Through various things on the internet I have been learning new ways of working and, yes, most of it has been through creativeLIVE and all their different instructors. I don’t copy what other artists do, that is definitely wrong, but I do take what they do, well bits and pieces of it. I know when I look at my work flow that there are things that I do that I got from this artist or that artist, but when I put them altogether I get my style, well that is the plan.
So I have been doing the fine art portraits for a while now. I still love doing them, but doing them always in the park, well, I need to change and I want to start doing something more with them. I want to combine my love of architecture with the portraits. So I have been thinking about doing more compositing. Actually start compositing.
It isn’t something I have done a lot, I have experimented a little bit, but I want to get more serious about it. I have been working on my Photoshop skills and I think I have the skills now to do some really great images. I also think my past experience as an artist who painted and did a lot of drawing, has to help. I understand how an image is put together and the elements that make an image believable.
So what is compositing, for those that don’t know, I found a definition from Wikipedia, here it is, “Compositing is the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images, often to create the illusion that all those elements are parts of the same scene.”
So I would be able to go to somewhere like Montsalvat and take images of places there, without a model, then take some photos of models, or clients, in my new portable studio and then composite the person into the image I took at Montsalvat.
It isn’t going to be as easy as it sounds, but I think I know what I need to know to be able to do it. I know the way I shoot the model will be very important and the lighting will have to fit the scene that I am going to put them in. I will have to make sure colours are correct and that type of thing. I think I have the knowledge to do it, and I am very excited to try it.
I could put someone standing in the doorway here, or even further back. Doing this kind of photography is part of the reason why I bought the 50mm lens, so I could shoot everything with the same lens.
Part of the problem I have now is that if I take a model or client to a place like this to take photos, one, it will cost me so much more money, but secondly I can’t expect a model to wait around for people to leave so we can take photos. Somewhere like this is quite touristy, so there are often people around. However, I can go on my own, take the photos I need and then place people in various spots. It will also mean I can use the same locations for multiple people. If I take photos of these places carefully, I could get a whole library of images just for compositing.
There are still many things to consider, but I am hoping to try my first one this week. I am so excited. When I do the shoot for the model, I will also photograph the portable studio for you to see. Though if you have seen any of Jennifer Thoreson’s work, you would know what I am doing.
Here are the photos I took at Montsalvat last year. Not so sure about the processing anymore, but I hope you like the place.