Today I just want to briefly touch on backgrounds.
Backgrounds can make or break an image but finding the ideal one let alone getting access to it can at times prove challenging. This is why I love to create composite images as it eliminates the logistical nightmare of getting a model, lighting & crew into a location plus it eliminates the worry of a shoot possibly being postponed because of bad weather; particularly appropriate this past few months in the UK.
Going out specifically to shoot backgrounds is something I’ll do on a regular basis but that still doesn’t eliminate the issue of finding the ideal background. Solution? Make backgrounds using elements from other photographs. Of course this is for when I’m mainly compositing images from scratch but can also be done to add elements into an already photographed background and make it something completely unique:
Sometimes I may find a location that’s almost perfect; say for example I find a street that’s perfect for what I want…well one side of it is anyway…I may copy one side to the other, remove duplicate elements, add new elements and end up again with a completely unique background:Shaun Stafford; great guy to work with and clearly possessed with insane genetics; regular readers of this blog will maybe recognise Shaun from modelling during Scott Kelby’s Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It Seminar in London earlier this year [Link].
Cover shots done, we then worked on a few images for compositing and one that I’m working on at the moment has, quite unintentionally, ended up going down the route of having an Olympics theme. The challenge though was finding a suitable backdrop as getting out to shoot one at the moment with all the rain just wasn’t going to happen plus I wanted the background to be dry.
Solution? Find a stock photo that kind of fits the bill and tweek it in Photoshop:
Right must dash…things to do, places to go and people to see, so whatever you’re up to today have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,