about this image

The beautiful thing about compositing is that it gives you the ability to create illusions that would otherwise be too expensive, too difficult, or just plain impossible to achieve in real life. For instance, the exhorbitant travel costs and numerous logistical challenges associated with flying a 5-person band and a photo crew out to a small town in Northern Europe would simply be too much for most folks to bear (myself included).

However, through the magic of Photoshop, I was able to drop my client in the middle of a street in Estonia, make a few adjustments to the lighting and toning to help sell the fake, and accomplish all of this while sitting in front of a computer. And that's precisely what attracts me to the art of photo manipulation....you're only limited by your capacity to dream.

strobist info

Lit with three Elinchrom Ranger Quadras, two of which were placed on either side of the group in 42x18 gridded softboxes for rim, and one boomed overhead inside a 5' octabox as key. The rim lights were set to approximately 2 stops hotter than the key.

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tools & gear used

Tons of adjustments were made in Photoshop to get things looking as seamless as possible-- too many to list here. However, I do plan to begin releasing some tutorials in the near future, so if that would interest you, please let me know in a comment below.

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