One of my favorite images of a photo workshop during Carnival in Venice, Italy, was this composite that I created of a costumed model in a palace.
I obtained special permission to bring our group into a 17th-century palace for a two-hour photo session, and unlike last year where I did some HDR, this time I photographed various paintings and wall panels for backgrounds - for use as Photoshop composites.
I then cut and pasted one of them behind the model you see here, and I was very pleased by the result. I used the Photoshop pen tool to carefully cut around the sofa and the model, taking extreme care (at 400% magnification) to cut around the feathers in the headdress.
The lighting, I think, is especially interesting with the tungsten sconces on the wall and the main light coming from a large bank of leaded glass windows.
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