One of my clients asked to me come out to one of their locations to shoot photos of staff members for a new web site. They were looking for a relaxed, less than "buttoned-up" look. The final images were going to be used in a tightly cropped hole on each page of the web site.
To make the shooting look "real" but also get the photography done in a cost efficient manner, I shot the individuals on a white background. Following the shooting, I went around their office and took background images. Later, in post production, I placed each person on a background which varied from a little to a lot with the others to make the images look "real." I also toned the background to match the exposure and contrast of each individual. Even the 2 women on plain backgrounds were actually placed on a slightly colored background.
One of these was actually shot "as is" in a real setting with a real background. Can you guess which one? Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them and see the detail.
The image immediately below is an example of one of the original images prior to outlining (some call this stripping) and being placed on a background.
Here's how the final product was employed on the client's web site:
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