Multiplicity Self-Portraits

One of the problems of being the person behind the camera is there are very few pictures of us. Unless you count the candid photo someone took of you... BEHIND THE CAMERA!!! Yep, got plenty of those.

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PRICE: Free to members and their guests.

DESCRIPTION: This is a simple yet fun photo project to add to your collection of self-portraits. While this is easy enough to do on your own, it is even easier with a little help.

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For this project we will pair off with another photographer. While one person is posing their partner will be guiding the pose and operating the camera. After we have had a chance to get a set of images we'll change it up by shooting at a different location for another set of images.

Post processing can be done at home on your own. It's a simple task with any editing program that allows you to work with layers. I will provide you with instructions.

WHAT TO BRING: You will definitely need a tripod. You can't do this without it. If you don't have one we will pair you up with someone who does so don't worry. With the tripod you will also need a shutter release cable or remote trigger. We will be using available light but you can bring your off-camera flash setup for any fill you may want.

* If you don't have a shutter release cable/remote please make sure you know how to set your camera for 'self-timer' mode.

If you want to get creative, bring some changes of clothing to change in between poses. That way when you compose the final image it will add to the illusion of being different you's.

ABOUT THE LOCATION: Commonly referred to as the Slab, the Veteran's Memorial Park is annually used as a fairground, fireworks display area and for the town picnic. They just recently erected a large pavilion and added more walkways. There is a nice overview of the Housatonic river with a river walk area containing little alcoved seating areas.

Within a short walk there are some old buildings to shoot against, a skateboard park, factories and lots of interesting backgrounds. Just bring your imagination (and maybe a few props).

Across the river is the Derby Greenway, a nature walk that winds around the peninsula where the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers meet. There is an old, and still active, steel trestle railroad bridge spanning the Housatonic that is rather photogenic.

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  • Diann

    I am curious, does anyone at all here know anything about Paint Shop Pro? It is a discontinued program, owned "currently" by Corel, but they are not supporting it. Reason I ask -- it is the ABSOLUTELY ONLY software that upgraded with me to Windoze 7 (when the old computer died). I've had to either re-buy or eliminate about 20-30 other things I paid out good money for prior to Windoze 7, and so I really resent being sent to PhotoShop for my digital post work, when PSP is still fully functional. Paint Shop Pro does do masks (which until now I never needed to use) -- and when I hit the help button it sent me to "Windows Movie Maker" on YouTube. Microsoft, why did you DO this????

    I am going to NEED the mask feature for the first Multiplicity shots, since light and dark kept changing. That one will be fun, outfit changes and all...

    April 15, 2013

    • Massimo N.

      Diann, PSP isn't discontinued as far as I know. In fact, I'm using it right now to process my images. Corel is still actively developing PSP and X5 is their latest release, which is the one I use. Corel had also bought Bibble and changed its name to AfterShot Pro, which is a great program for RAW images editing, but it looks like that one might be dead and Corel won't be supporting it any longer. Not so for PSP, which is still fully featured on their website.

      April 15, 2013

    • Diann

      Good to know! I'll go check it out for help with my maskings!

      April 16, 2013

  • Diann

    Frankly, and Seriously, I thought only Apple was this backwardsly-incompatible. I guess Bill learned from them. (Don't get me going on iPods....)

    April 15, 2013

  • Ed D.

    Excellent meet up! The venue was great had a wonderful range of urban factory decay, a nice park, a war memorial and old rail road tracks. So many possibilities for future shoots. I was very luck to be paired up with Vicki an award winning photographer who is creative and blast to work with. Also the lunch venue had good food and Duck's demonstration was useful for anyone for the important post processing technique. Another fantastic meetup courtesy of Duck. PS... if any one has found a pair of transition metal frame glasses... please let me know @ [masked].

    April 13, 2013

    • Vicki M.

      Oh crud, you didn't find your glasses! I'm sorry Ed!!! BTW, stop making me blush! It was a pleasure to hang out with you! Thanks for all the laughs!

