To start the week off I’ve got a couple of things to share with you that complete the run of Samurai posts …
First of all I thought it would be good to give you a little bit of a background behind Mike and the whole Samurai connection, so Mike has very kindly sent over this short bio’:
Michael Jay is the only non-Japanese person to hold a samurai rank since William Adams, the first Englishman in Japan who, in 1600, became an adviser to Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.
As a British Airways pilot and Group Commander in the Soma Horse Association, Michael was featured in a prestigious BBC ‘The World About Us’ programme about Soma Noma Oi, a three day celebration of skill in samurai horsemanship, and is a master swordsman of Japan’s premier and most ancient classical combat school, the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. Both Noma Oi and Katori Shinto Ryu are classified by the Japanese government as ‘Intangible Cultural Treasures of Japan’.
To finish off this particular run of ‘editing’ posts I’ve recorded a video to show you how one of the Samurai Composites was put together in Photoshop. This video covers how I took the original studio shot of Mike which was taken on grey seamless and then placed him into a new location, complete with all the shadows that were cast from the studio lights.
Word of warning though…this technique really is ‘Super Fast’ so whatever you do, don’t blink, sneeze or look away from the screen for a split second
So there you have it, a super fast technique for creating composite images and the great thing being, you don’t need to be running Photoshop CS5 to do it!
As always if you have any questions/comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time,