13. February 2016 · Comments Off on Re-Imagining the Background of a Studio Portrait · Categories: Photography, Portrait · Tags: ,

Studio portraits are great because you can control the lighting and other factors in the environment to create a high-quality image.  But they can be a bit boring with the same old backdrop. I enjoy using Photoshop to create an alternate background.  It’s not easy, though.  If all you do is cut out the figures and paste them on a background, it looks pretty bad.  First there’s the technical challenge of making a clean mask. Elements such as flying hair are time consuming.  Then, once I have an idea for the background, I have to figure out how it’s going to work in terms of light, color, perspective, and blending. Each of the following re-imagined photos took many hours.  All photos Copyright 2016 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved.  These images may not be “borrowed” or used elsewhere.

Cara Seymour

Cara Seymour, 2015 Lois Greenfield Workshop

Cara Seymour

Replaced the wall and floor with a soft background and figure shadow

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Anton LaMon and Kelly Vittetoe, Photo shoot at the Tek Box, Cowles Center for Dance

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Sunset and water. Bi-colored filter on the dancers to blend the tonality.

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Anton LaMon and Kelly Vittetoe, Photo shoot at the Tek Box, Cowles Center for Dance

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Hue, saturation, and exposure applied to background fabric from another photo. Created a mirror floor.

 

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