      April 13, 2013

    • Diann

      You had glasses on at the last shoot, by the bridge? Could they still be in that area?

      April 15, 2013

  • Ray

    This was a fun outing--I enjoyed working with Edward and Christine.

    2 · April 14, 2013

    • Edward S.

      Thanks Ray same here, it was super, but you know what, I'm still freak out!!! LOL

      April 15, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Looking over some of the images already posted it seems as we have some great talent going on. I am happy everyone had a good time.

    April 14, 2013

  • Edie

    I've never done this before so hopefully when I actually put my pics together in PS they'll come as I hope they will ... but it's always good to learn something new!

    April 14, 2013

  • Massimo N.

    It was a blast!! A must-do event, thanks Rich for all the help and patience and Duck for organizing the event and showing us an awesome location!!

    April 14, 2013

  • Vicki M.

    What a great time I had!!! Thanks Duck for another great event.

    April 13, 2013

  • Linda

    Where do we put the pictures?

    April 13, 2013

  • Linda

    I was talking with some others and suggested a book. It is Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide. He does a great job of explaining exposure.

    April 13, 2013

  • Linda

    This was so much fun! Great job Duck. Thank you!

    April 13, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    What a wonderful day filled with fun and learning. Thanks Duck for taking time and all your creative input.

    April 13, 2013

  • Diann

    Excellent opportunity, Duck, great locale (and lunch, after), and thanks, Jeff, for pointers while we were shooting.

    April 13, 2013

  • Angela

    Thanks Duck for organizing another great place for shooting and for the presentation to complete our Multiplicity experience!

    April 13, 2013

  • Herman B.

    I thought it was excellent.

    April 13, 2013

  • Fred M.

    Interesting learning experience.

    April 13, 2013

  • Ray

    I appears I won't be detained--I should be there on time.

    April 13, 2013

  • Hope

    I am not sure if I will be able to make it or not. How long will you be shooting for?

    April 11, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      I will be there from 9am to 12 noon. At noon I am heading to a nearby lunch place and doing a quick 'how-to' demonstration on assembling the images. I'll be working from my laptop and displaying it on a screen for people to follow along.

      April 12, 2013

    • Hope

      Thanks Duck.

      April 13, 2013

  • Hope

    Duck,
    Do you think you will be offering another multiplicity shoot anytime soon, for all of us that have scheduling conflicts??? I would love to do this, but the timing is bad.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Samantha S.

    Ugh last minute schedule conflict, I can't make it. I was so looking forward to this. Have fun everyone!

    April 13, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Due to the rain the grassy areas may be wet for our event. Make sure you wear appropriate shoes. Also, since the area we will be at has a large parking area you can bring more stuff than you think you may need and just keep it in your car. That includes extra jacket or sweater, folding chair, and so on. If you think you might use it, bring it. It won't hurt to have it on hand.

    April 12, 2013

  • Melissa

    Bummed, I won't be able to make it. :(

    April 12, 2013

  • Betty W.

    Sorry, I can't make it now.

    April 12, 2013

  • Lori Z.

    Sorry about the late notice but I won't be able to join you tomorrow. Maybe next time. L

    April 12, 2013

  • Ray

    I will be delayed--I hope to be there by 10:30--If I'm not there by then, I probably won't be able to make it.

    April 12, 2013

  • Sue F.

    I inadvertently scheduled a reception for the 13th (when I could have picked the 6th) and am SO disappointed I can't join you. Have a blast, all!

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Due to a death I need to cancel

    April 9, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      Our condolences to you and your family.

      April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Duck, sorry for the last-minute change - have to drop out for Saturday. Sounds like fun - sorry to miss it!

    April 10, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      Sorry to hear that. We'll miss you. See you on the next one.

      April 10, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Holy mega crowd, Batman! There's a lot of people signed up for this event. The weather is promising to be great, the vibe is positive... I'm really looking forward to this.

