46 Get a hole in one
James Paterson dons his golfing gear to explain how you can make yourself look like a sporting legend with a combination of shooting and Photoshop skills
Achieve sporting glory by combining your photographic talent and your Photoshop skills to create a moody golfing portrait
Ever wanted to make yourself look like a sports star? With a few simple photography and Photoshop skills you can transform yourself into the next Rory McIlroy, Chris Froome or Lionel Messi, and all without the need for those endless hours of practice or drug testing.
Over the next few pages we’ll take an in-depth look at how to shoot and combine a series of images into a composite like this. The aim here isn’t necessarily to make it ultra-realistic. (Where’s the fun in that?) Instead we’ll take a more fantastical approach and enhance the image with a few effects and a lightning bolt or two. After all, if you’ve got the chance to make yourself look like a sporting god, why would you hold back on the lightning bolts?
Some might think an image like this is all about the Photoshop skills, but that’s only the back nine. The shooting stage is just as important. Composites are much easier to put together if the lighting and camera angle stays fairly consistent. So we’ll start off here by explaining how to capture a set of images for a composite, before going on to look at the Photoshop skills you’ll need to pull it off. Along the way we’ll explore key skills like how to use flashguns, how to cut out and combine images in Photoshop with selections and masks, and how to add special effects like lightning and rain. If you prefer to watch, you’ll find a full walkthrough in the accompanying video.