Not so long ago, photography as an art was sacrosanct without any manipulation. A picture depicted what the scene actually was. But today along with the camera, computers and specialised software have taken photography to an altogether new level where a judicious mix of photo and digital creativeness are churning out remarkable images. However, this is not easy and a basic understanding of the methodologies required to blend graphics into your photography is definitely required.
Here is a list of do’s and don’ts if want to blend graphics and external images into photography.
- Proportion – The first thing that you should concentrate on is proportion. The point is to make the whole finished canvas look realistic and natural. For example, if you are transferring the graphics of a dog into the same frame as a house, it will look absurd if the size of the dog is bigger than the house until of course it is a long shot of the house with the dog in the foreground. In that case too, you have to think which your principal subject is. If the house is what you want to focus on, it has to be brought to the foreground and the image of the dog reduced proportionately.
Another thing that has to be kept in mind is that the smaller images are supposed to be further away from you. You will get an excellent idea on this topic if you follow the works of renowned graphic designer Jarrod Carland on Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. He is a master of visual communication and all his creations are acknowledged as works of art. Jarrod Carland studio named as Studio Jack is the place where you can find all of his work and take reference as well.
- Play of shadows – This is another crucial aspect for incorporating graphics into photography. Start with the original photograph and notice the play of lighting and shadows on it. Observe that all shadows will be against the light and you should maintain the harmony when you bring graphics into it. If both are daylight shots the angle of the shadows against its objects should be the same for both. Not having so will not only clearly show that the whole photo has been wrongly manipulated; it will also adversely affect the total effect of the frame.
- Selecting from stock images – Once an idea has germinated in your mind about creating a broad canvas, the next step is to choose from stock images and this must be done with a lot of care. Remember that blurred and badly textured images cannot be creatively manipulated to the utmost. Next, if your photograph has bright and glossy colours, it will be a mismatch with any poorly textured graphic. Hence the point is to pick clean images that match to a certain extent at least the colour combination of your photograph as well as the texture. There are ways that you can manage such images too and bring it to your requirements but that would need use of advanced graphics and Photoshop software.
Keep these factors in mind and you should be on your way to expertly blending graphics in your photography.