Conjuring up a Shaker Witch

Posted on by Kathie Fife

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  It’s an opportunity to just dress up, have some fun, and go to the Ghost Encounters event at Canterbury Shaker Village. The photo opps during the event are really cool, too. The light at this time of year allows you to capture some interesting effects. Below is an example of working with all natural light to create stunning images.  “Shaker Witch” was created with 100% natural light. It was not staged and the poses are completely natural. I added layers and textures to make it look like a witch’s castle.

The final image of Shaker Witch.

The final image of Shaker Witch.

1. This is the original image (below), unprocessed, and straight out of the camera. Note the natural light from the sun. It accentuates her face and eyes perfectly, and also the shaker basket and shaker broom have nice highlights as well. The background is dark adding to the mystery of ‘what’s inside that dark castle’ feeling. I also love the mischievous look in her eyes, like she’s up to something wickedly fun!

Original file of Shaker Witch

Original photo. Unprocessed and straight out of the camera.

2. Using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop, I adjusted the shadows, highlights, and tweaked the color correction (white balance).

First adjustments to fix highlights, shadows, and color correction.

First adjustments to fix highlights, shadows, and color correction.

3. I added several layers and textures to the image to make it look like a Witch’s Castle.

I added a series of layers to make it look like a Witch's Castle.

I added a series of layers to make it look like a Witch’s Castle.

4. The final image, I adjusted the color one more time, brought out the color of her hair and opened up the shadows on her black wardrobe. I also Photoshopped out the hand railing (Witches fly, I doubt they need railings?) and tweaked the doorway slightly so it didn’t look like a modern door, but more like a dark, cold castle.

The final image of Shaker Witch.

The final image of Shaker Witch.

This is the final image, although I think I will continue to conjure up more ideas.  Perhaps add a gargoyle, a bat, or something bewitching!

Here is another image I adjusted with layers and made it black and white. The Shaker Witch, aka volunteer Pat Peck, looks much too nice to be a mean witch. Which! is good because the Ghost Encounters event at Canterbury Shaker Village is a family friendly event and although the volunteers and actors play their parts so well, it really wasn’t as scary as it appears 🙂

Shaker Witch

Shaker Witch

To see more ghastly images of the ghosts and ghouls from Ghost Encounters check out the Halloween gallery on my website.

 

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