How I Do It
I decided this week to show you how I come up with my “Haunted House” looks. The image above is the final product. This was taken up near Millerton, New York. I took “the Baby” which is my little 350z for a run last weekend and landed up in Millerton, NY. This poor little car gets to go on a majority of my photo shots and unfortunately gets driven down dirt roads that it really shouldn’t be on. I have a much older car that is my train, run to stores and winter car and you would think I would take that one but when its beautiful out I got to get “the Baby out”. I love Millerton, NY because my favorite tea company, Harney & Sons is located there and they have a lovely little tea room and tasting room. They also have a tea room and tasting room in Soho. On the way up there I passed this abandoned house and grabbed a shot.
The image below is a screen shot of my final image in Photoshop CS5. I do process the image first in Lightroom4 since I shoot Raw (not to be mistaken for in the raw) and use Nik Color Efex Pro for tone and contrast. I then bring it into Photoshop to start the creative process.
The image below is what the image looked like coming from Lightroom4.
I decided that I really wanted to work this in black and white, so I imported it into Nik Silver Efex and came out with the image below.
I then decided to give it a creepy look by adding photos of clouds I had photographed. If you look at my screen shot below you can see that I use a mask next to the clouds to brush out some of the clouds to lighten the front of the house. I also added a levels layer which pops my shadows, midtones, and highlights.
I then pick out my textures to add mood and atmosphere. In this image I used two of Dirk Wuestenhagen’s textures.
This image was too dark and I needed more contrast and tones so I popped it into Nik Color Efex Pro and added the tonal filter and pro contrast. The finished result and ready to post!