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PRO Photoshop Tutorial
In this advanced Photoshop Tutorial, we cover how to create a background, and what is important in a photo shoot to make sure your subject will blend into it. You will learn how to add atmosphere to a photo, how to change light directions, how to match colors, how to create shadows & more.
For this image, we were faced with a couple challenges. First, we wanted the subject to look as though she is in the middle of a winter world, but the photo was taken in the middle of the summer. We also wanted the majority of the light on the subject to be coming from a lantern. To make these happen, we did shoot outdoors, mostly for fill light. We used a reflector to block the sunlight from hitting our subject. The lantern was created by placing a speedlight in a fixture, overpowering the sun.
Creating a Background
To get the full effect of the image, it is important that we have control over all the elements in it. That is why using a background “as is” can result in a limit of creativity. The background is a composite of a couple of images. You will learn how to manipulate the light in a background to make it match the subject, and how to color it to fit the mood of the photo.
Working with Animals
If you are going to be working with animals, you are in for a treat. Animals add a great dimension to images, but they can be tough to photograph. For the most part, they will do what they want, not what you want. There are some great ways to get the shot even if some of the talent is not cooperating. This mostly involves taking many photos, and having the willingness to cut things out. We go over the best ways to do both.