I’m not much of a Photoshop user, I try to abstain from using it on my clients because I feel that it doesn’t do my clients justice by hiding their true beauty with what society thinks is “beauty.”
But last night, I felt compelled to try a composite shot. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something new. And who better to try it on that my beloved MINI Cooper S, Cherise.
I started out with, one off-camera flash, a silver reflective umbrella (see previous post), and my camera on a tripod. The location was my driveway, at ~10pm. The following “behind-the-scenes” picture was taken by my iPhone 4S camera, and as you could see, the setting was less than stellar. I had a flood light from the garage on the camera’s left and I had a porch light on the camera’s right. Not to mention that you could also see my neighbor’s house in the background, not a “look” that you would want in your picture…
The following is one of the shots I got with my flash to the camera right. I can’t really remember the settings as I was shooting in full manual on my flash and on my camera. The effect that I was trying to achieve in each shot was to light each side (left, center, right) separately.
I took quite a few shots, justifying the cost and use of my Manfrotto tripod (heeeeee).
I compiled the following picture with 5 pictures total, adjusting as I saw fit. Although it was harder than I thought it would be to eye-ball the lighting and try to even out the layers. I suppose this is why I would need a monitor calibrator.
More than five layers later, with a little bit of spot cloning and brush healing, I think I am satisfied. Yes, I could have used more than one strobe to take the picture as is, but I only had one light modifier and the lighting would have been uneven. Also, it wouldn’t have given me the challenge that the photographer in me was craving.