Learn how the top commercial advertising pros create stunning composite portraits, with Joel Grimes and Matt Kloskowski. In this part one of a two-part series, Joel takes you behind the scenes and walks you through every aspect of his creative process. By the end of the class you’ll know exactly how the pros do it, and learn to shoot your portraits with more creativity and confidence than ever before!
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Joel and Matt provide an overview of the class and all of the elements that will go into the final composite.
Discover the benefits of shooting for a composite instead of shooting the final image on location.
The lighting you use on your subject has to work with the background in the final composite. Joel explains how his 3-light studio setup gives him the best results when it is time to put it all together.
This is a creative process and the photographer is in the driver's seat. Go in the direction that feels right for you and fits within your bigger vision for the final composite.
Keep your final output orientation in mind and shoot as many different angles on the subject as you can to give you more options that can work with the background.
Learn the technical details for how to freeze motion with studio strobes.
Joel provides a few tips for how to shoot a multiple-person composite as he prepares for shooting the soccer ball that will go into the final composite.
With the studio portion of the shoot completed, Matt and Joel head out to the soccer field where Joel explains his rationale for shooting high dynamic range backgrounds.
Joel races the rain as he captures multiple HDR backgrounds from different angles that he'll be able to choose from later in post production. Check out the second class in the series to see how it is all put together.
After receiving a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona in 1984, Joel began working as a commercial advertising photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. His style of capturing…