Need Critique/Honest Feedback/Suggestions for Improvement
My niece is having her first baby. Her husband is currently deployed to the Middle East. She asked me to do a composite for her that blends her deployed husband into a maternity photo of her. She even gave me an example to go by. I will be the first to admit that my photoshop skills are extremely limited, so without even looking this task seems over my head. But...I love my niece so I resolved to try my best.
I took some maternity photos of my niece, then emailed a couple of examples to her husband so he could see what he needed to try to match. He got someone to do pictures for him, but the first attempt just didn't work. His hands were way too high, plus he was holding them directly over his knee. That made it hard to blend him in naturally. The second attempt had better (but still not great) hand placement. At least he was leaning out beyond his knees, but the second set was taken in full harsh sun, so not the best quality but it's what I had to work with.
I know it is frowned upon to post a photo that isn't mine, but I really want you to see the example and the images I worked with. I cannot find a link to the example I had and I have permission to share the photo of my niece's husband. I will delete them if it is unacceptable to show them here.
Here's a link to a similar pic from the example my niece sent me:
Here's the actual example she gave me (again, I will delete it if it is unacceptable to show here):
As you can see, both of these photos are really just cut each image and paste them together.
Here is the photo that I took of my niece:
Here's the photo of her husband:
I first tried to blend the photos like the examples that I found. Frankly, I hated the result and my niece wasn't enamored with it either. I guess neither of us liked that 'choppy' look of just cutting one pic and attaching to the other.
Here's that first attempt:
So...after some discussion back and forth (and a Photoshop lesson from a friend/mentor), I tried again. We decided to use the husband's image for the sky and the space between the couple and to use my niece's image for everything behind her and the foreground around their feet. This is the result:
I would really love some feedback/critique and maybe some suggestions of what I could have done better. I don't really like that the horizons don't line up, but I tried to even that out some by erasing the trees and all. Neither my niece nor I liked that result either. So...while we both think it is a sweet concept, we aren't sure that we really nailed what she wanted.
Thanks in advance.