Composite

How I Mixed Strobes and LED Lights in This Fashion Photo Shoot – Photography Article

In today’s Fstoppers video, I set out to create some conceptual fashion images with Puerto Rican model Krystal Xamairy. Using the brand new Tamron 35mm f/1.4 lens, a few strobe lights, and a couple colored LED panels, I will walk you step by step through the entire process. Tamron recently sent us their new 35mm f/1.4 full frame prime lens to try out. They basically told me I could do anything I wanted with the lens, so I thought I’d step…

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How a Photoshop Noob Composited This Series of Action Photos – Photography Article

Having completed what proved to be one of the most challenging shoots of my career, I was then faced with the task of editing and compositing the images. Due to my inexperience, getting the results that I wanted using Photoshop proved to be a steep learning curve. Here’s how I went about it. Regular readers will recall that I photographed a huge indoor parkour training facility using a single Profoto B1 paired with a huge diffuser (a 5’ Octa softbox).…

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Critique the Community: Your Best Panoramic Image – Photography Article

Panoramic images are typically created by taking a series of photos side by side and stitching them together with software. However, for this Critique the Community, you can also submit any photograph that has been stitched together. That means any photograph made up of at least 3 separate images that gives the viewer a larger view than any one of the single frames that makes up the pano. Over the next week, we invite you to submit your best panoramic…

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Photographer Accuses Digital Artist of Photo Theft, Calls Him ‘Thief’ & ‘Liar’ – Photography Article

No fewer than 5 different sources sent us the same article this morning from photographer Jason Weingart, in which the extreme weather photog accuses digital artist Brent Shavnore of willfully stealing his images, calling him a “thief, poser, coward, and a liar.” Shavnore tells PetaPixel that the entire issue is a misunderstanding, and accuses Weingart of being “childish.” Shavnore is a digital artist who mainly creates fantastical scenes by compositing images of extreme weather over cityscapes and other locations in…

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How to Match Colors in Photoshop – Photography Article

Nemanja Sekulic has amassed a huge following on YouTube with his fantastic photo-manipulations and tutorials. Not only that, each tutorial is expertly put together in commercial looking video. And he gives them away for free. I honestly can not think of many photo-manipulators that offer as much value in their videos. In this YouTube video, Sekulic walks us through the three best ways to match color in Photoshop. The first technique Sekulic shows us is the average blur. You duplicate…

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How to Create an Advanced Product Composite in Photoshop – Photography Article

Creating fantasy composites is always fun: you get to invent your very own worlds and characters. Technically, in a composite sense, you can also get away with more unrealistic elements. When you are creating a scene that needs to feel and look like it exists in our reality, it can be a little more tricky. We all know the rules of this world, so any rule-breaking will be spotted straight away. When I shot and post-processed this creative product image, I…

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The Art of Composite Photography: Part Four – Photography Article

We are now four parts into the art of composite series, and this week we touch upon style and influence. I group these two aspects because you can not have one without the other. Your style will eventually be the thing that influences people to pay for your work, and your influences are where your style comes from. Your style is the alchemy, that personal magic that makes your work uniquely yours. Some photographers spend all their career trying to create…

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How I Captured a Day-to-Night Composite on Expired Film – Photography Article

After my recent success at mixing vintage Verichrome Pan film with Kodak Instamatic film, I wanted to try this splitfilm trick again. And I wanted to create something that was a “day versus night” exposure, using the lights of an amusement park or the midway of a county fair to build my image. With that, I loaded a roll of 616 backing paper with four—yes, four—12-exposure rolls of Kodak Gold 200 Instamatic film. Trust me, these films are so old,…

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See How Photographer Creates a Roadtrip Through Iceland – Photography Article

So let me start with a bold statement. Adrian Sommeling is probably the most famous composite artist in the world. If you have not seen one of his images before, you are either short-sighted or you live in Scunthorpe. I do not think modern technology has blossomed there yet. Anyway, Sommeling’s work is renowned for its craftsmanship, its humor, and family, as he uses his son Nic in most of the images. In Sommeling’s fantasy world Nic has played tennis with the sun, flown on…

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Photographer Creates Her Own Spacesuit for Fantasy Portrait – Photography Article

Anya Anti is an internationally published photo artist from the Ukraine who now lives in the Big Apple. If you have never seen her work, you are missing out on a whole series of quirky, interesting, and fantastical images that stir up emotion and imagination. I am a big fan of photographers who go that extra mile, either by creating props or building their own sets. Anya regularly creates installations to shoot her models in, and these are just as…

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The Art of Composite Photography: Part Three – Photography Article

Welcome back to The Art of Composite Photography. In the previous parts, we have covered pre-visualization, planning, and unbreakable rules. In part three, we are going to talk about blending and style! As I mentioned before, composite photography is all about selling the fake. You can create fantastical worlds, but to make them believable, you need to add realism. Sounds a little like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But with some practice, you will understand exactly what I mean. A big part…

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Photoshop Walkthrough of Infamous Horror Image Father Created With His Son – Photography Article

Do you have an image that is more popular with people than any of your others? One that stands out head and shoulders above all your work? For me, it is my Ablutophobia horror image. In this Photoshop walkthrough, you can see behind the scenes of what went into the editing side of this image. Ablutophobia (the fear of bath time) is the image which I created with the help of my son (yes that is my son screaming in…

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How to Add Quality Typography to Your Images in Photoshop – Photography Article

If you have dipped your feet into the movie poster or book cover industry, like me, you will know that one of the most underrated aspects of the poster and the cover industry is typography. The typography you use can make or break an image. Most digital artists, think of it as an afterthought but I guarantee you it is one of the most vital pieces of the puzzle to publisher or distributor. Dean Samed, the CEO of Neostock is…

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Conceptual Advertising Image Photoshop Walkthrough – Photography Article

In this composite walkthrough, I take you through the various processes it took to create this advertising image. Throughout the video, you will hear my thoughts and why I decided on certain aspects. My main thought when creating this image, was how can I add my own style and flavor to a product shot? How can I showcase something that will make any viewer stop and stare? For me, this usually comes down to story and lots of elements for my eye…

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It’s OK to Make a Fake Photo, Just Don’t Be Fake About It – Photography Article

You hear it all the time from photographers across the entire range of experience: “I don’t Photoshop my photos.” That photographer is most likely afraid of Photoshop or afraid to disclose that they Photoshop images, and so instead they wrap themselves in this puritanical line as cover. Don’t fall for it. I use the term Photoshop in the sense of any photo editor, whether it’s Capture One, Lightroom, Affinity Photo, or whatever you use. Somewhere along the way, it’s probably…

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