The Complete Guide To Composite Photography, Color, & Composition | Official Trailer

October 20, 2019

(moody piano music) – This tutorial is not
a traditional tutorial. It’s truly an immersive experience into my world of photography. From the conceptual
stage, all the way through to the retouch. There’s a great quote
by Confucius that goes: “I hear, I forget. I see, I
remember. I do, I understand.” And this truly ressonated with
me, and I really wanted you to do in this tutorial. So we created this quite
unique educational experience in that you get to partake
in my background plates, the ones that we photograph on the shoot. Do your own program elements, and that way have this immersive, truly
unique learning experience. We will take you through the
complete image-making process from the inception of the
ideas, the photo shoot, and then the complete retouch. To challenge you, we will
give you my files to work on, but it’s missing one element. That element is for you to
go out and create the shoot, bringing back to Confucius
where you will do, so that you understand. You can practice on my file, being part of the Erik Almås image,
with you including an element that’s uniquely yours. (smooth techno music) Everyone experiences heartbreak. It’s been sung about, written about. It’s sort of the heart
of the emotional core of who we are as beings. What I try to do in this
tutorial is to someway describe how that felt to
me, and what that meant to me and what I can do to get past it, and the people that have
helped me in that process. So we’ll talk a lot about emotions. We’ll show the complete technical aspects, but we also try to ground
it into why we take pictures and how we can use our
emotions to be creative and put that forth into photography. This process and this
approach truly relates to my commercial career as well. Whenever I get an assignment I always try to find the idea behind the concept that my client wanted described. And I find what that is to me. In some cases clients want
to talk about achievement and climbing a mountain. And then I ask myself:
What does that mean to me? What does that feel like to me? And it’s the same way as this
process that I’m describing in this tutorial that I apply myself to a commercial assignment. Asking myself what it feels
like for me to have this emotion so when I go on a commercial
assignment I can stand at that location and just
say: This is the emotion that I want to bring forth to
this commercial photograph. So the process is the same, always coming from the personal viewpoint, and then applied to the pictures. This process of tapping into your emotions will propel your photography … if you do it for yourself
or if it’s for a client. I think having
emotionally-driven imagery will truly set you apart in the marketplace; it just gets more competitive by the day. So coming from an emotional
space, to come up with an idea, being inspired, we then
assembled an amazing crew, good hair and makeup, good
models, and we went on the road. We truly put our hearts into
this, traveling 10 hours into the backside of the Sierras, and found some amazing locations
which I’ve been wanting to shoot at for years. And then took that back again to create these crazy composites. They’re seamless when you see
them, but shot 400 miles apart in completely different locations. So we’re gonna take you
along for that adventure. And then afterwards we
wanna cover the things that many people struggle
with in photography. We’re gonna talk about the color and what makes a good color photograph. We’re gonna talk about composition and how elements play off each other. And then of course there’s the composites. Sitting down in front of the computer, making all these elements and
all these thoughts and ideas come together into one
two-dimensional picture. In these four photo shoots,
they’re all very different. The first, Conversations,
it’s sultry, beautiful woman in lingerie, describes the
conversation between two people. It’s set dark, mysterious, and inside. In the second image, we’re
gonna make a car crash into a river. Not easy, but I’m gonna show you how. And I shoot the background
locations in the river, go into a studio, photograph a car, and combine the two so that
the car ends up in the river with this beautiful model there. The third image, you will see my take on a very classic theme. It’s an old guy and his
horse standing in front of this big open vista. Even though the simplest,
it posed the most challenges by far, and you will
see how me and my team rose to those challenges. The next image finds
us on the train tracks and I think this might be the closest to a signature Erik Almås image. It has that warm color palette, the sun is setting, you have
a little flare in there. And it tells the story of a guy and a girl traveling through a landscape. In the post-production process, we’re gonna give these pictures life. We’re gonna demystify the
whole composite process to Photoshop, and do this in a
way with really simple tools. You might be surprised to
learn that I don’t rely that much on Photoshop. It truly is an extension
of the photo shoot. It’s a place where you
bring all the pieces that we photographed into the system where we can polish them off
and use a few simple tools to make them all
seamlessly blend together. So to take this tutorial
beyond the remembering and into the understanding,
to really the doing part. To encourage you to really
photograph that missing elements and add it into my backplates. We at RGG EDU and Erik Almås
will select a group of you to come work with me every quarter in online coaching sessions so that we can help you
elevate yourself and your craft to the next level in photography. My team and the team at
RGG EDU is truly proud and excited about this. It has been an extraordinary
experience making it and we truly hope that you will enjoy the experience watching it. So thank you and much gratitude. To explore some of the many free sessions and the previews of what
this tutorial contains, please check out the link
below or go to (upbeat techno music)

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