This Teen’s Digital Photomanipulations Are Delightful!

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Using digital photography and editing, 15-year-old Zev Hoover creates magical worlds populated by miniature people, outsized objects, and a lot of magic.

The process is fairly simple–at least on the surface. Hoover shoots his background and his subjects separately, then digitally blends them to create a fantastical scene. He tries to shoot in the same location so that the ambient lighting and colors match, but when that doesn’t work, he’ll digitally edit the photos to make one seamless image. As usual, the real skill lies in the details, and it’s Hoover’s careful approach that makes his images–somewhere between photos and paintings–successful.

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