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Old 13th of January 2011 (Thu)   #1
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OK, I have done over 1,000 weddings since the early 80's and seen a lot of fads come and go. Back in the medium format days, I always used a Lindhall mat box and the double exposure/montage images were real popular. I'm talking about the ones made by masking off parts of the negative using positive/negative masks...bride looking down on the ceremony, etc. Well, I've been digital since 2003 and no one, until yesterday has even asked for this type of image. I had a bride and her mom come into the studio and of course, mom had these images in her album. I actually used to show a dozen or more "doubles" with each set of proofs. How in the world would I duplicate these images today without spending tons of computer time? Any suggestions.
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Old 13th of January 2011 (Thu)   #2
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What I'm gathering is that you want to do a shot where someone in the initial frame is somewhere else in the shot. If you know how to use Photoshop this will take ten seconds.
1.) Take initial shot.
2.) Move positions.
3.) Take second shot.

Layer the shots over each-other in photoshop and use a layer mask to reveal the area of the second shot you want to be visible. As long as the camera didn't move and the exposure settings are the same you should have no problems. If you want to get more complex you can start dealing with shadows and such, but that's only if you feel it's necessary.
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Old 14th of January 2011 (Fri)   #3
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Buy a D3x... just sayin'.
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Old 15th of January 2011 (Sat)   #4
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I agree with Dave, wouldn't take you long in photoshop... It's what layers are for ya know.

Just tap Photoshop blending tutorials into google.. Here's an example.

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Beano, thanks for the link, it's just what I was looking to do.
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I used to do these, also back in the 80's. It was real obnoxious because it would take one camera completely out of commission for a while. For instance, a common shot was the bride's head looking down on the ceremony. Well, you'd shoot the bride's head with the bottom masked off and could not use that camera again until you were up in the balcony shooting the ceremony with the top masked off. ugh!

Absolutely, there is no reason not to do this in photoshop now.

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Old 17th of January 2011 (Mon)   #7
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"I'm sorry but we haven't offered that effect for 20 years, but i'd be happy to have our retoucher do it in Photoshop. There's an additional charge for this work.".
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