, you will be able to create a really attention-grabbing photograph, which will amaze your friends and family. If you are a photographer, you can add this formula to your studio's offer. Your customers will love it. It can either be a great family holiday activity or fun team-building activity as the possibilities are endless once you get the hang of it. Please meet. Our suite in a BOX concept. 2. Class Project: For this class, we would like to invite you to build your own box for the composites. The material from which you construct the box doesn't really matter, as long as it's white, it can even be white card boards. Then using your smartphone or camera, shows at least four different photos, which you then will be able to compose it together. Ideally, they should be connected in some way to each other so you could look up and down. You could pass something like a balloon from one box to the other. Or you could hold letters that are formed in your words. 3. Useful Tips and Tricks: Now we'll give you a few tips how to make your box composites even better. The first tip would be to choose a certain color scheme. These can be similar colors or contrasting colors depending on the effect you want to achieve. You could use a similar or pastel colors for the softening effect, or you could use contrast and more saturated colors for a punchy stronger effect. Your chosen color scheme should apply not only to the accessories you we'll be using, but also to the clothing of your models. It is especially important to communicate it clearly if you are working with clients. Shoes are also very important. Since we are using a white background, we want to avoid that our clients are wearing white shoes. When they do wear white shoes, it will give you a headache in post-production. Try to advise them not wear white shoes or just take off the shoes and socks and shoot like this. While shooting, try to keep count of how many different poses you already have. This is especially important if you are shooting a bigger box, which contains, for example, nine photos. Of course, if you are shooting one with only four pictures combined, you don't have to keep counting them. Instead of having your models just sit in a box, have them do something. Try to create some interactions. So have them pass something from one box to another or have them throw something up or down. If someone is throwing a balloon in one box, there should be a person in another box stretching their hands as if they were to catch it. Then another person can be looking at the interaction happening between two other boxes. For example, if you have some children throwing confetti, make sure you also have some box with children trying to catch the confetti. Our photoshoots with our clients, we always provide balloons in colors matching their chosen color scheme, and also of course, confetti. Both are a great hit with the kids, and make them enjoy the session even more. We also always ask the clients to bring some accessories with them, for example, their kids favorite toys. It's also a very good idea to work with a certain theme, for example, the seaside. If you think about the seaside, we think about colors like white, blue, paddles, fishing rods and things like that. For the end, we have a little longer step. If you have a pet, make sure to include it in your session, it will make the results even more fun and playful. 4. Smartphone Setup and Shoot: Here we are in our studio, and we will now show you how you can build a simple version of the bugs that we used to use for our photoshoots. What do we need for this, we need a few simple items. First of all, we have the small IKEA table that we all know. Next, we have the typical IKEA desks. These tops of the desks are around three feet whites and we use four of these, as you can see here. We need a backplate that we can use to make the box a little bit more strong, and keep it all together. What else do we need? Well, we need our smartphone since we'll be shooting with a smartphone not with a camera, so that really everybody can do it. We have a small tripods, and clip to attach our smartphone to the tripod. I also have a Bluetooth trigger, so that I can take the pictures myself while I'm also posing for them because as you can see, I'm ready to start posing. We have some accessories. Since we are shooting in the Christmas period, we decided to go for red, and green with a Christmas theme. When we assemble our box, we'll place it in front of the windows, so there is enough lights to take the pictures. We will now quickly put together in the box so you will be able to see it. Now initially we thought of using these hooks to just clip them together but the thing was, it wasn't strong enough, so we decided to make it strong by putting a backplate behind it. We will now do it in front of you guys so that you can see how to put it all together. That's it. We just put in the first screws in the same spots that we used to always put them into by that we know that it's fine, and as you will be able to see when we turn it around a little bit. We now have a white box. Now we will place it against the wall. Yeah, we will put it on top of the IKEA table. We'll put our accessories over there. The camera will go here as well. Make sure that the small table is bellow the center of the box. In this case we'll just move it a tiny little bit. From then on, you can start shooting. It's again important to put the center of the camera in the middle of the box in order for the trigger to work correctly, we always need to make one picture manually, so I'll do that here. After I made the first picture manually, [inaudible] will be able to make the other picture using the remote, just make sure that the Bluetooth in on. Does it work? Yes. For this setup, we'll only take four pictures, so I want to keep it simple to show you how it works, and then you can make nine or more or how many you want. Also very important, we also already mentioned, you have to stay within the box. Let's take the first picture. I'm trying different options, looking up, and down, and then I'll see what works the best in my composite. I can also look to the sides. Then the next one, I also look different directions. Remember always to hide your hand with the trigger. Maybe you could take the picture now because I will not be able to use the trigger. 