I’m looking for better options to include 2D images both for a backdrop and incidental items to add to my scenes.
Currently I use HDRs for my main background but it’s often hard to match the focus of trees, mountains etc with my scene. I’ve tried using free and paid stock backgrounds but have issues with color, exposure, shadows and perspective not fitting in either.
Similar problems arise when I try to use images for objects scattered throughout the scene and end up resorting to time consuming modeling for items that I hoped a simple photo on a plane could achieve.
I even tried rendering my own 2D backgrounds in blender which still requires a fair amount of modeling and even though I have the same lighting and camera settings etc the render coloring is still not quite right compared to the scene.
Am I being too hopeful or lazy trying to avoid the extra modeling or is there proper method to achieve satisfactory results with 2D images in an animated scene?