Our 21st Century Victorian Headless Portrait by 30pics4jackiesdiamond

Our 21st Century Victorian Headless Portrait

Most of this was achieved in Affinity and it was sooooooooooooooooo difficult. I took base and portrait photos on manual, but the 'base' layer was darker and I didn't notice for over an hour of deleteing to a darker layer. Duuhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!.

I took more care on composition and angles, it's just my lack of processing skills that have let me down, but after a morning I've had enough.

We had a go at recreating this one but with my twist to behead Him!!
@kali66 More thought went into this one.
May 23rd, 2020  
Another creepy one, but you did a nice job on it.
May 23rd, 2020  
LOL arent they bizarre. Really good effort! wonderful you had an accomplice and the processing is really great
May 23rd, 2020  
ha! good one
May 23rd, 2020  
Ooo errrr, spooky! Really testing you out with this challenge Jackie!
May 23rd, 2020  
Brilliant! I've recently invested in affinity and been watching utube videos but not done much playing yet. Well done 😁
May 23rd, 2020  
:o
May 23rd, 2020  
Lol, spooky capture and edit!
May 23rd, 2020  
looks pretty good to me, jackie :)
May 23rd, 2020  
Excellent!! Your edit makes it look the vintage part perfectly! (Can't get over the weirdnss of it though!)
May 23rd, 2020  
What a clever image.
May 23rd, 2020  
However, I have chills!
May 23rd, 2020  
oooooooh look at the tension in your feet!
May 23rd, 2020  
Yep still creepy but like that he has a smile on his face.
May 23rd, 2020  
oooh this is spooky. Well done
May 23rd, 2020  
LOL - that's so very cleverly done - even if it is quite disturbing! But I guess that's what it's aiming at! :) Great editing!
May 23rd, 2020  
Ha ha, he still has a smile on his face.
May 24th, 2020  
Disturbingly well done
May 24th, 2020  
@amyk most kind
@onewing he does
@robz I'm getting quicker at editing
@shepherdmanswife thank you
@wakelys he's a keeper
@koalagardens I wanted to look ramrod straight, but couldn't reach the floor!!!
@haskar goodie
@randystreat Google Victorian headless portraits, they're most spooky
@grammyn that's Kali and her challenges for you
@pistache very kind
@jacqbb took a while, but got there
@arnica17 :)
@lyndamcg I've gone for 90 day trial before buying
@365anne thanks Anne
@blueberry1222 thank you
@kali66 he's so supportive of my 365 habit/ addiction
May 24th, 2020  
Well done Jackie. How are you finding Affinity? I downloaded a trial ages ago but it ran out before I really got to use it.
May 24th, 2020  
Fav and vote for this great pic!
May 26th, 2020  
@stimuloog thank you
@merrelyn I'm struggling! I have no Lightroom or Photoshop knowledge of the buttons or controls so a lot is trial with errors, calling a camera club member on WhatsApp!! And a lot of YouTube and sighing!! I was quite pleased with this, but resorted to PhotoScapeX for texture and sepua, as couldn't find on Affinity!! I think it's practice that's required, but it's a faff for everyday use ( at the moment!)
May 26th, 2020  
you trying to give me a heart attack????
May 26th, 2020  
@summerfield noooooooooooo
May 26th, 2020  
Eerie, extremely well done, bravo!
May 26th, 2020  
@kali66 @salza @summerfield Ladies, as experts in selfies and processing, please could you help me with something that is probably really simple -when you know how!

I took two photos for this, one with us standing there and one without, just the chair- so could erase his head easilly. I used manual settings, but for the blank wall it is much, much darker and I wasn;t aware of light levels changing through the window in between shots. How can i prevent, or at least notice, this difference please?? I've tried to Google- but it doesn't understand my question.
May 26th, 2020  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond - i think it is something you adjust in post, at least from experience that's what i do. the slightest movement (i found out a long time ago) affects each shot. that's why i bought a remote control because if i have to move to press the shutter, for some reason the light gets adjusted. @mikegifford probably could explain it better. mike?
May 26th, 2020  
as you supposed you need to keep all settings the same, your camera makes choices each time you press the shutter otherwise. i think also the metering mode would have a say, without you in the frame there would have been subtly different light levels. so try fully manual settings , including iso , or if your camera can do exposure bracketing you would get a set of exposures to choose from .
May 27th, 2020  
@summerfield @30pics4jackiesdiamond A couple of things could happen here. You mention one, the window light. If the two pics are taken with a lot of time between them, you'll get different lighting. The second is the metering used for the shot. If you use spot metering and use the chair as the metering point or a "grey" source that is in both shots. If you use matrix metering the entire frame is being used for setting the illumination. One way to fix this is during the masking phase/effort (like in PS) you can apply an exposure layer or a curves layer to make the slight adjustments needed to better match both (or even multiple shots). Hope this helps.
May 27th, 2020  
Nice edit!
May 27th, 2020  
@mikegifford thank you Mike for taking time to assist. This editing is very new to me, I sort of guessed it might be due to light changing, but the time difference was moments!!!
@kali66 didn't realise camera did its own thing on fully manual!! Thanks for your help!!
@summerfield I did 20 second delay!

Thank you all, it's all learning( and getting less stressful using Affinity,!!) and you wonderful mentors here on 365 are THE BEST 😻
May 27th, 2020  
my thinking was maybe your iso was set to auto , in which case it would vary... it may not have been, but that is something to check.
May 27th, 2020  
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