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3. That wraps it up because we only needed four pictures in this session because we wanted a really small one. Now we will show you how to edit this kind of composites. 5. Smartphone Edit: I have already selected the four pictures I want to use in my composite, and I place them in a separate folder. Now, we will edit them, one by one. I start with the first one. We'll cut out the parts we want to use. Only the box. I also don't want to see the white edges. You will see, soon, why. You can also straighten it a little bit, if it's not totally straight. This picture is also a bit too dark for my liking. I will use a filter provided by my picture's app. I will just go with the vivid one. Maybe it's about 74 percent. I will also make it a bit lighter, so I choose exposure. Let's say around 28. Now it's ready to be used and I repeat the same steps with the other pictures. I can see that my pictures look, more or less, the same. I don't know why, but this one seems a little bit darker. I will edit it again. I will go to exposure and I will brighten it a little bit. Now it looks okay. We are ready with the editing all of our pictures. The app we will be using for our collage is called Perfect Image. It's a free app, so it has quite a lot of ads, but otherwise, it does a great job with creating the composite we are looking for. Once you open it, chose the collage icon. I have opened my album with the four pictures I want to use. Now, we will select all of them and press "Start". As you can see, the app has created a composite, the collage, for us. What we can do now is rearrange the pictures simply by dragging and dropping. I want this one to be in the top layer. I will just drag and drop it like this. This one, I think, should be in the bottom. Now it looks quite nice. We have a nice connection between these two parts of the box. They're looking at each other. These two are faced inwards. It's quite important to have most of your boxes facing inwards because then it leads the eye to the middle of the photo instead of leading it out of the picture. Now, what we can do is add some white edges. We will choose Grid and we will choose the second icon from the left. As you can see, by dragging the first slider, I can decide how wide my grid should be. I think this looks nice. You can also play with the other ones. For example, if you would like to add some text, if it's a poster, you can make your photo smaller and you have more white space around them. Here, you can play with the edges, you can make them rounder. You can also further the edges, but we will only use the first slider. Now, we have nice box created through the app. Like this, it looks fine. I will save the picture. Now, if I go to my photos, in my albums of the last picture, I will see the collage that I made. 6. Our Studio Setup: Here we are in our studio and the studio space, one of our studio spaces, in fact, its about three meters wide and five meters long, being about 10 feet wide and 18 feet long. Just to give you an idea. It's not huge. What are the things that we need to do these type of shoots? Well, there's a couple of items. We have a sturdy tripod because we need to be sure that our camera won't move through out the shoot. The moment our camera will move throughout the shoot, we would have to realign our pictures, and it will always be a bit of an annoying thing because if everything is lined up perfectly, we can quickly do the post-processing. If everything is not lined up perfectly, then it takes so much time in post-processing. Next, we have a camera, of course. This is a full-frame camera, but of course you don't need a full-frame camera, a crop sensor camera can be sufficient as well. Connected to the camera, we have a lens. In our case, it's a 2417 that we use most of the time. It's a sharp lens, it's a good lens. We use it at about 50 millimeters. This means that in fact you could use any 50 millimeter lens. You have already very cheap ones that you can use. That will do the trick. Now, if you're using a crop sensor camera, you will have to recalculate the numbers. Then of course, it will be around a 30 millimeter lens, that would be the best thing for you to pick. Now, 50 or 30 millimeters depending on the type of camera. Why is that? Because we put our camera at around three meters from our box, being approximately 10 feet from our box. With that distance, the 50 millimeter or a 30 millimeter on a crop sensor is the best choice. Now, in order for our flash to be triggered wirelessly, we connect it with pocket wizards. We have a receiver on top of the camera and we have a transmitter connected to the flash. You don't need a wireless system, you could also