A family approached me wanting a nice family portrait by combining a photograph of the kids and a photograph of the parents.
This is what they got:
What did I do?
I first cleaned up both pictures from minor details: dust, noise, strange highlights and red eye. Then I combined the pictures, using masks to isolate the subjects from their respective backgrounds. I had to invent a second arm for the father, since in the original photograph of the parents, his arm is cut off. Then came the hard part: getting the coloring from both pictures to be the same. After that I had to create artificial highlights on the kids to match the studio lighting in the picture of the parents. Finally, once everything else was completed, I added shadows between the kids and their parents.
*Original photographs courtesy of the Glickman family.