Behind the Scenes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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How to create a photo like this.

My Chilling Adventures of Sabrina inspired photo was one of my favourites to do. Partly because I loved the series so much, but this photo also pushed my creativity.  I’m going into a bit more detail of what went wrong with the photo, the importance of theming and how I edited it. 

Theming

I’ve always thought that theming can make or break a photo. It’s sometimes the little details in the photo that really make it stand out. For this photo, I decided to incorporate the lace collar that the Weird Sisters in the series wear, to really make it look like I was one of the characters and part of the Sabrina world. 

I also incorporated the book ‘Literary Witches’ into the photo. I’ve had it on my shelves for quite a while and have been looking for an excuse to use it - a Sabrina Spellman photo seemed like the perfect opportunity! 

It’s these little things in a photo that I really love seeing because it shows that someone has really thought about the photo and put a lot of time into. I could’ve easily just used a plain covered book instead of the Literary Witches one, but by doing so it created more context for the photo!

The Shoot

The location of this photo played a huge part in the finished look. I could’ve easily taken this photo inside, but it wouldn’t have had the same overall impact. For this photo, it was important to have a very flat background with a lot of sky. This meant getting to high ground. 

In order to get the look of this photo, you have to take four separate photos. One of the photos needs to be of the background with nothing on it. This is what you’re going to photoshop the photos of you on. Then you will need three separate photos of you in different positions. Make sure these are all taken from the same angle, so using a tripod would be good idea for this one. 

If you want to have the effect of book pages flying, I usually just take photos of me holding them and crop my hand out when editing. 

The Editing

As I've stated before, I do all of my editing in Photoshop so I can only talk about the editing that I know. I don’t know any apps that can do the same as Photoshop. I’m also self-taught, so I have my own ways of doing things that may be different to what other people do, and that’s okay too. You don’t have to spend any money at all to learn how to use it, I learnt everything I know through trial and error or through YouTube tutorials. Below are the steps that I took to create the final image. 

  1. Open up your background image in Photoshop.

  2. Open up one of your images of yourself. It doesn’t really matter which one because you can always move about the layers.

  3. Click and drag the image of yourself onto the background image. Because they were shot in exactly the same lighting conditions in exactly the same location, I could be lazy with the cutting out. [Please note: there are times that you will need to be precise with your cutting in order to make it look natural, but this was not one of those times!] I took the eraser tool and made sure that it was feathered. I don’t remember the exact size, but I had it around the 1000px mark and basically just started erasing the background of the image of myself. I did this until it looked natural, trying to keep any shadows I made on the floor intact.

  4. Repeat for the other two photo of yourself.

  5. Then it was time for some cleaning up. After all the images have been layed in the right order, you might find that you need to be more precise with your erasing, such as when bodies overlap. For this, I zoomed right in on the photo, making sure I was on the layer that I wanted to erase and changed my eraser size to around 15px. This meant I could make some more precise cutting out!

  6. If you so wish, now is the time to add the book pages using the same click, drag and erase method.

  7. Once you’re satisfied with the image, save it as a JPEG and then add your filter in whatever app you use!

The Caption 

I think one of the reasons that this post did so well was that it was current. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina had come out about a week ago, so it had given people some time to watch as little or as much of the series as they wanted and therefore generated conversation. It was also what I call an opinionated caption, where I share my opinion (duh) on something I've written/watched and had an impact on me in some way. These captions also do really well because they feel really personal and more real. 

Conclusion

A lot went into this Sabrina post and I made sure I took a lot of time researching the location, the type of photo I wanted to take and the caption. More often than not, a success of a post is a combination of all of these things and is rarely just one aspect. So make sure you are taking time with everything that you do on Instagram because they are all equally important!

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