Working With Pieces
Recently I was in the mood to create something a little wild in Photoshop that I could also license as a royalty free stock photo. I’m not the visionary type that can just get ideas in my head, and then go run and shoot all of the separate pieces. I’m more of the type that shoots a lot of “stuff”, browses through it all, and realizes later (sometimes accidentally) which elements might play nicely together. So, I started with a shot from my own photo library of a few little kids running. They were the son and daughter of some friends of mine, and I got a shot of them running through the park during a family photoshoot I did for them about a year ago. When I was in NYC recently, I caught a crazy shot of the traffic driving across the Brooklyn Bridge, with a slight gap in the traffic. I was standing above the highway on the foot path, and shot it at a slight angle so that it looks a bit more candid. What was the result? Here it is!
The original kids shot:
The shadows were a bit tricky, but I got them right. The size and skew angle of the children was probably the most difficult part.
It’s so much fun when you realize that you can combine multiple photo pieces to create and entirely new and different composition. Gotta love it! The parents and kids got a kick of of it, and laughed their heads off on seeing this final result :) That’s about as good as it gets.
Now why would someone want to use this photo? Why bother going through all of the trouble to compose such an image? Why not? First of all, I had fun doing it. Even if I don’t make a dime from the photo, that right there was worth it. But unfortunately, homeboy has to pay the bills. If my wife thought I messed around all day on the computer creating “fun” photos that I couldn’t sell, she probably might not be very pleased with me. How might someone put this final image of kids running through highway traffic to good use in an advertisement or magazine article? I was thinking it might apply to childhood behavior concepts; perhaps even hyperactivity or ADHD. Wild kids, kids gone wild, or other topics of that nature. What about the location? It’s New York City, and we all know that NYC is one of the most visited cities in the entire world. Maybe an article about family friendly vacations to the Big Apple might find a nice use for this hilarious photo. In the end, it can be applied to a number of different concepts. Safety, behavior, travel, parenting, and more.
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