Girl lighten up by book

This photo was taken of my roommate, Sarah, in the Ricks Gardens. First, there was a lot of brainstorming. I knew I had the lights, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them. I thought of ideas after idea, and finally decided to go with a book, although I also took pictures with the lights in a treasure chest, and as a crown. I actually purposefully took a very out of focus picture of Sarah in the crown of lights to get the light blurs from it. I, then, it into photoshop. I added the blurred light photo and tried many times to get the perfect placement and put a layer mask on the rest of the photo, so as to only get the light blurs. I lowered the layer opacity so that the light was more subtle. Overall, I am really happy with the way it turned out.

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The light blur photo I used.