Have you ever photographed a scene with a monitor, smartphone, or television in it and needed to swap in a better looking display image? Commercial photographers run into this all the time. Here’s how to make your composites look realistic.
In this video from Tony Roslund, he shares his best tips for getting real-looking results while compositing graphics onto computer monitors and TV displays for his commercial shoots. Oftentimes while photographing architecture or real estate, there’s bound to be some kind of screen eventually making its way into one of your photos. The way you handle them while on location and in post-processing is going to set yourself up for success when delivering images to the client.
Roslund’s method is based on both being smart about how the scene is photographed in the first place as well as the subtle adjustments needed in postproduction to really sell the look of it. One problem area for many composites are the small steps still needed after dropping an image into place. They don’t take much time or skill to do, but make a huge difference as this quick tutorial shows.
Check out the full video above for all of Roslund’s tricks for realistic display composites. What are your own methods that you’ve used before? Share them in the comments below.