A small, but growing law firm, is using my virtual group product to give them flexibility as well as save time and money. For the first part of the project, I took individual photos of each attorney and staff person in my studio. I also went to their office and shot background photos.
Editing the photos involved cosmetic retouching and a process called masking. Masking extracts the individual from the white background. The staff was placed in the background photo using several techniques: 1. Each person's height was used to scale them to the correct and realistic size and height. Hands, eyes, and head size were also evaluated to make sure each person was in scale. 2. Shadowing and an edge blur was added to each individual to make them look like they were standing next to each other. 3. The background was realistically blurred just like in a regular photograph that emphasizes the individuals.
Just 2 weeks after the original photos were complete and the group was composited, a new staff member joined the firm. Traditionally created group photos would have rendered the original photo obsolete. Instead, the new staff member was sent to my studio for photos and a new group photo was created.