How to create a festive wintery portrait in the studio with a little compositing

Dec 31, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to create a festive wintery portrait in the studio with a little compositing

Dec 31, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Christmas has gone. We’re almost to the new year. In a few hours, we’ll be there. But it’s never too late for a festive wintery themed photo shoot. Winter’s still going to be here for a while yet. In this video, photographer and educator Gavin Hoey walks us through his process to create this festive fine art composite portrait in the studio.

In the nine-minute video, Gavin walks us through his whole process, including the gear he uses, how he sets it up and why. Gavin lights the final image with two different types of lights. For the snowflakes, Gavin uses Spekular and other LED lights before shifting over to strobes with the Godox AD200 for the human portrait the props will be blended with.

It’s always interesting to hear the reasons a photographer chooses to do things a certain way – like the colour and brightness of backgrounds used for the different shots, exactly where lights are placed for different parts of the composite, and how something as small as the position of your subject’s eyes can make a huge enough impact to kill an image.

As usual, Gavin is pretty in-depth with this explanation but also keeps it very easy to understand.

So, if you still want to get your winter shoot theme on, this offers some good insights for planning and shooting for composites.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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