To Make Memories Last Forever...
Day 16 - Playing Wii<br />
The first thing he does when he gets up is go to the Wii.  That way he doesn't wake us up at squirly hours of the morning and is very considerate, playing with the sound off and everything.  But he knows that once we get up and going, he has to turn it off, and so I think there's a race for him to get there as early as possible to maximise his time on it.  It's not allowed during the week, so on the weekends, he drags himself out of bed at earlier and earlier times.  Today I was surpised he got himself dressed first!<br />
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Oh, and the backgrounds are usually my big black poster board, placed far enough behind the subject so that they don't cop any of the light which is usually my camera flash unit aimed at a reflector and bouched back onto the subject.  The reflector is right in their face, and the flash falloff is quite severe, so usually a background far enough away is sufficient not to cop any light at all.<br />
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This particular shot had our dark brown couch behind it, so I just put a severe curves adjustment layer over the whole shot to make the darks very dark, and then selectively brushed out the areas of the adjustment layer that covered him.  It's a bit rough and ready because I don't have heaps of time each day, so don't look to closely, but if the background is dark enough to start with, I usually don't have to be particularly careful at the edges, since the contrast with the background is usually there already.<br />
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Now what I have to work on is getting more light onto the hair, since that is usually lost against the background...

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