What Do You Do when You Only Have One Photograph Of Someone and you want to make a portrait from it? It sounds unusual but perhaps you have a relative or friend who you’d like to make a portrait of but you don’t have a photo of them on their own. We were recently commissioned to produce a portrait from a photograph that had the subject lady on as well as another person. Unlock My Past was approached to see if we could help.
Here is the Before Photograph:
Our brief was to isolate the lady and make a portrait photo of her. This involved cutting the lady out and changing her position, drawing in her right arm which is missing from the first photograph as it is behind the male subject and produce a picture of her sitting in a chair. At this point the photograph looks like this.
The lady has been cut out from the background of the original photograph and she has been straightened up and her right arm drawn in and blended with her clothing. Now we needed to find a chair to sit her on. We took an old colour family photograph and adapted it turning it black and white and inverting it.
The final result is a testament to our specialist, you can’t see the join. Note the shadowing added to the wall behind the subject.
Our customer was delighted with the result. We produced two photographs. This one as a square photograph and one in portrait format.