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The Mask: masking techniques

The Mask: masking techniques

Photographer | Julieanne Kost


One of the problems with people is you can’t always get them to stand in front of a white background so you can easily select them, so you can then place them on a different background. It’s just not fair. If I were elected president, one of my first priorities would be to sign an executive order requiring all registered voters to carry with them a white seamless roll at all times. Can you imagine how much easier life would be? For example, let’s say you’re a sports photographer and you’re shooting an NFL Monday Night Football game with one of those Canon telephoto lenses that are longer than the underground tube for a particle accelerator; and just as the quarterback steps into the pocket to complete a pass, a fullback comes up from behind, quickly unfurls a white, seamless backdrop, and lets you make the shot. Do you know how fast you’d get a job at Sports Illustrated? Do you know how long I’ve waited to use “unfurl” in a sentence and actually use it in the proper context? Well, let’s just say at least since I was 12 (three long years ago). In this chapter, you learn how to treat everyone, every object, everything, as though it was shot on a white seamless background.


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