Head through the hole photo © 2012 Neil Fox. All rights reserved.

Zipper-necking for Beginners

Zipper-necking for Beginners:

Sim­ply use a head through the hole photo booth.

I’ve just started read­ing Katrin Eis­mann et al.’s Sec­ond Edi­tion of Pho­to­shop Mask­ing & Com­posit­ing. I’m not sure this is what they have in mind in Chap­ter 2 “The Cre­ative Process”. but it’s a very inter­est­ing read so far. Chapter 1 on the his­tory of com­posit­ing was great.

Apart from the beginner’s “zipper-necking” in this shot, the rest of this image is one expo­sure processed just once through the new Adobe Cam­era Raw engine in Pho­to­shop CS6. It is much eas­ier to get more details out of the shad­ows and high­lights now. The clar­ity adjust­ment is also much improved: a lot can be added with­out cre­at­ing halos.

Well, now Halloween’s over, the dress­ing up oppor­tu­ni­ties are going to be a bit thin on the ground for a while, so they might have to be vir­tual. Maybe I could morph myself into a cock­roach. Wow where do these ideas keep com­ing from…