Whether you couldn't shoot at the time you wanted or you just want to experiment with composites and heavier editing, this video will show you how to make a complete transformation.
Creating composites is not everyone's cup of tea, particularly if you're primarily interested in photography. However, it can get a bad rap. A lot of high-end advertising campaigns, particularly of products, have been composite images for years and it shows little sign of stopping. In fact, with the advent of realistic CGI, many brands are using more composite imagery, not less.
One of the biggest barriers for creating authentic, convincing composite images that are also aesthetically pleasing, is light. It is very rare that two scenes are lit in the same way, from the same direction, and have the same luminosity. If one or more of your images is outdoors, it's all but guaranteed the lighting won't match perfectly. So, as lighting is the gateway to success in many composites, you need to know how to have complete control over it.
In this video by Photo Manipulation, Christian Bentulan, a book cover artist, walks you through how he turns a scene from day to night, and then edits it into an eerie, ghostly scene!
Have you edited any images as comprehensively as changing the time of day? Share you results in the comment section below.