How to use Photoshop overlays and textures in conceptual photography
Phase one of my passion project is complete. I decided to name it simply ‘Emotion.’
It consists of seven images pictured below. Each one has the same model and was shot in my studio with a simple background of a navy velour curtain. The curtain did not quite reach the floor which required bringing in an additional layer in photoshop to repair it. Michelle was uncomfortable with the earlier part of the shoot but when we came inside to the studio and put on some of my favorite dubstep dance music she was right at home. She moved to the music and I clicked; sometimes from a floor position, sometimes from a step ladder.
The series is intended to depict feelings and emotions often hidden during emotional trauma. We try to go about our daily lives as if nothing happened when, in reality, forces unseen to others are weighing heavily upon us.
Emotion – Seven phases of emotional trauma
Above Water – when emotional trauma hits, it’s everything we can do to keep our heads above water.
Reverb – In the early stages, it’s as if our world has been shaken to the core.
Wavelength – We are on another wavelength. Others do not understand, they cannot relate, we cannot verbalize our feelings.
Pushing Ahead – We must push ahead; past the turbulence, past the scenes that keep on playing in our mind.
Forgiveness – It is time to forgive ourselves for any guilt we may feel or part we may have played in the trauma.
Alternate Reality – We need to create an alternate reality, a new life, one free from the heavy burden of the trauma.
Flight – we must throw off the weight, stop allowing it to immobilize us and learn to fly!
The images were created with several overlays in Photoshop. In some, I used hand-painted overlays, others had ‘light’ overlays, in others, I used overlays grabbed from the images where Michelle is waving wax paper in front of the window. Below are a few clips of before, after, and overlays used.
The techniques were executed in Lightroom and Photoshop. I created a mini master class for you that shows exactly how I placed and altered the layers so you can try it with your own work. Click the link below to be taken directly to the class.
Enjoy the class!