Experimental Shoots: Montage Old Master

These always sound so easy. Fix your camera on the tripod, take a bunch of shots with the model moving into different positions. Whap 'em in photoshop, mask out what you don't need.

In practice it takes far more photoshop time than you would expect, getting things to line up properly, to take care of shadows, watching out for overlapping bits, careful trimming of cut-outs. I shoot them enthusiastically and get really fed up with them about half-way through the post as I realise how many hours I've put in.

In this sequence you can see how the montage was shot to build up. Then at the end a couple of different post processing options.

As a tip, in general I do not crop, rotate, colour correct or anything until I have completed the montage. That way I know the treatment will be consistent across all the bits of the image.

Our model here is FiresSecret (with two S's)

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post montage shoots setups photoshop Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

post montage shoots setups photoshop Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

post montage shoots setups photoshop Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

post montage shoots setups photoshop Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

post montage shoots setups photoshop Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

About the Experimental Shoots Blog Posts

In this series I am focussing on different kinds of setups I've tried. Some are more successful than others. The idea is tweak your creative juices. I'm going to give a few tips as we go, but not full details - I want your experiments to be your own - you will have different ideas, equipment, setups and so on.

I am always interested in the results, and if you want to post them to me I would be very happy to put them on the blog.

 
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