Choosing the right photograph can sometimes be difficult, as not all photographs will work well for this technique. The objective is to have your finished piece easily identified as the subject you are trying to portray. There are a few guidelines you should keep in mind, when deciding on the photograph to recreate.
First and foremost you should love the image you are looking at, as it will be in full view for many years to come, so try to choose an image that makes you smile or brings back pleasant memories.
Secondly, probably one of the most important steps is choosing a picture that is clear and in focus. During the editing process you will lose some detail, by having a clear and in focus picture to start with, you will still be able to hold onto the finer details needed to bring your picture to life.
Lastly is to choose a photograph that is well lit. The picture should not have too many shadows on the subject and you should clearly be able to see the subject, fully. The picture will be edited, and sometimes you can adjust the lighting and shading of the photo to fit your needs, but if you start off with a well lit picture, that is half the battle.
Following these three guidelines, you will be able to create a portrait that is very life like, which is the ultimate goal. Remember a poor photograph, makes a poor portrait.
When I first met Sybil she was nameless and without a home. She was sitting there, alone, waiting to get picked up for a price. I happen to be in the market that day, and she caught my eye. I checked her out and decided her price was reasonable for all the positive attributes she boasted. I was brimming with excitement as I handed over my money and brought her home. At first I was awe struck by all the tricks she could perform, and I dreamed of all the fun we could have together. We became quick friends and co-workers. We shined in each other’s company.
Now Sybil is not flashy, or a money pit like others. She was low key, and I liked that. She always performed and was ready for any challenge I presented. Sybil never whined, or misbehaved, she just did her job, and she did it well. Years past with little difficulty, and I never regretted our partnership, but one day, for no apparent reason, she started acting up. She started throwing tantrums like a child, breaking things regularly, and sometimes she flat out refused to work. I was shocked at the total disrespect, or the lack of compassion she showed me. Worst of all, Sybil completely disregarded all the money she was going to cost me.
I attempted to make things right with her, and I even tried to change things up to make our working relationship better, but she was just different now.
I started researching on ways to make her happy again. After searching for many days and nights, I came across an article that showed me that I was doing everything wrong. It explained that I wasn’t keeping her clean the way someone should, I was not releasing the tension when needed and lastly I was just not feeding her properly. With all the insightful knowledge I had gained, I made it my mission to make things right. I cleaned her carefully, removed the tension, learned how to feed her the right way and I gave her a name, Sybil. To my relief, Sybil sprung back to life, the way she used to be, and she worked harder than ever. She returned to the sewing machine that I fell in love with so many years ago.
She has not yet reverted back to another personality, she is just sweet, hard working Sybil now.
To be continued……