How to Create a Fantasy Photoshoot with Simple Elements – Photography Tutorial
How to Create a Fantasy Photoshoot with Simple Elements – Photography Tutorial

July’s giveaway, Light Blaster, Nero
Trigger. Look at the end of the video. ♪ [music] ♪ Today on The Slanted Lens we’re shooting a
style life shot of a girl with an umbrella being blown by the wind. Just a fun
exercise in lighting and also a look at just simple set pieces. We’ll create our
environment with three elements. Number one, clumps of grass in the foreground.
We’re going to bring these closer to the camera and further from the camera, just
kind of space them out. Closer we get them to the camera, the larger they’re on
the foreground and more of the frame they cover. They also give us more depth as
they fall out of focus in the foreground. Number two is a tree branch overhead. We
have tree branches held up by a clamp in the foreground on a combo stand. This
is going to frame the top of our frame to give us just a little bit of framing
overhead. Number three is a backdrop. It’s grey and mild kind of looks like stormy
sky. Just non script makes a nice background for us. I also created a small
structure for her to lean against to give the impression she’s leaning into the
wind. Last of all, we’re going to add wind and leaves to create action in the frame.
Let’s get started. I’ll be shooting on the 24-7mm Tamron lens at about 63mm. I set
the aperture wide open at 2.8 so my depth of field is very shallow. I’ll set
my shutter 160 to the second to slow down the leaves but not stop them.
Then the ISO set at 250 to make the other
settings possible. Let’s look at the lighting breakdown. Our first
light is a Dynolite Studio Head with a medium soft-box with a grid. These
Dynolite Studio Heads have very nice soft quality about them, makes a very nice
light. We’re now at a three background lights. These are three PhotoFlex Flex
Heads. They’re going to be on the floor aiming up towards the background. I want
it to be darker at the top and light at the bottom. This gives me a sense of depth
or the sun kind of going down. Our last light is a Dynolite Travel Head with no
modifiers or rim light. That’s going to give us a nice hard light in the left.
It’ll rim her, it’ll rim the grass. It gives us just a lot of depth, makes for a
nice look. Everything is ready now, we’re going to go ahead and start the shoot. In
order to get the dress up so it catches the wind, we’ve fishing lines tied in
about three places that will help pick the dress up, let it catch little wind
underneath it, and the guys now start to throw leaves into the fan as
we shoot its frame. This process is slow and gets a bit
tedious as we have to throw leaves and lift the dress after each shot. To create
the flowing look at her dress, Julene took two dresses from H&M and layered them
one on top of the other. The top dress was cut all the way up and the bottom dress
was slit just above her knee. This gives us lots of fabric to blow in the wind.
Julene will go in and PhotoShop, kind of clean up the the rough edges.
Here’s some of the unedited images using the structure. Here are a few where she did not use the
structure and just leaned forward. You know it really doesn’t look that bad, I
think this is almost as effective as the structured and maybe one of the ones I’ll
use. This really will become a composite image when we’re done. In post Julene
will take several images and composite them together. Leaves from one and a dress
from another, a body from one and a face from another. I want the background a
little more out of focus so she’ll outline the girl and make it a little more soft in
the background. Let’s take a look at the final image. I love this type of image, I
find the shoot and create a great product. Now it really doesn’t take a lot of large
elements to create a great looking large set. We’ve got some old grass and tree
branches I cut down from my yard, that really becomes our set. So get out there,
take those elements around you, create some interesting environments. Keep those
cameras rolling, keep on clicking. Here’s our international giveaway for the
month of July. A Light Blaster and a Nero Trigger. Go and sign
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68 thoughts on “How to Create a Fantasy Photoshoot with Simple Elements – Photography Tutorial”

  1. Raymond Hamby says:

    I love this, it gives me a lot of ideas for shoots! Thanks J.P.

  2. Caleb Corlett says:

    Love it.

  3. Alfredo Lainez says:

    awsome idea

  4. Superflyguy009 says:

    Bravo! Love the concept. Would love to see more like this!

  5. Simon Anderson says:

    Love this kind of creative photography.
    Amazing work and thanks for sharing……..

  6. bullsquid42 says:

    Pretty cool.

  7. ArcanePath360 says:

    Thanks for sharing! I think one with the structure works best. It looks more dynamic and suits the facial expression, whereas the others look a little posed for. I would have gone with the one with the most leaves in the shot as it looks very punchy and interesting

  8. Kenrick Bernard says:

    wonderful vid thanks man

  9. ComputerGenerated says:

    Great video! I'd love to see the workflow all the way through – including the PS part.

  10. Alex Tumusok says:

    Another inspiring video, this would be great fall theme shot. Thank you

  11. JM Ledy says:

    Excellent work!!!

  12. Ufo Alien says:

    very creatively ! ! ! RESPECT ! ! !

  13. Hoa Mộc Lan says:

    love your show!

  14. Imp_Daddy says:

    Is it just me or is that lens filter filthy @ 3:07 Great tutorials, thank you. Keep up the good work!

  15. Lauren Ashley says:

    SO COOL!!!!

  16. Andrew Smith says:

    love it

  17. zopa196 says:

    First thing i admire is..' idea' to create a scene..which i think is the hardest..some people are 'gifted', the next thing 'how' is less harder and full of fun if you've got the props…and the third 'execution'…is the easiest part…. great work!!love all your works.

  18. Visual revolver says:


  19. Joel Torres tello says:

    Creating a Fantasy Portrait with "Simple" Elements … Is great shooting; awesome work, but, I don´t think there are a "simple" job or simple elements… congrats!!

  20. Warfare1904 says:

    I love this!! I love the way you explain your process,.

  21. Andrew Tan says:

    Did you say simple??

