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BTS Hidden Side
This picture was first inspired but the #BC_Mashup hashtag from July but time got away from me and to be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure how to achieve the photo I was looking to create.
The reason for my uncertainty was because I was attempting a skill I'd never attempted before and had only heard of a couple of months ago when I was listening to a toy photography podcast featuring @AlanRappa who had used a very old technique called #PeppersGhost. A little research led me to see how this has been used in theatre to create the illusion of ghosts. This led to me come up with a mashup idea of a Star Wars force ghost spooking out the Scooby gang.
Fast forward a few weeks (after visualising the picture in my head) and although July’s challenge had gone, a BTS challenge appeared on my feed and I knew the timing was right. My pictures are a mix of weeks of mental planning or a few minutes. This was the former.
This weekend I had everything I thought I needed. Lego figures, background/scenery, camera, lighting and a piece of glass to create the ghost image.
The glass didn’t work out and I had to find a thin piece of clear plastic to reflect the ghost onto. I also had to experiment with the light as I don't own lots of lights or torches and needed a narrow beam of light to bring out the ghost Yoda.
Pictures like this can be a lot of trial and error. Sometimes this is frustrating but other times you discover something that works well and you can squirrel the technique away for use again later.
There were lots of attempts and lots of trial and error to get a picture I was happy with (on my Nikon D5200's screen at least) and after experimenting with increasing my f-stop number and manually adjusting the shutter speed to control exposure I think I have a half decent picture to edit.
there were a couple of angles I tried with the beam of light. For Pepper’s ghost to work well the “ghost” or Yoda needs to be well illuminated and the background around the figure should be dark. That’s why I put the scene in a box to try and avoid reflecting other objects and me in the angled plastic.
There were lots of attempts!
Even when I thought I had the picture I wanted, I made the mistake of dismantling the set up before checking I was happy with the final result which means that although not terrible, my picture needs tweaks. As a bonus I would like to re-attempt this type of shot/effect and might come up with something for Halloween.
Top tip: Dont pack your picture away before checking you have the shot.
Finally, I used some free photoshop apps (lightroom and photoshop fix) to tweak and paint my picture. This helped with Yoda’s force ghost glow.
I had never heard of "peppers ghost" thanks for sharing. This has just moved to the top of my things to try list!
Also it looks like both our BTS posts today have been at least partially inspired by @alanrappa, I hope this doesnt go to his head ????
Flat-out awesome image!!