06 Shoot a surreal portrait
Fine-art photographer Martin Stranka took this surreal-looking portrait in a studio. The concept focused on the idea of hiding behind a mask, and feeling like you’re becoming a person you’re not.
“This scene was simple to shoot,” Martin says. “The model held a photo from my portfolio, called ‘Desire’, in front of his face. It was taken in a studio, because I didn’t want any distracting background elements to take away from the subject.
“This also meant that I had full control over the lighting, which came from two 400ws flash heads.”
For the final touches, Martin converted the image to monochrome and added a grainy and stylised Gelatin sliver film replica look in Photoshop.
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* Use two light sources, such as flash and natural light.
* Use props to transform your shot.
* Think surreal and push boundaries. The more abstract the better!
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