With this book cover I plan to do a similar but much simpler concept, a single image containing multiple components, built up as layers in Photoshop. I have already completed a mock up of the final comp, although much work remains, the models are badly lit and the angles are not yet correct.
First of all I had to select a background, for which I chose the much photographed Hypovereinsbank HQ. I have shot it from a distance with a large amount of negative space in the image, open to be filled later in the assignment:
As this is a Sci-Fi image, the blue sky is too "Earth Like", I want a lurid red sky:
This is tropical sunset taken in North Sulawesi, Indonesia during last years vacation. I have combined the two images in the following way. I have taken the foreground, processed it to B&W, and then added a strong red tone to create an otherworldly look. One problem I had was that the includsion of space in the foreground has reduced the perspective in the background, so I have selectively stretched the upper half of the bank to increase the height of the building. I have also extended the canvas upwards to create some space for text and other objects:
Next stage was to build and then shoot some models. I have built 3 Revell snap together, pre-painted kits, a walker and 2 space ships. So far I have shot two of them:
The removal of the background is still quite rough, again these are not intended to be final images. The star fighter is the tricky one to isolate as I had to remove the threads from which it was hanging in my light tent. The clone tool got a work out. I have also scanned the Star Wars logo form the box, recoloured it and removed the background:
Taking all the pieces and adding them into the photo this is what I have so far:
I have added some smoke and vapor trails. This is still far from where I want it to be:
- The light on the vehicles is wrong, the sun was high when I shot this and shining from the right side of the frame. I appreciate that I now need to replicate this in the shot.
- I kept the star fighter in colour, but processed the walker to balck and white, I think both will stand out better in colour
- I need some more practice with the paint brushes when adding effects
- The walkers perspective is not quite right yet, although I doubt I will ever get it completely right
I have to be careful not to try to strive for something too "realistic" this is meant to be a comic/pulp fiction book cover, not a work of art. It needs to look a little fake and over done, that's part of the appeal.
Finally, whilst I am enjoying this, it is not quite what I think of as photography. The skills learned will be useful, however, it is not really my gig and is pushing my decision on Level 5 courses towards the two subject based courses, leaving out PWDP. Incidentally a major reason for doing this course rather than a theoretical course was to build some skills in this area to make PWDP an option rather than a necessity.