When Brad asked me if I would be interested in being a guest blogger on Scott’s site, I immediately said yes. It is one of my frequented sites and It seems I always learn something when I visit. However, being a visual person, writing does not come easy for me, and a long period of procrastination ensued. So thanks to Scott and Brad for their patience with me! I am thrilled to be here.
I have chosen a piece of work that is a selection from a small series we recently produced. We were asked by a design firm working for a specialty clothing manufacturer to produce a series of photographs for ads and collateral material. As is normal for the process, we had several meetings to discuss the strategy of the campaign, and the proposed look of the photographs. From these meetings were born a number of very rough sketches. The creative director and I have worked together for a long time, and only need a certain level of refinement in the comps before moving to the actual shoot. I wish I had kept some of the sketches to share with the readers, but…no dice, I could not find them. Just imagine your worst sketch on a paper napkin!
I’ve been immersed in compositing for a number of years now, and often go to it for solutions to visuals I am asked to make. This series seemed perfect.
A number of scenarios were proposed to fit the products chosen to be featured.
- A rough and tumble outdoorsman pulling the winch cable from the front of his old Land Rover pickup truck, hopelessly stuck. (The only one not executed as a composite, shot outdoors as you see it.)
- A young, pretty, athletic rock climber girl.
- Another young pretty girl in a snowball fight.
- A really fun one for a line of SWAT team clothing.
- Clothing for undercover cops.
- And finally the subject of my blog…a snowboarder doing something cool.
Here is the final composited shot: