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Halloween. It is definitely my favourite time of the year. This year I wanted to be creative since I knew that I wouldn't be able to actually enjoy Halloween, so I had an idea of using smoke bombs and some costumes to create some spooky and magical photographs.

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After buying the smoke grenades and testing them out, I realized that I wouldn't be able to get the exact look that I had wanted for these images. I had to sort through all of the images and grab the photos that had a good base (my model) and good smoke. I had initially bought one white, one orange, and three purple smoke bombs. In Photoshop I chose to make the white a little more grey and gloomy. I brightened the orange just a tad, as it was quite dark out when I was shooting, otherwise, it was very true to colour. The purple on the other hand, though a beautiful colour, looked more blue to me. I had wanted a dark, gloomy, and ominous purple, so I played around with the colour in Photoshop and I turned out with this. After fixing the colour on all of the purple smoke photos, I opened them all up and had to decide what went well with what. I looked at my model and how she was standing; I looked at her arm and hand and how she was moving the container; I even took quite a bit of time looking at the smoke in each photo to see where and how I could connect it and make it all fit seamlessly. After all of this, i needed to figure out how I was actually going to composite them together (yes, the majority of these photos are composites with 2-3 photos). After lots of trial and error, I finally got the end result that I had wanted and had seen in my head. Although I couldn't have the photograph perfectly how I envisioned it right out of camera, I am very happy with my work and my photoshopping skills.


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