But to oil painters having shadow is very important.... and added shadows tend to look very fake. True ! however just copying the shadows in the pic might not be a good ideea either... since you use the pic as reference, not "xerox" and just add around elements. Good comment tho !
one thing.... good tutorial ! second thing: suggestion for you and all stock suppliers,keep doing what you're doing but change just one thing: background (try and think about us manipulators who try and make selection of the whole body while battling with the background who makes our life a living hell) using drapes is fine, but while you're at it, put those drapes in such a manner that they don't have ripples or other deformations that may cast shadows and are very hard to avoid.Also keep in mind that shadowing on the body may be applied (with a little skill in PS) so that's not such a huge must.What we do need is a good,distinguishable border between body and background,so we are able to clip the figure out more easily. Cheers !
Thankyou so much for the speedy adn extremely helpful reply. I will be sure to try your suggestions out asap and ill let you know how it goes
My stock gallery isnt very accomplished yet, no figure shots, just backgrounds and stuff, so i wanted to try posing out. You and lucias tears definately inspired me
Actually, a very basic medium gray works well. My background is supposed to be gray, but it actually has a slight pinky-purple cast to it, which is not so good, so be sure to pick a REAL gray (take the fabric to a window rather than trusting flourescent lighting.) Another option might be to try a sort of paper-bag brown color. Nothing too dark or too yellow. Just a dull lightish brown. I've never used it myself but I would suspect it would play nice with your pale skin. Give it a try!
Hi...Silly question, but i thought you might know what colour background is best for someone with quite pale skin with a pinky tone to it? I want to start taking stock shots for my stock account, but i dont know what colour bg would be best. Im thinking white, but it may make me look too pale. Do you have any suggestions? I know i should experiment with different colours, but a basis to start from would be great.
Great tutorial - this is good, simple advice that anyone can understand and utilize I wish there was somewhere on the submission page that could pop up tutorials like this when people try to submit stock - or even just on the DA stock photos gallery page...a special place for stock tutorials that are easily accessible for people who want to create stock
This should be passed around to anyone interested.
Some cameras also allow you to "meter" for a custom white balance (which is what you are describing with the changes with backgrounds).
That is also an excellent point to bring up as it can add more mileage to a session.
I have a tripod I picked up at Wal-Mart. I don't remember how much it was, honestly, but I got the cheapest one. A desk will work too, since the camera really only needs to come up to your waist. (also you can stack books under the camera to adjust the height.)
If you don't have a plain colored bedsheet, a blanket will work too. Or just a bare wall. Or stand in front of a plain door. Really, you just want to be sure you can be clearly separated from your background.
When it boils down to it, this should be something that you enjoy. Don't spend more than it's worth to you.
Do you have a tripod then? Or do you use a dresser type thing? I don't have a lot of money to be buying a bunch of sheets and tripods and stools, things of that nature. That's why I'm discouraged to do full body shots.
Now you should make a tutorial on the things in your closet?
Thanks for the bulb tips and drapery tips. I didn't realize it made such a difference. The rest I learned only through a few crappy stock photos of my own and studying what I liked/disliked about other stock photos. I hope more new stock artists take some of this to heart. I see so many pictures that would be PERFECT to use except the lighting/background/perspective etc. ruined it.
Very simple but very well-written. I like your stick figures, they're so cute. But you're absolutely right in what you tried to portray, it's frustrating to see great proportions ruined by distortions (unless they're on purpose). I always set the camera at waist-height, and quite far away from me.
Nice little tutorial, full of good handy tips. Hope you won't get too angry at me for adding my 0.02€:
Tip for §1: Mr and Mrs Japanese Tourist ask you to take a photo of them on Main Square and you don't have a camera stand handy. What should you do? Answer: After stepping back far enough to bring them full-height into frame, stand on one knee. This way, your head will be at about the right height to take a full-height shot of the couple without tilting the camera.
Also: Don't forget to try both portrait and landscape orientation. Maybe turn the camera several times to compare them both. Then hit the trigger button in the orientation which gives the best result.