Editing the Pumpkin family

Technical stuff and how its made


Let me go thru all the technicalities how I made this composite shot.
I required 3 persons for this shoot because people are more fun to use then stands with sandbags on. Shooting one "pumpkin" at a time with the Joe McNally Trigrip as the main light and a flash with a full CTB (Color temperature blue) for the highlight (As seen on the picture).

 Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Then I shot all the pumpkins at the spot I wanted them to be located within the frame with the same light by just moving everything around. This made it very easy for later in postproduction to edit them together for my frame was the same in all shots.

 Pre-post

Pre-post

After it was all done it was just a matter of stitching it all together in photoshop to make it look like it was captured in camera.
Here you can see the "before" image, where I just took all the pictures I've shot to make a quick simple masking to get an overview of how I wanted it to look.
Then it was a matter of cutting every subject out to make it transition perfectly throughout the picture. And the last bit that is also the hardest in most case, adding color grading which sets the mood and feel for the entire picture.

 Finished image

Finished image

Hope you've enjoyed this little backstage of how I made this shoot and why not try it out yourself. The important part is to have your camera on a tripod so it wont move and in beforehand choose where the focus should be and lock it in. After that its easy to just mask everything in in photoshop.

//Elias