Many artists know the value of using toy models for reference and Adam V. is no exception. He brought in an image he photographed of a mammoth couple placed over rocks. Adam is well versed in the concept of copyright and wanted to make sure that, by staging and taking his own photograph, he could claim credit for the image without hesitation.
He collaborated with an instructor to come up with ways to make the photo more believable and dramatic. Adam has always been concerned with the story behind the piece and he wanted to add a narrative that did not currently exist.
Adam decided that he wanted the image to take place during the Ice Age. Photoshop was called upon to do its magic and here is the step by step process to get to this final image:
We’re starting out with the original image which we import into Photoshop. The green leaves on the right give away the toys’ true size so they are cropped out and we begin editing.
Step 1: By adding a color balance, the image now appears a cool temperature. The brightness was also adjusted and an ice texture was added to the background.
Step 2: Foot prints were added to place the mammoths on the ground. The mammoths were copied to a new layer and Color Dodge was selected as the layer style. This gave an icy look to their backs.
Step 3: The lake and snow images were added.
Step 4: A Levels layer and an Exposure layer were added for extra drama.