Fall Colors Portrait

Fall Colors Portrait - student project

It has been beautiful weather here in Regina, Saskatchewan the last couple of days and so the fall colors on the leaves are spectacular shades of yellow at the moment. I managed to grab a few shots of these yesterday with this project in mind.

Here are a few of the shots (feel free to use them in your own projects).

Fall Colors Portrait - image 1 - student project


Fall Colors Portrait - image 2 - student project

Fall Colors Portrait - image 3 - student project

These are great shots to use because you can use the Select > Color Range function in Adobe Photoshop to quickly knock out the sky leaving you with the tree and leaves. This is perfect for the double exposure effect.

I then took a couple of selfies. I love the voice command function on my camera phone that allows me to say 'cheese' to take a picture. It means you can take a little more time to frame the shot.

Here are a couple of those....

Fall Colors Portrait - image 4 - student project

Fall Colors Portrait - image 5 - student project

I then picked one of these to mask out in Adobe Photoshop leaving me with a silhouette of my portrait in Adobe Photoshop. I used the quick selection tool to do this. With a combination of brush sizes I managed to get a pretty good selection.

Fall Colors Portrait - image 6 - student project

Then it was time to add in the trees and turn on the clipping mask feature so that the silhouette of my figure cropped them.

Fall Colors Portrait - image 7 - student project

I built this up and eventually added the original sky in from the background of one of my photos. With a little bit of a push of the hue and saturation using an adjustment layer I managed to get a pretty good result.

Fall Colors Portrait - image 8 - student project

This is a fun class and employs a lot of the same techniques I use in the 'Banksy Yourself' class I created a little while ago but its always nice to try things out from a different angle.

I look forward to seeing what others come up with for this project.

Benjamin Halsall
Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses