I am David Woodcock a creative portrait photographer. I love to create constructed images. It is quite an addictive process. I can spend hour after hour learning and creating new images often wondering where the day went. With many creative filters in Photoshop and other digital image programs it is possible to create all sorts of effects.
Below you can see examples of some constructed.
In Photoshop Elements there is a filter that creates a jigsaw of an image. Take this family portrait below taken in the Norwich urban landscape.
By applying the jigsaw filter, cutting out some images and increasing the image canvas size the same family portrait below takes on a completely different feel.
One of my most favourite techniques is to take a portrait, convert it to a black and white image and then bring back a colour. Take this family portrait image of a mother and her daughters all dressed in red, taken on Mousehold Heath in Norwich. In colour it is a very nice image.
Converting the image to black and white and bringing back the colour of the red dresses gives the image a completely different feel.
This technique works really well with the colours red, orange and green. Some individual portraits using spot colours on the person or the background are shown below.
Another easy and creative technique is to take a person wearing a white dress to create a ghostly image like the one below. The image of the person was taken in my garden and then cut out, placed and then blended on an image of the Norwich Cathedral Cloisters.
By using body parts like an arm it is also possible to create artistic images like the one below. It is 3 separate images. The sky is one image and reflected. The arm and hand holding the brush is a separate image as is the Red Arrow plane.
Below you can see more examples of constructed images including montages, vignettes, soft focus, toning and other techniques:-
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