Here at Your Still Life Photography we are going to start a few new “traditions” this week. The first being How to Wednesday or #HowToWednesday!
So this past Saturday Amy and I had a gorgeous wedding starting at Campbell University and ending at the RDU General Aviation Terminal. The only downside about shooting here is that the sunset is not over runway but on the other side of the building. Being how I always love a good sunset picture with an amazing sky I was determined to make something work. Right as you walk out of the doors there is a little hill going up to the main parking lot. My goal was to make the couple appear that they had gone to an open field rather than right outside the door. The way to do this is to get as low as possible at the lowest point of the hill, then have you couple or client at the highest point. The affect is what you see here:
From this point you can see that the couple is on a nice little patch of grass, but sky is blow out and I did not have my flash equipment with me, but that’s ok! Next you need to take a picture of just the sky at the correct exposure as seen here:
Here is where the Photoshop skills come in! First you need to copy your edited image where you have the blown out background. Then you will erase all of the white sky. You can do this a few different ways, for me I first try the “Magic” eraser and that will do the job about 80% of the time. The rest of the time I do it by hand and erase it with the normal eraser. As you have most likely already noticed the grass is the picture is quite jagged since it had been a few days since it was cut. This is not a huge issue by turning the hardness down to 0% and making the overall size of the eraser around 4-10px you can blend it out nicely. On this photo I added a few more layers of blending to get the glasses and veil the opacity I wanted but that isn’t in every picture I do this on.