Sweet Rapunzel: Complete Compositing Tutorial

compositing tutorial Jun 28, 2018

Hey Everyone!


For this tutorial, I wanted to take this gloomy, low light image and turn it into one of my mystical composites.

This transformation will require many stock images and in-depth editing as I really want the model to look like a princess in a magical setting.

I always want the model to be the center of attention, that means we may have to alter all the stock images imported to make the model appear bigger. By making these alterations, some stock pieces might look a little off. But, you can use the masking tool to hide all of these pieces, resulting in a nice blend.

Giving a composite depth is what will make your composite stand out. If you just import stock images and paste them, there will be little to no perspective and depth of field. Lucky for us, Photoshop offers various tools to give make the composite look realistic, as if you are actually there! Find out how to use these tools by signing up to my premium membership to view the full video.

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When Words Fade, Music Speaks - A Compositing Tutorial

compositing tutorial Jun 06, 2018

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This composite was very simple. I just added in and made some hand edits. I wanted to really transform this image. The lighting was not exactly what I wanted it to be and it made the image really dull.

In the tutorial, I focused on evening out the skin tone. When you’re running the blur tool around the skin, you want to try to avoid areas like the eyes, the lips, and the hair. If you would like to see exactly how I made the edits, you can sign up for the premium membership to view the full tutorial.

After making beauty edits, I concentrated on the overall image and edited some of the colors on the image. I added a little bird to the piano. When you’re adding animals to any composite, you want to make sure to make it proportionate to the actual size of the animal to make it look like it belongs. For this tutorial, I guessed the size of the bird until I saw if it was proportioned. To make the bird look realistic, I used the masking tool to blend it...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Photography Workshop

photography May 09, 2018

Attending a photography workshop can benefit your skills greatly. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro with the camera, it’s always great to grow and learn. We’ve put together a list of five reasons why attending a photography workshop is important for your photography business.

 1. You should always be learning.  

You will learn new skills and techniques. You also can learn from others’ mistakes. Taking a workshop will help you pick up on skills you didn't know. We have taken several workshops that have drastically improved our skillset.

From changing the way we shoot natural light to helping us right the many wrongs we had when it came to using flash and other artificial light sources. If you can pick up at least one thing that makes your photography better, then the workshop is worth the price of admission.  Many of the photography workshops today also include business advice and who doesn't want to learn how to run their business...

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A Weekend to Remember: April Compositing Workshop 2018

compositing workshop Apr 17, 2018

I can’t believe this past weekend I held my third compositing workshop. I love being able to meet everyone and get to know everyone individually throughout those three days.


The days leading up to the workshop are always filled with excitement and nerves. One of the biggest things this time was the weather! When I first planned out this workshop I was hoping for beautiful Spring weather but last minute we were hit with a very cold front.


We didn’t give up on our Spring theme though. Other than the weather, the weekend was filled with no bad surprises! I loved hanging out and teaching to everyone who attended. I’m thankful for my background as a teacher, which helped me prepare for the workshop.


The weekend started off great with a meet and greet and a nice dinner at Monza where we all had the opportunity to network and get to know each other a little better before the learning began. We had the chance to exchange ideas and learn a little bit...

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If You Enjoy Simple Edits, You'll Love This Bright and Airy Edit!

Uncategorized Jan 31, 2018

Hey everyone!

This edit was very quick and simple to make. I was going for a bright and airy look.

Before I made the edits to get the desired image I wanted, I made some minor changes with frequency separation and some liquify to the subject’s hair.

If you want to see the process from start to finish, sign up for a premium membership to view the full tutorial.

To begin the bright and airy look on the image, I brightened the whole image with a curves adjustment and played around with the saturation.

Since the image already has a lot of blur going on, I made small adjustments to the blur to give a soft and dreamy feel.

With some adjustments to the color range and using the Gaussian blur, it gave a really pretty haze and glow around the subject that added to the end look I was going for.

Some final adjustments I made to the edit were to the skin to brighten it up and adjust some of the tones.

I always like to group my layers to see the difference between the original layer and...

