Monday, March 29, 2010

Modeling At High Speeds

This is another shot of same model I worked with at this event, but this time we have a different treatment and feeling to the end result.

To recap the lighting, I was only packing my speedlights on this day because the factory was a 2 hour drive, so decided on three SB-900 Nikon speedlights for the shot.  I put one on an overhead boom with a 28" softbox and two on either side of the car chassis inside of a Lumiquest The Softbox III (love these things!).  I decided to use Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) for this as a lot of other photographers were using radio triggers, and none of them appeared to by using CLS (see my previous post on how Nikon CLS works).

The process is the same as the previous one for the most part:
  1. Duplicate the original smart object (you did import as a smart object, right?)
  2. Fix white balance, exposure, contrast, and all that jazz. 
  3. Flatten the new layer and put a solid black layer between the original and this one.
  4. Mask out the background and anything else you don't want on the final image (don't worry about the hair, as the blending modes will make this easier when we add the background).
  5. Make corrections to the complexion, engine, glasses, and other little stuff
  6. Find some image and motion blur/radial blur until you are pleased
  7. Find ANOTHER image and do the same thing and overlay them with a blending
  8. Wash, Rinse, Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you are beaming with joy.
  9. Adjust your mask with the model until the two seem well meshed
  10. Add a photo filter adjustment layer to help tie in the tones of the images to the original.
Let me know if you have any questions.  The process is pretty simple and the hard part is really the masking.
Total time to complete 30 minutes.

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