Ma-Ha Photography Ione Photographer shows how to make a Composite Photo

July 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

 

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog. Recently I did a photo shoot in Galt Ca. As an entry into the Amador County Fair. I  decided to make a composite to enter. Some of you might not know what a composite photo is. Well I am going tell you as well as show you some examples of how it works. First off, what is a composite photo? A composite photo is a photograph that is made up of several different photos that is molded together to make one new photo. In my case, I used a total of 14 photos to make one finished photograph. As you will see. This is not just shooting a bunch of photos and sticking them together. You as the photographer and artist need to know what the end result is before you start or your project will just not turn out right. For this shoot I recruited a good friend. Sarah Berger. She brought along her sister as well to help out. My son is also on set to help. I had the awesome stylings of Marlene Chao. Check out her website here or visit her facebook here

We started off by setting up lighting and getting a blank canvas shot. a blank shot is basically the set with nothing on it. This is the main photo you will use as your background.

 

As you can see this shot is nothing but a blank restaurant to use as the background for my photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the next step is to start taking photos of each of your characters. The idea is to know what each character is going to be doing in the final shot so you know what they need to be doing. We chose this character to photograph first because it had the least amount of make-up. This way we didn't have to keep removing and applying new make-up

 

 

You can see that I used an assistant to help my main character get a gage of what she would be looking at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we shot the server, again because of the light make-up

 

 

 

As you can see in this shot I used two assistants. The girl to fill in for the previous character and a guy to sit in for the future character. This is done to keep the main I am shooting in her own space so she doesn't overlap herself in the final edit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week shot the male character. This character was the funniest and most fun because dressing a girl up as a guy and have her flirt with a girl (her sister) made for some very funny outtakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we shot the glamour girl. Here  is a look at that photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next shot we took was of the old lady. This make-up was the craziest and the weirdest for the Make-up artist because this old lady look goes against everything she ever learned but I really wanted it to look like and old lady who no longer can do her make-up correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly we shot the little girl. Although she had very little make-up to do, we had to do this one last because we actually poured a milkshake on her head and their is no going back after that. I had to use several photos to make it look good. One to make the facial expression correct and a second to get the pour right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as you can see below is the final edited photo. I cropped the bottom and top out to make the photo more focused on the people. I hope you enjoy it


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