[BTS Video] Dean Bradshaw Lights And Composites A Variety Of Athletes

Commercial photographer Dean Bradshaw provides us with a unique perspective of his recent photo shoot for "Startrac". The shoot involved a handful of athletes being shot while mock competing in their individual sports. The athletes were shot in a controlled environment and then composited into different backgrounds in post. We get to see a great mix of lighting setups as well as a quick look at some of Dean's editing process. Definitely a video worth watching if you are into heavy Photoshop work or advanced light setups. That being said, you can clearly see how much of a role the lighting plays in the end result. It's not just Photoshop by any stretch of the imagination.

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Shamir Fersobe's picture

Definitely would like to see a video where this guy explains his post work :-) amazing work! 

Jaron Schneider's picture

Yeah the finals were really nice. Looked perfect for commercial use.

Nam Phan's picture

dude is sick!

DAAAANNGGGG!  Would love to do this!

Jens Marklund's picture

It's a tragic day in photography, when people do this much post. I mean, shooting people in front of a green screen, then photoshop in a nice landscape? Wtf? Every photo, they pasted a better/improve background in. People are getting lazy. Get out and find a location, wait for the light, shoot. 

Some images can only be captured this way. Or it makes a lot more sense to do it this way.

Eg, do you want to spend weeks waiting for the perfect weather and background - Especially when your large client, models, mua, hair stylists are on a short timeframe. And what after all that, there is something messed up about the background that needs to be re-shot...?
In studio/green screen - you have much more control over the lighting and ambient. And plus compositing is an art in itself and Dean is spectacular at it!There is a LOT more to this than.Green ScreenCopyPasteBoom Done...

And how do you think these compose guy's get their backgrounds ? Exactly, they shoot them seperatly! So instead of calling them lazy, you might wanna look into the amounth of work going into this. 2 instead of one picture,.. Creating the exacte same perspective to later on paste the model in. etc etc and that's even without the hours of editting in PP

you want to do it all in one shot ? that's fine, but others who go on with technoligy are NOT persé bad fotographers,.. And like said, not all of those pictures could've been done in just 1 shot.
+ the main advantage are the costs, allthough it still is a lot of work,.....now things can be done in the studio with having to travel half the world for a perfect location with a full crew of MUA's, assistents, etc etc 

fantastic photo's !!

Robert's picture

Lazy? Composites are done because it isn't always convenient for a star, sportsperson, model, etc to be where ever the background maybe and it would be extremely costly for the talent to be hanging out at that location (potentially abroad) for hours waiting for the right light, an empty street, etc, etc. 

i bet you never work with a team...especially in a commercial work.

 I would say just challenge yourself and try to take a composite like this. It's much more difficult than you might think.

Jon Dize's picture

It's the difference between capturing an image and creating an image. I don't even understand your thinking and I have been in photography for nearly 40 years, if there is anyone who sould be arguing against post, it should be me, but these guys are getting the HUGE checks, because they are delivering what the CLIENT WANTS and the client could not care less whether it was done in post or in the camera, they only want what is going to best illustrate and sell their product or service.

Some image concepts are never going to be created in camera, regardless of how pure or good you imagine your skills to be. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!.

Jon Dize's picture

I addressed just this topic in a spiel I wrote over seven years ago... http://dizeman.com/postproduction/

The question is not the laziness of the people, but the production costs the agencies or companies you are working for are willing to pay.

Do what works!

Love Dean Bradshaw's work. 

Jeremy Cupp's picture

Been following his work for a while. He should do some tut videos! Great job.

José T.'s picture

There's another nice BTS video in his website 
http://www.deanbradshaw.com.au/50-People-to-Watch scroll to the bottom.

Mike Kelley's picture

the best part of this video is that he's using Einsteins!

Jason Peters's picture

I really dislike seeing myself in BTS videos...

Dean Bradshaw's picture

Wowsers, this got picked up quick - we just put it online for my guest post on Scott Kelby's blog on this coming wednesday - look for a write up about this shoot and the digital workflow then...

THE GREAT ZEEE's picture

dean some one said you were lazy. smh.

Soulfaktor's picture

Drooling...this is beautiful and inspiring work!

ISO 1200 Magazine's picture

Thanks to link to our post.


Daf's picture

Do love advanced light setups like these, although in this instance not sure if it suited the country walk/golf scenarios. Think rest were great.

Agreed - would like a bit of a photographer biased BTS with explanations etc.

I do really like images but there is waaaay too much post production in these pictures...
there isn't even a single background left from the original picture...
I'm sorry but thats really too much and is weird to watch

Shawn Robertson's picture

Im curious, when you do composites and shoot your back ground separately.... your back ground may have different lighting, shadows and colors than your subject. do people shoot their back grounds specifically for a subject or idea later? or do they shoot nice back grounds and collect and sit on them until they need them later and happen to have one that works for a subject they shoot later down the road? or are they just so good at post production work that even if the lighting/colors/shadows are off in the back ground image they can fix or change it later to match?

Shoot everything RAW, then that eliminates colour issues for White Balance.

Shoot Background first I guess, then you can always match/recreate the lighting in studio afterwards, then only tweaking in post production really.

I think the main issue to consider is the direction of which the light is coming from on the background, so it doesnt confuse the eye in post. However a lot of composites have strong rimlights to give that edge/separation anyway.

I will like to watch this video but I do not have the password. Please can you share the password?