Written by Rain San Martin
#1. Build your original stock image library
The spontaneous approach
Have your camera ready at all times. Go for a morning walk and bring along your camera to catch the warm sunrise. When visiting a new town or major city snap a few images of the skyline.
The planned approach
Have an intensive photo-stock building session by blocking out 1-3 hours. Here are a few ideas:
- Photograph individual items with a white backdrop or sitting on a white piece of paper. Of course you may use blue or green screen.
- Photograph a person dressed in costume and makeup. This could be a family member, friend or professional model. Have your model release ready to sign before the shoot.
- Create an original painting on physical paper, canvas or in Photoshop. If painted or sketched scan your work into the computer.
#3 Choose a photograph that stands out
Now that you have a few promising photo’s under your belt look over your images and see if any speak to you. Once you’ve chosen a centerpiece open it in Photoshop and give it a working title. Save in the uncompressed .PSD Photoshop layers format.
On one of my evening workout walks I took a photograph on Mainstreet while living in Bozeman, Montana back in 2008. This was eventually to be one of the core elements for my image Sci-Fi city.
#4 Select additional photo’s that support your main theme
For example your main theme could be a forest, next you might add in your original stock footage of butterflies and flowers. Add these images as separate layers. Save as you go.
#5 Integrate the photo’s together into a seamless scene using Photoshop
Use various tools to resize, clone, select, erase and color the image. Have fun and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Check out other artists work for needed inspiration. When you’ve completed your work flatten the image and save as a high quality .jpg image.
Go for it!
Rain San Martin is a Multimedia Composer and Digital Artist living in Fort Wayne, IN with her husband Sage and two children. www.RainSanMartin.com
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