I've been inspired to start stitching photos together and much of it comes from this awesome website called Made with Unsplash. Unsplash is great resource for free high-quality photos. Tons of great landscapes, architecture and nature photography.
I'm able to create surreal photo compositions by gathering a few photos along with some Photoshop.
My approach starts with thinking about scene. If you already know what you want, it's just a matter of finding the photos. I often look for a photo first then create a scene around that. A few tips...
- Find a base photo. This is what you'll create your scene around and make selections with. Depending on the complexity of the photo, it may require lots of patience when masking out certain parts. That's something you'll want to be mindful of. In this airplane photo, I worked with a simple shape such as the window. It's a circle shape that's fairly easy to mask in Photoshop.
- Find 1-2 photos to build the scene. For this example, I decided to go with a space view. I knew that I'll need a view of the earth and some stars to sprinkle. It's important to pay attention to the lighting of these photos. This helps sell your scene. Mask away to blend the photos together.
- Add the finishing touches. The goal is to create a seamless transition between the photos by dodging, burning and adjusting levels. Notice how I brightened up the woman's face and airplane cabin to show the sun's brightness. I'll say it again - lighting is key! Once you feel good, add some noise and a color overlay to blend it further.
More of these to come!