Previsualization with Multiple exposures, layers and masks.

Originally posted TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011


Just north of Jacksonville Florida. There is a little spot I have heard about for years.

Talbot Island and little Talbot Island. These two little Islands have lots of tranquil views that are like falling into dreams.

On Talbot Island there is a cliff with fallen trees right on the ocean.

A fantastic place to find that perfect image.







When I photograph my subjects I tend to work with multiple exposures, layers and masks creating Imagery.

This comes from years ago (before photoshop)  when I had to use pin registered masks in the darkroom to manipulate photographs into imagery.

STOP! take a moment and look at what your about to take a picture of, think about it. What does it look like in your mind?

I know what I want an image to look like before I shoot it which is called previsualization.

So here is the image that I pre-visualized I will show you the steps I had in mind to get it here.

Two exposures were used in this image.



The base image.

(What it looked like at that moment)


The first step is to make a mask on the second exposure

just showing the tree and rocks.




Levels adjustments were made on the tree layer and base layer to bring it up to what I saw in my mind.




A final vignette mask was made to complete the image.


Previsualization is something that takes time to learn and a deep understanding of the tools in your toolkit is key.

Just clicking the shutter is a snapshot, manipulating it to what you see in your mind’s eye is Creating Imagery!


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