Saturday, 18 September 2010

How to make a composite image in photoshop or Gimp

 This blog post is about how I made the composite image where I put a model who I shot in 5 or 6 different locations within a frame of a picture and then stick them all together and also do some funky editing to them.

More details and video after the break:

The first thing you have to do is plan out the shot.  Find the location that you want to use and set up the camera make sure your exposure is where you want it and then run through the idea with the model. Show her the positions and locations to stand in. you want to shoot quickly so as there is no exposure differences from one shot to the next.

Best try and make sure she goes in an orderly fashion from one side of the image to the other, this makes the editing so much easier afterwards.
encourage and demonstrate different poses in each location, keep focus locked on the first or closest part of the image where the model will be.  don't let focus change from image to image nor let aperture change.

keep the camera as still as you can, have it on a tripod, i stupidly forgot to bring a tripod but instead attached my Nikon d300 to the top of a lightstand i was using for the flashes.  It almost worked but wish i brought my tripod.

then over to the editing

Here is an other example

Links to the equipment used are below

Link to the camera used

Nikon D300S DSLR Camera body

Link to the lens used

Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens

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