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BTS Hidden Side! - "CornFlakes" (Phone Tutorial)


Trevor
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Well, Im cutting this one close! last day to submit something, And here I am now. I spent a lot of time on this, and I think it came out pretty good.

First things first. You do NOT need to have good equipment to shoot photos. Everything that went into this photo was used through my phone and apps on my phone. So don't be held back from something because of the equipment you own. All you need is a story.

 

Step One: Setting The Scene (The set used)

I recreated one of my old sets for this photo, You'll see more shots in it on my Instragram coming soon. Now that I have the set, I need Lighting. The most IMPORTANT Part. Next, to the set, I Stood up my apple Ipad up (You could use another device) In this case, I used the app "pixel" Which is a great app for lighting, You can pick any color ever! And then above my set, I have a $10 color changing light bulb that I found at Walmart. That is also very helpful, However, it isn't really needed, The Ipad does the trick. 

 

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Step Two: Character Development (Figure posing)

You NEED Character for a perfectly crafted story. In this case, it's this little guy with calm emotions as he has gained power from his "CornFlakes". What I did here was used poster tac to pose his arms and legs together, This gets frustrating at times as it gets tough to pose correctly. Especially in hot and humid weather (It likes to melt on you). But if your patient, it gets the job done.

 

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Step Three: A Step Into PicsArt (Editing/Compositing)

I use Pics art more and more every day, The power is unbelievable and its all free (With some purchases, I didn't use anything with money attached). In PicsArt I added all 3 of my Raw photos.

Photo 1: The photo that has the "CornFlakes" box Specifically focused on it!

Photo 2: A clear photo with no props in it (I kept the spilling coffee cup in because I knew I wouldn't have to edit it out at any point.)

Photo 3: The main photo with the main focus being the figure.

(Optional part) Photo 4: This photo is just an entirely blurred photo, Once placed on top of the main photo you will get a great depth of field that phone cameras are horrible at processing.

 

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Step Four: A Step Into SnapSeed (Color Grading)

Once I have all my photos combined and everything looked right I went into my trusty app "SnapSeed". I've used this for years, and it has been the best app ever! Once in there, I used a vintage effect option. It was Vintage #8 to be exact. I lowered the brightness down, And heightened the saturation, for a good morning effect. The photo below shows a before and after. As well as some of the things I did to make the photo on the left (Some of the info is repeated)

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Finished Product:

 

https://imgur.com/vjuAVAM

 

And wallah! A photo crafted all from the camera of an outdated phone (S8). I personally think this is a great shot and will love to post this. I've seen my competition in this contest, the others are pretty good. (One of them I was in aw, its now one of my favorite lego photos). I have competition, Yes, But Im just glad to give some photographers some insight into my process. It's good to see how others create their photos! Especially when they don't have the most expensive equipment and use only duct tape to craft a scene. May the best photo win! And I wish the best to all of you!

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Trevor
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So the finished product seems to be erroring out... The photo above that is the finished product, so just ignore that for the time being. ???? 

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Four Bricks Tall
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@bricken_blocks

This is a good way to fake DoF on a mobile phone. Good tip ????

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Trevor
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@fourbrickstall

It is a good tip. I should use it more often.

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FreeTheGeekMan
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Thanks for sharing. I've never tried mixing pics that have different parts in focus. I will have to try this!

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Trevor
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@freethegeekman

Yeah, it's a great trick that I came up with a while ago. It helps with the "DOF" However it's really tricky to manage, it takes time to make and perfect in PicsArt (I've never tried this trick in photoshop. Could be better). But usually, with most photos, in the end, it looks really good.

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Trevor
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This photo should be under the "SnapSeed" Section. Imgur messed some things up with my images.

 

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armybratbricks
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Great use of apps to create such professional effects!

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b.a.d.lego
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Great BTS and walkthrough. I have those apps so need to use them more and need a better photo layering app. 

I couldn’t find the pixel app to provide different colour light for my pictures. What’s it categorised as?

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Trevor
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@b-a-d-lego

Sorry I haven't gotten back to you. First off thank you! Second, the app should come up in the app store if you look up "Pixel color picker" Or something like that it should come up. Its logo is like a blue square in the middle of an all-white background. Enjoy 😀

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