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Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

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Old 07-30-2007, 10:48 AM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

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Thanks for linking to my site =), and yes all images have digital backgrounds.

The foreground and backround images have to share about the same type of lighting and color temperature to be believable. So either you adjust the lighting on the model to fit the selected background or shoot the background so it will fit your lighting setup. Of lately I have been experimenting a lot with images with shallow depth of field ( simulation in Photoshop always seems to fall short ), this sometimes adds some realism.

I try to use my own backgrund images as much as possible, but its hard to find deserts around here so sometimes I buy images from www.dreamstime.com or find free ones at www.sxc.hu
Pellepiano,

Thanks much for the input! I am going to spend some time analyzing your images and take in what I can observe. You have some nice images there thats for sure! I going to post a sample image before and after and if you or anyone else can comment that would be great.

thanks much - jamz
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:01 AM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

Here is a test shot that was not lit correctly and I tried to make look half decent so I can work on the background. I just did a quick crop and tweaked the image a little. This scene ( when it set up correctly ) will be a rooftop shot with some type of city or actually any scene that might work.

I am going to have the props maybe 6-8 feet away. These are portrait type photos so I want to keep a fairly close shot. Any comments on what might be needed to make this type of shot believable, would be welcomed!!

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Old 07-30-2007, 11:19 AM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

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Thanks for linking to my site =), and yes all images have digital backgrounds.

Pellepiano,

I'm new to this forum/site and have not had much time to look around but all I can say is WOW!. Your images are excellent! Do you photograph all your models and retouch also? Some of the best I have seen!

Regards!

Jamz
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:50 AM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

Yes, I shoot the models and retouch too. I really like the ability to change backgrounds and do it 99% of the time.

The model in your composite would be more suited in a sunny background as she a has a warm yellow skintone. An alternative is to tone down the colors to match the sky. Or change the sky.

If you want to simulate a cloudy day you will need a larger lightsource to diffuse the light more.

Here is an example where I used a large lightsource ( white sheet ) to simulate a rainy day lighting.

http://www.pellepiano.com/thread_ima...e_st_peter.jpg
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:30 PM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

Hello from Germany
I always using digital Bakcgrounds
The most important thing is the lightning that you have shadows who you can bring in the new location.
the same with the mirror.... that all makes your picture "real"
nobody will think that this is a virtual background.
i always photograph at grey backgrounds

sorry for my bad english

you can see much more before-afters on my homepage
http://www.calvinhollywood.de

lg Calvin


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Old 07-30-2007, 03:37 PM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

Hi, Calvin. Welcome to RTP

Very nice composit!
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:54 PM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

Great stuff Calvin. Fantastic retouching and compositing.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:57 PM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

Thanks Calvin...I have come to the conclusion that subject must be correctly lit and then adjust the shadows,highlights, sharpness contrast to match the background. I think I am starting to grasp the technique. Here is a sample photo I found ( apologies to the owner) used for the test. And then some Photoshop work. Maybe I am getting close?

Thanks to all ..
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:03 PM
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Re: Digital backrounds - depth/seperation?

jamz,
Looks like your dialing in the technique.
Ray
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:12 PM
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Thanks Ray! And I completely agree with the others..some fantastic work there Calvin!!!!
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