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    Yeah, We're that close...
    by sinistral_leo


    Before you start, you will need some special equipment. I couldn't find anything like this online so I made my own. It must fit snugly or somehow attach to your lens. It must make an almost light tight seal when it is closed (black duct tape helps close the gap).
    Prepare your models so that the line where you want the morph is lined up with your bi-fold lens median. Take a picture with the lights off and your Bi-fold cover completely open. Set your exposure for the whole image, even though there will be two separate times the flashes will fire.
    With a remote trigger and a way to trigger your flashes, set your camera to bulb mode. Close one side of the Cover, turn off the lights. Open shutter, trigger the flashes. In this case I took a picture of my dog first with the cover concealing his head. I placed a piece of tape on the floor where his jaw is.
    Next, without turning the lights on and with the shutter still open, flip the cover so that the opposite side is down, and exchange your models. I placed my jaw on the tape to make sure everything lined up. Snap the flashes again.
    Close the shutter. Turn on the lights and see what adjustments you need to make. This could take 50 or so tries...
    For this particular shot I had to contort my shoulder so it would not show.
    In PP, I did some burning and dodging, cropped, some level adjustments and I changed the BG to a different color. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to keep your lighting consistent for both the flashes of light, this will smooth the amalgamation and reduce the dissection lines elsewhere.



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