Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography


Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography


Lesson Info

Review of Location Composite

Yesterday we did a bunch of shooting on location. Where we are basically taking the location and turning it in to something else. So the whole point of this course is to take whatever's available to you. So whatever those skills are. If you don't have a studio. Like yesterday we went through how to composite stuff shot on location. And then today we're gonna be doing stuff that's shot in studio to create a composite. So that looks like it was shot on location and to make it as realistic as possible. So, that's kind of where we're sitting at right now. So that, like I said this is yesterday and we're gonna go on today and we're gonna do the studio stuff. So I preface every single one of these classes but sometimes not all composites turn out the first try. (chuckles) So even yesterday, like when you're going through the coloring and everything like that I was like pushing through the color and some of it was sitting there and I was like, "I'm not really feeling it, you know?" It wasn't ...

doing the thing that I liked and then sure enough towards the end just. (snaps) It all kinda fell together and it fell together quite quickly. So hopefully we're gonna do some of that today. Well not hopefully. We're gonna do it today. (laughing) It is happening. So what we're gonna go through today. I'll just leave that open for another minute. Is we're going to, I'm gonna show you guys some videos. Basically we went out and reshot a bunch of relocation plates and so it's all filmed. Kind of some of the thought process that goes through it. And then we're gonna start going through some of the styling ideas, the location. And see some pre-visualization artwork. So like I said, yesterday as well. Or on the previous class, I can't show you the mood board because I don't have permission to use those images on media. So we're gonna pretend. (laughs) And we're gonna fake some stuff together and then we're gonna sit there. I'm gonna open up Photoshop. Use some of the files that we shot. And I'm gonna do some previous sketching on kinda what's going through my head when I'm working on this and how we're gonna build the lighting set up for it.

Class Description

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.


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