Lots of you find it amusing when I say during your photo session, “don’t worry I can swap your heads afterwards if needs be“ And then we have a little chuckle about whose head I’ll give you … I think, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie have been mentioned once or twice 🙂
Seriously though folks … this is a very handy little trick of the trade that has come into its own time and time again over the years. It’s quite rare to get a large group shot straight out of camera where everyone has their eyes open/is looking in the right direction/unintentially pulling a funny face, etc.
In fact if ever a group shot comes straight out of camera with everyone looking amazing you can maybe hear a little scream of joy as I shout it from the rooftops haha!!
Swapping heads is not as tricky as it might sound, in editing terms of course 😉 It’s actually fairly straightforward to do in Photoshop – although can be a little time consuming especially when there may be several swaps to make in one picture, as is often the case for large groups. I won’t bore you with the finer details here as it might mean very little to you if you’re not familiar with Photoshop, although if you’re interested there are loads of tutorials online.
To be on the safe side, I always take several shots of each group pose so I have plenty of options for swapping heads and/or sections of images in post production.
Here’s one I made earlier:
I’ll use a mix of 3 or 4 images, sometimes more. Or maybe I’ll just replace the eyes, should they be closed, and keep the rest of the face as is. The process can involve lots of trial and error to see what works best, but like most things in life, the more you do, the better and faster you become.
So next time you might be curious and think to yourself “how on earth did she get that lovely shot of us all?”… now you know!!