Creative Convex Photo Pack #3 : Creation Process
Woohoooo! :) I am here with the last FREE photo pack before the year ends. This time of the year is truly magical, what say? Love the holiday buzz everywhere : Lights, trees, decorations, gifts and my favorite of all - hot peppermint chocolate with marshmallows. Yum! Download this month's holiday themed photo pack right here!
For this new photo pack, I have captured the facets of everyday life from hitting the alarm in the morning to cuddling in bed with a book. Shooting for the photo packs is a lot of fun - pretty props, white backgrounds and this time - holiday decor! So today I want to share the behind the scenes of the photography process for Creative Convex - I hope you enjoy this peek into it!
As with every creative project, every photo pack starts with an inspiration board on Pinterest. Once I come up with a theme for the photo pack, I gather photography inspiration for the photo pack on a secret Pinterest board. I use this as a reference throughout the creation process to make sure every image in the pack is consistent in terms of style, aesthetic and the mood of the photo pack.
Once I put together a mood board, I plan out each photo in the photo pack in Evernote. I sketch out the photos in words and write notes that I can refer to while doing the photoshoot. By planning everything in advance, I avoid wasting time during the actual photo shoot. Since its winter, I have limited hours of day light, and every saved minute is golden (literally!).
Putting together props and backgrounds:
During the planning phase, I list down the exact backgrounds and props I would need for the photos. Most of the times, I use whatever is available in the house but sometimes I go out and buy something that I think will enhance my photos. Props can be used over and over again in different photos, so I consider it a good investment for my business. Plus, these props always brighten my home as little decor pieces as well!
The actual shoot:
I usually shoot the photos during weekends. I also plan according to the weather so I get adequate natural lighting for all my photos. This is really important for me as I don't use any artificial lighting - natural light works best for me. With the mood board and my notes as reference, I start shooting photos one by one according to the plan. I don't have any fancy shooting setup, I shoot everything on a simple white Ikea table. I compose the shot, adjust the settings on my camera and start clicking away. I click a lot of photos from different angles so I have a lot to choose from during the editing process. I click both horizontal and vertical versions for each shot so they can be put to use as required for the application. Although I try my best to stick to the plan, many times I do change up things with the composition, props etc. at the last moment and that's good - that's the beauty of creativity! Its difficult, but I finally stop after I feel I have a good set of photos to choose the best 10 from. Now its time to filter and edit!
This is probably where all the magic happens. My most favorite phase of the whole process has to be the editing which is a simple two step process. Usually I have anywhere between 300 - 500 photos to choose from. So first, I use Adobe Lightroom to import all the photos and select the ones with the best composition, lighting and mood. Once I 've chosen the top 10 photos (Portrait and Landscape) I import them into Adobe Photoshop where I edit them. To make my editing process faster and easier, I record a photoshop action while editing the first photo. Since all the photos are taken in a similar lighting setting, more often than not, the same edits are required for each photo. By recording these edits into a photoshop action I can reuse them to edit the rest of the photos with the click of just one button. If required, I do minor adjustments but the photoshop action does most of the work and saves me a ton of time.
That's it - I bundle the photos and upload them on dropbox for download! Here's the December photo pack for download, its FREE! :)