shadow play on pre-exam jitters by ltodd

shadow play on pre-exam jitters

A shot for the Sandbox challenge of multiplicity. http://365project.org/discuss/themes-competitions/24583/365-photoshopbuilding-on-layers-multiplicity-or-cloning

I have composited images previously, but I had not tried multiplicity. I learnt far more about light absorption and shadow from this exercise than I expected.
There are plenty of shadows even in full shade, they are just more subtle and have very soft edges. While you can mask-in the shadows from each separate shot, there will be no shadows created in areas where one 'model' will affect the light of another 'model' in multiplicity. That sounds really obvious to me now, however it is interesting how this editing challenge take us back to the basics.
The goal of great photography is 'painting with light', exactly the same goal of digital editing!

For this exercise I used B&W to force me to focus only on the tonal differences, not colours. In photoshop, the edges of the areas with the subtle shadows have been 'teased' in on the mask layer using a very soft edge on the brush and opacity down to 15%.

Thanks go to the lovely Cat who once again is my generous model. Cat is actually a twin, but is the world ready for quin-Cat-tuplets?
That's awesome!
January 15th, 2015  
Excellent work
January 15th, 2015  
Turned out great!
January 15th, 2015  
A wonderful example... really nice work.
January 15th, 2015  
Beautiful multiplicity shot... Indeed, the shadows are trickier than one would think... I've yet to find a satisfactory QUICK and EASY solution...
January 16th, 2015  
@northy Lyn, I agree with Northy and your image here is a great example. Multiplicity in itself is the basic form of layers and masking since the background remains the same and if you shoot quickly your images are in the same lighting conditions. The trick is overlaying and making everything look real, pleasing and believable. Once you move outside of the similar surroundings and introduce different color and tonal schemes you begin to gain a real appreciation to composting, extracting and making your final image "feel" right.
January 16th, 2015  
Great shot. I'm trying to understand what you're writing about shadows, and I think I can just about grasp it :-)
January 16th, 2015  
Well done!
January 16th, 2015  
Well put together, impressive
January 17th, 2015  
Brilliant, I agree with you re lighting, it is amazing how much it changes in a very short time.
January 18th, 2015  
Great job! It looks totally believable to me and your model is adorable!
January 24th, 2015  
Fabulous! FAV!
January 27th, 2015  
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