David Whitney French Photography | Using a Photoshop layer mask to capture a personality

Using a Photoshop layer mask to capture a personality

April 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The assignment was a high school senior portrait and the senior was a soccer player (who just happened to be my daughter).  My daughter has been involved in soccer since she was six and the sport has been a big part of her life. I thought it was time to try to capture her personality in a portrait. We went to a large field for the shoot. I had her wear her complete uniform from her club team. The field was large and green, and time of day was late afternoon, so we had plenty of space, plenty of grass, and no harsh overhead sun. The problem was, there was almost too much space and too much grass. I was able to throw most of the background out of focus with my 70-200mm lens as in the shot below.

I went a bit further in this shot and placed a cloudy background in one of the portraits to further say something about her personality.  This shot pretty much sums her up: tough, aggressive and meaning business when she is on the field. As this portrait was taken in the desert southwest, there is rarely a day when the sky looks as though it does here, but using a layer mask in Adobe Photoshop captured a bit more than the grass and sky could by themselves.


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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!