  22. marjorie celiz says:


  23. Dartheomus says:

    Pretty cool.  🙂   Thanks for sharing!

  24. Alberto Matamoros says:

    I am too late for the free stuff?

  25. mahdi messouli says:

    Simple elements ?

  26. Rio Angel says:

    i can create this photo by photoshop_)i dont need  this trees or objectives)

  27. Robert Curtis says:

    Gorgeous shots. And yes while some with the photoshop skills may be able to create it in photoshop, that is not really taking a photo is it so much as it is making a photo. I love that you put in the work and actually CREATE something gorgeous. Inspiring, thank you for the video.

  28. Aladdin JH says:

    Good Job!

  29. Iesvilla says:

    The photoshoot is great, but you guys are using a huge studio, hundreds of dollars (if not thousands) in equipment (besides the camera and lens itself), half a dozen people and a professional backdrop. That's not simple by any measure of the word.

  30. Trick Photography 101 says:

    Great share! Informative and quite helpful if your doing trick photography! 🙂 #trickphography101  

  31. bringdastorm says:

    very well done!

  32. tengoAireEnLaCabeza says:

    la que lias para nada, con lo facil que es irse al campo y hacer una foto natural …. eres un triste pajarillo

  33. Pam perry says:

    I love to learn lighting from video people. Im just not a fan of a 1 light setup. Ive tried but many lights make me happy

  34. Abhiuday Srivastava says:

    Thanks for sharing. beautifully executed.

  35. Rochelle Douglass says:

    very cool

  36. GermanMythbuster says:

    Don`t get me wrong you do great work, but this is not real photography for me. It is all fake and komposed at the end. I like the more natural style, but I think I can use some things for my own work. 🙂

  37. Chris Warzenski says:

    Can you show us the simple version? The one without a HUGE studio, half dozen assistants and 1000's of dollars worth of lighting equipment? Because to be honest, if we were all able to afford those things we probably wouldn't looking at a video with the wording "simple elements" in it.

  38. jayanta gogoi says:

    Dont u think, the direction of wind and the girl leaning is wrong.,

  39. Waruna Jayanath says:

    direction of wind and the girl looking problem. but attractive work

  40. Pepino Mude says:

    very creative guys

  41. Scott Stevens says:

    I love watching your videos. They are great examples of what can be done with a little ingenuity and the right equipment. I will use them for reference in future sessions. And pay no attention to the nay sayers out there..the ones that ONLY want to learn how a Porsche is made with chevy parts.

  42. Block Digital Productions says:

    Great Video! Thank you for sharing this. Can you tell me where you got the large hand painted Canvas please? Thank you!

  43. hakam soufan says:

    cool man… thank for sharing '

  44. guam roadster says:


  45. NepMuZic says:

    Look the resources. There are like 10 professional people helping to shoot one good pic. Good shot though.

  46. Viet Truong says:

    "Simple" !!!

  47. Andy Tu says:

    This is awesome, I wanna do something like this.

  48. Nico Dehnhardt says:

    creating a fantasy portrait with simple elements ????
    this isn´t simple elements

  49. johnchatz says:

    so simple elements..

  50. chinthaka jeewan bandara samarakoon says:


  51. Raghu police patil says:

    sir very good Photographe

  52. Juicy says:

    simples elements sure….

  53. Dop3 Dolls says:

    I only film my hands… would you mind having a look at my videos and advise me on what lighting I could use for just hands? Can you create a lighting video for youtuber tutorial creators who only film hands. I was also wondering if a reflector would make my hands look softer in adequate light? Any advise is welcome. Thanks

  54. WIlis matrix says:

    Yes,, I see,, simple elements,, this is a freaking whole studio, lights, and teamwork,, _'
    The girl,, is very beautiful by the way !

  55. Peter Skrypnyk says:

    Good, interesting, informative video. Do you shake your head when you read some of the contents? Thanks for the video, and the ideas.

  56. Myke D says:

    Question. This seems to be a HUGE production to make this image! My question is, with such an obvious cost to create, where does a photographer sell imagery like this? Was it a commissioned work, for a magazine, movie poster, or something else? I love doing composite pieces, but I'm never sure where mega imagery like this is sold and/or created for.

  57. formattester6 says:

    very cool!

  58. Phil Jones says:

    Great video. I like the fishing line technique on the dress. This could also be handy if you don't have an assistant nearby!

  59. William D. Ramirez says:

    This is a great guide for a beginner or expert compositor. It starts off with the basics of extraction and how to shoot your subject and takes you all the way through creating wonderful composites for an array of different projects. It helped a great deal with my learning curve for composting pictures. This learning by doing method gave me the confidence to take on more complex projects and was very fun to do.

  60. Kuhinoor Akter says:

    Very good photographer and very good video

  61. Sultana Mariam says:

    Please change your title "simple" to "EXPENSIVE" …….

  62. Rekt Facts says:

    i'm so excited!!! i wish i could work with ya on such projects!!

  63. winni223 says:

    Mary Poppins comes to mind! I'll use the creative idea of the set if you don't mind 🙂 Hold on, the video is incomplete, where are the final shots of the author flying???

  64. JR Vision says:


  65. Bhaskar Ravi says:

    Wow…!!! Awesome..!!❤❤👍

  66. JA_NPH says:

    Simple?. Now just to get huge studio, 4 assistants, a model, tools, heavy duty stands and clamps, heavy duty fan, make fake floor and structure for her to lean against, a bag or two of dry leaves and final touch, a heap of lighting equipment. Oh yeah, really simple.

  67. andrew clemmit says:

    To all the people saying this is not simple break it down use the space you have any lights some props friends or family for assistants just got out and shoot use what you have.

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