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Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Lesson 42 of 60

Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair


Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Lesson 42 of 60

Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair


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Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair

So let's add one more level of complexity to this and let's get a little bit of movement in her hair. So I believe we have a reflector here somewhere. Yes, we do. So who wants to be wind machine? Wind ninja, wind ninja? Cool. Fabric ninjas and wind ninjas. Speaking. So what we're going to do with this is we're going to make sure that we're using the black part of this up, because if we use the silver part of course we're going to get a reflection. Let's get you in that pose. So we can just go like, one, two, three. And hopefully her hair moves a little bit. It totally covered my face. One, two, three. Yeah. In other case, there we go. So I don't necessarily want her hair to like, floof, fly out from her head. I just want just a little bit of movement, kind of how we had with the skirt. Just that perfect little bit so that we don't notice it. It's not just like, whoa, that hair is everywhere. It's just a moment. Let's see. (chuckles) So we're just making these infinitely hard. (chuc...

kles) Awesome, so you got your poses, you look beautiful. I wanna make sure I don't lose your hand. In this image here that we took, let's bring it in just a little bit more. Awesome, and just bend your elbow for me a little tiny bit. There we go, that's great. I tend to, if there's a joint, I like to bend it. Just a tiny, tiny little bit. Right now, see, her wrist, has just like, well, you can't see it from here. I'm just gonna photograph your hands. One, two, three. (shutter snaps) So she has just the slightest drop. It's very, very, very gentle, in her hand right here. So we look at her muscle in her arm, it's coming here, and it's extremely slight, but it's just a little bit down on the wrist. And it's very, very, very minor. It's another one of those little, tiny details that we don't notice. But it's all going to go into making a very nice pose. Just try, there we go, great. Should I do it on three, or on two? Let's try it on three and see what happens. (chuckles) Because I'll be watching for the hair. It's gonna take about half a second for the wind to get to her, and it'll take about half a second for the fabric to fall. So we'll see what happens. Worst to worst, we photograph your hair separately. Alright, let's do some fabric throwing. Awesome. One, two, and three. Nope, not quite. You're gonna have to grab just a little bit tighter on that. Actually, that did have a nice push on the fabric though. So try to grab... This? Yeah, I want you to grab a little bit higher up here, if we can. Oh, okay. Just so we have less flex. So let's try floof. There! See what that did with the hair right there? So let's try that. Like I said, we can stitch this if we have to. (chuckles) And if we're shooting this on tripod, we can get pretty darn close. Alrighty. One, two, and three. (shutter snaps) That's okay, I shot two seams, but that's alright. There we go, we got the hair. Let's try this again. One, two, and three. (shutter snaps) Nice. There we go. Very nice. So I was looking at this, and what I'm seeing in my head... (groans) Let's just do this right here. Let's go right-click, edit with, Photoshop. I go here. Come on. Where's that fabric one that I really like? That one. Right-click, edit with, Photoshop. So if I take this picture here with that little bit of hair, copy it, paste it, so select all, Control + A, Control + C, Control + V. Put that on multiply. Come on. What I'm looking for is the hair. Multiply is too dark, so let's try overlay, because I just wanna see what's going on. That mouse. So what I can probably do here is I can add some more density to her hair. That's that hair there, and I can add more of it here. Masking is gonna suck. But, in other case, though, we can do that. So I am not 100% sure that I will do it, but I know that that little bit of extra curl in the hair and that little bit of movement is nice, and it's subtle, and it's pretty and it's feminine.

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.


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


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. :)