In this movie photographer Sean Duggan explains how to pick the best sequence of images for a compositing together in a sports action sequence.
- [Voiceover] Once you start to review the sequence shots,…keep in mind you don't have to use all of the shots…from a given sequence.…In fact, if your camera has a fast framerate,…you may actually have too many shots.…Rather than using all of the shots,…choose only the ones that will work…to tell a good story…in terms of portraying the action…of the sequence that you photographed.…And here are some other things to look out for.…In terms of the background,…is it simple and uncomplicated,…or busy and chaotic?…Are there aspects of the image…and the position of the main subject…that would lend themselves to adding a background blur…to create a more uncomplicated background?…Double-check the sharpness…to ensure that the shutter speed was fast enough…to stop the motion.…
And be on the lookout for overlapping images,…where the different positions of the subject…may overlap on top of each other.…The easiest action sequences are ones…where the different positions of the subject…do not overlap.…This is not to say that overlapping subject positions…
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