In the past year I have discovered the joys of manipulating photography into fine art. I’ve made several mistakes, including not taking enough photos of my model while I could and not being careful with the shaky camera. I should always use my tripod when I’m at a photo shoot because I can get very excited, giddy even, and suffer from the shaky hands.
While taking photos of this little girl I did just that, laughed often at the sweetness of her face and eagerness to give me the shots I wanted. Only later did I discover I had blurred several of the best shots. Ah well, we live and learn.
I also learned to use a generic background so that cutting out my pieces won’t be as difficult. I have so many lovely photos of flowers and pieces I want to use later but didn’t photograph them against a mono-colored background. This didn’t make things impossible but just added to my work.
Here I have the elements of the Fairy Princess for you to see. Her feet one at a time, naturally so she won’t fall down. I wish I had taken a better photo of her arms but I made these work. Then the flower I used multiple times and put a Gaussian blur on the ones in the background. Finally I had to manipulate the hair and the wings so that they would appear to float better.
I’m actually happy with the final outcome but I worked a long time to get it, smoothing the dress and liquefying the hair.