Digital Production Tip – Backgrounds


In this series I photograph a couple in an old car (due to copyright issues, instead of a new car) in my driveway for a “Road Trip” theme. I first scout for locations to find the best angle & lighting. After taking the main photos of the car & couple I select the edits & then I photograph the locations. I import the edits of the car and models as small low res JPG into CaptureOne software – CaptureOne has a great feature where you can superimpose one photo on top of a new photo which you are currently taking so you can get the “positioning” just right – you then can adjust angles, lights etc..

This technique has some work to do in post production using Photoshop, but I find it more cost effective to strip in the backgrounds in post. I can combine one image in about 1 to 2 hours. How long & how much would it cost me to drive around to different locations with models, stylists etc…?  Total shoot time with models on this shoot was 1 hour, location photography was 2 hours not including scouting the day before.

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About Steve Cole - christie & cole studio inc.
Photographer

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