Using Composite Photography to Create a Fantasy World


Using Composite Photography to Create a Fantasy World


Lesson Info

Photograph the Rabbit

I think we're ready for the live rabbit, so what I'll do is I'll turn this layer off, so we're hiding him. I'll go back into Lightroom, and now we're ready. So we want our white rabbit to be over that cross area, but one thing we will need before we pop that rabbit down is some gloves, because this will actually make it easier to cut out the rabbit and add a bit of fur. So by wearing white gloves while he's holding this little rabbit, or big rabbit, (laughs) he's quite large, wearing the gloves will help us to blend. Don't run away little white rabbit. (laughs) Now I'll say right now I haven't photographed a rabbit before, so this is my first experience, so I'm not exactly sure what she's going to do. Ideally, what I want is the legs to be dropped down and we'll just do it kinda like that, and I think what I'll have to do also is a couple of shots of the rabbit. So the rabbit's feet I'll photograph, and then I'll have the top half of the rabbit as a separate shot so that I've got a few...

options to blend together that work. Yeah, so I'll do it on the count of three, and then I'll get you to hold up your rabbit and have the legs drop down, sort of like she's running. It's gonna be a quick shot, so back to where I was, and one, two, three. (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) Excellent, and you can rest little white rabbit. We'll have a little rest, have a look at what we've got. So it's important to have your planning well in place because you don't want to draw out that process, with an animal, with a child, whatever you're photographing, you want it to be nice an quick. Now this shot here's quite good I think, we've got the rabbit with one leg up and one leg down, which will work really well for the running. The top half of the rabbit, because we were holding the rabbit up is a little bit sort of squishy, so I'm thinking I might even take a shot with her sitting on you, or just with less, I guess what I'm looking for is just a bit more free around the top. We're going to photograph the costume and have the hands separately, so I don't actually need the rabbit's arms, what I do need though is the rabbit's head nice and free and kinda looking around. So that's what I'm attempting to do, but she sort of needs to have the head up. So let's see what we can do here. It's a bit of an unknown at the moment. (laughs) (camera clicks) So I'm gonna take quite a few different shots and (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) (camera clicks) I need to get up slightly higher because now the rabbit is up a bit higher, but that's okay, so I'm keeping the same perspective that I had before, and you know, I can move around even if I need to. I find with animals that you can't control, you need to be flexible and move to get the different angles. (camera clicks) (camera clicks) Okay, let's review what we've got. I think I may have got something in here, I want to see the eyes, I want to see the ears up. So loading through, some of those last shots I believe were. That one's not too bad. Yeah, I think we've got a couple there that will work quite well in the scene. You've gotta use your imagination (laughs) because here we've got two parts to it, so we've got the top half of the rabbit, the bottom half of the rabbit, and we're needing to blend that together, and then add a costume on.

Class Description

Karen Alsop is known for creating beautiful fantasy worlds through her unique compositing techniques in Lightroom™ and Photoshop™. Whether you're a wedding, portrait, landscape or commercial photographer, this class will show you how to create beautiful and distinctive images you can offer your clients to expand your business.  

Join us for this class, and you’ll learn how to: 

  • Shoot with your composite in mind: lighting, posing and angles.
  • Choose background and subject images that will work best in the composite.
  • Learn Lightroom® and Photoshop® techniques to create a fantastical atmosphere.

Karen’s emphasis on creativity and imagination in her process has helped her to make a product that competitors have a hard time recreating. Karen’s beautiful, intricate work is not simply the result of vast technical skill, but rather is the careful integration of a number of elements. She puts subjects at ease and inspires them with artful direction; incorporates them into fantasy landscapes using Lightroom® and  Photoshop®; and then effectively prices and markets the final product.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.1.2