Just a little boy and his friend enjoying a lazy Autumn
Have you ever taken a photograph where the main
subject turned out incredibly well, but other graphic elements kept
you from sending it out to your family and friends? This is exactly what happened in this instance. In
this project I was given the task of salvaging a photograph of main
the original photograph included (but are not limited to) the
- Severe Scan Lines from a very poor quality scan
- Part of what appears to be a denim dress behind the boy.
- People off in the distance, creating a "distraction"
- Badly overexposed background (which is alright if done
- Poor composition of image elements
matters was the requirement to preserve as many elements from the
original photograph as possible (feasible?).
I created a new background for this image.
Large portions of the original photograph where then cleaned up and
layered into the new background, although not necessarily in their
original locations. Where needed, artificial elements where also
layered in. The end result is another one of my hybrid "part
photograph, part 3D" backgrounds. The boy was then re-inserted.
As a finishing touch a Fairy with a red Popsicle was added to the
photographs available when you attempt this type of work. You need to
use reference photographs which display a similar depth of field. This
allows you to recreate the "look" using various blurs and
the like. If you do not do this, the resulting background will be
readily identifiable as a fake.
Judge for yourself the end result, your comments are