This self portrait is my second try, both in self portraits and in stitching multiple photo’s of myself in one photograph. The first attempt was to blurry and there was more overlap of myself which made it difficult to post process.
Making such a photo is not that difficult. Make several photo’s of yourself in different positions and put them together in software like Gimp or Photoshop.
Here are some things you should consider when shooting the photo’s:
- First you need a tripod or a stable surface for the camera so the camera will not move between making the photo’s.
- Second you need to make sure the exposure of all photo’s is exactly the same. Even the white balance should be the same (or you can change it in post)
- Third you shouldn’t move objects between different photographs, it will make it extremely difficult to align the photo’s correctly.
When editing the photo’s you add each photo to a different layer and apply a layer mask to show the part of the photo you want to show. The most difficult part is to make overlapping areas convincing. Although there are different ways of creating a layer mask, I just use the mouse and a paintbrush tool. Doing this using a mouse is quite difficult and I think a pen tablet like the Wacom Bamboo will be very helpful here.
Over the next few weeks I will try out my Wacom Bamboo to see if it is really easier to use than the mouse.