Ready for a creative challenge?

by Lucas Westcoat January. 25, 2017 2102 views

I've been inspired after watching a series of tutorials taught by Brooke Shaden. She specializes in fine art composite photography (the building of a single image with pieces of several other images). The challenge is as follows;

1. Take a handful, and only a handful, of photos featuring a subject.

2. See how many fantastical scenes you can create with them using Photoshop.

3. You're free to use stock images as needed

The most successful composites are based in fantasy but still look like they could've been captured as seen (for example the lighting has to make sense).

These are the images I began with

By combining them in different ways and adding some stock photos (some I had on hand and some paid for), here are a few examples of what I cooked up.

Attempt #1: blended hair, cloud stock photo, leg shots, and texture

same concept. For this one I used a different set of clouds, a stock photo of some smoke, and used "replace color" to change the color of her sweater

Totally different concept. Stock photos for the cave, wings, and sword. Different assembly of body shots

Still enjoying the heck out of this process and I'm finding lots of previously overlooked Photoshop tools. I'm obviously nowhere near the quality of work Brooke produces, but it's fun to explore this new realm of creativity.

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Elaine Turnipseed 3 years, 11 months ago

Very interesting. Well done

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Lucas Westcoat Replied to Elaine Turnipseed 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Elaine. Still learning the techniques, but I was surprised how fun the process was. I encourage you to give it a shot.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 11 months ago

Love the creativity and the work put in these fotos.

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Lucas Westcoat Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you, Antonio. I hope to continue experimenting with these techniques, so stay tuned for more posts of this nature.

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Ram Ya 3 years, 11 months ago

Amazing development from this course! Glad you are following up and improving these. So much fun to look at!

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Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 11 months ago

These make me wish I knew Photoshop better...very cool and creative!

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Lucas Westcoat Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 11 months ago

Working on a tutorial that walks through the process I go through, so stay tuned for that. I'd encourage you to just play around within Photoshop or explore the vast number of online tutorials. It feels like witchcraft at first, but it's an amazing tool for unlocking creativity.

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