Composite

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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The Art of Composite Photography: Part Two – Photography Article

What’s up? Glad you could make it for part 2 of my Art of Composite Photography series. Last week we spoke about pre-vis and planning. I hope you found it helpful and most importantly I got my point across that it is not the tools you have that count, it’s the vision. This week I will be discussing the three unbreakable rules of composite and why background comes first. Composite is an updated version of cut and paste. The thing you used to…

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How to Add Realistic Smoke and Snow to Images – Photography Article

Over the past 7 years since I first bought my camera, I have been lucky enough to meet a fair amount of the people that I looked up to in the industry. Some of them I have become very good friends with. Enter Renee Robyn, ex blue-haired rock chick. The face of an angel, the mouth of a sailor. Being that I’m from Yorkshire, and we also tend to like a good curse word now and again, we are now…

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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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