Star Wars Wedding Photo trend

Possibly due to the resurgence of the popularity of Star Wars, or just because Star Wars is awesome, it hasn’t been uncommon at recent weddings to request photoshopped a Star Wars Wedding Photo. It’s possibly the most common request these days, where as in the past it’s been dinosaurs or zombies. These types of photos are always a bit of fun to shoot, as it requires wedding guests to roleplay as characters in the Star Wars universe and pretend to be within a warzone. I always have a big smile on my face as I sit down and edit these scenes, as it’s such a different image to produce when considering wedding photos. Below is one such photo I put together for Rebecca and Simon.

Star Wars Wedding Photo Process

The most recent wedding I put together a Star Wars Wedding Photo for was the Edwardstown Baptist Church wedding for Chloe and Alex. As we were walking around a forest-type location for their glamour photos, I suggested that a small-scale skirmish type scene would be best. So we got the bridal party to surround Chloe, Alex and their flower girl, then pretend they were attacking each other with light sabers. This sort of situation always gets a laugh 🙂

This is the behind-the-scenes process to create such an image from the original photo.

Original Photo

As you can see, if I included the original photo onto the finished album, people would look a little strangely towards the bride and groom thinking there was some sort of hidden martial arts love between them that they weren’t aware of. The idea here is to imagine that each of the members of the bridal party are in the act of attacking one another. The trick to making it look good is to have each of them try to do something slightly different to each other at differing heights.

Step 1

The first step is adding the usual colour and contrast corrections that one would usually perform.

Step 2

I then went ahead and crudely added some lightsaber beams into the hands of some of the bridal party. I also tried to give a little diversity to the ‘fighters’ by adding a blaster gun to the flower girl, and planned to add lightning coming from the groomsman on the right.

Step 3

After adding the foreground lightsabers, I wanted to add an AT-ST walker in the background to replicate what happened at the battle for Endor. So I added one in, blurred it a bit so that it didn’t take too much of the focus away from the bridal party, but also added a bit of blaster fire with an explosion just to spice things up a bit.

Final step

Finally, some atmospheric effects are added to create a sense of scenic epicness. Cropped, and rotated a little too.

This Star Wars Wedding Photo was one of the more simple to put together, but sometimes simple is better. The more time you put into images like this, the more epic and crazy the images can get 🙂 Let me know if you’d like a photo like this done for your own wedding!

Wacom Cintiq Companion Review

Just recently I was presented with the opportunity of obtaining a brand new Wacom Cintiq Companion through salary sacrifice at my day job of teaching Japanese to primary schoolers. As a huge fan of concept art and always wanting a wacom cintiq, I figured why not, and jumped at the chance. The Cintiq Companion will help me with editing my photography on the go with the additional benefit being having an awesome, powerful tablet to use at school with my students.

Now the first thing you’re probably thinking after having googled for a Cintiq Companion review is that this guy must be insane, buying a high-end piece of equipment to be destroyed by the grubby little fingers of primary schoolers! But really that’s a secondary application of this amazing piece of machinery, as it’s mainly for my photography and learning the art of digital painting and concept art. The latter of which I’ve recently enrolled in an amazing concept art course run by CDW Studios in the Adelaide CBD. The instructors are industry professionals in the field and I’ve already learnt a whole heap in the first 2 weeks I’ve spent with them.

Cintiq Companion Unboxing

First thing you notice about the Cintiq Companion’s box is that it’s a neat little package, kind of expected for such a high-end piece of equipment. Everything is there, from the Cintiq Companion itself right through to a microfiber cloth and power adapters for all kids of different power points across the globe, I guess for travelling artists. As the Cintiq Companion is a tablet, that stands to reason I guess as you’d want to use your Cintiq Companion everywhere you go!. Anyway, watch my video for the unboxing.


Cintiq Companion use and responsiveness

My main concern on buying the Cintiq Companion was it’s response rate. The last time I had used a Cintiq, it was the Cintiq 12wx, which through my own perception had this horrible lag between the pen on the screen and what actually happened as a result. And with that being a stand alone input device for a PC, and the Cintiq Companion being it’s own PC and input peripheral, I was sceptical on how responsive it would be. But I needn’t worry as this little thing is very powerful and extremely well made. The Windows 8 interface, as it was designed for lends itself very well to the tablet and runs Photoshop CS5 like a champ. It’s solid state drive really adds an incredible zip to program opening and closing performance, not to mention the incredible boot time the Cintiq Companion has.

When painting in photoshop, the response rate is really like putting pen to paper, its actually quite incredible how much, or how large an image can be on the Cintiq Companion and it still have no lag when using the pen. The only hang up about the responsiveness I have is when using a pen, it sometimes takes a while to realise that you’re trying to use your finger to select, say the crop tool in photoshop while painting on the other side of the screen. But thats ok, as when coupled with the $50 bluetooth keyboard, one can just use the keyboard shortcuts, but it does make it awkward when sitting on my pillow pile.

Hopefully the video can demonstrate how great it is to use.