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Jun 03, 2012 08:35 |  #7921

shankarhokie wrote in post #14520529 (external link)
I bought this book (kindle version is cheaper) and it is an awesome step by step tutorial for various types of compositing. It might take a year or 2 before we get all that Matt is talking about, but you can start to do some great basic compositing after reading the first chapter. http://www.amazon.com …-Composites/dp/03218082​31 (external link)

My first (and only) attempt. I'll be working on some this weekend

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Thanks for posting an example, what was the lighting setup for the background? What was the background? A sheet or just a gray wall?

I think the fun part will be trying to match the light/color of the background with the subject for it to look natural. :)


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Jun 03, 2012 08:40 |  #7922

Oh and for those doing the digital backgrounds, are you charging extra for these since it adds a fair bit more time per picture in photoshop? How much more do you charge?


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Jun 03, 2012 09:14 |  #7923

GerryDavid wrote in post #14524022 (external link)
Oh and for those doing the digital backgrounds, are you charging extra for these since it adds a fair bit more time per picture in photoshop? How much more do you charge?

I'm doing them on larger prints only,, for example a 16 x20 gallery wrap. I don't charge more for the pp because I build it into the price of the product.


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Jun 03, 2012 18:48 |  #7924

GerryDavid wrote in post #14524007 (external link)
Thanks for posting an example, what was the lighting setup for the background? What was the background? A sheet or just a gray wall?

I think the fun part will be trying to match the light/color of the background with the subject for it to look natural. :)

The background was a grey seamless paper. There was no special lighting on the background. The model was lit by a AB800 in a 60" softbox camera right, and fill at camera axis


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Jun 03, 2012 20:52 |  #7925

umphotography wrote in post #14524127 (external link)
I'm doing them on larger prints only,, for example a 16 x20 gallery wrap. I don't charge more for the pp because I build it into the price of the product.

Makes sense, if your going to go through the effort may as well make them get a print large enough for it to be seen. :)


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Jun 05, 2012 14:06 |  #7926

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Jun 05, 2012 14:57 |  #7927

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Nice.. Real fire or post?


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Jun 05, 2012 15:21 |  #7928

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Nice.. Real fire or post?

REAL (although I did steal a litle bit from one of her other frames)


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Jun 05, 2012 15:34 |  #7929

Nice Jennifer ^^

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Jun 05, 2012 16:02 as a reply to  @ 5DmkX's post |  #7930

Jennifer,

You really had that bat blazing, yikes! :) Nice though.

In #2 the context is a bit off for me. I would have preferred to have her foot up on a big log or rock.


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Jun 05, 2012 16:18 |  #7931

5DmkX wrote in post #14535628 (external link)
Nice Jennifer ^^

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Jennifer,

You really had that bat blazing, yikes! :) Nice though.

In #2 the context is a bit off for me. I would have preferred to have her foot up on a big log or rock.

I get what you're saying so I'll explain my decision. We were running out of light and there were no rocks or logs around - I live in the desert LOL jk

Believe it or not- she is the girly girl of the two- so we were kinda going for that girly girl meets farm girl kinda look. (you know like wearing an elegant dress in the middle of a bunch of dead trees) or a girly girl in a hot pink shirt with a shotgun on an ornate chair. I guess if she had been wearing a camo shirt or something I would not have used the chair.


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Jun 05, 2012 17:15 |  #7932

This is a graduation gift, I gave to this young Lady, she is like a goddaughter. The main image is from me doing her Sr. Pictures and the inserts are from her Prom shoot and some of her playing BB. I was wondering what you all thought of doing something like this and what I could do to make something like this better. Also is there any software or tool in software I could use to blur the background image behind the grate more.

i printed it 16 x 20
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Jun 05, 2012 17:36 |  #7933

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This is a graduation gift, I gave to this young Lady, she is like a goddaughter. The main image is from me doing her Sr. Pictures and the inserts are from her Prom shoot and some of her playing BB. I was wondering what you all thought of doing something like this and what I could do to make something like this better. Also is there any software or tool in software I could use to blur the background image behind the grate more.

i printed it 16 x 20
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Thanks for sharing -- I'm sure the young lady was thrilled at the thought you put into this. Compositing is a tricky concept to get good at. There's several threads on here devoted to it and I'm currently reading a great book by Matt Kloskowski called "Photoshop Compositing Secrets" so I can improve mine more. There are several keys you want to remember that being depth of the image -- for example, when I do mine, I'll put images in at different opacities and at different levels -- so like in your example, I myself would have made the main image of her in the pink dress almost the length of the poster, then blend the others in around it with the pictures at different angles etc. Notice how the eyes in the pictures in your example are almost all parallel to each other -- if you vary that, it grabs the viewer's attention more. I'm a heavy PS user so maybe there's other software, but if you want to be good at doing these, just keep doing them, search for examples and become proficient in photoshop. Hope that helps.

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Jun 05, 2012 18:13 |  #7934

eye on color wrote in post #14536009 (external link)
This is a graduation gift, I gave to this young Lady, she is like a goddaughter. The main image is from me doing her Sr. Pictures and the inserts are from her Prom shoot and some of her playing BB. I was wondering what you all thought of doing something like this and what I could do to make something like this better. Also is there any software or tool in software I could use to blur the background image behind the grate more.

i printed it 16 x 20
Thanks for looking and helping.

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What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Well done!


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Jun 05, 2012 21:55 |  #7935

Ok, this is my main issue with people doing these....you gotta keep stuff uniform and spaced evenly. (If you stagger them, do it intentionally and make it look intentional). Use your guides and line stuff up. Keep them the same size. And like the other user mentioned, a little extra time spent with opacity, layer mask, etc. would make this even more pleasing. I have done a number of composites like this over the past 12 years of using photoshop. I have learned the best way is to use your guides!!

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