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Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

with Renee Robyn

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About The Class


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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    09:16
  2. 02

    Why You Should Sketch Your Composite

    03:25
  3. 03

    What to Look for in Your Background

    10:51
  4. 04

    Posing Your Model

    08:23
  5. 05

    Communicate with Your Team

    10:34
  6. 06

    Elements of Compositing

    31:36
  7. 07

    Learning from Failure & Criticism

    12:27
  8. 08

    On-Location Safety Tips

    03:42
  9. 09

    How to Nail the Right Perspective for Your Composite Photo

    07:15
  10. 10

    Gauging Light & Exposure On-Location

    03:49
  11. 11

    On-Location Posing

    18:37
  12. 12

    Cliff Shoot Location Final Thoughts

    12:03
  13. 13

    Tips for Culling Images

    09:41
  14. 14

    Culling Images Q&A

    11:29
  15. 15

    Preparing Your Image for Composite

    07:18
  16. 16

    Composite Image Cleanup

    11:01
  17. 17

    Adding Background Image to Composite

    17:04
  18. 18

    The Difference Between Flow & Opacity

    05:41
  19. 19

    Composite Sky Elements

    20:58
  20. 20

    Using Curves to Color Match

    05:43
  21. 21

    Adding Atmospheric Depth to Image

    17:08
  22. 22

    Using Color Efex Pro to Manipulate Color

    07:37
  23. 23

    Using the Liquify Tool

    05:15
  24. 24

    Color Theory & Monitor Calibration

    10:35
  25. 25

    Adding Smoke Layer to Image

    07:55
  26. 26

    Selective Sharpening

    05:18
  27. 27

    Crop Your Image

    02:29
  28. 28

    Goal Setting for Digital Artists

    04:39
  29. 29

    Review of Location Composite

    01:57
  30. 30

    Understand Angle & Height for Your Base Plate Image

    06:15
  31. 31

    Base Plate Focus Point

    04:45
  32. 32

    Base Plate Lighting Tips

    06:10
  33. 33

    How to Use a Stand-In for Base Plate Image

    03:47
  34. 34

    Capture On-Location Base Plate Image

    05:57
  35. 35

    Student Positioning Demo

    09:05
  36. 36

    Base Plate Sketching

    07:33
  37. 37

    On-Location Sky Capture

    01:53
  38. 38

    What to Look for in a Base Plate Model

    14:30
  39. 39

    Building Composite Model Lighting

    10:03
  40. 40

    Composite Model Test Shots for Angle Matching

    19:48
  41. 41

    Composite Model Shoot: The Art of Fabric Throwing

    13:34
  42. 42

    Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair

    05:45
  43. 43

    Composite Model Shoot: Posing Techniques

    21:26
  44. 44

    Composite Test with Final Shot

    06:12
  45. 45

    Lighting Setup Overview

    04:52
  46. 46

    Culling Model Shoot Images

    03:35
  47. 47

    Adjusting Skintone Colors

    04:54
  48. 48

    Merging Background with Model

    04:54
  49. 49

    How to Mask Hair

    09:49
  50. 50

    Creating a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool

    14:23
  51. 51

    Creating Shadow Layers

    07:10
  52. 52

    Removing Visual Distractions with Stamp Tool

    07:11
  53. 53

    Replacing Sky with Layer Mask

    05:15
  54. 54

    Drawing Hair Strands and Atmospheric Depth

    10:30
  55. 55

    Creating Contrast in Your Composite

    12:23
  56. 56

    Adding Atmospheric Elements

    06:43
  57. 57

    Using Particle Shop

    11:47
  58. 58

    Selective Color Adjustments

    07:58
  59. 59

    Cropping, Sharpening, & Final Touches

    10:29
  60. 60

    Closing Thoughts

    05:52

Meet Your Expert

Renee Robyn

Canadian born and raised, Renee's career started out years ago in the modeling world. Years later she's swapped sides of the lens. Her style has developed into an ethereal combination of fact and fiction, Merging together expertly shot photographs ... read more

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  • Dino Maez

    Dino Maez

    April 2016

    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

  • Sheldon Carvalho

    Sheldon Carvalho

    April 2016

    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. :)

  • Tristan Wilhelm

    Tristan Wilhelm

    January 2018

    Very good class. I enjoyed the very friendly, approachable and quirky style Renee teaches with. I did feel, as others have said that she could get off on bunny trails and tell stories and I was glad for Creative Live's option to speed up the video. But great tips and it was extremely helpful watching it how she would do it. Thank you much Renee, and also, I'm a PC user that unites with you.

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