A Short Photo Tutorial
Occasionally, I am asked just how I go about shooting photos in the way that I do. So, what follows, is a very short tutorial as to how I go about it. Please feel free to ask any questions that you might have.
STEP ONE is to choose a background that is different from the colors that are in your model. I am using a white background for this. It’s nothing more than construction paper from the local Hobby Lobby. Make sure you get the thicker paper as it will hold up over time.
STEP TWO is to take multiple photos. I generally shoot two of each. One without flash and one with. Then I choose the best of those two to continue further. Deleting the other ones as they will not be used.
STEP THREE is to start by “cutting” out the parts that you won’t be needing in the photo. I do this by using a select tool, going around a large area, and the deleting everything inside the box. Then using a fill tool to change it to a different color, in this case it’s green.
Step four. Continue to do this process until you have changed all of the colors you want to change to the “neutral” green color.
Step five is to change the green to, in this case, white. You can do this step in a number of ways. By “pouring” to fill in the color or by doing a “replace color” and that will change all of the green to white in one step. Personally, I like the “pour” option.
Step six is a pretty simple one. This is where you crop the photo to make it into something that’s clear enough for people to see it.
I do not use Photoshop for this as there are far too many “free” options out there to use. So I actually use a minimum of two programs to do this. They are the Microsoft Digital Image and the PhotoFiltre programs. Both are free and relatively easy to use. Play around with it and see what works best for you. I have been using these programs and these steps for a long time. But there has been a LOT of trial and error as well. Shoot, there are still times that I get frustrated when doing this and, sometimes, spend just as much time on the photos as I do on the actual building of the model.
Again, if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I’ll be happy to answer as best that I can.