The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

Our new guest Derek Johnston continues our Making Of segment with a documented process of the creation of his fun “Oh No!!!” image. I am always inspired by the BTS stories and projects when an artist has a complete idea of the final result in mind and regardless of perceived restrictions and limitations, proceeds to execute it so well with what is at their disposal.

 

I hope you enjoy following the steps of Derek’s fun project!

 

So, I had this crazy idea in my head and some free time on my hands. The idea was to have myself falling over in the kitchen with tea and biscuits flying everywhere.

 

Firstly, I photographed our kitchen using a 10mm fisheye:

 

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Mimicking the light coming through the window I setup a single flash with a 32” shoot through umbrella in the front room. To capture myself mid-air was loads of fun! Jumping onto a huge beanbag, I had a helpful hand from my other half who luckily works from home. We took a handful of shots of me diving onto the beanbag in our living room.

 

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the "Oh No!!!" by Derek Johnston

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

To capture the plate and biscuits was simple enough. Just hand help the plate in position and stuck a hair grip in the creamy bit of the biscuits and took a load of shots of those.

 

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Moving into the bathroom I photographed the mug of tea in the same way as everything else. One light. Tipping it into the bath and capturing some movement:

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

With all shots captured we move into Photoshop. It was a matter of cutting all the bit’s out and placing them in the picture.

 

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

I wanted the image to have that artsy look so I exaggerated the contrast with Dodge & Burn, I also used the Inverted High Pass technique to cleanup the skin on my face. This technique, I feel adds a fake look, and that’s what I was going for in this image.

 

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

Here’s a closer look at some details:

 

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

Retouching Academy: The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

 

It was a fun but different take on a selfie.
I encourage you to try it!

 

 

 

You can see more of Derek’s work here:

Website: www.derek-johnston.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/derekjohnstonphotography

Twitter: @djohnstonphoto

500px: 500px.com/DerekJohnstonPhotography

 

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