Being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice, Italy would be a great location for a shoot, right? Trust us, Venice is a wonderful place to put a model in. Aside from being one of Europe’s most fashionable cities, it has great architecture and great sense of italian style. This makes Venice ideal for fashion and beauty shots
Just grab your passport*, Luggage, Trolley, buy tickets, hop on a plane, get a hotel, scout for location…. wait, this seems like a lot of work… Guess what? We did all that for you.
Actually, we didn’t. We did better! We sent one of today’s leading photographers, Rebecca Bathory, to Venice. It’s hard to admit, but Rebecca can take waaaaay better photos than we can, and we wanted to have the best. So we stayed in the office while Rebecca tours the world. First stop: Venice of Italy.
Rebecca did tour the city, but not as a tourist, rather as a photographer and an artist, capturing photos that can serve as backgrounds and backplates for beautiful composites.
* Italy residents excluded
Think Like A Compositor
Because Rebecca is an artist herself and has dubbed with compositing, the backplates in this package were taken with you, the photographer in mind. The composition, angle and even focus, were all carefully crafted so it would be easy to composite models into the photo. You know, putting a model in Venice was the whole idea in the first place.
The process of making a good backplate involves quite a bit of attention which we want to share with you. You know, if you ever get to Venice and want to make some backplates yourself.
We used one of the best tools of our times to capture each photo – a 50.000 € medium format Mamiya camera and Schneider-Kreuznach lenses equipped with an 80 Megapixels back. This means that the photos are as sharp as they can be. And at roughly 10,000 x 8,000 px files, it also means that you don’t need to scale your models and can “zoom in” as much as you need.
We also made the photos composite ready both by selecting the right point of focus (we focus somewhere in the foreground, rather than keep the buildings tack sharp). This makes it easier to composite because the focal point is located where the model would be and the buildings at the background are slightly out of focus with a wonderful Schneider-Kreuznach bokeh.
We also made sure to include some lighting motivation, weather the sun, a street lamp or light coming through a narrow alley makes the scenes perfect for beauty and fashion photos.
Lastly, the massive 8-bit TIFF files format provides plenty of room for color and brightness adjustments as well as coloring for style.