Sorry it's taken me so long

I started getting requests for tutorials on my composites at the Google+ Photographer's Conference in San Francisco last May, and I love to teach and help people, so I was pretty excited. After the conference, I had every intention of working on one, but I soon got side-tracked with regular client work.  Before I knew it, almost a year had passed. Finally, I realized that I couldn't put it off any longer and I just had to make time to do it. So, here you go, Part 1 is finally here. If you noticed the top menu of my computer during the tutorial, you will see it was a little after 5am when I recorded it. I am not typically that early of a riser, but if I want to do this sort of thing (and I really do) I am just going to have to make sacrifices (like less sleep). 

Why I chose this image for the tutorial

There are a couple of reasons why I chose this particular composite for my first tutorial. At first, I thought I might go with something a little more simple, but I changed my mind after I thought about it. This image is slightly more complicated than normal, but I thought that might be a good thing. There are a few problems I solve in the video because after all, isn't that what people really want to see? I figure if I do the same thing as other people are doing for tutorials, I won't get much interest.

Problem #1: The flare behind the subject

I show how to fix this by putting a sun set behind the subject to make the flare look intentional.


Problem #2: Not shot on seamless paper

This makes the image a lot harder to extract from the background, but there is a useful tool I use to show you how to get it done.

Problem #3: The sky in the background is BORING

This may see like a big problem with all those trees, but I show you a relatively easy way to take care of it.


Stay tuned for Parts 2 & 3

So, after a long wait (for some of you), here is Part 1 of the three part series. Stay tuned for 2 & 3 coming soon! I'll be posting them all here on my blog as well as my social media pages. I hope everyone enjoys the video and until next time, take care!