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To start off this post the right way I would like to say that this photo was unplanned and was a little or trial and error! so bare with me as I will have to work backwards in my thinking. To begin I will start by showing my set up.  

 Nex7 with a one light source and a car sun reflector =)

Nex7 with a one light source and a car sun reflector =)

As you can see my camera of choice was my Sony Nex 7. If you look on camera right you will notice that I have my trusty minolta auto 128! The awesome thing about this flash is that it has two settings, auto and manual =) I had mine set to auto. From what I know of the flash it uses a little light meter on the front to read the light that is reflected off the subject; other then that, I can not be much of help. I am clueless when it comes to explaining the algorithm that it uses to know how much light is needed. 

 

 Minolta auto 128 with my tiny beauty dish =)

Minolta auto 128 with my tiny beauty dish =)

The photo as said was a bit of trail and error. Being that it was midnight when I came up with this idea I was being a bit of lazy and chimped my way to what I thought would be workable in photoshop. My goal was to kill all the ambient, saying that I had my aperture set to 5.6 and my flash on auto. 

 SOOC

SOOC

This was my out of camera JPG (I forgot to set it to raw). From here I imported it into photoshop for some well needed editing. 

 

 Pen Tool

Pen Tool

Here the first thing I did was to use the PEN tool to make a selection. 

TIP: Zoom in when making your section points.  

After making my points all around the camera I then made a selection of the area and then feathered that selection with a radius of 5px

 

 Making the selection 

Making the selection 

 Radius 5  

Radius 5  

Next I copied that selection and pasted it.

Once pasted I deleted the original background photo.  

 copy

copy

 Paste   

Paste

 

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After deleting my original photo I then added another black layer and used the paint bucket to fill in that layer with black. From there it was a simple change of layering from normal to lighten and cleaned up the photo to delete the parts that didn't look natural.  

 new BG

new BG

 Fill the new layer with Black

Fill the new layer with Black

 Last layering to Lighten

Last layering to Lighten

 Areas to clean

Areas to clean

Once finished with cleaning up the photo I then adjusted my Black point and added a bit of grain giving me my finial image! 

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