The following is a guest post by Italian artist, Romoli Francesco. With a degree in computer science and mathematics at the University of Pisa, he recently studied photography at the center of contemporary photography Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence.
My style is a mix between photography and digital graphics. I like to imagine things that do not exist. I’m a big fan of science fiction and fantasy; and the many books I have read certainly have influence on my style. My project, “Imaginary towns,” stems from the desire to create desolate landscapes and surreal.
How It Was Done
To make the images in the “Imaginary Towns” series, I used an external flash, a canon 430EX ii. With my flash I handled all the shadows. The buildings were simple cardboard boxes. After you get the shot of the cardboard box with optimal light, the next step is to go to Photoshop and cut out the background.
Playing with masks and using an appropriate blending, I superimposed various city images to the cardboard box.
The last step is to get a look surreal. I usually use the Nik Efex Pro filters.
Canon 17-55 f2.8
canon 430EX ii
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Future Articles and More Images
See the work below for more examples of the technique above. In future articles on SLR Lounge, I will be showing before and after images of my work as well as insights and tutorials. Thanks everyone!