Considerations with Composite Images

There are many advantages to compositing images. First, it can add moods and feelings to the image that would have been difficult to capture with a camera. Second, this allows us to include elements in the final image that would be too cost-prohibitive or inconvenient to do in the actual shoot. This is often done with backgrounds, people, or items placed into the image that were not available at the time.  

Images used in composites must be high resolution. A primary requirement for making a composite is the resolution and clarity of the images. Whenever you use low resolution or blurry pictures, the quality of the final image will be affected. Moreover, blurry or low-resolution photos are difficult to edit. Hence, the client spends more money whenever they don’t use high-resolution images.

Composited photos need to have the same perspective. If the perspective of one of the images is looking up then all other images need to be from the perspective of looking up. The same as down, level, or anywhere in between. It is hard to composite an image where we are looking at a group of people straight on and the background is as if you are looking up. This doesn’t make it look real, as you might expect.

It is best that images used for composites are taken by us, then a stock agency, and lastly taken by the client. Having all the pictures taken by Colby’s Photos & Videos provides the best option. We take into consideration everything needed for a seamless composite, such as perspective, and lighting color and direction, focal length, distance from the camera, and many others. Stock agencies require a bit more investment but can provide a lot of creative variety. We can help you with this. If the client takes some of the images, it is good to provide them as early in the process as possible. Then we can match our images to yours.

Clients must have permission to use images that we composite. Due to federal copyright laws, one cannot use or edit images without permission from the photographer. While one can download pictures from the internet, it does not mean you have the right to use them commercially. As we do not police where clients get the images, they indemnify us in our Terms of Service. This means that clients will protect us against any legal liability for images that they provide. This is another reason it is best to use our photos, stock agencies, or images taken by the client.

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