This Photoshop compositing project introduces you to a popular non-destructive compositing technique. It is used extensively in commercial advertising photography and is the same technique you see used in all of those ‘levitation’ images that are popular on social media. This is also a great technique to make the most of a single off-camera flash to build up the drama of a scene.
The secret to the simplicity and speed of post production is all in the image capture (it takes just a couple of minutes to combine the elements on the different layers). The camera must be in a fixed position and the exposure and focus must be set to manual (don’t forget to switch off Auto ISO). White balance can be set to one of the presets in camera or synchronised in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. Use a Remote Release so that you don’t have to touch the camera to make the exposures and make sure the Tripod is on firm ground. Avoid photographing on a windy day or when there is intermittent sunshine and cloud.
If you want to keep masking and retouching to a the bare minimum make sure that your subject does not overlap in subsequent frames. If you are removing a chair or step ladder that is supporting your subject, just make sure you have a piece of opaque garment draped over where the body is being supported.
The images for this movie tutorial can be downloaded from my Creative Cloud account: https://adobe.ly/2p3fzw5
The four JPEGs are in a Zipped folder.
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