Wedding Workshop Seven | Photographing Group Portraits: Simple Light And Background Compositing
Simple Light And Background Compositing
We can use compositing techniques to either light an entire group of subjects one section at a time or swap out background/other elements (such as a head replacement, etc.). You should decide how many images you’ll need to create a finished image while you’re culling. If you’ve taken multiple photos and lit the group in different spots, you may not need to use every image to create the finished piece. Look for where the light and shadows fall on (and off) the subjects and minimize your total image count for the final composite.
Once you’ve selected your images, process one to your desired look and then sync the remaining images before opening the set of images as layers in Photoshop. In Photoshop, select all of the layers and align them. From there, you’ll need to do some selective masking to keep only the portions of each layer before merging them into a final composite.