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Choosing Image Material

Before you dive into a composite piece, it's important to survey the material. While looking over all the images captured for a birthday party assignment such as this—or any similar project for that matter—you need to keep in mind concerns such as these:

  • Which image will be the starting point? Try to choose an image that will have most of the components already contained within that image. The benefits, of course, will be fewer edits. The less you need to repair or edit, the fewer clues there will be that you made any edits.

  • Based on the starting point image, which components will need to be edited or added (or in this case, which party participants are needed from other image sources)? This question leads us into the next concern.

  • Which potential replacement images show happy facial expressions for participants? Typically, one or two subjects will always be captured giving a neutral expression, no matter how many pictures were taken. In those situations, just go with the best possible choice.

  • And finally, after you narrow down the images that show the subjects with happy expressions, which of these images come closest to the same camera angle as the starting image? This might not be an intuitive point to consider, but it's an important point to try to train yourself to take into consideration. Finding images at a similar angle will help to provide similar lighting and convincing body and facial angles. When you take the time to think about it, you'll realize what an important consideration this can be.


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