Compositing for Mossy Tree Digital Backdrop
In this example I will be showing how to get the most realistic lighting and texturing for compositing images using one of my moss covered tree digital backdrops.
Here is the finished image, let's see how we get there.
To start out it's really important to match the direction of light which you see in the digital backdrop. For example in this backdrop the light is fairly diffuse, examining the digital backdrop for shadows we can assume that the light is above and to the left. So when I set my lights up I made sure they were high and to the left to have the shadows fall on the right and on the back of my subject. Not only that I make sure to use similar texturing and colors as appear in the digital backdrop. In this case there is moss on the tree and a dark shadow behind where the subject would be placed so I chose to use moss around my newborn subject and then a black blanket to represent the shadows. This technique helps your final image look like your newborn client was actually in the real setting as you will have the most realistic shadows and transitions using this technique.
These are the first steps to creating realistic composites using digital backdrops. Video tutorials will be coming very soon to help you through the layer masks and help you perfect your techniques.