Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Rainy Day Thursday - Perfect For Portraits

Today's Technique Tuesday is part photography and part Photoshop. It's the result of my experience last Thursday when we were scheduled to photograph an outdoor portrait of this beautiful, young lady. The image was to be used for her sign-in board at her Bat Mitzvah this past weekend. Theme colors green and pink. An indoor portrait was simply not going to work.

Although we had plans to make the portrait in a park in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, the rain started about three hours before the scheduled shoot and continued unabated into the evening. We had to come up with a plan B. This tutorial is more that just extracting the subject from one image and dropping her into another. It's how we got the background image that is so important. Don't forget to see the final touch near the end - very cool. Hit the play button below to see what I mean. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. David,

    Great tutorial, and a very useful technique to have tucked away for the future.

    A tip related to your 'what they don't teach you in the manual' on RAW discussion and this video - If you use RAW you don't have to worry too much about the variation in colour temperature between the subject (girl) and the background. Using Lightroom (Develop module)you can identify the colour temperature for each of the images - now just adjust the temperature of the foliage shot to match that of the image with the girl. You can fine tune it too if it's not quite right.

    Thanks again