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Creative Strobe Effect for a Engagement Photograph

University of Oregon student and photography-enthusiast Jeremy Blanchard shot this creative engagement photo for two of his long-time friends.

Blanchard also wrote up a step-by-step guide for how the effect was created:

  1. Find a place with a still background. Wind moving bushes can make this hard.
  2. Put your camera on a tripod.
  3. Place your subjects at the edge of your frame.
  4. Have one subject take decently sizes steps. Have them pause as they complete each step. Take a photo as they pause. Have them take another until they get to the middle.
  5. Now repeat for the other subject until they are in the middle.
  6. Have them kiss or do something fun in the middle and take a photo of that. You can try a few different poses her and decide which one you want to use later.
  7. Bring all these photos into one photoshop document. Keep one photo as background. Keep each different “copy” of the person on a different layer.
  8. On each layer that is not serving as the background to the image, erase everything except the person. Make sure you don’t erase shadows. They are important as well.
  9. Change the opacity of the layers that aren’t the ends or the middle 50%. They will blend into the background.

Chris & Jessica Engagement – Falling (via Photojojo)


Image credit: Chris & Jessica Engagement – Falling by Auzigog


 
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  • http://twitter.com/KashifPasta Kashif Pasta

    Super simple, but an awesome idea!

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    Great! Now fix the white balance!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1174835197 Casey Myers

    Great Idea, I can think of a lot of cool stuff that this could be used for. Also to make it even cooler you could have them looking over the fence spying on themselves kissing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1174835197 Casey Myers

    One more thing, how is this a strobe affect? It is a PS effect!

  • Dsuzuki63

    For some reason I feel like this is something I would find on http://youarenotaphotographer.com.

    I mean it looks good… but then again…

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to come off as a jerk but… in my opinion, this “effect” is a bit lame.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to come off as a jerk but… in my opinion, this “effect” is a bit lame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Carlin/1371352676 Darren Carlin

    Its super lame/cheesy. The thing is though about 90% of normal people who aren’t photographers/arty would love it. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    I just wanna know who wears flip flops in their engagement photos?

    ALSO

    Is the whole Fauxtog thing ’cause you guys have low self esteem? I mean if your work is good why worry about newbs?
     Obviously people will be pissed, express that and they will fail. 
    It is like Ford being mad cause some one built a kit car in their garage. Let your work stand for itself…

  • jaysee&dali 1.0

    I don’t know …

    Full points for creativity & a great try but it’s just hasn’t been executed that well. It looks contrived. Having the couple slowly raising their arms as they move in towards each other in the “faded” shots would have improved it by miles!

    Who sources these stories? …

  • Jay Boyle

    This isn’t really a new thing… I did something similar for a couple about a year ago: http://www.picturesbyjay.com/2010/12/on-assignment-kate-shaun/ and I ‘borrowed’ that idea from a picture I saw on a friend’s flickr account… the fact that this ‘trick’ is news seems a bit weird to me… surely most photographers know how to do this/are aware of it… it’s being done everywhere!

  • Jay Boyle

    This isn’t really a new thing… I did something similar for a couple about a year ago: http://www.picturesbyjay.com/2010/12/on-assignment-kate-shaun/ and I ‘borrowed’ that idea from a picture I saw on a friend’s flickr account… the fact that this ‘trick’ is news seems a bit weird to me… surely most photographers know how to do this/are aware of it… it’s being done everywhere!

  • Jay Boyle

    This isn’t really a new thing… I did something similar for a couple about a year ago: http://www.picturesbyjay.com/2010/12/on-assignment-kate-shaun/ and I ‘borrowed’ that idea from a picture I saw on a friend’s flickr account… the fact that this ‘trick’ is news seems a bit weird to me… surely most photographers know how to do this/are aware of it… it’s being done everywhere!

  • Flgraphics

    this is not a hard effect to achieve.. but honestly I don’t find it appealing at all
    and I’ve seen it done many times

  • Gil Batzri

    This is kind of nifty, but this is not a “Strobe Effect” this is retouching or “photoshopping” if you want to be uncharitable.

    I was hoping to see something involved with firing a strobe multiple times to achieve this effect or something involving a camera and stobes and one frame.

    I personally am tired of people bragging about their photoshop abilities in the guise of photography. Photography is about capturing what you want with the camera, it is mastery of light, composition, and exposure, not assembling a photo from 1800 source photos. Which granted is a skill, it just isn’t photography.

  • Calvin

    You are correct; this is not a strobe effect. However, I wouldn’t go as far as to eliminate it from the realm of photography. What he did was basically a multiple exposure shot; a method first done long ago on film. It’s just easier now with Photoshop.