Adding a realistic shadow
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15-10-10, 07:44 PM
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Thanks for the reply, I have had a quick play with your suggestions but didn't seem to get anything that convincing, I will have another play tonight.
Here is the image in question:-
It is an interesting image to try and 'squeeze' in a shadow, given the angle / perspective in the plane of the frame and the expected dimension of the girls arm. I fear the differences in the perspective values, will always make the full 3D effect, aspect of the imagery appear to be awkward.
Just my opinion, but either the frame needs to be inclined more or the positioning of the girl image adjusted (replaced with a slightly different depth in pose) to provide sufficient space / room, for the view to fully work. To my quick glance, the pose suggests that the extended arm is further away from the lens, than the other hand (and head details) trapped behind / within the frame
It would also be worth setting up the scene with the frame again utilising the same lighting; and then introducing a 'model' of the arm ( even using a drinking straw held in place with blue tack? ) so you can see where the shadows and any reflections fall.
Pop in to my gallery here and you can view two images that are on similar lines in projecting limbs through frames.
Only to add that I use both methods, utilising masks in layers, with tonal changes and drop shadow effects often combined and then tweaked to the 'gut feeling' or to suit the observations from staged modeling / makets etc.
Hope this helps
Last edited by beauxreflets; 15-10-10 at
. Reason: additional thought