Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Quick and dirty...
When I got home I played around with creating a "quick and dirty" composite (took somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes I think). Well I ended up liking the result so I posted it to my flickr account. I've had a number of people ask how I did it, and while it's embarrassing simple I thought I would post an explanation.
Well that's it. Nothing all that complicated, but probably a good first exercise if you aren't accustomed to layers. I'm sure there are many well done explanations of layers and masks on the web (and in books). Mine is just what I did (imperfect and messy).
There are an insane number of tools and techniques (way way more than I have time to ever explain), but my suggestion to anyone is to start simple and focus on doing things quickly before you try to spend a lot of time making something perfect - for me at least it's the fastest way to really learn how something works so that it's natural and fast enough not to distract you from the content. There are always going to be rainy indoor days in the future to spend a lot of time focusing on making an image "perfect" later.
There are a few of these composites here: http://tanukifu.com/Other/Post-processed/Postproduction/
The original singles are all somewhere in here: http://tanukifu.com/Animals/Dogs/Mischka-Fnar-Haus-Juris
Hopefully my little explanation is useful to someone. If there is anything else you want me to explain, let me know and I'll do my best.