A few months back we brought you a look at an up-and-coming artist called Jared Beerman who was still developing his photographic and editing skills and we checked out his portfolio of shots. Now we return to see how far he has come by challenging him to create a themed series based around the word “Order” and it doesn’t disappoint!
Jared Beerman @beermanphotography
I was given the word “Order” as a theme to base my shoot on. I mainly shoot Star Wars figures so I instantly had a few options based on this word; First Order, Order 66, and Jedi Order. I decided to focus on the Jedi Order, in a universe after Order 66 had taken place. Jedi Master’s Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi are in hiding from the Empire but are able to meet in a cave on a secluded planet to continue training in the ways of the force. Years later, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, would be drawn to this cave after the Battle of Endor where the ghosts of Yoda and Obi-Wan watch over his continued training along with the emotional torment of losing his father.
I was able to achieve the background by setting up a variety of rocks on two baking sheets on the coffee table. I then lit two tea light candles right out of frame and turned all the lights off. I used a manual setting to achieve the shadows so it would look like a fully enclosed cave with some torches or bonfire for lighting.
I had a lot of fun figuring out how to create the ghost appearance for Yoda and Obi-Wan. I took two pictures, one with the normal lighting and one with no candle light but bathed in blue light from a home made filter and a flashlight. I then imported both images into Photoshop and layered the blue image over the other. A mask was then applied to the blue layer so only the Jedi figures and a slight area around them were visible. The next step was to play with the noise filter on the blue layer to make the figures look partially transparent. I have limited experience with this tool so I just played with the slider until it looked right to me. Toy photography has provided me with a great opportunity to learn new photography and Photoshop skills and I am always excited to set up a new shoot!
A huge thank you to Jared for allowing us an insight into his continual development as a photographer and its great to see how far he has come in such a short space of time and we just know that 2017 is going to be a really successful year for him. To see more of Jared’s work head over to his Instagram @beermanphotography and leave a comment to discuss the series.