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Chapter 11. IMAGE EXECUTION AND PHOTOGRAPHY > PHOTOGRAPHY FOR COMPOSITING

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR COMPOSITING

Mechanically speaking, photography is the act of rendering three dimensions onto a two-dimensional surface. The decisions a photographer makes influence whether that flattening process is successful or not. These decisions include what lens, shutter speed, and f-stop are used, where the camera is positioned, the quality of light, and the environment the picture is taken in.

Photoshop is a 2D application in which you are working on the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) axis of an image. The third dimension, which is not in Photoshop, is the Z dimension—the depth dimension in which camera, light, and position can be changed. Once an image is photographed and is in Photoshop you cannot change a great many of these important visual properties. So you need to carefully plan and photograph with these considerations in mind before launching Photoshop.


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