I don’t like editing photos too much. Well, I don’t like editing hundreds of photos at the same time. Especially after a shoot where hundreds, sometimes thousands of photos have been taken. To sort through them all and cull the bad ones takes hours and hours. Then, once the favourites have been selected, the editing takes place. This is where hours can be spent on ONE photo alone… then after that’s done, on to the next one. Before you know it, you’ve aged 3 years and your eyes have gone square.
Now, there are short cuts to editing where you can copy and paste the look you’ve created and apply it to the rest of the images. This is great as long as the exposures and white balance are the same. But, there comes a time where you get inspired and are ready for the long haul in front of the computer.
This photo was one of those times…
The photo is actually a combination of around 5 photos, all blended and masked in Photoshop to create a single image. Using the photos together, I was able to layer them all on top of each other and then brush in parts of each photo to reveal themselves to create the final image.
This one was the darkest image and was used mainly to add a bit of depth to the dark parts without too much noise filtering into the picture.
This photo below was used for the highlights on the tops of pillows and the front edge of the couch.
I used parts of this to highlight the pillows and front edge more.
Same again for this one.
This one gave me the fill lighting for the couch which, blended with the others, helped light the scene.
After choosing which parts to reveal and conceal, I adjusted the brightness, contrast and exposure a little to help balance the picture. I also ran a high pass filter over it a couple of times to accentuate some sharpening and give it a bit more depth.
The result is my first (amateur) attempt at a hyper-real composite photo, which I used my wife to highlight the uncomfortable uncomfortableness of pregnancy.
I’m hoping to do more with this technique in the future and I assume I will improve! 🙂