As promised earlier, I would make another article about composing scenes. So this one. Let's start right away.

On a number of websites I came across many shows that you could see or at least conclude that they were made by editing. some are so handsome that the performance seems to be real, but by looking logically you quickly see that what you see is not possible, usually. It is especially fun to do and you can often make very nice images with it, but also images with a meaning, depending on the things you combine and the atmosphere that gives you the end result. I will first show you a few older compositions of mine before I explain how it works.

Skydancer

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It was a very warm day

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Enjoying The Peace While A Mercedes Is Falling Down!

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I will ensure that they all come in one category so that you can easily view them. You can see in all the images above that they have an alienating effect on reality. Dancing in the sky? I do not think so. Naked on the bridge runs? Perhaps. A Mercedes coming out of the sky? Very strange too. Moreover, the reflection of the Mercedes is wrong in the water. Another extra alienation that is in the image. In the beginning it could not have been strange enough, but I now more and more that I am becoming more and more close to reality, creating a surrealistic image that really represents something that I want to say. These are mainly my last settings in black and white.

The example

Now to the example of how you can make such a montage. We keep it very simple here so that it can mainly be followed without getting stuck in actions that make everything more difficult. With most other settings I needed a lot more actions and adjustments, but you will encounter that if you are going to start. The photos below are the start photos that I will combine.

Figure 1

Ballerina

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Figure 2

Boy

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Je ziet, twee totaal verschillende afbeeldingen en dat maakt het ook leuk, want samen lijken ze wel een heel andere uitdrukking te krijgen. Om iets te maken werk ik met Affinity Photo. Nier duur en kan alles wat ik nodig heb en ook in Photoshop zit. Ik open de foto’s en die staan eerst ieder in een eigen venster.

Window 1

Ballerina in venster

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Window 2

Jongen in venster

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I have downloaded both photos from Pixabay, you can freely use the photos because they are Public Domain. For this reason my settings are also Public Domain and anyone can use them. We are going to merge the two images by copying the boy's photo in a layer on the ballerina's photo. The result is shown below after I have adjusted the size of the boy, because he completely covered the ballerina.

The combination

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You can see from the blue frame that the boy is still selected in the tool with which you can adjust the size. I don't have to do anything else about this. This is because both photos have a nice black frame, otherwise I would probably have had to remove the environment from the boy and make the layer transparent there, but that is not necessary here. That is why I am going to merge the layers so that they are one whole for editing with Silver Efex, because I want to make a black and white representation of it.

Processing in Silver Efex

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You can see in Silver Efex the Dark Mood preset I use. This immediately gave a nice result, at least as I wanted it in terms of atmosphere. So I give OK in Silver Efex and the photo returns adjusted in Affinity Photo where I can possibly edit it further. However, this is not necessary so I immediately switched to exporting to TIFF format, which can be used practically everywhere. Ultimately, for uploading to websites I will convert it to JPG.

Export to TIFF

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A quick end result in this case. Most settings take longer, so be patient. If it does not work for a moment, save your work and continue another time. Just the final result and the title:

How Long Do You Think She’s Gonna Lie There?

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And now get started yourself, start easily and then try to expand it. That keeps it fun and you always have results with a challenge for the next composition

Examples of composed scenes can be viewed below.

How Long Do You Think She's Gonna Lie There?
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