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In the Box: Jennifer Sutsser

ISO 400 58mm 1.8 1/200

November 2019. Camera: Nikon d750 Lens: 58mm 1.4

All-time favorite to date!! Probably the most challenging task I have attempted in Photoshop but I learned a ton! You can definitely do this with supplies you already have at home and what kid(s) doesn’t enjoy playing in a cardboard box. 

Couple tips from my attempt:

  1. Box needs to be square. I use the wardrobe box from Home Depot for about 20 bucks.
  2. Place your box on a coffee table or somewhere sturdy with a white sheet underneath. The white makes masking and editing in Photoshop easier.
  1. Use a tripod or place your camera on a table. This is especially useful for getting the same exact angle, directly at your subject.
  2. Light: I had two continuous lights one on each side of my camera on a tripod. The lights were touching my camera. I want very direct light. In the picture above you can see the shadows directly behind their heads. You can definitely do this with window light. Have the window right behind your camera.
  3. Each of the 9 images is an individual photo that I edited to my liking in Lightroom before sending to Photoshop to make it as one.

Once in Photoshop you will have to look up tutorials as to how to put it all together and learn how to mask and use layers. There is a very helpful In-the-Box FB group with some great starter tutorials. I set up one computer next to me playing the video while doing the actions on my computer because I needed it step-by-step. 

ISO 400 58mm F1.8 1/200

***Before exporting into Photoshop you want to edit and crop as close as you can in Lightroom.

These two innocent looking angels gave me about one and a half minutes to take these pictures. That’s it. They were done within 2 minutes. I took about 90 pictures in 2 minutes. Well worth it! 

If you don’t try any of the others because of mess or whatever your reservation might be, definitely try these. It pushed me way out of my comfort zone and I am thrilled with the results, plus you don’t need anything but a box and your camera. GOOD LUCK! You got this!

Lesson by: Jennifer Sutsser

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