Portraits whatever next?

The progress of computers continues as new software continually is offered for sale. Sometimes it goes round in a complete circle. Photoshop, and many other art editing programmes, have a lot of content about cutting out and pasteing bits of images together in different ways.This technique has been around since Rejlanders first took a pair of scissors and paste to construct his image The two ways of life way back in 1857. He used 32 different carefully posed photographs that conformed to hand drawn master plan of his finished photograph.The technique has been used for good and evil many times since. Another famous example is the photograph of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky where they were edited out of the photograph at various times in Soviet history. John Heartfield used the method as well to attach Nazi propaganda in the 1930’s spending about a week making each image.

I’ve recently been experimenting with a plugin to refine the cutting out of edges. It works by selecting keep and drop colours. Where there is a colour difference it works very well.Here are some examples where the figure was shot in the studio and the background done elsewhere.

Studio portait with different backgroud shot outside

Studio portrait set in different landscape

Studio picture of model with added waterfall backgound.

Studio P photo with added background.

Studio picture set in an industrial background

Studio portrColour picture,converted to blackand white, with added different background. ait set in different landscape

Colour studio picture with a different background