Making of: Paper Boat Fisherman Photoshop Composite

Hey everyone , This is officially my first blog post. I thought i'd start sharing some tips on how i make some of Photoshop Composites. Paper Boat Fisherman was a pretty simple and straight to the point.

It all started with this background i shot on my last trip to England at Richmond Park. The idea just popped into my head and i went to my studio and started preparing. 

Background shot in Richmond Park , England  - Panorama made of 3 images shot with canon 17mm

Background shot in Richmond Park , England  - Panorama made of 3 images shot with canon 17mm

Then got the Paper boat into this black metal tray and filled it with water to get the real reflections of the boat, which will make it more realistic when composited into the water on the background.

Shot with mamiya 45mm lens

Shot with mamiya 45mm lens

I did a few test shots to get the right angle and perspective for the boat, then got into setting up the lighting. I tried imitating the lighting in my landscape background as much as possible.
Lighting is the trickiest  part after angle and perspective when it comes to compositing, wrong lighting will make the whole image look fake. 

Fish was shot under the same setup and both, boat and fish were cutout using the pen tool.
 

shot with mamiya 80mm lens

shot with mamiya 80mm lens

Lighting the model was some how similar to the boat but on a bigger scale, i had to add more lighting to shape the model so he fits perfectly into the composite.

Water splashes were masked out and placed in position then added water ripples.

Everything Put together

Everything Put together

The final image after doing some color grading