Photoshop Overlays in Conceptual Photography

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

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

 

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Above Water – when emotional trauma hits, it’s everything we can do to keep our heads above water.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

Reverb – In the early stages, it’s as if our world has been shaken to the core.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

Wavelength – We are on another wavelength. Others do not understand, they cannot relate, we cannot verbalize our feelings.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

Pushing Ahead – We must push ahead; past the turbulence, past the scenes that keep on playing in our mind.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

Forgiveness – It is time to forgive ourselves for any guilt we may feel or part we may have played in the trauma.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

Alternate Reality – We need to create an alternate reality, a new life, one free from the heavy burden of the trauma.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

Flight – we must throw off the weight, stop allowing it to immobilize us and learn to fly!

 

Photography notes:

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.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

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.

You can find the overlays I used in the shoot here. I used paint textures from The Grays and The Neutrals collection, and the Pure Light collection.

For a free mini master class on how I created and used the overlays click here.

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  1. I thought your photo’s were really unique and different. I have never tried overlays. Since using LR more often I have honestly forgotten most of my Photoshop skills. I only seem to go there now for text. I might look into it again sometime. I use to like doing textures…
    I really loved the last two photo’s and she was such a good model.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Wow, Karen! These images have so much depth. They capture and reveal such profound emotional stages. I’m looking forward to Flight. I feel like I have a glimpse of it on the horizon thanks to your inspiration these past few years.

  3. Another home run from Karen. With her laser like focus, she easily traverses any and all technical roadblocks with a mind-numbing alacrity. Every idea, new or old, upon which she alights, is transformed and breathes life. Karen (Kay, to me) has been my mentor for less than a year and she has used her kindness and skill to bring out of me a creative gift of which I had been completely unaware. Beauty and creativity walk in her wake. She has the ability to bring it out in you, too, with a gentle kindness.