use a cable and connect your cable to your flash and just trigger the flash with the cable. That's no problem at all. We use, in this case, a 400 watt flash, but it's only used partially because we only use it at like around 30 percent of its power, meaning that in fact, with a 150 watt flash, you would be fine as well. What else is there? Well, finally, there is our box, of course. Our box is a special construction. We had in the past different versions of it, but this is our final version and it's quite practical. I will show you how we build it and maybe you can build as well. Here we are in front of our box. In fact, our box is not such a special thing, and it's in fact a hole in a cabinet. We put it together in the end by using a few of the Ikea cabinets. Now, what do we have? We have three basic cabinets of like one meter wide or three feet wide. These are 55 centimeters deep, like one feet and a half deep. How did we put it together? The only thing you have to know or realize is the fact that if you would normally put together an Ikea cabinet like this, the box system, and you would go and stand at the bottom or inside it, then it would simply break because it's not strong enough. It's not the hardest and best to boot our material, but it's cheap. In order for it to be good enough for us to use it, we need to make it stronger or put something underneath the first layer. Because here, in fact we have the floor part of the cabinet, but we have five or six centimeters below it. We needed to put some wooden planks underneath it so that you could be able to stand on it without it breaking. Once we had that, we put on under this shelf, in fact, some wooden crates, and we added some additional wooden planks just to make sure that it will be sturdily again. You can just sit on it and it won't break. The most difficult part maybe is the front of the cabinets. What we did, we used the cabinet doors and we divided them in three parts. The middle part, in fact, we left out. To cut it in three parts, we needed some more heavy tools. That's the only downsides. But once you've cut the the doors, you're good to go because then the only thing we did was we turned the doors so that the nice white piece is at the bottom and open cut piece is invisible at the top. The same we did with the bottom part. We turned it around so that the nice white part was on the top side and cut part was at the bottom, invisible to the eye. To make it easier for us, we also attached tape because then people can't accidentally open the doors with their feet when they're sitting there. It also helps us to cut out and do the post-processing. Another thing to keep in mind is that when you open the cabinets, normally the hinges are here, here and at the bottom one. Now, in this case, of course, since we took out the middle part, we only have one here, so it wouldn't be sufficient to open and close the door. You need to buy some new hinges at Home Depot. Don't buy the ones that go in the door because you would have to make another open indoor. Making these openings is not the easiest thing to do. The ideal thing was to just buy hinges that you can screw on top of these doors. We just choose these so that we can close the doors and use this as a cabinet. This whole setup being the three cabinets, costed us around a little bit less than €500. It's €500, but on the other hand, you have storage space that you can make multifunctional. We were quite happy with this solution. What else do we have? We have one or two small last parts, and these are first of all, an iPad and a monitor. We have the camera that connects wirelessly to the iPad's through, in this case, the Canon Remote app. This camera transfers the images wirelessly to the iPad. The iPad is connected with a lightening to HDMI connector and then an HDMI cable to our monitoring. Now our monitored then displays all the pictures that are being taken in real time, meaning that people are sitting here, their picture is being taken and they immediately see the results so they can adjust their position. For children, this is really a great solution because they open up much more quickly, and they at the same time experience the whole photo shoot in a much nicer way. 7. Studio Photoshoot: Now that we know everything about our equipment that we need, we will start a live demonstration. First of all, the most important thing before starting to shoot is to make sure that your camera is level, so straight, so that you have a straight line on the left and right side, and top and bottom side, and also that you have correct focus. Now, as I told you before, we put our focus at around 10 or 11, or even sometimes a 14. But before we start shooting, we make first this shot and we make sure that this is tack sharp, and when that is tack sharp, we just put it in manual focus, because otherwise, you might end up in situations where you get focus hunting, where the shot is not being taken just at the moment that you want it to be taken. That is what we will first do. We will first to make this shot. Our flash doesn't have to be turned on for that. We can just do it like this. I put my focus point at the bottom where the accessory is outlined, I make my test shot, and once this is in focus, I just switch to manual focus, put the manual focus on like this. Now we are ready to start shooting. Now before we start shooting, of course, we have to put on our flash. We already told you about which settings they are and round which setting they are currently set. I put on the trigger here and