My youngest son loves to be scary right now.
When we were picking out his Halloween costume for this year,
the only thing it had to be was SCARY.
So when his costume was put together,
we decided it would be fun to make some scary pictures to fit his scary look.
I really enjoy spending time with him and experiencing how his brain works.
He has so many good ideas!
Whenever I start a project that I know will be a composite, the first thing I need to know is the theme.
My son, of course, wanted a scary theme.
He wanted to be a monster and that monster should be scary!
He had his costume, so we thought about what we would like to do with it.
We decided we also wanted a carved pumpkin to fit in with the scary Halloween theme.
So the second thing we did was get a pumpkin and carved it out.
The third thing we did was think about what setting we wanted.
We went online and looked at backgrounds on a stock site and decided on the graveyard scene and bought a stock picture
(there are all sorts of sites online that sell stock pictures and these are great to use as digital backgrounds if you don’t have your own supply of the type of background you need!).
Having the background before I actually take the picture is important because I need to know how the light is falling in order to set up the lights in the studio for the picture of the subject.
We decided we wanted two set ups.
One showing the monster in the larger background.
And one showing my son escaping out of his pumpkin jail with a closer up shot concentrating on him.
After getting the shots we needed, I started working in Photoshop combining the pictures.
While working on the first picture, I realized the grave stone we had originally thought he would be leaning against, wouldn’t work the way I wanted it to.
So again, I went on the stock site and found a single grave stone I could use to build into the scene for him to lean against.
By then it was dark, so I lit our pumpkin with a candle and took a picture of it to use for glowing eyes and mouth.
Here is the first picture again, with all the pictures used to create the composite underneath it:
We wanted a close up for the second picture that would show him as a “normal” boy escaping from his pumpkin jail.
I used a section of the same background and photographed him close up, focusing on the pumpkin in his hand.
Then he lay on two little stools in between ladder legs and imagined the triumph he would feel as he made his way out of his jail.
Here is the second picture again with the pictures used to create it underneath it:
It was a fun Saturday with my son and we had lots of good times watching the final picture take shape!
Click on the link to view an album on Flickr with more creative composites: