Aside from the comment in the above post, it can be hard to do this and get it to look right.
Unless the lens, camera angle, depth of field and lighting are consistent between the 2 imagers, they composite will look odd, even if skillfully done.
The best way to do composites like this successfully is for the photographer to have the specific background shot in mind when shooting the main subject. They can then match angles, lighting etc to make the combining of the images easier.
In a way, a photo can be likened to a cup of coffee: some people like it plain, some like sugar only, some like cream, sugar and hazelnut added. Depending on the "messgae" of the image, a solid white background can be perfect, but i like to have a background that caters to the models personality/interests. This is just my PERSONAL opinion, and i'm sure there are 100's of people that would claim that i'm incorrect in my views ~ m'
You "Could" change the white backgrounds...but you would also want to check back with the original copyright holder and ask for permission...just so that nobody gives you a hard time later on.
Sometimes white backgrounds can work pretty well for extractions. But there are other times where they produce poor cutouts and create fringing around the the hair and the edges...and then your new images would look a little bit unnatural and doctored to a seasoned eye. Sometimes the kind of software you use and your experience level can also play a role in how successful your cutouts look. If your images look the least bit doctored...most people will pick up on it. Natural images taken in their own environment are the ideal solution. Using a solid color might be fine...you might also want to consider adding in a shadow to further create a more realistic look.
Longer term... You have a nice look... would love to see you do some additional shoots with several local photographers with the kinds of backgrounds that you might like... and that will create some nice diversity to your portfolio.
Good Luck. Summer is coming up!! Wish you the very best!
Kayla Vanesa wrote: I was wondering if you think that adding backgrounds to photos makes them better or worse?
A simple way to find out is to knock out a lot of different backgrounds and test them on people in your intended audience. Ask them to pick the one they like best. You just need one mask, and you could crank out a dozen or so in a matter of minutes.
It's a good idea to think about it from the perspective of people who are viewing the image. So I'll ask a couple questions...
What is the purpose of your portfolio? Is it to attract potential clients or photographers? Does it exist to entertain your friends or yourself with no other motivation?
The answer to that question should answer if you even should (even with permission).
If your portfolio exists to attract potential clients or photographers, then you should leave them as is. There's a purpose to a white backdrop. It's professional and clean...and it leaves the focus of the image on the model. How many professional models do you see with 'cutout' images in their portfolio?
If your portfolio exists to share with Facebook friends and to satisfy only you, then it's fine to play with compositing images (with permission) and "put yourself on a beach or a dark alley" and your friends will comment how they think it's really cool.
However, it will also make the statement to photographers and clients that your portfolio exists as a novelty and you're not as serious about modeling as you are with playing with your new toys.
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Tends to look pretty bad in my opinion. The main concern for me is the lighting being inconsistent between the model and the background, our eyes are very good at picking this up often resulting in a pretty jarring image. This is of course referring to backgrounds with noticeable light direction (e.g. a bikini model shot in the studio and then chucked on top of a random beach image here).
If most of the backgrounds to your photos are white, changing to a complimentary colour is fairly simple and can be very effective.
you can do good adding an image to a back ground, just make sure is a well compose BG. in this image I used 5 different images, for BG and three more for the foreground , and this image was published in vogue website last month.
365 Digitals Exposed wrote: you can do good adding an image to a back ground, just make sure is a well compose BG. in this image I used 5 different images, for BG and three more for the foreground , and this image was published in vogue website last month.
I'd love to see the rest of this gentleman's modeling portfolio and whether the addition of this image has garnered him more work as a model.
I assume he has one since that's what the OP is talking about...changing her modeling portfolio images and how that would be perceived by viewers.
Nobody was arguing that good composites don't exist. But is it appropriate for a modeling portfolio?