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:
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.