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The background as shot in early December whilst doing a bit of urban exploring and the model was shot in a home studio late December.
All in all, there are 13 images in the image.
It's my first real attempt at creative work, so any comments and feedback welcome.

Hope you like!

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:House Of Horrors
Username:CoticSodaCBR929 CoticSodaCBR929
Uploaded:17 Feb 2014 - 8:42 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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pamelajean Critique Team 9924 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1742 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2014 - 2:55 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think it's a very good first attempt, Scott, and like your triptych.
Your backgrounds are atmospheric, and I like the way you have ones with perspective either side of the window view, giving balance.

In the first picture, the shadow isn't right. It would be right if there was a wall directly behind your subject, but it doesn't work in the hallway because that is not all directly behind him. The weapon particularly looks odd because the shadow hovers in mid air. I would go for a more subtle long shadow like the one in the third image.

They do need shadows because shadows ground your subject and help them to blend into their new backgrounds, but it looks as if you have light coming through windows on both sides of the hallway, which gives you a difficult decision as to how the shadows should fall. I think a good exercise would have been to watch how your own shadow fell in that place when you were there, then try to emulate it when working on these.

As to the third one, the last place I would expect the shadow to fall would be down the centre. Consider the lit window that is closest to your subject and place the shadow to his right, and it might not all be seen inside the frame, but that's ok.

The middle one should be easier, with the window light behind your subject, and I was surprised to see very little in the way of shadows naturally occurring. This is strange because I think the chair was already in the scene, and you later placed your subject upon it. So the chair legs have a slight shadow in the front, and that looks fine and realistic, but I can't figure out whether or not you have put a shadow under the shoe that is on the floor. If you have, then it needs to be going off to the right, emulating the legs shadows' direction. Since the chair doesn't seem to impact upon the floor, I think you can get away with not having a shadow for your subject either.

When placing your subject into his new background, try feathering the selection slightly so that you don't get such clean-cut edges. It's difficult to tell how well you have done at this sort of resolution, but it doesn't look bad at all, certainly not too obvious, so you must have taken time over it.


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Hi Pamela,

Firstly, many thanks for taking the time to give a detailed response. It is much appreciated as I have really enjoyed creating this, but want to improve.

As soon as you mention the weapon in the first image, it really does look odd. When I had been looking at it for 5 hours on the screen, it looked ok!! Honest!

Reference the shadows and being there, that is a very good idea, I actually took a picture of my fellow explorer whilst he was further down one of the corridors. I will double check this image.

I have to admit, given the time of night I finished the image (the night before a club competition) I forgot to put a shadow on the middle image Blush

The cutting out was done in CS5 and I refined the edges to try and avoid the obvious layer appearance.

Again, many thanks for your time and help. I will hopefully improve the next attempt.


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