your receiver here. I also put on my flash, and now we should be ready to make a first shot. We will double-check that it is sharp. It seems to be perfect. We are ready to shoot. We have a number of accessories ready and we need to make sure that we will have enough shots to make our composite. It means in our case, we will do a three by three. We need nine shots and we will do one where we throw confetti and one where we catch confetti. That's already two shots. It means that we need seven other actions taking place. We made sure that we have a number of accessories so that we would for sure have seven shots for sure. Let's start. We remove some of the accessories lying there. Yeah. Also make sure that whenever you have a grownup sitting in the box, that the feet are not just hanging straight down, because then they will end up in front of the box below and many times there is a person sitting there. That means that the feet would be in front of the face below. Try to always put the legs a little bit to the side by crossing them. That's the most easy way to do it. We'll make a first shot. That's fine. We'll make our subject look up and down. I noticed that at the moment, we have one of the accessories laying in front of the feet. We have to make sure that we put it a little bit more to the side, because otherwise, we have a problem cutting out the feet. So we'll try again. You'll have them look in different directions just to be sure that If we need to shot where they look up and down, that we have those shots. That's it. I'll just switch to another accessory of setup. It's always nice to be able to move the position of the person on the subject a little bit so that it's not always the feet hanging in the same direction. That's perfect. I think we have enough with that again. The difficult part with this thing is that it's silver and it's with a light it comes close to white, so we will try to hold it in a way that it's not too difficult to cut out, because otherwise it may be a problem or may cause a problem. Something like this should be fine. So we could maybe throw a balloon or something. Take some balloons inside and throw one out. Every throw it up, look up a little bit. Yeah. Try again. Make sure not to stand with your feet. Okay. Maybe throw it towards the camera once. The problem is also when I triggered, it's too fast, one behind the other, that sometimes my flash is not yet ready. So I have to make sure that I keep like one second in between my shots, or a half-a-second. These both are sharp, are lit. This was just a little bit too fast. Okay. Now maybe we'll do a similar one where we try to catch a balloon. Just sit inside and act as if there is a balloon flying in the air. Maybe also do one where you're just reaching something. Look at the cameras. Okay. We have around four, I think. We still need around three at least. Maybe sit like this, that you have one feet hanging out. Something like that. Try to look towards the camera because then I'm sure I see your eyes. Yeah. Something like that. Also, try to mix up where items are lying, so make sure to put balloons on the left, on the right. That looks nice. Nice. To the camera maybe once more. Look in that direction, and then eyes to me. We have, I think at least six. Maybe we already have seven. I lost count. Then you see that is the reason why it's maybe sometimes note that to just note what you already have and don't have. But just to be sure, we'll do one more without the confetti, and then we'll do the last ones with confetti, and then we're through. Yeah. That's nice. Maybe reach to something. Yeah. Maybe with two hands hanging out. One hand was in front of the crown, so we can see the crown. [inaudible] Okay. For the final ones, we need two confetti shots. We will have one where she's throwing the confetti, so that'll be this one. Now, it's important that when you throw confetti and when you make a picture, that you don't throw the confetti up because the confetti will land up in front of your face or your eyes and you can't use the shots. It's also important that when you throw confetti, and for example, it's two little children sitting next to each other, that they don't end up with their hands in front of each other's spaces. It's always important to guide them. Also because the thing is when they throw confetti, they are many times, looking at it in a weird way. So have them say something like, yay, when they throw the confetti and like that, you will have a nice expression, as well as the confetti in the right place. It's always a bit hard with two little children because the youngest one may always be like three seconds later than the oldest one. So in that case, we try to have one throw the confetti and the other then catches the confetti in another box. In this case, we have one grown up, so it will be easy. We will have just have to throw it, but it's important that she throws it like this and looks into the camera. You can also say yay, and then look at the camera when you turn it. One, two, three. Yay. You see this was a perfect shot. Now, we need to repeat this until we have a good shot. In this case, maybe we will not do it so that we don't have to clean up too much because it's always quite a mess after you've had a few children in here. The last one will be normally catching confetti. Normally when you do this and when you have someone throwing down the confetti, it's always important not to throw down just in front of the cabinet, but a bit more towards the camera, because otherwise, when children