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How to make a selfie photo station

Get the party started

Create a live slideshow with Lightroom

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1. Transfer the photos

We need to transfer the images to a laptop as soon as they’re shot, either via a USB cable or using Wi-Fi, if your camera has it. Once connected, open Canon EOS Utility or similar and use ‘Download images to Computer’ to set up a destination folder, then go to ‘Remote Shooting’.

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2. Auto import into Lightroom

Open Lightroom, go to File>Auto-Import and direct it to the same destination folder. Then photos will automatically appear in Lightroom as they’re taken. If you like you can also choose to apply a preset on import, such as a black and white effect or a colour boost.

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3. Start a slideshow

Go to Lightroom’s Slideshow module and hit play. As more photos get taken in the booth they’re added to the loop – so everyone gets to see their photos moments after they’ve been shot. Once done, why not attach your laptop to a TV for a better view?

Make a Christmas composite

After the party you’re bound to have lots of fun portraits. The question is, what to do with them next? Why not try combining them into a montage, like the image above? 

You'll want to shoot your own background, but by selecting and laying out your images in this way is not only a great way to display them, it also touches upon key Photoshop skills like selections, layer styles, filters and masks. 

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1. Make a strip

In Photoshop, go to File > New to make a document sized 1150x3500px. Drag four images into it. Position them in a line and go to Layer > Flatten.

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2. Drop on background

Repeat the first step to make more strips with images from your party. Open up a background and drag the strips in with the Move tool.

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3. Add a shadow

Go to the Layers panel. Double-click a layer to open Layer Styles. Add a Drop Shadow. Alt-drag to copy the shadow to other layers.

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4. Bend the strip

Go to Filter > Distort > Shear to bend the strip. Next right-click ‘Drop shadow’ and ‘Create Layer’, then rotate the shadow slightly.

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5. Mask an overlap

If areas of background need to be above the strip, duplicate the ‘Background’ layer, drag to the top, then select and mask the details.

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