Part of being an artist is challenging myself to learn and try new things. Whether that's a new technique, using new equipment, photographing a different subject or learning new photo editing skills. As a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), I have the opportunity to participate in classes twice a year through their super one day classes. These are mini workshops taught by fellow photographers all around the country. With a variety of subjects to choose from, it's the perfect time to hone skills or spread my wings and do something completely outside my box.
When a fellow photographer Judy Reinford of Judy Reinford Photography posted in a Facebook I belong that she was going to be teaching a 2 day class on compositing, I thought this might just be the class for me. I was a little apprehensive since this type of photography is so outside my box, but after thinking about it for a couple of weeks I thought, why not? What do I have to lose? I only signed up for the first day until Judy encouraged me to stay for the second day to make the most of the workshop. And I'm glad I did.
Compositing is a combination of blending parts of various photos together and "painting" to create an image that has an unlimited potential for creativity. I have so many photo ideas that simply can't be done just with one click of my shutter button. They involve things like elephants, dogs, firecrackers, bonfires, butterflies, fashion runways and so on and so on. Things that would never be at the same place at the same time. Which is part of the fun of creating composites. Letting your imagination run wild.
However, it's not just as simple as taking say a photo of a suitcase, another photo of a dog and a third photo of a car and putting them all together. There are many elements to be considered, from lighting to perspective, to focal length of the lens. Then there are photoshop editing skills that need to be learned in order to blend everything seamlessly.
This isn't something I will learn with one or two attempts. It will take time to practice the skills and techniques I learned. But I'm really excited about the possibilities. And looking forward to some day sooner creating some of these images I've been sketching in my journal.
And because no blog is complete without a photo, here you go!