    2 · April 9, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    Can't wait to see some of my ol' friends, and make new ones... Saturday is going to be beautiful. I have a few things for a quick Change.. Thanks Duck.

    April 9, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Okay, here it is...
    "Veterans Memorial Park, Canal Street East, Shelton, CT"
    Type it in Google Maps for the arial view. There's a large pavilion, multi-monument memorial to past major wars, river view walk, etc. A short walk North there are old warehouse buildings with interesting details to shoot against. For you adventurous types, there are train tracks that run across the river.

    There's plenty of free parking off Cornell St. next to the Farmer's Market building across the street from the memorial.

    If people are also interested, the Derby Greenway has some really nice spots to shoot against. Unfortunately part of the park receive some severe damage from the two past storms and a section has been closed off. But... you can get to the RR bridge footings for some cool shots.

    There is a really great soup and sandwich shop nearby called "Liquid Lunch". I'm not sure what time they close on Saturdays. I'll check hours of operation. They're a bit pricy but it is REALLY GREAT FOOD.

    February 4, 2013

    • Diann

      I checked their menu online, it does look good.

      March 25, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      Nope, I can definitely vouch for their food. Well worth the price. My favorite is the Biloxi. Unfortunately their web site sucks.

      March 26, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    We're three weeks away, time to start some research. There are quite a few examples of some really clever multiplicity photos online. Take a look at them to get inspired. Think of some simple props you can bring with you for the shoot (balloons, small table, costumes, ladder, rope, broom, hula hoop, etc.) Start thinking outside the box (levitation, interactions, conflicts, etc) A little effort in the prep work will give you greater results in the end.

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Diann

      Actually, I'd already been thinking about costume changes and props. The levitation bit sounds good, but I KNOW I cannot leap with a bum knee like the guy in the one YouTube video I watched, did. I plan on wearing a base t-shirt and pair of shorts that I can quickly change outfits over (without a changing room).

      March 24, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      You can do a levitation shot by using a stool or short ladder then removing it in post. I also like you t-shirt idea.

      March 24, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    I have moved the time to 9am. Might as well take advantage of the earlier light. If you can't make it to 9, don't worry, 10am is fine. I am looking to secure a small space at a local soup and sandwich shop for a quick "how-to" demonstration after. I'll post further info as I get it.

    March 17, 2013

  • Richard G.

    My wife and I would love to come

    February 16, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      My wife and I would love to have you.

      1 · February 16, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Here are some YouTube tutorials I found that explain the process better. There are some others too but these are two of the better ones I found.

    Photoshop - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3spT03p0XAQ
    Elements - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ76HNUkDg0

    February 14, 2013

  • 'Duck'

    Sue Fenton (of Shutter-Buds) sent me this link. Thought I'd share it for some cool ideas.

    http://irwan.net/crazy-photo-montages/

    February 4, 2013

  • Hope

    Do you have any locations that are more centrally located? I'm very excited to attend some events, but it is definitely a hike from Marlborough, Ct.

    February 3, 2013

  • Melanie G.

    This sounds very interesting.

    February 1, 2013

  • Vicki M.

    I had a great time with this last year, looking forward to having fun again!

    January 30, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Wish that I could attend -- this is definitely on my fun things to try list!

    January 30, 2013

  • Ed D.

    I don't mind the park, but it maybe interesting to go to the location where you had all that graffiti behind you as a change of pace.

    January 28, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Ok. any place is fine with me including the park from the last shoot... I just liked the urban grunge look you had in your shot it was pretty cool.

      January 28, 2013

    • 'Duck'

      I'll see if I can find something similar.

      January 29, 2013

  • Ed D.

    I did this last time. It was a BLAST!

    January 28, 2013

  • Herman B.

    I've seen this done and love the concept. I'd love to learn how to do this while meeting people with similar interests in photography. (Hopefully) See you there!

    January 28, 2013

  • Linda

    This sounds like a lot of fun.

    January 28, 2013

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