Goblin Photography

Okay, you wanted to know how to photograph goblins, so here goes. There are a number of things you need with the first obviously being a digital camera. Any camera will do the trick. I tend to use my camera phone most of the time but whatever camera you have in your possession is fine.

Next you need to know what to look for and this part requires a considerable degree of imagination. Thankfully, I’ve had a vivid imagination since childhood. Ig you don’t hav any imagination then you may struggle. You are on the lookout for anything on a tree, and it can be a fallen tree or even a branch, that resembles a face, all be usually only half a face. This might include, holes, knots, stumps, crevices and hollows, fractures, branches, moss, fungi, twigs, leaves and so on.

Now, having discovered a likely goblin, take a range of pictures from a variety of angles. Also keep the main subject to one half of the frame as you will need the free space when you later mirror the prospective goblin face on the computer. The ability of find a goblin face is also affected by the direction of the light. What might be visible in a sunny day may not be so noticeable on a grey overcast day.

Back at the computer, load up your image using your favorite image editing software. I use Paint Shop Pro but other software packages may be suitable. The key features you require are the ability to reverse or mirror the image and also to copy and paste a selection of the image onto the original image.

So, in practice. Find your prospective goblin half-face and select and copy a portion of it. Then reverse/mirror that selection and paste into your original image. You may need to zoom in to see enough detail to line up the two sections accurately. If you are not accurate with lining up the two halves it will not look right. Finally, crop and resize as required and save your new image. There’s also some editing tricks that can make all the difference to the final image. You might want to consider the following: reducing image brightness, changing contrast and increasing highlights. Good luck and remember, goblins can be dangerous.

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