I wanted a photograph that could represent the theft of personal and finical information. A quick look on google showed me that most images showing this are not that imaginative or creative. Here are some examples:
I feel that my strengths are in my photography and image editing, so I decided to use these strengths to create something a little more interesting than these images above.
I wanted to create the illusion that an arm was reaching out of the computer screen to steal a credit card that had been left unprotected. To do this I took two images.
The first of the laptop with the wallet open and cards spilled out. (for the purpose of this tutorial I have blacked out the card details, in the final image I photoshopped the numbers out, ironic if I was writing an article on data protection and got my card details stolen in the process)
The second with the laptop lid lowered down and an arm stretching out through the area that the screen had been.
I loaded both images into Adobe Photoshop and layered one image over the top of the other.
I then created a mask over the top image and painted the arm front the second photo into the image, making sure to stop at the lid of the open laptop.
I neatened up the line between the arm and the laptop lid and removed the numbers and personal information from the bank cards… just to be safe.