Recently, I was asked to update the group photo of a financial services firm. They recently added a new staff member. In addition, one of the financial advisors updated her hair style. Easy enough! I took photos of both of the women in my studio on a white background. Using OnOne Software's Perfect Mask, I extracted them from the background.
I was able to make some perspective and composition changes to the original image, replace the woman with the new hair style, and add the new person.
The advantages of Virtual Group Portraits are obvious:
1. Adding and subtracting staff is easy. We created the original group of 5 people last year. In the interim, one person left. After she left, the client contacted us and we were able to recompose the group without reshooting everyone. Adding the new person was simple. Again: no reshooting! 2. Changing hair styles, showing off someone's new look who has lost a lot of weight, or any other update is also easy. We just replace that person in the group. 3. Group photos are always up-to-date. 4. No hassle trying to arrange a time to photograph an entire group.
Creating a group photo like this is more than just dragging them into a scene. Special techniques are used to scale people to the right size in relation to each other and the background. Dark areas are added to reflect naturally created shadows between people. Selective blurring around the edges of each person helps blend them into the background while staying sharp.
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