Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography


Lesson Info

Adding Atmospheric Depth to Image

With the right 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.

Join us for “Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography” and 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.


Class Introduction
Why You Should Sketch Your Composite
What to Look for in Your Background
Posing Your Model
Communicate with Your Team
Elements of Compositing
Learning from Failure & Criticism
On-Location Safety Tips
How to Nail the Right Perspective for Your Composite Photo
Gauging Light & Exposure On-Location
On-Location Posing
Cliff Shoot Location Final Thoughts
Tips for Culling Images
Culling Images Q&A
Preparing Your Image for Composite
Composite Image Cleanup
Adding Background Image to Composite
The Difference Between Flow & Opacity
Composite Sky Elements
Using Curves to Color Match
Adding Atmospheric Depth to Image
Using Color Efex Pro to Manipulate Color
Using the Liquify Tool
Color Theory & Monitor Calibration
Adding Smoke Layer to Image
Selective Sharpening
Crop Your Image
Goal Setting for Digital Artists
Review of Location Composite
Understand Angle & Height for Your Base Plate Image
Base Plate Focus Point
Base Plate Lighting Tips
How to Use a Stand-In for Base Plate Image
Capture On-Location Base Plate Image
Student Positioning Demo
Base Plate Sketching
On-Location Sky Capture
What to Look for in a Base Plate Model
Building Composite Model Lighting
Composite Model Test Shots for Angle Matching
Composite Model Shoot: The Art of Fabric Throwing
Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair
Composite Model Shoot: Posing Techniques
Composite Test with Final Shot
Lighting Setup Overview
Culling Model Shoot Images
Adjusting Skintone Colors
Merging Background with Model
How to Mask Hair
Creating a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool
Creating Shadow Layers
Removing Visual Distractions with Stamp Tool
Replacing Sky with Layer Mask
Drawing Hair Strands and Atmospheric Depth
Creating Contrast in Your Composite
Adding Atmospheric Elements
Using Particle Shop
Selective Color Adjustments
Cropping, Sharpening, & Final Touches
Closing Thoughts


  • 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
  • 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. :)
  • Very good class. I enjoyed the very friendly, approachable and quirky style Renee teaches with. I did feel, as others have said that she could get off on bunny trails and tell stories and I was glad for Creative Live's option to speed up the video. But great tips and it was extremely helpful watching it how she would do it. Thank you much Renee, and also, I'm a PC user that unites with you.