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Prime Time: When is the Best Time for Photographers to Post to Social Media?

photography social media Dec 30, 2017
When is the best time for Photographers to post to social media?

Using social media is crucial for the budding photographer to get their work noticed and recognized. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat offer great ways for photographers to share their work with the rest of the world, but they can be tricky to leverage when they aren't used correctly. In fact, there are times that it is better (and worse) to post your photography to achieve the most interaction and engagement. Here's a look at the best times for photographers to post to social media:


With over one billion users, Facebook dominates the social media market. More people are on Facebook than any other social media platform, and it allows photographers to connect with people in their local markets, as well as around the globe. Even though there are thousands of people using Facebook at any given moment, however, there are some "prime times" that photographers should post their work to...

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How to Do In-Person Sales (Even When You Don't Like Sales)

photography sales Dec 12, 2017

As a photographer, one of the most difficult parts of conducting business is the need to do sales. You like taking pictures. Sales, on the other hand, isn't your strong suit.

You're not alone!

There are many photographers who struggle with in-person sales (IPS). Those sales efforts, however, are the key to connecting with your customers and ensuring that you're generating the business you need.

Why Choose In-Person Sales?

In-person sales are the first step in running a profitable business--and it's a step you can't afford to skip. Typically, clients make purchase decisions out of emotion.

Ideally, you want them to see their images for the first time in person, with you.

In-person sales have a variety of benefits that will allow you to increase your overall income as you appeal to customers' senses and emotions to encourage them to make purchase decisions. photography to profits blog ips in-person sales making decisions

Build a Connection

When clients view their images for the first time, they'll have an emotional reaction to those images.


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Printing and Pricing Holiday Cards

holidays Dec 06, 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is here again, and with the holiday season comes the time to prepare your annual holiday card. Finding the right present for everyone on your list can be stressful, but printing your holiday card doesn’t have to be. There are several resources you can use to help you achieve the perfect holiday card that your friends and family will want to save and cherish.

Some of the most beautiful holiday card designs can be found at www.simplytoimpress.com. Founded by a wife and mother of five, Heather Hasse, Simply to Impress prides itself on providing customers with unique card designs at an affordable price. Using the site, you can customize your card according to greeting, shape, theme, color, style, and more. The result will be a stunning holiday card that is personalized to your liking.

Their style is unique and one-of-a-kind. Simply to Impress compliments your photographs and transforms them into treasured keepsakes. They're affordable,...

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3 Ways to Capture the Attention of Potential Photography Clients

As a photographer, generating new leads can be quite difficult. Even the most skilled photographers can sometimes have a hard time closing potential clients. This can be discouraging, but there are various marketing tactics that you can use to turn potential photography clients into real customers.

With that said, here are 3 ways to capture the attention of potential photography clients so they can’t resist booking with you.

1. Remarketing using Google and Facebook

Marketing isn't a one-time effort, rather, it's something that needs to be done continuously to truly master and take effect. Google and Facebook are both great platforms that will help you to effectively reach potential clients.

Google is the world's most popular search engine, which is why it is one of the best options when it comes to marketing. This is because people are constantly searching for photo services on Google. Therefore, this naturally presents an ideal platform for you to run ads for your...

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4 Reasons Why Photographers Should Have Personal Projects

compositing photography Oct 09, 2017

Although I have a busy schedule between shooting client sessions, conducting workshops, and mentoring photographers from around the world, I will always have at least 3 personal projects in the works at any given time.

For me, personal projects are one of the most beneficial things an artist and professional can have, not only for themselves but for their business as well.

Here are a few examples of my personal projects in my portfolio:

Why are personal projects so important and beneficial?

1. Purge

As artists, we always have ideas floating around in our heads, and if you are anything like me, it will drive you nuts until you see it come to fruition. Whether your final product exactly matches your vision or not, it feels amazing to get it all out and be proactive with your visions.

2. Freedom

Personal projects allow you freedom….freedom to fail, freedom to succeed, freedom to learn something new and freedom to experiment. The last thing we want as professionals, is to...

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