I might be the only person who is keeping track of my personal project of creating 300 Photoshop Composites. I started this project in September 2009! So it has taken almost 5 years to complete. Granted there were months where I did very little on the project and then there are days like this past weekend where I created at least 10 new composites. I have been building a catalog of backgrounds, some models, and other elements for Photoshop.
This first photograph is of Rich who has some seriously cool tattoos, an AR-15 gun, and even a faux police vest. The background is a stock photograph I purchase of what looks like a video game background. So I call this photograph Space Police.
The next few photographs feature Julio. Julio was great to work with—he brought a number of different outfits and I love the variety. We even used some old style film cameras as props. Props can really help a photograph. Right now I am worried a lot of my composites are just people standing for the camera. I would love to be a bit more creative where people are doing things in interesting locations with tanks or dinosaurs.
Some cities are just pure photogenic… like San Francisco and New York. I have some photographs of the cities but I need to go visit so I can photograph the streets for some more backgrounds for compositing.
Malls frown on photo shoots and the mall security will probably kick you out. But with Photoshop we can add Julio to a cool scene with a water fountain. It only takes about 30 minutes for a simple composite like this but sometimes a composite can take a number of hours and some have taken a few days of work.
This was a pretty popular photograph on Facebook! Woo hoo!The background is from a quick tour of Muir Woods new San Francisco. I should have brought a tripod so I had to use a higher ISO but with some noise reduction and Photoshop’s Blur Gallery it works great!
And now it is time for some more composites of me! I have a bunch of photographs of me that I can use. And since these photographs I have lost another ten pounds and I hope to keep losing money and then I’ll have another photo shoot! But at least now I have some quality portraits for my marketing, social media, and the About me page!
The problem with most tourist photos are the lack of quality studio lighting and my friends may not know how to hold a camera. So I photograph the backgrounds, hire a friend to photograph me in studio and then using my Photoshop skills I add myself to my best tourist photos, woo hoo!
This next Photoshop Composite is a bit more complex. The city is from one photograph, the railing from a second photograph, and then I’m from yet another. We put them together and blamo! It looks like I was photographed by a railing overlooking the city. Lots of cheating and nothing is real.
And now a photograph of me in New York City!
So that is the last of this weekend’s Photoshop composites. I have about another 30 composites to go before I reach 300!