john lund

underline

PHOTOGRAPHY


Photographer John Lund flips his wig in this humorous self portrait and stock photo.
PORTFOLIOS
STOCK / CATEGORIES
ARTICLES
Stock Photo ArticleCreating A Conceptual/Fine Art Stock Photo with Adobe PhotoshopPicture of the Devil - Creating a Stock PhotoFire Breathing DragonsConceptual Stock Photography - Sell Stock PhotosShooting People and Location Stock Photos AbroadRoyalty Free - Rights Managed - Micro Stock - Stock Photography PricingHindu Gods - The Hindu God Ganesha - Picture and StoryStock Photos…the Highest Form of Commercial PhotographyPictures of Dog Breeds - Shooting Stock Photos of Miniature PoodlesDominatrix Pictures - Photo Shoot and PhotoshopFemale Photography - Photographing the Human BodyPicture of a Wrecking Ball Produced with Adobe Photoshop ToolsPictures of Cows - Being Creative Taking Pictures of a CowPictures of Lions - The King of BeastsTaking Pictures of the Great Wall of ChinaShooting Stock Photos in the Himalayas – A Travel Adventure Photo-ShootPictures of Snakes - Taking Stock Photos in Mumbai, IndiaGetting Started in Stock Photography: Choosing Your Stock Photo Equipment CorrectlyStock Photos - Selling and Marketing Your Stock Photo ImagesPictures of Money - Lots of Different Kinds of Money PicturesUsing Sailboat Stock Image and PhotoShop to Make a Unique New Hot Stock PhotoSelling Your Photos as Greeting CardsFunny Monkey Pictures - Stock Photos and Pictures of Monkeys or BaboonsTiger Pictures - Shooting a Tiger for StockStarting a Stock Photo CareerFilling Small Business Needs in Stock PhotographyCreating Stock Photos with Strategic AlliancesPhotography Tips from a Pro on Shooting in Low LightThe Power of PositiveFunny Pictures - Funny Pics of Animals and PeopleBumbles, Blunders and Bad Luck!Crowd sourcing, Micro Stock and MoneyCreating a Conceptual Photo ImageThe (Information) Road to Stock Photography SuccessUse Your Photo Shoot Estimate as a Selling ToolHow to Generate Effective Ideas for Stock PhotosBlend Images - A Modern Day Stock Agency Photo Success StoryTaking Pictures of Backgrounds For Producing Great Stock PhotosHow to Shoot Successful Lifestyle Stock PhotosDiversify Your Stock Photo Business - Selling Photos on Mugs, T Shirts, and Printed Merchandise!Beginner Photography Tips - Understanding the Role of ApertureFive Quick Tips For Great Pet PhotographyTurning Doctor Visits Into Hot Selling Medical Stock PhotosSelling Stock Photos to the Largest Market of AllCreating A Successful Concept Stock PhotoChoosing the Right Stock Photo for Your Small BusinessMaking A Living At Stock PhotographyChoosing the Right Concept Stock Photo For Your BusinessHandshake Pictures and Images in Advertising and Business CommunicationsBeautiful and unusual Pictures of Lighthouses and Lighthouse Images with Beacons and Stormy SeasAnimal AnticsMotion FootageMassage Cats ArticleJohn's Galleries of unique stock picturesJohn's Stock Photo ArticlesFunny Pictures Of AnimalsPictures of Cute Cats Doing Funny ThingsFunny Pictures of Elephants Doing Extraordinary Things! Flying elephants, Disco ElephantsFunny Animals - Pictures of funny animals like cats, dogs, cows, and MoreFunny Dogs - Cute Puppies - Cute Dog Pictures - The Funniest Pictures on the Net.
GREETING CARDS
PRINTS / GIFTS
INTERVIEWS
ABOUT / CONTACT JOHN
   
facebook
twitter
GooglePlus

 

Picture of the Devil - Creating a Stock Photo in Photoshop

The Images below were used in the creation of the stock picture.

