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Creating a Fantasy Portrait with Simple Elements – Photography Tutorial

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Today on The Slanted Lens, we are shooting a stylized shot of a girl with an umbrella being blown by the wind — just a fun exercise in lighting on a set.

We will create an environment with three main elements: 1) clumps of grass in the foreground, 2) a tree branch from my backyard, and 3) a gray and gloomy backdrop. We created a small structure for her to lean on that will give the impression that she is leaning into the wind. A couple large fans and some handfuls of leaves will complete the set.

It does not take a lot of large elements to create a large looking set. Get out there, take those elements around you and create some interesting environments. Keep those cameras rollin’ and keep on clickin’.

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  1. Very nice.

  2. Can you show us the simple version? The one without a HUGE studio, half dozen assistants and 1000's of dollars worth of lighting equipment? Because to be honest, if we were all able to afford those things we probably wouldn't looking at a video with the wording "simple elements" in it.

  3. GermanMythbuster

    Don`t get me wrong you do great work, but this is not real photography for me. It is all fake and komposed at the end. I like the more natural style, but I think I can use some things for my own work. :)

  4. Rochelle Douglass

    very cool

  5. Abhiuday Srivastava

    Thanks for sharing. beautifully executed.

  6. I love to learn lighting from video people. Im just not a fan of a 1 light setup. Ive tried but many lights make me happy

  7. tengoAireEnLaCabeza

    la que lias para nada, con lo facil que es irse al campo y hacer una foto natural …. eres un triste pajarillo

  8. very well done!

  9. Trick Photography 101

    Great share! Informative and quite helpful if your doing trick photography! :) #trickphography101  

  10. The photoshoot is great, but you guys are using a huge studio, hundreds of dollars (if not thousands) in equipment (besides the camera and lens itself), half a dozen people and a professional backdrop. That's not simple by any measure of the word.

  11. StepByStep-Photography

    This is a great behind-the-scenes video on how elements from a portrait come together to create a fun, moody, fantasy shot.


  12. Good Job!

  13. Gorgeous shots. And yes while some with the photoshop skills may be able to create it in photoshop, that is not really taking a photo is it so much as it is making a photo. I love that you put in the work and actually CREATE something gorgeous. Inspiring, thank you for the video.

  14. çok iyi

  15. i can create this photo by photoshop_)i dont need  this trees or objectives)

  16. Max Cardenas Photography

    Check out this video on YouTube: Creating Fantasy Portraite 

  17. Simple elements ?

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