are looking up, they get the confetti in their eyes and they will start to make weird faces. When the confetti is a little bit more towards the camera, it will be easier for the children to come out and look up, and not have confetti in their eyes. In this case, there's not really confetti falling, so it's easier. Well, I always finish by making an additional confetti shot. In this case, we need it we will have to do it anyway, and next to that, we will also make some separate shots of balloons. Now, the separate shots of confetti and balloons, they are in fact reusable, so you could make them once and then reuse these separate shots that you have of confetti and balloons multiple times for multiple students. Now we don't have them yet, so we will show you how to make them. Yeah. You'll have to make sure that it's not too dry. We can adjust that in post so that it will be good enough. Then the final shots we need are some balloons falling. Now, the nicest way to have one picture is when you see not just around objects, but when you see the side of the balloon when you blow it up. Yeah, we have two good ones already, maybe a white one or a golden one. I think we have it all. That wraps up the shoot. We will go into Lightroom now and we will go through all the pictures and make our selection, and from there, we can go into photoshop and start compositing. 8. Editing in Lightroom and Photoshop: > Here we are in Lightroom. We will now import the pictures that we just took. I click, "Import". I'll go to my cart, well it was already selected. I have here all my pictures. I will move them to a Skillshare folder and I will just click, "Import". This will take a little while. First of all, we will go through all pictures and select our favorite ones. That's the easiest fastest way to do it before doing any changes; changing exposure highlights, shadows, straightening the image. Once we start doing that and we have to synchronize it to all of the pictures. Then, we have to select, our select will be a bit slower. We will first go through all of them and make our selection. Now, in the beginning, we had a problem with the feeds because the blob was in front of them, so we can't use these images. That looks like a nice one, so I'll just start starring the ones that are nice, and I'll speed up this process because this will take a little while. I will do a profile correction and I will straighten my lights. Just to be sure, I'm going to use the guided option because that way I have most control, so this is a straight line, and this should be a straight line. We have a horizontal line over here that we can set straight. We have a horizontal line that we had forgotten, and it can be set straight. Once that is done, all that is left to do is kind of maybe open up the shadows a little bit, maybe give it some more highlight. The whites, I don't know if they're a little bit as well. It all depends on how well lit your initial image was. I won't add more contrast in this phase because I will do that in [inaudible]. I will just synchronize all these changes to all of my pictures, so I just "Check" all. Once that is done, I will open all of these as layers in Photoshop. Once all pictures are imported suggest to speed up the process, it may be already interesting to just go to image, image size, and scale them down by 50 percent. That way, when we later use them, it will go a little bit faster. Once we have the pictures scaled down in Photoshop, we will start our compositing. Now, the first thing we would have to do is create a new file and then just say, okay, this will be 3,400 for example, 3,400 pixels to 40 DPI could need 8 or 16-bits depending on your computer speeds. If you have a slow computer just leave it at 8-bits otherwise, just make sure to put it at 16-bits, which creates a much wider color space for you. Once you create it, you would normally have to go and start making your borders. It means here, I would have to go, I always made them 100, so 100s, 200s, 300s, and at the bottom 400s. Then in-between 1000s, 2000s, and 3000s, being in total 3,400 pixels. To speed up the process, I made an action for you. For this, we will add a sole project as well. We have a few actions where we can create multiple sizes. We could have a 3 by 3, I click a button and I immediately get my 3 by 3 grids. If I would want a different size, 3 by 5, I click it, and I get a 3 by 5 grids. That's pretty handy to start. We'll make, in this case, a 3 by 3 grids. I click the button. We'll go to our original pictures. We will move these into our new file, but before doing so, we'll just create a folder called images, and we move that at the bottom and make sure we deselect it. We go back to our images here, and now we can just drag them over to this new tab. Don't let go of your mouse button yet. Click the "Shift" button, and it moves all of these in our new file. Now, they are still too big. The best or the fastest way to see how big they should be is to add a helper layer. [inaudible] and it will clip it to just the grids, making the grid instead of white the opposite being black. Just by enabling or disabling this adjustment layer, you can make it more visible or make your grid more visible while working. Now, once this is done, we'll go back to our pictures, will grab them all, and we will scale them to the correct size. The way to do that is maybe you'll first, make our screen a little bit bigger and we'll just do normally a edit free transform our commands T, so you click "Command T". I use my "Shift Key" and I'll