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Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Renée Robyn

Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Renée Robyn

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Class Trailer
1 Class Introduction 09:16 2 Why You Should Sketch Your Composite 03:25 3 What to Look for in Your Background 10:51 4 Posing Your Model 08:23 5 Communicate with Your Team 10:34 6 Elements of Compositing 31:36 7 Learning from Failure & Criticism 12:27 8 On-Location Safety Tips 03:42
9 How to Nail the Right Perspective for Your Composite Photo 07:15 10 Gauging Light & Exposure On-Location 03:49 11 On-Location Posing 18:37 12 Cliff Shoot Location Final Thoughts 12:03 13 Tips for Culling Images 09:41 14 Culling Images Q&A 11:29 15 Preparing Your Image for Composite 07:18 16 Composite Image Cleanup 11:01 17 Adding Background Image to Composite 17:04 18 The Difference Between Flow & Opacity 05:41 19 Composite Sky Elements 20:58 20 Using Curves to Color Match 05:43 21 Adding Atmospheric Depth to Image 17:08 22 Using Color Efex Pro to Manipulate Color 07:37 23 Using the Liquify Tool 05:15 24 Color Theory & Monitor Calibration 10:35 25 Adding Smoke Layer to Image 07:55 26 Selective Sharpening 05:18 27 Crop Your Image 02:29 28 Goal Setting for Digital Artists 04:39 29 Review of Location Composite 01:57 30 Understand Angle & Height for Your Base Plate Image 06:15 31 Base Plate Focus Point 04:45 32 Base Plate Lighting Tips 06:10 33 How to Use a Stand-In for Base Plate Image 03:47 34 Capture On-Location Base Plate Image 05:57 35 Student Positioning Demo 09:05 36 Base Plate Sketching 07:33 37 On-Location Sky Capture 01:53 38 What to Look for in a Base Plate Model 14:30 39 Building Composite Model Lighting 10:03 40 Composite Model Test Shots for Angle Matching 19:48 41 Composite Model Shoot: The Art of Fabric Throwing 13:34 42 Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair 05:45 43 Composite Model Shoot: Posing Techniques 21:26 44 Composite Test with Final Shot 06:12 45 Lighting Setup Overview 04:52 46 Culling Model Shoot Images 03:35 47 Adjusting Skintone Colors 04:54 48 Merging Background with Model 04:54 49 How to Mask Hair 09:49 50 Creating a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool 14:23 51 Creating Shadow Layers 07:10 52 Removing Visual Distractions with Stamp Tool 07:11 53 Replacing Sky with Layer Mask 05:15 54 Drawing Hair Strands and Atmospheric Depth 10:30 55 Creating Contrast in Your Composite 12:23 56 Adding Atmospheric Elements 06:43 57 Using Particle Shop 11:47 58 Selective Color Adjustments 07:58 59 Cropping, Sharpening, & Final Touches 10:29 60 Closing Thoughts 05:52

Class Description

With the right Adobe® Photoshop® know-how and studio shoot experience, you can merge fact and fiction into a reality that lives up to your imagination. Renee Robyn has made a career of turning everyday photos from her travels into eye-catching images. Robyn will teach you how to add people and other elements to your existing landscape photos using ethereal custom effects.

In this class you’ll learn:

  • How to choose or set up a shoot for your background image
  • How to direct posing during a shoot, and work with directional light in-studio to make your subject fit into the background image
  • How to composite your subject into your image using Photoshop

Photo compositing allows you to breathe interesting ideas into your photos. Open your hard drive, walk into your memory, and turn past experiences into fantastic new realities.


Dino Maez

i have to say, the class was AMAZING! in every way from the tricks and technique's of mastering this art form to the personalized attention given by Renee. through the class you are able to learn information that would normally take the average person years of trial and error. Renee gives you the gift of benefitting from her her experiences and what she has learned THE HARD WAY! Renee is an outstanding instructor full of passion for what she does, and with a strong desire to not only improve the art, but more importantly, pay it forward, by sharing her knowledge with others. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the event in person, truly a once in a lifetime experience for me, the staff at creative live were THE BEST! they are helpful in every way and really made this event something special, i can't say enough about the experience i had and would highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to go down for a class, it will be an experience that you will never forget. but the best part of creative live is that wether you are there in person or wether you are watching from the comfort of your own home, you are involved in the class in REAL TIME, you have the ear and attention of the skilled artist giving the instruction, being there myself i can tell you that Renee was regularly given questions and comments from the viewers via the creative live staff and she would respond to them as they came, in that way you are very much apart of the class you are never left without getting that personalized attention of an amazing artist or that specific question you have answered, and even better you have the option to purchase the class and have it as a constant resource in your tool kit that you can refer back to at any point that you need a refresher or want to recall that special technique that was demonstrated. thank you thank you to renee and all the staff at creative live you have a life long member in me. and i would recomend that everyone take advantage of this valuable resource dino maez

stephen lenman

I have completed many creative courses. This is by far the best so far. Quite the most amazing and inspiring presenter with a true passion for their craft. The core information is excellent, but the thing i liked most were her subtle tangents, dropping incredible information completely on the fly. A complete real world honest view of business and practical side of the industry. Especially her advice on how she started to her business. Saving up enough in her day job so she could pay the rent, and do photography for 3-6 months.

Sheldon Carvalho

Awesome class. I've been following Renee for a very long time. I love her work and to finally see her work and get an image done from start to finish was quite something.. I love the way she sees things and the way she treats her work and all fellow creative. I would recommend this to everyone interested in getting into composting. Looking forward to creating and making my own art work. But it now :) Have fun creating. :)