Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography


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