In this tutorial, photographer Sean Duggan explains how to seperate out the background and apply a slight blur in order to make your subject stand out.
- [Voiceover] Now that we have the basic sequence composite…in place with our initial rough layer mask,…it's time to go back in and refine those layer masks…where there is subject overlap.…So let me zoom up a little bit closer here,…so we can see what's going on in some of these areas.…The first instance where there's overlap…is on the Wall-3 layer here.…So we can see that right here…there's a little bit of overlap.…Again, my theory here is that…when the subject is closer to me,…it should overlap with an instance…of the same subject that's a bit farther away.…
So in this case, Wall-4 does need…to overlap with Wall-3.…So I'm going to start working on the Wall-4 layer mask.…Come up even closer here to 100%.…Make sure that I have--…Painting with the wrong color.…I need to paint with white,…so I'll tap X on my keyboard.…Make sure I have all of his shoe here.…So even though I'm painting on the Wall-4 layer mask,…it's not revealing that layer right here.…
That's because the Wall-5 layer is covering it up.…So I'll come back and deal with that one later.…
By combining your camera's burst mode with Photoshop, you can create a composite that shows an athlete in action. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan shows how. After mapping out a plan for lighting, composition, and more, he photographs the subjects. Then, the action turns to Photoshop, where he assembles the composite using layer masks and some careful retouching.
- Planning the composite
- Choosing a camera, exposure, and lighting
- Choosing the sequence images
- Aligning layers
- Using layer masks
- Masking images together
- Cleaning up the background