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04.08.13         photographers case study  

Photographers Case Study - Compositing for Perspective


Haven't done a Photographers Case Study for a while, I apologize - just been working so much on the Crash Course Training Tutorial Videos I'm not shooting as often as I want to.

Compositing is essentially taking elements from many different images and photoshopping them together. Compositing requires a bit of photoshop knowledge because you usually do not want to leave footprints that the image was in fact manipulated. Purists might have a problem with this in that they believe it is wrong to change things up unless it is absolutely required. Artists don't really care, they see something in their minds and want to go for it, which I believe is the way to go and you should too.

If you are just getting started with Photoshop, I would highly recommend my Photoshop Crash Course DVD / download. It will teach you all the skills you need to get started.

Perspectives with regards to lenses essentially means to control the relative size of a foreground and background subject by using different focal length lenses. I posted an informative Youtube video on it here: Lens Perspectives

So Ive been flirting with this idea recently to essentially cheat a Perspective Shot, by taking 2 different images of the same subject and manipulating the size of the background subject to make it more interesting. I wanted to do it with a boat, but not having found the right set up, so I decided on Molokini, a volcano vent island just off the shore of Maui.

This is the final image:
Which really came from this (SOOC) - taken with a Canon 6D and Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L II .
And this: taken with a Canon 6D & Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L
Ran the "Plate" or main background image through Camera RAW, exported to JPEG, and played with Michael Andrew Lollipops ® Action Set! adding purple to the sky and removing excess purple in the waves and shore.

Composited the Sun and Molokini from the other shot to make them larger, giving it a different look & feel.

There are still some real problems with the final image, I got some banding in the clouds and there is black fringing on the far right (this happened in RAW while adjusting for contrast and shadows). Not great, but it shows some promise with more practice. Another example:
I believe making the background subjects larger than they should be make it much more interesting, as long as it is done seamlessly. Something I hope to continue to think about & experiment with.

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