Composite Workflow Pt 2: Studio Lighting & Posing

Composite Workflow Pt 2: Studio Lighting & Posing

Photographers often struggle to blend subjects into backplates shot at separate times with different variables. Renee Robyn teaches how to read, understand, and recreate lighting in backplate images, so you can properly capture a subject in the studio. Renee then demonstrates her post-production magic to blend studio and location captures into a seamless and impactful story-driven image.

Composite Workflow Pt 2: Studio Lighting & Posing

24 Videos

  • Introduction

    Welcome to Composite Workflow with photographer and retoucher, Renee Robyn. For this series, focus on tackling the challenges of lighting for compositing workflows. Learn to analyze background plates and build lighting with intention for an optimized post workflow. Develop a firm foundation for c...

  • Step 1- Light Source

    In this first step, follow retoucher, Renee Robyn as she explores and explains the importance of understanding the source of lighting for your images. Using Photoshop, learn to leverage the threshold tool to see lighting within existing plates. Hone your ability to evaluate lighting sources in re...

  • Step 2-Light Direction

    With an understanding of how to identify the source of light within an image, focus on how to isolate its subsequent direction. Learn to evaluate bounce light, shadows, highlights, and reflections across a series of landscape and interior backplates. Understand the relationship of subject and env...

  • Step 3-Light Quality

    For the third step of studying light for a compositing workflow, learn to analyze lighting quality. Using Photoshop, follow retoucher Renee Robyn, as she reverse engineers and diagrams lighting setups across a series of backplate scenarios. Learn to evaluate what lighting gear and modifiers would...

  • Step 4-Light Temperature

    In this stage of lighting study, focus on light temperature. Learn how to evaluate more backplate examples in Photoshop, to determine what lighting and modifiers will enable you to capture cohesive color temperature in camera. Explore the usage of CTO gel and white balance manipulation when light...

  • Step 5-Lens Identification

    For this stage of the process, learn to examine a backplate and identify the lens used during image capture. Maximize EXIF data to learn what aperture, ISO, and shutter speed were used to understand the image perspective, depth of field, compression and rolloff. Build on this knowledge to establi...

  • Step 6-Subject Placement

    In this final step of the lighting checklist, put all of the steps together to understand the intricate and inextricable relationship between the lighting of a background plate and your subject captures. When creating your own custom backplates for compositing images, learn the value of creating ...

  • Backplate Practice

    In this section, put the theory into practice. Follow retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she applies the steps of the lighting checklist process across four different images. Use Photoshop to identify lighting source, direction, quality, temperature, lens identification, and subject placement. Hone your ...

  • Lighting Checklist

    Transition to a studio environment for a Soft Light composite shoot. Follow photographer, Renee Robyn, as she applies the lighting checklist in a production scenario. Learn to evaluate a backplate on set, to build lighting and capture subject composite elements.

  • Lighting Setup 1

    Using the lighting checklist process, with a backplate reference on set, capture a subject composite element in studio. Build up a lighting setup around the model, using Capture One for a live, tethered preview for how the subject will composite with the target backplate. Focus on pose, bounce li...

  • Lighting Setup 2

    In this second lighting setup, hone the process of compositing with a wardrobe change. Iterate through multiple exposures to capture the proper highlights, shadows, perspective and subject placement, to create a realistic and natural composite. Leverage the power of Capture One, tethering for a l...

  • Retouching

    With the Soft Light studio shoots complete, follow retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she culls through her image captures to select the best compositing elements. Learn which images she selects and why. Evaluate pose, highlights, shadows - in addition to creative storytelling elements to integrate the p...

  • Lighting Checklist

    With a grasp of compositing workflow, begin a new project using a dramatic cathedral image photographed in France by photographer, Renee Robyn. Follow the procedural method of Renee's lighting checklist to create a compelling, realist, and accurate final composite image.

  • Lighting Setup

    With a solid plan in for the cathedral backplate, go on set and in studio with photographer, Renee Robyn as she captures a subject element for a dramatic composite. Iterate through a series of capture, modifying lighting, considering styling, evaluating shadows and highlights. Build up an intelli...

  • Shoot-Part One

    Begin shooting the model, evaluating pose, perspective, and story as you iterate through exposures for the perfect subject composite element. Follow photographer, Renee Robyn as she evaluates perspective, lens selection, shooting with purpose and intention. Learn to analyze each image capture and...

  • Shoot - Part Two

    For this shoot, light and compose for a different backplate option. With the same wardrobe and subject, learn to adapt your lighting and posing for a different compositing scenario. Using the lighting checklist, dynamically adjust your setup for your set and create another option for compositing.

  • Retouching-Image 1

    With the cathedral shoot complete, transition into Photoshop for the compositing phase of the Cathedral image. Follow retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she guides you through an overview of the compositing and retouching process for this dramatic, rich image. Combine the subject with the backplate, focu...

  • Retouching-Image 2

    Using a different backplate for the cathedral shoot, composite another perspective and story for this theme. Build on your ability to shape light, environment and compositing capabilities. Paint shadows and sculpt light for realistic, beautiful composite imagery using Photoshop.

  • Retouching-Image 3

    For this final retouching example, composite an exterior cathedral image. Follow retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she walks through a high level look at her process at an accelerated pace.

  • Lighting Checklist

    In this final example for Composite Workflow, learn to build a dynamic action shot from planning, production to post. Follow photographer and retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she concepts, shoots, and composites a paratrooper action image. In this section, follow the procedural method, implementing the...

  • Pose 1

    To build a realistic pose of a paratrooper jumping out of a plane, learn to evaluate your subject's body position, sense of gravity, and perspective. Follow photographer, Renee Robyn, as she builds up effective lighting, iterating through multiple captures to create a dynamic and realistic subjec...

  • Pose 2

    For this second pose, learn how to evaluate perspective, scale, and dynamic motion to create a stage in the story of paratroopers. Put the subject in motion, using cable suspension. Develop a process for creating a sense of flight and direction. Watch as photographer Renee Robyn leverages the use...

  • Pose 3

    For the third and final pose, in the paratrooper shoot series, create the final component of subject in flight. Complete the story arc and visual narrative by adjusting lighting for environment and cables for angle and movement. Learn to accurate create a sense of scale, perspective and motion to...

  • Retouching

    Congratulations! You've completed the Composite Workflow with Renee Robyn series. For this final section of your training, put all of the pieces together - literally. Composite the 3 paratrooper poses into an incredibly dynamic, action composite. We encourage you to share your progress with the c...

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