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

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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.

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