Can’t Always Shoot Where You Want To

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.

Make Your Dreams Come True

I don’t typically create composites for stock because of the amount of time and effort it takes. It’s something that needs to be weighed with the potential success the image will have. Of course, that’s always the big question that nobody can really answer and a decision you need to make based on your own experience and knowledge of the industry. Here is one I created a couple of weeks ago. I started with two of my own images and the rest was illustrated in Photoshop.

The model is my little girl. She was a great sport and did very well in using her imagination to act out a story. You should have heard the stuff she was coming up with. LOL. She especially enjoyed painting her dress 🙂 Of course, we saved that for last.

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Make Your Dreams Come True