Having dabbled in closeup photography of insects, landscape photography and of course portrait photography, I was ready to expand into something new. Every year, I would bring a portrait setup to the office Christmas party and shoot several rolls of film. With the advent of digital, it was now possible to do incredible post processing with images, and I wanted to try my hand. I purchased a green chromakey background and a copy of the keying software Primatte.
Oddly, it was one single photo that got my glamour compositing juices going. At the very next Christmas party, on December 2, 2006, I brought my new green background along with the standard black velvet. After some special pleading, I literally took my hesitant friend Anne by the hand and led her from her table to my makeshift studio. Because of her popularity at the office, she immediately drew a crowd of onlookers. She gave me a grand total of seven images before she declared she was done and abruptly walked off the set:
As you can see, she was goofing around in front of her friends in several of the shots. But that last one, #7, that one was golden… I was totally hooked. This singular image inspired me to not only learn glamour retouching, but also to learn ways of masking out the studio background.