Ian F. Hunt

Cinematographer and Filmmaker

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Photography Cloning – Bring on the Clones

Photography Cloning
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A simple 30 minute project.

Photography Cloning

Photography Cloning, cloning yourself or indeed anyone/anything is easy as long as you have access to some form of image editing software such as Photoshop or any other Image manipulation App. I suspect even Paint would work. You just need to plan your shots and be able to cut and paste sections from the individual photographs into another photograph. An App that uses Layers works best though.

Picasa Slideshow

The Free App Picasa which runs on a PC and MAC can create a good quality slideshow/video from your photographs and also lets you upload to YouTube quickly and easily, it even allows you to add a soundtrack and titles with no fuss whatsoever.

Photography Cloning - Final Picture

Photography Cloning – Final Picture

So how is this done?

Like all these types of Photographs you need to do some planning first, for my photographic effort I simply split the scene down the middle. The first shot would be the picture of on the left side and therefore closest to the camera, call this the 1st Picture. The second shot was on the right side and furthest from the camera. So that’s all you need to do from a photography aspect, just take these 2 photographs, but the key is that you must not move the camera and ideally the lighting should be controlled to keep the exposure the same for both photos.

Photography Cloning - 1st Picture

Photography Cloning – 1st Picture

I set the camera Canon EOS 60D to AV mode that is Aperture priority, I set the exposure to f4. I then used the self timer for the shots, a 10 second delay was more than enough time to be seated in time for the camera to take the shot.

Photoshop – Photography Cloning

Post Production – This part was relatively simple, first open both photographs and then using the square marquee tool I just selected one half of one of the images, copied this and then pasted this as a new layer into the 2nd image – call this the background. A small amount of adjustment was needed to make sure the 2 half’s lined up correctly.

Photography Cloning - 2nd Picture

Photography Cloning – 2nd Picture

As I’d shot using the available light coming through a window the brightness did vary between the 2 half’s so I manually adjusted the brightness of 1 half to match the other. Flatten the image and then the final job was to use the healing brush tool to remove the line you will always get at the join of the two photographs. That’s it job done, now you have the technique you can go wild and add more images in the same way, it just takes a little more planning. The order that you cut and paste has some effect but you can clone yourself, or anything as many times as you want just by using this method.

Photography Cloning - Using Photoshop to paste the clone

Photography Cloning – Using Photoshop to paste the clone

Finally for the final image I used HDR Darkroom to add an HDR effect to the completed image.

The Clone Movie

To make the movie I used Picasa. This is just so easy to use. I’d already uploaded the photographs into a folder called clones and all I then had to do was select from Picasa menu create movie and the App does the rest, it even selected the images and then it automatically generated the titles from the folders name.

All I then had to do was set the size of the movie and then add a soundtrack, for which I chose an 11 second track and selected the option to make the movie length fit to the audio track length. The final option is to share this onto the internet by clicking the YouTube option and the App does the rest, it even prompts you to add titles, tags, a category and a description to your movie.

Photography Cloning - Using HDR Darkroom for the HDR Effect

Photography Cloning – Using HDR Darkroom for the HDR Effect

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