So I've started a new section called "Behind the Camera" where I will be giving you little tidbits of my everyday life. This week, I figured I'd tell you about my favorite type of photography. Granted, it's more of a fushion between photography and Photoshop.
It's called compositing. It's where I shoot an image of a subject on a blank background. Then I build a scene around them using other pictures from landscapes, pictures of animals or objects, and a little bit of whimsy. It's a very long process overall and it can be very frustrating but it's well worth it when I get to see the wonder in a child's eyes when they see themselves in a whole different world.
This started while I was in college and I had a weird assignment around compositing. I struggled at first when it came to getting started but when I finally came up with a plan, it was like a snowball rolling down a hill. It was the most fun I've ever had! I instantly fell in love with the fact that I could make anything happen in that image and it openened a whole new world of photography for me.
Like the above image for instance, I live in Kentucky, obviously there are no beaches around here but that doesn't mean I can't create something with a beach! This little girl was standing in a puddle from a rainstorm, then I took that image as well as 4 others and smashed them all together to get this final image. Who knew your imagination could run free like this? It's quite addictive.
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Have a blessed day :)
Christa N. Reed