I was looking back at a few of my favorite creative shoots and this particular image always jumps to the top of my list. This "Sirens of the Mist" shot comes from my editorial "Shipwrecked", a collaboration with Jessica Cruz Photography in Ft. DeSoto, Florida last February. I love looking at where it started and remembering how it evolved into this dramatic story filled image. I'm going to briefly show you my creative process on this image and I would love to know what inspires you and how you approach your own creative process.
Step 1. Processing the RAW image with PS Fashion Action "Cora"
I began by taking my RAW image and processing it in Photoshop with Emily Soto's Fashion Actions using the "Cora" action. This was already an amazing transformation by enhancing the curves, colors, and giving my image that overall cool dream-like tone to complete the foggy effect.
Step 2. Adding the 'WOW' Factor
Next I knew I wanted to add an additional element that would really make this image seem like something straight out of a movie. I already had my mermaids or 'sirens' with the endless foggy backdrop, so next I added in the seagulls. The birds were my "wow" factor that really took this image to the next level. I did this by super imposing the birds on the image and attempted to make them seem as realistic as possible through resizing and blurring.
Step 3. Image Expansion for Optimal Posting
I share my work on a variety of social media outlets, and while the full length portrait image is fine for Facebook and web based platforms, Instagram always makes you crop the image. In order to be able to share this image on instagram without compromising the quality of the full length image I expanded the photo to fit within square dimensions.
There you've seen a brief peek into my creative process for transforming my photos from dull to dynamic. Using the Photoshop "Fashion Actions" created by Emily Soto on my work always makes my images stand out in a professional and creative way. I would love to hear from you about your own creative process and where you draw your inspiration!