My kids have rarely taken a great school photo. There have only been one or two over the years that I would say were ones I would want multiple copies of. DD is particularly bad – she is usually gor a fake grin plastered on her face, her eyes are drifting off to look anywhere but the lens, she sticks out her tongue A LOT and her glasses tend to slip down her nose and the top of the frame crosses her eyes.
This year, she had three possible shots – none were great, but there were elements of all three that might add up to a decent photo. We got all of them as digital images, and as luck would have it my ever-so-clever FIL was here when they arrived. FIL had showed me a very very brief demo of something he learned in Photoshop (he has something like CS5 while I still reside in the land of PS7) using the AUTO ALIGN function that is designed to make one good photo from a series of group photos where not everyone looks good in any one single shot. It involves, from what I can understand, layering the images over one another and erasing bits to let other bits show thru. He used it to mix and match various bits of the three not-great photos to create a single pretty good photo.
He took these:
(looking off to the side, hunched shoulders but good eyes, good smile but glasses in the way)
and created this:
I think that is pretty amazing. I will have to ask him if there is a link to a tutorial that I can share, because all I really know is what I’ve said here. It feels more “real” than just Photoshopping with any other technique, I guess because you really aren’t altering the person at all, just mixing and matching the best bits from any group of photos.
Isn’t she sweet? 14 this week…. how did that happen??