How to Collage Pt. 1 (Multiples)

So sometimes we have a couple of photos that we really love. Of the same thing.

Maybe you planted an adorable little lemon balm plant or bought a small lemon macron from the local bakery that no longer carries your favorite cupcakes (so macrons work, you guess).

Whatever it is, collages can be a fun way to display different photos from multiple angles or even to give a standard macron photo some more appeal. In these next two posts, I’ll outline two ways to Collage in part one (the lemon balm) and part two (the lemon macron). Enjoy!

The Two-in-One Collage

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Let’s say you have a few pictures of your new plant and poorly painted vase:

  1. Edit each shot individually, do not make your first edit a group edit where you edit all the photos once they are in the collage together. This is because each photo has its own editing needs when it comes to lighting and color.
  2. Be sure to edit both photos in a similar style — i.e if you’re going for the crisp look for your truffle photo, make sure each individual photo is brought to the same level of brightness, same intensity of whites, and same level of contrast. If you’re unsure as to what all that means, please take a look at some of my other posts under the ‘editing’ tab and keep an eye out for my Bread & Butter of Editing post!
  3. When you finally put all the photos in one collage, remember the rules of composition, aspect ratio, and cropping! The cropping for the truffle photos were easy – I just stuck to squares for the side photos, giving the collage an overall sense of consistency. The consistency idea also goes for the lemon balm photo — the picture of the pot is cropped in a way that takes advantage of thirds (roughly two thirds of both the longitude and latitude is taken up by the pot), and the same image is used for the bottom image — which also takes up one third of the entire collage image! Manipulating thirds is what really made this photo attractive. The bottom image is a square photo reflected (use “flip” or “reflect” in your photo editor) over the median line to create a cool effect and take up more space than the original photo would in the collage. In summary, think of thirds and try using square images around your main image!
  4. Finally, do a small minor edit as a whole collage. This gives the color and lighting of the entire photo a feeling of consistency and it really pulls the final product together! Try playing with temperature (to give the whole image a uniform sense of coolness or warmth) or brightness.

 

Happy collage-ing!

Love,
Samah

 

 

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