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In an amateur band it was impossible to get everyone together at once for a dress rehearsal. Different people are traveling (usually out of the country) at any one time, and they often practice in someone's home or a rented space (not a stage), and etc.

Someone thought it would be suitable to simply add some people to the old photograph. Thinking it was like one or two substitutions, and that I'd photograph the people myself under open shade with an eye to matching, I agreed.

As it turns out, the new photos submitted were taken with a good camera and lens, but saved as in-camera JPEGs. (Rant: if the gear cost more than 2 grand, JPEG should be disabled as an option.) The stage lighting is rather severe. Meanwhile, the “old” photo from last year's poster was only saved as JPEG too! It used a fill flash and got very flat lighting, but the stage lighting affected the white balance.

Here is an initial paste-up:

draft paste-up draft detail

The full file (PSD with layers) is On Adobe CC.

Now I can handle the masking and all that.

I want some advice on matching the lighting. How can I get the contrasty faces to better match the flat lighting?

Second, what about color matching for the uniforms? The Hue Range sliders are not helpful in a simple use of that adjustment layer.

As shown, I reduced the contrast and shifted the color space of the high-key assets using “ACR as a (smart) filter”. The original can be seen in the PSD file.

The poster from last year had the picture printed 8″ wide. Since the picture is wider now, they might print wider too, and the paper is 11″ wide so that's the expected size. It won't be viewed from close up really.

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    Concerts must be interesting if the band members are never in the same place at the same time. – Caleb Sep 17 '15 at 17:57
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    Various combinations or sometimes small groups are at any given performance. This was a small chamber orchestra, for example. Explore the playlist. – JDługosz Sep 17 '15 at 18:31
  • @dpollitt - I have to agree with you on that one, even sticking in post I can think of half a dozen ways to deal with the issues in Photoshop. As a hint though, most of the options I'd head for in post would be in the Lab colour space where I can split colour and contrast. – James Snell Sep 18 '15 at 11:06
  • @dpollitt That is not helpful. The need to do it in post was presupposed, so saying "too bad you can't reshoot" is a non-answer. Saying "Sure I know some techniques but I won't teach you and neither will anyone else 'cause it's hard" is actually condescending and the very opposite of helpful. Don't forget that an answer doesn't have to be a unique tutorial written for the purpose: it can be hints, brief suggestions of things to try (without blow-by-blow), or pointers to lessons already published somewhere. Note... – JDługosz Sep 18 '15 at 15:50
  • Note that the recent question on purple lighting got answers including some basics, not snotty retorts about should have used a flash, bummer or well I could, but it's too much work to explain. the latter should just be left unsaid by everyone who passes on any question that he knows but chooses not to address now. – JDługosz Sep 18 '15 at 15:52

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