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Behind the Scenes

This is where the fun begins!

Welcome to your exclusive all-access “behind the scenes” look into StudioTribe's image making process. We’ve produced a step-by-step look at the creation of some of our coolest work. From CGI tricks to commercial photography tips we’re prepared to tell all, taking you on a tour of what we love most - making images.

This was a very special project for us here at StudioTribe. Each year the Make-A-Wish Foundation makes dreams come true for thousands of kids suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Our mission take these ordinary kid’s photos and transform them into super heros. Our goal in creating these images was to give each child his or her own super powers and to create an overall look and feel in the heroic comic book and feature film style.

The backgrounds had to be something out of the ordinary, we began by sourcing bright fun light zooming backgrounds that would give the impression of something magical emanating from the center of our heros. Once each super hero possessed their own magical light we darkened the surrounding edges of the backgrounds to push all the focus toward our heros. Next we added the cityscapes far in the background or a starry sky radiating to give that flying above the world super hero feel.

For each child we began by adding some power or special effect. For some we added a magical glow or lightning to their hands, to the youngest some fairy dust. we worked on their costumes, enlarged belts and added power accessories to them. We enhanced boots, capes, shirts and details. Once all the retouching and image creation was done we added contrast and lighting to each, brushed in and enhanced highlights and shadows spotlighting the kids in their environment. Finally they needed under-lighting coming from the background lights below to tie them into the scene.

Our most sincere thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation and everyone involved it this project for allowing us to help these kids dreams come true.