Friday, October 16, 2009

Behind the Scenes: Anatomy of an Image

I did a shoot recently that ended up having a really interesting post-production component. I was taking a photography of my old, beaten up, hard shell suitcase and wanted it to look like it was a classic studio product shot.

Now, I only have two strobe lights but the lighting design I had in mind required four. As such, I ended up taking four different shot, moving my highlight strobe to a different position for each one, and then compositing them.

Here's my base image, lit with a silver umbrella to the camera right:

And here are three more images, each with its own highlight:

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I composited the three highlight images in this manner:

With the highlights composited, I then had the task of removing the wear and tear (retouching my suitcase at 600% in Photoshop made me realize just how much it's been through), address label and red tape from the case. Once I'd completed that, I removed the case from its background and dropped it into a studio background.

The final product:

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Holy crap!