Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Bringing it all together
How was it done:
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 28mm
28 inch ( 70 cm) beauty dish with sock
strobe with bounce umbrella
SB-900 speedlight with GOBO
Hair Light on boom
Shutter speed: 1/100th second
I wish I could provide one of those diagrams but my explanation will get you there. Boomed 28 inch beauty dish with sock was placed camera left, about 8ft away and approximate height was 6 ft facing sofa. Bounce Umbrella was 3 feet left of beauty dish at about 8.5 ft away approximate height of 7ft and used to light right side of sofa area and chair. Meter for fall off. I added the SB900 at 1/4 power for fill light on subject sitting on right side of sofa. I used a GOBO to keep the flash from bouncing in my lens during the shot ( if you look in the photos I am utilizing a small picture frame in front of the SB900 placed on the lower shelf of the small table. Because the table was black I used a bright colored frame with a black backing to aide with editing. The black backing of the frame assured me that the light would be blocked). The hair light boom was placed in different locations for the shot. I did not use the hair light on the subject sitting on left end of sofa simply because I forgot to set it up and I was satisfied with the results without it, but saw how it could have assisted me because I had to make a small lighting adjustment to the skin tone of this single face and that is why I stress get a good light balance. Place camera on tripod get a good focus and place lens in manual mode.Do not move camera from this point going forward. Shoot model with however many positions and looks as you need or want for your completed project. Important step here is to be sure your that the shot you will utilize as the base photo (the one which you will be adding the other subjects) is free of any booms, cords or anything that you do not want in the frame, unless you just like photoshopping out things that don't have to be there. Because the chair shot was my base shot, I left the speedlight in place to eliminate any problems with strange shadows and lighting once I put in the other photos that needed the light.
Editing: Make any necessary adjustments to your subject but do not make any lighting adjustments to the photos until you have stacked them into a single photo.
1. Open the photos in whatever version of CS you are using, and begin with your base photo first.
2. Open the next photo you will add and click on menu bar SELECT-ALL, then from the menu click on EDIT-COPY, and EDIT-PASTE it onto the top of the base photo. You should be now looking at just the photo you just copied and unable to see the 1st photo. Next click the ADD LAYER MASK located on the bottom menu of your process window in the right corner of the screen (the add layer icon looks like a little box with a white circle in it). A white layer should appear next to the photo in the processing window. Again go to the menu bar and choose EDIT-FILL and use: BLACK. The white layer mask should now turn black and you should only be seeing the photo you chose for the base. Select your paint brush and paint in white where the subject is located you want to appear in the photo. Instantly it should appear as if you are painting the subject into the photo. Zoom in and be sure you completely painted in the subject and there are no errors. If you make an error, you can click the toggle switch for the layers (a black and white box stacked diagonally on top of each other) located in your TOOLS menu and switch it from the black to the white and it will reverse the paintbrush process back to it's original state as you paint. Repeat process as often as you need to complete your project. When you have added all the layers you want to, go to the menu bar and select LAYERS-MERGE LAYERS. this will bring all the layers into one single photo layer. Now you can make any lighting adjustments you want and they will affect the entire photo. In the case where I adjusted the lighting tone on a single subject, I used the lasso tool and isolated the effect. Good luck with the process and have fun.
You can read and figure out all of this or you can click on this link and use this tutorial I just found on YOUTUBE which will give you a visual of everything I just said: working with layer mask in photoshop