By PF Staff in Favorite Photos on Dec 12, 2012
One of my favorite photography projects, is creating scenarios where a single "actor" appears several times in the frame, in different poses or appearances. Over the years, I did several such projects, sometimes myself as the "actor", often a grandchild who happened to be visiting us, and in the right state of mind for having some fun with grandpa…
The "Poker Quartet" shown here is one that I like most. Taken on a winter evening of 2009, at my home roof terrace:
Once I have the idea of the scene, the procedure is actually quite simple.
- The setup is prepared, in this case a table, deck of cards, bottles, glasses, cigars & pipes, several changes of shirts and caps.
- Camera on a steady tripod, remote shutter activation, fixed manual exposure and focus settings, then ready to go.
- The general scene is unchanged (very important !), only the actor moves around, then taking a few clicks in each new position.
- Selected shot from each position is then loaded as a new layer in Photoshop CS4, Since all layers are identical, except for the card player, a straightforward partial masking of layers brings in the combined scenario.
With a little experience, it works great and it is a lot of fun to do…
I am attaching a set of the 4 selected frames, before they were layered & combined in Photoshop.