Review: Photoshop Compositing Secrets – by Matt Kloskowski


This past week I picked up a copy of Matt Klowskowski’s “Photoshop Compositing Secrets” – Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections and Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites. I have been learning to shoot portraits more and more these days. I love composite sports portraits and in the past year found an artist/photographer called Joel Grimes. I truly love his work. I have been trying to accomplish such portraits, but have come up short without the proper tutorial. I picked up bits and pieces…more info was needed.

A month or ago I heard that Matt Kloskowski (@mattkloskowski) was coming out with a compositing book. I was excited to finally get some super inside scoops! I picked up the book and after reading through it was amazed! Wonderful book Matt!!! I would call this my favorite photo tutorial book to date!! The book contains 16 fantastic Chapters and a whopping total of 381 pages filled with tons of great secrets:

1. Selection Secrets
2. Basic Composite
3. Creating Motion
4. Senior Portrait
5. Professional Office
6. Family Group Portrait
7. Studio Sports Portrait
8. Live Concert
9. Multiple-Exposure Action Photo
10. Movie Poster
11. Ultra-Gungg/Edgy HDR Background
12. Sports Template
13. Single Photo Composite
14. One Person-Mulitple Poses
15. Adding Illustration
16. Advanced Commercial Compositing

Matt gives you all the details from lighting, photo set up and photoshop settings. All done in an easy and simple picture filled way…so you can create your own art and fantastic composites. Here you can see some of the shots used in the tutorials…great work!

Now my skill level for composites if very very low…I did a quick attempt after reading Matt’s Chapter 13 – Single Photo Composite I learned how to do this in 5 minutes!

If this style is of interest to you and you want to learn compositing…go pick up Matt’s book! I will give it 10 Selections out of 10 Selections! Kudos Matt!! You can also find lots of great photography tutorials over at Kelby Training

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Review: LightTrac (app for IPad)

About a month ago I told you about a great app for the iPhone/iPad called “The Photographers Ephemeris”.  This app gives you the suns location outdoors.  Perfect for planning photo shoots!  I found another similar, and possibly slightly better app.  This is called LightTrac.  It just arrived onto iTunes and if you go quickly…it is only $0.99!!!   Great price!   I downloaded it yesterday and it works great!  I love the slider at the bottom of the screen that allows you to change the time of day.   The angle of the the sun rotates with your selection!    I’d give it a 10 out of 10!!   Kudos LightTrac!!

REVIEW: Photovision – Portrait Photography DVD’s

This past year in my yearning to learn more about Portrait Photography I have subscribed to a service provided by Photovision.  I must say it is wonderful!!!  Every other month I get a 2 hour DVD with tons of great material on portrait photography.  I truly love these DVD’s!   A must have if you are planning on shooting portraits.  I’ll give Photovision a 9 out of 10!  (10 out of 10 if it was every month! …LOL)  Use this code “PVFAN” and the typical $149/year cost will be only $39!!!  Save $110.00!!

Here is info from the web site:  In its 12th successful year, PhotoVision currently has over 22,000 participating studios. PhotoVision consists of 6 2-hour video DVDs a year, 1 mailed every other month, featuring leading photographers bringing you the latest and greatest things happening in the photographic industry. You’ll see photographic styles and techniques, digital workflow, lighting and posing, Photoshop tips and tricks, hear innovative marketing and sales strategies, output alternatives, new hardware and software reviews and much, much more. You’ll go into the studios and see photographers during actual sessions working with real clients and go on location to experience entire weddings.