Like the title says… you can’t always shoot where you want to. That doesn’t mean you can’t get the job done. Enter the magic of Photoshop… and a little know-how too, of course.
As you can see, this image from a football series was shot indoors.
Although, the background is large (12′), you can see it doesn’t cover the model completely. That is because I used a wide angle to give the final image more drama. As for the lighting setup, there are three lights used here. One on each side (angled from the back) and one key light up front (left of me).
When compositing, it’s important to match your light sources, so be aware of that when you are looking for various elements to work with. I happened to be going to a high school football game and was able to get something I could work with. Believe it or not, I only had my iPhone with me and so that’s what I used. To finish off the final image, the football player was masked out. The background image itself was edited from the original since I needed a much higher resolution image but you can see pieces of the stadium to make it convincing enough.
The final image is much more interesting than having the football player on a black background.
Ok, so I wrote about this briefly a few months ago but the original post was lost in a blog database mishap so I’m posting it again since it’s still happening.
Snapseed is a quick way to edit images and give them a little grungy stylized look. A few months ago I noticed my copyright status was changing in the file after working on the image. I’ve checked it multiple times and it never fails to change the Copyright Status to public domain. In trying to figure out where it was happening I went through each step of my workflow and checked the file each time.
I’ve verified it several times running through it like this:
- Exported from Lightroom as a PSD file keeping all exif and copyright data.
- Open in Photoshop and check info to verify Copyright Status is correct.
- Open in Snapseed, edit.
- Export as TIF from Snapseed.
- Open in Photoshop and the Copyright Status in exif has changed to Public Domain.
Happens with all my images wether they are shot on the 5DII, GF1 or the iPhone.
I send Nik Software and email to report the issue but have not seen any updates to the software. So, if you ever use Snapseed, be sure to check your Copyright Status is correct on export.
 this image shows the copyright in Lightroom set correctly.
 After exporting from Snapseed the Copyright Status shows as public domain in Photoshop.
Besides the evident color enhancements in this image, I added a background element digitally (chemical diagram). While subtle so it doesn’t detract from the main subject, I think it still adds something to the overall feel of the environment.
In this edit I chose to desaturate the warm tones and added blue to the shadows. This was shot with 2 lights. Main light on the left with a grid and a diffused fill light on the right – hitting the background just enough to have him popping out.