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Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Scott Valentine, Dan Moughamian

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Equipment Considerations

Although there is no single correct way to light your scenes or single set of lights, backdrops, reflectors, or diffusers that will yield the best result in all situations, you can keep in mind these simple tips as you head out to capture your source images.

Use a tripod! This is one of the most commonly ignored rules of photography, and the consequences of not using a tripod to steady your camera are just as unpleasant for compositing projects as they are for fine-art photography. Sure, it’s always possible to use Photoshop tricks to sharpen up your images a bit. But no amount of Photoshop trickery is going to make a soft image sharp; all you can hope for in that instance is “less blurry.” Nothing beats a tack-sharp ...

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