Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a body swap, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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As every photographer knows the more people you have in a group shot the more…opportunity for you to capture a blink or funny expression or distracted…little girl.…I'm going to show you how to take care of that in Photoshop by doing body swaps.…First thing I'm going to do is to float my photographs.…I want to see both of them at the same time.…Now in this photograph I've already done a little bit of work.…I really liked the expression on the mom's face and the baby's face too.…
So you can see that I retouched a little bit, and also adjusted some levels.…You want to retouching before you start doing your swapping.…I'm going to select the Elliptical Marquee tool, and bring it over here to…select mom and baby.…Now I want this tool to be kind of big because I need extra room to maneuver…when I get it into other photograph.…I'll do a Command+C to copy it, and then come to this photograph where the little…girl looks fantastic.…
So I'm going to drop in the mom and the baby into this photograph.…Let's take a look at that in the Layers.…
The course discusses how to plan for a portrait photo shoot and how to make stylistic decisions regarding props, clothing, and makeup. Next, the course reviews the essentials of posing women and men, starting with a single subject, moving on to a couple, and then working up to large groups. The course also demonstrates how to pose and compose a group portrait in ways that highlight the relationships between group members, whether they're family members or business colleagues. Lastly, to illustrate the time constraints photographers often face, Natalie works against the clock to shoot a group of people she's never met.
The course also covers various postprocessing techniques geared specifically for portraiture, such as working with wrinkles and skin textures.