|Feet a little flat - should have stood on tippytoes|
So my grandchildren are a little bit older and easier to arrange in a photo. So here's how we went about it.
First we got a comfortable stool - we have a little white one from Ikea. I don't want too much of a back on the stool because it makes the editing too hard.
I set up a tripod because I need a couple of photos.
|Setting up the picture|
Note to self - Don't move the tripod! So now I moved the grandchild and the chair away. I took another picture of just the background.
The next step is a bit fiddly. I opened the two photos in Photoshop - each one in a separate layer with the in the upper layer (at the top of the list of layers). It needs to be at the top because I am going to wipe away the chair.
Now I click on the background layer. I click the layer Mask symbol at the bottom of the screen to add a mask to the layer. Then I click on the Inverse for the mask. This hides the entire background picture and I see only the image of grandaughter on the chair.
|arms should be pointing up more|
Now I select the paintbrush and set the colour to white. I need white because the mask is set to black and white is exactly the opposite colour. With the paintbrush I carefully paint over the chair only - this removes the chair and displays the background from the photo. I crop the photo a little to remove some of the messy garden that I should have tidied before the shot - but hey with grandchildren it's more fun to play! Here is the finished photo.
Here are a couple of others that we played with.
|great cheeky grin|
Anyway we had a bit of fun and the kids got a good photo to take to school for show and tell.
- http://petapixel.com/2011/11/22/how-to-make-a-photo-of-a-bouncing-baby/ has a good tutorial for using GIMP (free photo editor)
- http://digital-photography.wonderhowto.com/how-to/take-photos-floating-flying-levitating-people-385873/ is a good video of the process
- http://petapixel.com/2011/11/19/how-to-photograph-a-flock-of-phones/#comment-368573742 uses the same technique