just scale down. I'm just repositioning it now a little bit still with my arrow keys. This looks fine, I think. I'll zoom-in. Yes, because the lines here are ending in the coordinates. The lines at the bottom are ending in the coordinates, so this looks perfect to me, so I'll confirm this. I will disable my images for a moments by disabling or hiding the images folder. I will then go to my selection tools, I go to the magic wand you needs. I will select "Modify", "Expand". I expanded around 50 pixels and I have a good selection that I can use to mask out by these images. I go to my first image and I click the "Mask Item", which dropped a mask on top of this layer, meaning that the white part or the centric part is visible and the part around it is invisible. Now that I have this, I can copy this to all the other pictures just by holding down the "Option Key", and then drag it to the next home. I still have my option key down, I drag it to the next one, drag it to the next one, drag it to the next one, the next one, the next one, and so on. Once this is done, we can start mixing and arranging the pictures. We have one where she's holding something up and down, you can see it was the balloon in the tree cases. Now, we have one like this, this could be nice, down here. Maybe I can still take that out and put that in we will have to see. Put the foot here, that may look cute so I'll see. This might work. I mixed it all up and I came up with a combination that seems to work fine. I will remove all the images that I don't need. We have all of our images here, and now we want to make it a one nice complete image. One by one, we will adjust them first to make sure that before we start masking out things that everything is perfectly aligned. This one is perfectly aligned. That one should be like this. So I just use the arrow keys on the keyboard. I click an image, and because my auto select is over here, I can just use my arrow keys to position it. We will start just masking out all of the images one by one. The way I do it nowadays, because things got a little bit easier with the latest versions of Photoshop, is I select the first picture, its here on the top now, move it to the top, I just click it, I go to my select tools, now select your tools down here. When I'm in the selection tools, I have select subjects. So I can click "Select Subject" and you see it automatically selects the whole subject, which makes it pretty easy to just mound when I'm on this layer to say on the mask I'm in "Edit, Fill, White." It shows the whole missing parts. Now I go to the grids and there I do the opposite. There I do an "Edit, Fill "and "Black." Then we have the last image. Then we still have a boa, so we will go to the "Select Subjects," you first, have to select the right image. We go to the "Select Subject." It makes a good selection of the boa, I think. Let us just say "Edit, Fill." No, my problem here if I now fill on the picture and not on the mask, so I have to cancel, I have to make sure that I select the mask, say "Edit, Fill, White" then I go to my grids, then I do an "Edit, Fill, Black." Now like this when I remove the invert, It will look okay. Use confetti layer to make it visible and we can just use the blend mode. We will see that we have darken, I think it was darken we used. Since I always duplicate this layer, so if you just do "Command J" and we move it a little bit around, we get more confetti, you see. On the spot, you would also an additional line. To select the balloon, I just go to my "Quick Select Tool", and I go around and I have it like that, I just have to inverse my selection, I will fill that mask with black, so like that, all that's left is a balloon. I deselect it, now that I have this balloon, I can reposition it, so that it looks like she's grabbing towards it in here and we can still reposition it until where it is perfect. We can also "Command D", rotate it a little bit if we want. Sometimes it helps to just be able to add some additional balloons to bring some more balance into the picture. One last thing you can do to finalize your picture is, if for example, want to print this final result on a canvas or something, and the canvas would be four by five. Then you can say, I will just change my canvas size over here to and make it a 4 by 5. In this case, that would be 4,000 by 5,000. I could click "Okay, Proceed" and I have a 4 by 5. This I could then fill, so I would create a new layer at the bottom, I would take a white paint bucket, and I would fill it with white and like that I can print it on a 4 by 5. I will also have this final image, complete Photoshop image to the class so that you can see how it was built. That will be the final result. 9. Final Thoughts: After this class, you should be able to make your own box construction. Also, you should know how to light, shoot, and edit your photos. Have a number of tricks up your sleeve to combine the photos for the best result. We hope you enjoy this class and that we inspire you to try something new. We know that it's quite an intensive and energy-consuming project, but we assure you the result will be worth it. It's a family original photograph to hang on your wall, and I'm sure you will always get lots of compliments from your visitors. If your photography studio sells prints, this is also a great formula to add to your offer since the customers really love this kind of picture and they often hang it on their wall. Have fun with your project and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. Let's create.