Creative photography assignments usually come from “THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.”
Not today… Today we’ll teach you how to photograph “inside the box” and keep things fun and creative at the same time. This has been one of the most widely requested tutorials from our Facebook Group members. So have fun with this and come share your results too!
Tools Used: Box Composite Product
Our Box Composite Product includes the full building list, step by step editing, PLUS when you purchase the composite you receive the video tutorial on how to build your composition in Photoshop.
Creating a “White Box” Composite Photograph
Creating this composite image is done in a series of steps beginning with getting it right in camera, choosing the right lighting, maintaining a consistent look to the image, and compositing in Photoshop. Our Box Composite Product will give you an overview of the steps Zeemanphotography.com took to create the final image of separate images of family members in the final composite above, including building the White Box.
Getting it Right in Camera and Using the Right Equipment
Creating the composite box series is simple as long as you get it right in camera. You will use Manual settings so you can select an aperture large enough to ensure everyone in the image stays in focus – usually around F9. The shutter speed will need to be below your camera’s sync speed – usually 125-200. One thing to avoid is a high ISO because you want to avoid noise in the image. I suggest a camera setting of F9, ISO 100, 125-200 shutter speed. You can try the different settings once you have the box and lighting set up. Select what works best for you and your setup.
In the image below, you can see the umbrella sits about 12 feet in front of the box, which gives me a good even light and reduces shadows on the back of the box. I have tried other lighting, including 2 speed lights with soft boxes, but the light was not even enough for me. You can only see part of the box because I have a small apartment, so space isn’t really an issue.
My Equipment List
- Camera with Manual Settings (F9, ISO 100, 125-200 SS depending on camera)
- 24-70 lens set at 70 mm
- 400 watt Studio Strobe with 7 foot shoot-through umbrella on full power
- Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom – and Photoshop
- Large White Box (see directions below for building)
The Box Composite Product includes detailed instructions on:
- Maintaining Consistent Image Capture and Development in LR, ACR, or Photoshop
- Building the Box
- Taking the Images
- Compositing the Images
- Building the Composite
The composite is a lot of fun and takes the pressure off the problem of posing families. The added bonus is that kids love playing in the White Box!
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And here’s other examples of a family collage …