I’ve had this idea for quite awhile now but have continued to put it off. I was originally going to use a cigar box (which I may still do sometime soon), but I scored this cool old box from the Shambaughs this past weekend. They brought this to our house to sell it in the yard sale and I jumped on it immediately.
Selection in Photoshop has always been a weak point of mine. I’ve gone through many tutorials that talk about different selection methods, but all of the tutorials seem to have one particular picture that they work well with, but good luck getting them to work with any other picture. I feel that my selection here is decent at best. I blame the friggin’ shadow.
If you really have no idea what this picture is, I basically took a picture of the empty box on a table, then took a picture of myself, then put myself inside said box. I had the flash at the same angle for both shots so the shadows would match up better.
If I were to do it again? I’d probably try taking both pictures with a flatter, shadowless lighting setup and then fake the shadows later in Photoshop. I’d also take a picture of myself against a white or other solid background so I could get a better selection edge. But, overall I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.
Below is the setup for the shot of myself. I’ve basically got my camera at a low angle (thanks to my bad@ss Bogen tripod). I’ve got my flash off-camera and tied to a radio with a ball-bungee.