Photoshop Tip: How to Make Everyone Look Where You Want Them To
Have you ever found yourself photographing groups such as bridal parties, families, or sports teams and there is always someone looking in the wrong direction. An easy fix for this is to shoot multiple images. The above image would not have been possible without two images unless I asked them to kiss again.
In this image everyone was looking at the bride and groom EXCEPT the groomsman on the right. This is a prime example for why you should take more than one image while shooting groups and the same principals can apply when shooting couples or pets.
This next image is the very next image that was shot in the series. As you can see the kissing is over but my groomsman is now looking in the correct direction. So when this happens I like to use photoshop to create the perfect image. By taking my groomsman from one image and superimposing him onto another image.
In this example my main image is the couple kissing and I want to replace the groomsman. I opened the image of the couple kissing as my Background Layer and the second image as Layer 1. Since the images were shot in the same orientation and many elements are in the same place in both images. I Aligned the layers by selecting both layers and going to Edit=>Auto-Algin Layers. I then used a layer mask to paint in thegroomsman from my secondary image into my primary. The image to the right is how my Layers pallet looked while editing this image.
In this next example the Great Dane "Lexi" was the only subject not looking where I wanted her to. So I used the same principals as my last example and used a layer mask to paint her back in from a different image that I had of her looking good.
The only way that this tip will work for you is if you take a lot of images. You never want to walk away from a shoot with 1 or 2 images and hope you have something that you can work with. If you are shooting for a client you should make sure that you cover all of your bases so that you can offer a high quality service and product. By taking multiple images with the same pose I gave myself a chance to create a good image even if I wasn't able to do it with 1 shot.
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I am a family portrait and real estate photographer based out of Akron and Canton Ohio. I love what I do and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences to those who care. Throughout this blog you can read all about my photographic adventures whether its from a current body of work or vacations with my family.
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