If you haven’t heard of Joel Grimes or seen his work you need to. He is amazing at compositing. I decided to try out his style and let me tell you it was fun! I had two beautiful models to work with. This particular one, Annie, happens to be an amazing violinist as well as model.
For the background images, I created an HDR image by photographing three images with different exposures and then merging them in Photomatix Pro. I brought down the saturation to give it a more grungy and desaturated look.
After that I did a few more edits such as getting rid of the light switches and the window in the back.
For the portraits, I photographed Annie separately indoors. I set up a speedlight on each side, a continuous LED light shining in the back to act as a rim light, and then a small on-camera flash for some fill flash.
Then I brought it into Photoshop and used the quick selection tool and refine edge to cut her out of the background. Then I composited the portrait with the background and added adjustment layers such as photo filter and hue and saturation to blend the images together to make it look more realistic.
And there you have it. A Joel Grimes composite. Once again, the final product: