As I was browsing the internet for cool photography links earlier this week, I stumbled upon this very interesting article, which I just had to try for myself. It’s not really my style to rip off someone else’s idea, so credit where credit’s due, if you want to learn in more detail about how to do it, check out this article.
The idea, as I’m sure you can see, is to take a photo of yourself into a mirror, without the camera being visible. But how? Well, it takes roughly three photos, and a little bit of photoshop trickery.
Before you start, make sure you clean your mirror, and no, you don’t need a tripod. You will also want to put your camera into manual mode, or lock the exposure so that all the photos come out the same.
You start by taking a photo of your left arm, and then your right arm, and layer them on top of each other in Photoshop. You then take a layer mask to remove half of the top photo (the right arm photo), so that the left arm comes through before. Layer masks are really easy to use, so don’t be too put off by this step. It will look something like this below.
You then add another photo, which hasn’t got your face blocked by the camera, and if possible, avoiding the top of your chest. I’ve put this layer in the middle of my photo to show you how I’ve used a layer mask.
When you have your face and chest masked how you want it, you move this layer over the top of your body into the right place.
If you’ve been really careful when taking the photos, then this should be fairly easy to complete. If not, then it’s time to get some photoshop trickery out. A little bit of clone tool here and there, and pinch of content-aware fill later, I’m able to make mine come out perfect. A slight crop to remover the overlapping, and I’m done.
As I said, the guy who wrote the original article probably did a better job than me, so check it out here, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.