Special effects portraits

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  1. Conrad

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    I recently purchased a green screen for some fun. 1st photo was using the green screen (of yours truly). 2nd photo was just more special effects practice.

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    These are cool. I don't know much about "green screening" though, how does it work exactly?
     
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    Put the subject in front of a green screen, and have them not wear anything remotely green. The screen is of a colour that doesn't appear in skin tones, or hair, or what-have-you (unless you dye their hair or have body paint/make-up, but that's the exception, not the rule). The green is incredibly easy to remove from the image, or video (as it's a technique used quite often in cinematography). Bam; instantly, you have the subject and no background. You're then free to put whatever you want as a background.

    Anyway, these are freaking cool. In the first, did you just use a brush with a lot of scatter, or something else? (Oh, and did you light yourself with the knowledge that you were going to do that effect, or start with even light so you could create whatever you wanted later?)
     
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    What Michael said above. :lol:

    Yup a brush on a path with a bunch of scatter.

    I lit up both of us with the intent to do those special effects.
     
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    Damn, I like the first one.. Reminds me of that dude from mortal kombat.
     
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    Sweet. That's kinda what I suspected. Doing side-lighting in the second in post is not something I'd want to do. :lol: (This also reminds me that now that I have a tablet, I really need to try some stuff like this.)
     
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    Awesome pics man! The second one remind me of DBZ.
     
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    That is pretty amazing. How do you add special effects like that? I understand the lighting aspect, but with the swirly lightning bolts and such, how did you create those?
     
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    pen tool and lightning brushes in photoshop ?
     
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    ...*blinks* Read. The. Thread. :lmao:

    The other lightning in the second I'm guessing is a combination of paths or brush strokes. Such brush strokes are a piece of cake if one has a tablet. And possibly sampled images of lightning to save time. On the bottom hand, lots of smudging or liquify on the bottom hand to push around those paths.

    Again, cool! :D
     

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