It is now 2018. It is time for some new beginnings and new adventures. Over the past few posts, I have been able to discuss these topics while furthering my own knowledge on the topics. This one is a little bit different. This post will be a tutorial.
Have you ever wanted to photograph a ghost? Well, I wanted to. But I realized that it would be a little bit complicated. I am not about to summon a ghost just to get a good photograph. So, I figured out a way to take a really creepy picture. It takes a little bit more effort than most pictures, but the result will be so amazing.
The things you will need are a white sheet, a tripod, and a model who is willing to be under a sheet for a while. You can make the sheet dirty by running it through the mud and dirt. This will make it look like it is really old and help sell the illusion.
First off, you will need to set up your tripod in a spot that looks relatively eerie. Then, you will want to take a picture without the model being in the frame. This photo will be used as a background when you erase the legs of the model. Now is when you bring your model into the frame. You can position the sheet in any way you would like. I personally like having it draped over the model with their legs showing and having the end of the sheet at least one or two feet above the ground.
Now that we have our two pictures, lets head into our photo editing software of choice. I like to use an app on my iPad called Affinity Photo which is very similar to Adobe Photoshop. Import both of your photos and make sure that the photo without the model is on the bottom. Once both pictures are in, you can start erasing the legs of the model to where the background is showing. When you are erasing the legs, make sure to have both pictures lined up or else the photos will not line up and it will look weird.
The photo can now be edited to your own style. I like to make these types of photos look dark with a lot of contrast and a brownish tint. These edits give the effect of it being a really old photo.
Now go out, buy a sheet, grab your tripod, find a model, and start shooting ghosts. I hope that this helps any of you with you photography. You can also apply this same idea to other types of photos. Have fun!