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Old 02-18-2012, 01:50 AM
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Hey there, Im pretty happy with it so far, I just need to blend it into the background better, any ideas?

Please bear in mind, Im a photographer first, retoucher second...
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:12 AM
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Re: Blending help

i would say the lighting is the main thing that doesnt match
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:52 AM
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Re: Blending help

I think it looks pretty good so far. As for blending in the only thing for me is that there is a small mismatch of colour balance between the model and the background.
Not sure if this is what you are looking for but..
Did a quick edit to attempt a better overall balance.
Selected background only and used a curves layer to 'improve'? colour balance.
Based on the models white shirt appearing neutral used the white road lines as guide to a neutral point in the background.

If this is anything like you are looking for you may also want to consider a graduated blur to the background layer which may be pleasing
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:57 AM
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Re: Blending help

i also did same as Tony W.
but 2 versions 1 match bg to person other matches person to bg.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:19 AM
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Re: Blending help

Thats amazing, thank you so much!
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:49 AM
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Re: Blending help

Light her up

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Old 02-18-2012, 11:01 AM
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Re: Blending help

Hi, Neil.

Thus far the suggestions given are definitely helping blend the subject into the composite you are making.

To help getting her into the shot, I would consider "light wrap" lighting along the edges of the girl.
A YouTube video tutorial goes over this concept originally borrowed from After Effects tutorials on compositing actors into a scene:
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This assumes you are using Photoshop, but I believe similar approaches may be achieved using other software.

I look forward to seeing your finished piece!
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:54 AM
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I think the background needs a diff. perspective.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:46 PM
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Re: Blending help

What TonyW and Chillin said. When you composite images, you have to keep in mind how they were both shot...not just color temp, but the angle/focal point etc of each shot. Chillin's edit makes the most sense so far. The perspective correction helps a lot.

Also, if you planned this out and chose to shoot the background separately, Would you want that background sharp or would you want some depth of field to show.

Maybe even try lightening up some the foreground closest to the model in the shot. Since she is obviously lit, maybe that area around her has a little more light around her on the ground.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:38 AM
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Re: Blending help

The background is a little incongruous to the subject of the image. Holding a cordless microphone in the middle of an Autobahn? It's not a biggie, but I think it would 'sell' a composite if the backdrop is more in keeping.
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