I am very excited to announce the launch of my first collaboration with Peachpit Press. We’ve been talking off and on over the last year or two about doing a project together. We’d hash out ideas, and then we’d decide to wait a little while and revisit the possibilities later. When they called recently saying that they were releasing a brand-new series of e-books, I thought it was a great opportunity to put something together.
We’d decided on an introduction-to-compositing book. To me, compositing is the last, ultimate expression of a still image. Photographers today are very good at natural light shooting, using flash, etc. But how many do you know that design a shoot in their mind, photograph all the elements, and then bring it together in Photoshop later? That’s what this e-book teaches.
You’ll learn how I created the above image, step-by-step. You’ll get all of the files I used, and I’ll walk you through such topics as:
- Why I specifically shot in open shade for this image.
- The pitfalls to watch out for when photographing elements.
- The importance of matching angles.
- Which background paper to use, and why.
- How to mask hair and the insides of water bottles.
- How to match colors in your scene so the elements look right.
Plus a lot more. In fact, over 50 pages of more:
And the best part? The e-book is available for just $5. I know that I could easily trick out a mocha and spend $5 on it (especially if I’m in a state that starts with CA). It’s also $2 cheaper than Minecraft.
If you are interested in compositing, but don’t know where to start, give this book a try. You can find it here. And if you have any questions along the way, feel free to reach out to me!
*** As part of the launch, I’m giving away 2 free download codes. Just leave a comment on my Facebook page here in the next 24 hours (ending 8/20/13). I’ll pick two people at random. ***