Compositing: It’s about Lighting NOT Photoshop

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: December 1, 2014

Category: General

Hi Folks

Today I just wanted to mention about something I saw posted the other day.

Last week the folks over at Buzzfeed posted an article showing some green/blue screen video stills and their final movie output. This kind of thing I find totally fascinating seeing how the movie industry goes about creating the most amazing scenes and effects; the best thing of all being that even what you’d expect to be included during the filming is very often composted in afterwards.

Anyway, whilst it’s great looking at the difference between the real footage and the final movie, the thing that I always notice is the lighting.

What I mean by this is the lighting on the actors/characters never between the before / after. The lighting created during the original photo shoot is THE most important element when it comes to creating a composite and this is something I always stress in my teaching.

Perspective, shadows and colour can all be altered to add to the realism of a composite. Ok perspective less so because again that is a very important part of compositing however the highlights and shadows are vital; get these right during the shoot and the composting will be so much easier and so much better!

There’s no doubt in my mind that despite all the incredible advancements with Photoshop and 3rd party plug ins, one part of the equation will ALWAYS be there…and that’s the Photography!

Check out the pictures below to see what I mean…

300: Rise of an Empire


The Avengers

avengersX-Men: Days of Future Past

xmenCLICK HERE to see the interactive versions of these images and more over on BuzzFeed

Have a great week and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


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  1. chiruu k

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