Saturday, May 4, 2013

Adding Spring Backgrounds

 
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It's late this year, but spring has finally sprung here in Michigan!
 
I adore the flowering trees, but they only last a few weeks.
 
It's always difficult to coordinate clients' schedules around
the flowering glory.
 
 
The truth is...the people in all these photos were NOT by these pretty trees
when I took their picture.
 
I moved pretty Laurel into the background.
 
Here's the original photo of Laurel taken in a totally
different location:
 
 
 
Hubby and I were driving our son home from college yesterday
and passed Curwood Castle in Owosso.
 
The grounds were aglow with pink, purple and white blossoms.
 
I hated that I didn't have anyone to photograph in the
SPRING SPLENDOR.
 
 
I begged the boys to pull over so I could photograph
the pretty trees...knowing I could do my editing magic to make
the blooms last ....FOREVER!
 
I shared the method for adding people to new
backgrounds in this blog post.
 
 
It's sometimes hard to meld the two photo if the lighting is different.
I always run an action to help fuse them together better.
  
I also used the haze with this originally backlit shot.
 
I share the haze overlay here for free: here.
 
 
I'm sharing this so you can begin photographing
pretty locations with the idea of adding a subject later.
 
This works with autumn leaves, winter scenes...mountains...
ANYWHERE the scene is gorgeous, but you don't have a model.
 
Just photograph the scene as if you DO have a model.
 
Feel free to snag my spring backgrounds here in low resolution to
practice adding
your own family and friends.
 
 
  
 

7 comments:

Zosia said...

So lovely. Magnolias are blooming in Warsaw, Poland right now. Visiting from the Weekly Top Shot.

A Creative Harbor said...

Absolutely divine portrait photography and every girl is beautiful! Wow!

NatureFootstep said...

Love the magnolias The woman looks great on that shot.

Pinkoddy said...

Oh thank you for the tips.
Very pretty Spring pictures.

tiarastantrums said...

oh - great times and I am certainly going to 'borrow' your spring photos as I have no trees like that around me!

The Sports Duke said...

Amazing Pictures taken by the Photographer

Deanna said...

Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge...I so appreciate your instructions. Beautiful spring shots!!