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Apr 03, 2018 14:26 |  #1

I will be photographing a basketball team of ten players, and four coaches and assistants. They asked that I do a composite with team name and placement at state basketball tournament. Typically they use a photographer while at the state basketball tournament but didn't have time to get in done this year. The example they showed me had a digital backdrop of bleachers, basketball hoop, clouds and lightning. All of which were probably part of the same backdrop. The part that bothers me the most is the players themselves appear to be floating just off the digital gym floor. I wish to avoid this. I am fairly experienced with photoshop, but not as much with compositing. Would it be better for me to photograph each player separately with my camera on a tripod and then composite them one by one onto my canvas in photoshop and add my additional graphic elements I wish to incorporate or would it be better to photograph the whole group at once? I have studio strobes and know how to use light. The final product will be a 10"x20" photo.


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Apr 03, 2018 14:31 |  #2

i had a similar issue with a composite that I made.. a photoshop savvy friend pointed me at "multiply".

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Apr 06, 2018 10:25 |  #3

Without an example, its a bit hard to comment, but if you cut out a figure to stick onto a background, it works best if the lighting is complementary and you will need a shadow or something to 'ground' them. If you shoot the team individually, try to use the same lighting, lens etc. I did this for our footie team, in the changing room with a black background to try to ensure continuity. I always feather a selection by a few pixels before copy and paste to blend to the background.

Good luck if you try shooting the whole 14+ in one go! Hard enough to get them to stand still and look at the camera for a team shot! Like herding cats!


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Apr 07, 2018 11:02 |  #4

If you're going to be selling individual photos as well, then it would make sense to assemble the individual photos into the group photo.

If the only deliverable is the group composite, I'd shoot it as a group and pay for an extraction at http://rebooku.com/ext​raction/ (external link)

You can then create your composite.


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Jun 06, 2018 23:26 |  #5

Well, I ended up photographing each individual on a white backdrop and extracting them from the background. I used a pre-made template and did only upper body shots to avoid the "floating" look. The template had some design elements across the bottom so that helped blend the transition. It worked out well and the basketball team was pleased with the final product. Thank you for you the insight and recommendations!


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Jun 08, 2018 21:54 |  #6

Can we see what it looks like?


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Jun 09, 2018 09:45 |  #7

Here it is! I did photograph the three boys holding the trophy as a group. Everyone else was photographed separately and composited in.


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Jun 09, 2018 10:55 |  #8

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Here it is! I did photograph the three boys holding the trophy as a group. Everyone else was photographed separately and composited in.
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I think you did a really great job. . The lighting looks consistent, which is so important.

The only little nit-picky thing I can see that is a bit off is that two of the players' faces seem to be too close together. . These are the 3rd and the 4th from the left, in the back row. . When I look at their two faces, their proximity to one another seems awkward. . If the 4th player from the left were moved a little to the right, it would be better.

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Jun 09, 2018 11:34 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #9

I can see what you mean about those two being somewhat awkward. I didn't see it before, but now that is all I see!


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Jun 09, 2018 12:31 |  #10

Now that someone pointed out those two heads being to close you will see it every time you look at the picture. I think the two heads look fine. Overall good job, pic looks good.


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Jun 09, 2018 12:36 |  #11

I think that "imperfection" lends to a sense of realism. At first glance, I honestly thought it was a group shot! Then I read the text..

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