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Make a Polished Image Background

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Class Introduction

Brooke Shaden

Make a Polished Image Background

Brooke Shaden

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

welcome and thank you for joining me for this class. We're going to talk about how to create backdrops for your work in really, really simple, cheap ways. So the goal here is not to create a really elaborate, expensive set, but to create simple, cheap sets in a way that's really accessible for most people. So I don't know about you, but I don't tend to get to work in a giant studio like this. This is a luxury for me, and given that it's a luxury, I'm going to shoot in a way that is very true to how I would work in my house, which is where I tend to do my shoots. I work in a little corner of my office, where I have nice window light coming in and my go to backdrop is a bed sheet because I don't have a stand for really fancy backdrops like seamless photo paper, anything like that. So for me, it's all about the bedsheet. Bedsheets are great because often there one color, so I don't have to worry about texture or different patterns or anything like that, so I can use a bed sheet to transfo...

rm an image. I do that two ways. One is with set design and the other is with compositing. Set design is pretty simple in that we bring in props and different fun elements to our shoot that we can then use to enhance the image. So whether it's a prop like a teddy bear er, teacup like we're going to use today or something else, you can bring in elements to make the image a little bit more fun and playful. But the other way that I use backdrops such as bed sheets is to composite my work, so I will very frequently use a bed sheet as a simple backdrop, while will then remove myself from the backdrop and put myself anywhere I want, like in a bedroom or a castle or a forest. And that's really exciting for me because I love to photograph myself, not because I love photographing myself, but because I love to be a character. I think that it's Superfund to just be able to be anyone that you want anywhere that you want, and that's what we're going to do today. We're actually going to jump into a shoot here where I'm going to utilize bed sheets as backgrounds. I'm going to photograph myself, and I'm going to put myself in editing later on in a totally new space. So we're going to use Set designed to create a little bit of a scene here. We're going to use compositing to move myself off of the background that were currently on, which is just a bed sheet and into a totally new scene. So join me for a fun photo shoot, met it.

Class Description

Learn how to source, put together and polish backgrounds for your images by utilizing everyday objects, set design, and compositing. Award-winning and fine art photographer Brooke Shaden, shares her secrets to creating the magic behind her subjects. Not having a big budget or a great location should never stop someone from creating images that look expensive and refined.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to create and use bedsheets as backdrops so that your images have a painterly background.
  2. How to effectively and inexpensively use color theory and prop placement to create a set in your own home.
  3. How to shoot backgrounds for subjects you will composite in later, and top tricks for being able to create smooth composites.

This class has been edited in partnership with Adobe



I started to use Photoshop just for two months now, and I just came to this fruitful tutorial from the Adobe Photoshop official page for beginner tutorials. And I can say that it was amazing. For me that had already learned the basics of software, her amazing lessons were a chance to dig even way deeper into the color theory and light/shadow/color aspects of photo editing/compositing. Besides from that, it was a real inspiration on how we can use our simplest tools and options we have even at "home" to just start building our little home-studio and start photo shooting, compositing and eventually CREATING inspiring, mesmerizing artworks. HAVE FUN CREATIVES! =)

Ahmad Mostafa

Great, great to watch, great to listen and great to learn from, loved the instructor.

Deann DaSilva

Fantastic, super helpful. I love her creativity and imagination. Her technical explanation is spot on. Thank you Brooke.