2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

Getting photograpger Tim Tadder and CGI master Mike Campau on the same project is probably as high-end as it gets. THe two recently collaborated on the production of the 2014 World Cup Calendar.

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

The project involved shooting 12 of the common moves done in football (soccer if you live in the USA) by gorgeous models. 

Tim shares that “The challenge was to create dynamic images of the women in action but still have a high level of female sexuality. There was a balance between being true to the “move” but at the same time showing the best assets of the models

While it is hard to tell, the locations were shot by Tim separately from the shooting the models and Digital Artist Mike Campau later composited the models into carefully reconstructed CGIed sets.

The video below shows some of the lighting involved and when I asked Tim about it he replied that:

The lighting in each shot was determined based upon the scene/background. We crafted each lighting scene to match the lighting of the background based upon plates that I had shot the week before. If you look closes, each image has a custom lighting arrangement to highlight the best body parts as well as the help anchor them into the scene…” – see if you can spot those in the video.

If you wonder about the steps of bringing such an image to life, here is an animated gif that shows the process, followed by a plate of CGIing one of the locations.

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

And here are the remaining 11 moves/months

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

2014 World Cup Calendar Is an Amazing Work Of Lighting, Photography & Compositing

[2014 World Cup Calendar | Tim Tadder & Mike Campau]

  • http://www.observingtime.com/ agour

    I don’t care about football.. but I’d buy this! Love tim’s work

  • Myk Jones

    Phenomenal!! Inspires me to work harder!

  • Mike

    The women all look like they are computer generated. Airbrushed and fake. They might as well just done it all on the computer and not even gone out it looks that fake.

  • Rick

    The “water wigs” segment that is linked at the end of the video is far more interesting than this piece of photoshopped cheesecake drivel. (click on the center link)

  • Arn

    This is sooo kitsh, so plastic feel.
    Definitely not my cup of tea…

  • MDF

    It must be hard work being TIm Tadder but someone has to do it!

  • C all

    I have to agree this is so fake looking… more a video game than anything. Also its a bit cynical… Football = Guys who will appreciate looking at models… didn’t really try hard there did they?

  • Derek Feldman

    It is a commonly known fact that Brazilian models actually have two extra vertebra, making them the slinkiest models in existence.

    • Kadri

      What about the head that is too huge for her body? Or the creepy pose.

      • Derek Feldman

        I just don’t know. You’d think a pro photographer could get body proportions right, but it actually doesn’t seem that that’s the case. Too much CGI happened. These pictures look like Grand Theft Auto V screenshots. =[

  • Bing steer

    12 of the common moves in football??? A complete lack of understanding of football…and female sexuality by the look of it.

  • volen

    fake.plactic.photoshopped.bad.sorry

  • Inigo

    Nice. This shows how post-processing can make miracles in every photo. Don’t get me wrong, the models did their job, but the success of these photos are a product of a seasoned photographer. Tim is definitely one of the best nowadays. Coupled with good CGI’s and awesome lighting, he is definitely a master of the craft. Nice post by the way.
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  • patrick

    Slap me for saying this, but the images would be so much better without the cartoonish and plastic women in them. I’m all for the pinup fantasy women, but there’s really something disturbing about the lifeless and WAY over ‘shopped females.

  • Peter Scholes-Lee

    Whilst I appreciate the work that has gone in to creating these images (and I do think they are well crafted, much better than I would even attempt) I find the content rather creepy. Maybe if the models were actual international players of either gender or maybe if they were appropriately attired in actual football kits it wouldn’t leave me so unnerved. It seems designed to bring blatant sexualisation to an area where it is not needed. There is a time and place for glamour photography and I don’t think this is it. That’s not an insult to the artists tho but to the guy who came up with the design brief.

    On an upbeat note, the element of CGI does make a lot of sense to me in these days of cross-platform media/gaming. It ties in the actual sport with its very popular virtual versions.

  • Sanjoy

    Hi Tim, can I have the phone number of the idiot(s) who paid for this…

  • Graf Almassy

    It’s digital paintings not photographs.

  • Ruester

    More phony HDR nonsense. Sure this isn’t some gimmicky campaign for Hooters ! Complete waste of time and some fools money !

  • mlcred

    As I scrolled down, each image was worse than the previous one! Number 9 looks like she’s about to trip over herself. And how about some facial expressions…. The last one, with the model doing a somersault, she should have SOME expression on her face.
    Another thumbs-DOWN vote for this project.

  • Francesco

    Some of the worst cheesiest post production I have seen. Should of just used an illustrator.