Picture of deer antlers
Antlers

picture of hand - soon to be the devils hand       The hand

 

Picture of the background
Background
Stock Photo of the Devil
The completed - Stock Photo
 
picture of mans face for the devil image
The author.
     
 
 

John shows how he creates a stock image with Photoshop - a picture of the Devil.

Coming up with a stock photo idea

In coming up with stock photo ideas I always try and make it a practice to look at the opposite of whatever idea I am working on. It was natural then that when I had just completed an angel image for a magazine assignment (Design Graphics out of Australia) when the idea of doing the Devil as a stock image presented itself. I love it when I can come up with an image that can have a lot of impact, fills a real need in the image world, and costs little to nothing to produce. In this case I had the perfect model…me! I knew from years of looking into the mirror each morning I knew that I would make a very good Devil. I also knew I could create an environment for the Devil with little to no expenses…and just shoot it in my studio which meant that it would be convenient too.

Photographing the elements

I had my assistant at the time photograph me with a Leaf DCB I (Digital Camera Back) mounted on a Hasselblad camera. This was quite a while back…and the Leaf Camera, in single shot mode, would only capture in Black and White. To shoot a color image it needed three exposures (one each in Red, Blue and Green)…so it was pretty much impossible to shoot anything with any movement). In the image we captured I am beckoning with my finger. The idea here is that we don’t just have a Devil, but we have temptation as well. The background was crinkled up seamless lit from underneath to give a kind of cave or underground quality. We also photographed a pair of deer antlers that I happened to have around. For the final element we found a shot of flames in my stock files (35 mm slide film that we scanned on my drum scanner).

Next distort my features in the image

It is a relatively simple matter to use the liquify brush to reshape my face lengthening and thinning it, giving my ears points, thinning the fingers between my knuckles and tapering my finger nails to sharp claws. When using the liquefy brush for such things I prefer to set the density to about 50% and use short smooth strokes. If one starts the stroke in the center of and image the result is much different that if one starts on the edge. The only way I know to really understand the nuances available with that tool is to spend some real time experimenting with different settings and brushing styles. It is really amazing what can be done with that one tool!

Next I converted the B and W files to RGB and used “curves” to change the color to red. The liquify brush again came into play to convert the antlers into more “devil like” horns. A clipping path was used to isolate the new horns, which were then copied and pasted into place. I used the “burn” and “dodge” tools to create the impression of shadows and highlights to give the “ridge” around the base of the horns a more dimensional look (remember “the Devil is in the details”). Next I copied and pasted portions of my bald head to eliminate the fringe of hair I actually sport and to get a shaved head look. Some more cloning created the cat-like eyes. The final piece of the puzzle was painting in the flames. For that a large brush and a layer mask works well.

Using the pen tool in Photoshop

One thing worth noting with this image is how simple it really was to execute. The pen tool to create a clipping path, the liquefy brush, burn & dodge tools, curves, cloning and layer masks…really a pretty small set to complete what might appear to be a complex job. One could probably spend a lifetime mastering all the tools, filters and whatever that Photoshop offers. In fact, I used to spend days experimenting with channel operations, combinations of layer modes and countless third-party filters but almost all of the images that I create can be done most efficiently with just the basics. Master the basics and you eliminate the barriers between imagination and execution!

For me, the most difficult part of imaging is still the photography. Give me the right raw materials and I feel I can create just about anything with Photoshop…but trying to fix images that aren’t right in the first place…at leas when one is trying to create a new image with compositing, is a waste of time and can be a real exercise in frustration. It can often be done…but it is far better to start with the right raw materials.

The picture of the devil - another timeless profitable stock photo sale

The “Devil” image sells well---about a dozen times a year! I had a friend let me know that he had seen it used in The National Enquirer to illustrate a story on the Pope selling souls to the Devil. Another friend reported seeing it used in MAXIM magazine. It has probably been used more than a hundred times at this point. The licensing and marketing of the image is handled by Getty Images. It is a rights-managed image that fits well into the conceptual stock category. Like many of my favorite images the “Devil” image is timeless…and hopefully will provide me with at least some income until it is time for me to go to…well…wherever the heck I will be going!