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Otto Phocus

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Photoshopping outfits onto models?
« on: October 13, 2016, 06:21:06 am »

A while ago, my wife was showing me some dresses in one of the catalogs she gets.  Being a guy into photography, I was less interested in the dresses but more interested in the photographic techniques used. 

I noticed a series of different outfits all being worn by the same model.  Nothing unusual about that.  But I first thought that this was a well trained model as she was able to reproduce the same modeling pose in multiple shots.  But upon closer examination, I discovered that no, this was not multiple poses, it was the exact same pose with different outfits.  Even strands of hair were the same and I, with my usual anal-retentiveness, busted out an old boxwood scale and took some measurements.  Same pose.

Is this a common technique to take one model's pose as a baseline image and then photoshop several different outfits onto the image and use them?

This morning I saw the same thing in a different clothing catalog.

Is this a way of saving money?  And if so, is this an ethical way of employing models?
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Re: Photoshopping outfits onto models?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2016, 09:13:13 am »

I suspect that effect is pretty common these days. I've seen it in on-line catalogs where you can pick one from several colors for an item.
On one I saw recently (I forget whose catalog, it may have been L.L. Bean), several of the color changes appeared to be the exact same garment with just the color changed (in PS, no doubt, masking the garment to leave the face and hands unchanged). But one of the colors must have been added later, as it showed a couple of wrinkles in places where none of the other colors showed any.

And in every case, the model was identical.
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Re: Photoshopping outfits onto models?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2016, 09:20:57 am »

Are you sure it was even a real model?

Some of the work we are putting out (I work in VFX in movies) is indistinguishable from reality on a still frame.

I can see a lot of day to day work being done in 3d without any real elements in the very near future. Just look at car commercials - loads now use fully 3d models of the car and sometimes even the environments too
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Re: Photoshopping outfits onto models?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2016, 11:30:41 am »

Vente privĂ©e in Paris is putting out images of about  a million items per year most of which they claim are pasted on to a model electronically.

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Re: Photoshopping outfits onto models?
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 09:52:09 pm »

Models employment and model releases are negotiated before the shoot. It is not unethical if it was negotiated.
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