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Creative Composites Using Your Own Photo Stock

 

Creative Composites Using Your Own Photo Stock

 

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Photograph textures, atmosphere and elements that you can use in composites.
  • Easily manage your own photo stock library.
  • Shoot miniatures and focus stack.
  • Supersize phone photos and use them in your composites.
  • Create photoshop patterns and brushes.
  • Photograph costumes and dress your subjects in Photoshop.
  • Find creative ways to make anything possible.

ABOUT KAREN’S CLASS:

There is nothing like the feeling of creating art from your own images. Purchased stock can be a valuable resource, but it shouldn’t be the first solution when you are working on a creative composite.

Learn how to creatively photograph elements that become other elements in a composite. Turn miniatures into life sized elements. Photograph incredible costumes and dress your subjects in Photoshop. Create brushes, textures and patterns from photos that you can use over and over again. Be resourceful and creative in your hunt for elements, and take your compositing to the next level.

These techniques will open up a world of possibilities for your image creation, where anything is possible.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Composite Photographers who would like to expand their creativity
  • Photographers that would like to take a leap into the compositing world
  • Anyone that is looking for fresh and unique ways to bring their imaginations to life

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Photoshop 2021 (22.5.0)
Lightroom CC (4.4)
Adobe Bridge 2021

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Karen Alsop is an internationally acclaimed Melbourne, Australia-based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world.

Specializing in Portrait Art, her digital portraiture captures the personality and character of her subjects by placing them within a visual story highlighting their interests. Karen uses the power of Photoshop to composite multiple captures together, making the impossible possible within her art.

Karen's latest project sees her using her compositing skills to give children with severe disabilities the wings to fly. The Heart Project, a joint partnership between Story Art and The Sebastian Foundation is bringing hope worldwide to children and families through the power of photography.

Lessons

  1. Introduction

    Learn how to creatively photograph elements that become other elements in a composite. Turn miniatures into life sized elements. Photograph incredible costumes and dress your subjects in Photoshop. Create brushes, textures and patterns from photos that you can use over and over again. Be resourceful and creative in your hunt for elements, and take your compositing to the next level.

  2. Creative Ways To Photograph Elements

    Karen shares creative examples with out-of-the-box approaches to photographing any element you need, within the confines of your home studio. Learn how to position, light and photograph elements for your composite.

  3. Capture Usable Stock Anywhere You Go

    In this lesson, Karen takes you out on the field to show you what to look for when collecting usable elements. Learn the best camera settings to use for different elements and how to capture especially for composite use.

  4. Storing And Organising Your Stock Collection

    Harness the power of Adobe Lightroom CC to store your entire stock collection and find anything without needing to keyword. Understand how to export your stock and retain Raw information (non destructive editing) in an Adobe Lightroom CC to Photoshop workflow.

  5. Focus Stacking Small Elements To Make Them Look Large

    Karen shares some time saving tips on how to focus stack, making it possible to achieve great results with just the camera in your hand.

  6. Focus Stacking In Adobe Photoshop

    Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to focus stack elements and then place them into a scene to match.

  7. Photograph Atmosphere

    Capture your own stock that you will use time and time again. Elements like water droplets, falling rain, water spray, smoke, mist and steam can be used in composites to create a cinematic visual and to create a sense of distance. In this lesson you will learn the principles of photographing these elements, ready to take them into Photoshop to create overlays and brushes.

  8. Create Photoshop Libraries, Brushes And Overlays From Your Photographs

    Transform your photographs of water, smoke and mist into Photoshop Brushes and Overlays and keep them in your Photoshop Library for easy access. Learn about overlays and blending modes and how to choose the best blending mode for your image.

  9. Create Continuous Photoshop Patterns And Pattern Brushes

    Create reusable patterns and brushes from common textures such as cracks, grass, foliage and branches.

  10. Supersize Phone Captures To Use Within Your High Resolution Composites

    Learn about resolution and blending elements of different sizes together in a non-destructive workflow. Supersize small files to incorporate into a high resolution composite without compromise.

  11. Creating A Masterpiece

    Take a journey through the creation of Homeless Penguin and learn how she creates a masterpiece from conceptualization through to finishing touches.

  12. Conclusion

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