Four years ago, Karen Alsop started The Christmas Wish Project with a goal to make Christmas happier for sick children in Australia. The project has since gone global, and this year it included volunteers, photographers and composite artists from all over the world. They all joined forces to create magical Christmas-inspired art and put a smile on children’s faces during this holiday season.
It’s not rare that photographers are inspired by other types of art: it can be cinematography, music, painting – you name it. Photographer Nicholas Busch finds his inspiration in movies, and he brings together realistic miniatures, portrait photography, and compositing.
Nicholas builds hyper-realistic dioramas from scratch to create scenes from The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings and other movies. He then combines them with portraits, and with the help of Photoshop, he creates photos just like scenes we’ve seen on the big screen.
We’ve seen some stunning work created by combining photography, Photoshop and lots of imagination. But when you start compositing images, one of the greatest challenges is to make them look realistic. In this video from Advancing Your Photography, Rikard Rodin shares five tips for raising your photo composites to a new level, and all that in only 90 seconds.
Last year, The Christmas Wish Project put a smile on faces of sick children in Monash Children’s Hospital in Australia. This year, Karen Alsop and her team did it for children across Australia. With the help of photography, Photoshop and of course, Santa Claus, The heART Project made the holidays happier for children from 56 families.
This year, the project is bigger, and it involved a week of traveling across the country, along with hours of shooting and post-processing. Karen has shared the photos and more details with DIYP, and I’m happy to announce that the project will grow even bigger next year – it goes global!
Being able to turn your vivid imagination into art is not an easy task. It takes skill, time, and of course – the imagination, of course, above all else.
Photographer Darren Wilden is an imaginative artist, passionate about flying a drone and working in Photoshop. He brought his two passions together in a magnificent series of images. Darren takes aerial shots, and then turns them into creations that look like they came straight out of a dream. In his artistic world, anything is possible, and his imagination seems like it has no limits.
Photomontages belong to photography on the one hand, but on the other – this technique is art on its own. French artist Laurent Chéhère has created a series that’s a real example of this. His composites are created from photos, but with the reality of their own.
Laurent’s series Flying Houses depicts the architectural objects floating in the air. It’s only the power lines that hold them, and they all seem as if they’re ready to get loose and fly away. You will see houses, buildings, trailers and even circus tents. They all look like something straight from a dream, and they are all created from hundreds of images, brought together in a unique combination of art, fantasy and fairy tale.
There are not many photographers left who don’t use Photoshop. Sometimes it’s just a tool for small enhancements, and sometimes it’s used to create a work of art and lead you into a world of imagination. Russian photo editing artist Max Asabin uses Photoshop to transfer the subject into any setting they like. Sometimes it’s just a different location than the original shot, and sometimes it’s a whole new, fantasy world. But all these images have something in common: the amount of skill and time invested in their creation, as well as the impressive result in each of them.
What do you think of when you hear the term composite? Lots of hours with the pen tool cutting out elements, or fiddling around with the refine edge tool? Well one of the ways I sometimes like to create composite images is by blending instead of cutting out. Many of the photographers I follow use this technique and it is quite straight forward, all you need to do is make sure you plan ahead and have a tripod……without a tripod you can not shoot to blend.
So how do you shoot to blend. Usually if you are shooting to blend, this technique will be used when you are shooting on location. You set a point for your tripod, set up the camera and it stays in that position for the whole shoot. It never moves. Only the elements in your image do.
Here is an example.
6 months ago we started the image manipulation store. Today we are celebrating our 1000 member on the Image Manipulation Facebook group (it is an awesome group of compositors, check it out!). It has been an awesome journey and we want to a huge THANK YOU!
For 24 hours only we will be selling 100 packages for the ridiculous price of $199. This is a ridiculous price because it includes 100 of our packages. Basically making it a $2-per-package no brainer. Or you can look it at as a 90% discount. Either way if you are a compositor, you can’t afford to miss this sale.
This is our way of saying Thank You! for the last six months. It has been a crazy trip and we could not have made it without you.
This sale is limited to 200 bundles and 24 hours, which ever goes out first. So maybe it is best not to wait till the last minute.
Compositing is not easy, and having solid restraints make is even harder. A week ago we gave you a huge files package and asked to come up with something awesome. The first place reward, other than the obvious bragging rights, was a Wacom Intuos Pro and $2500 of textures goodness.
We have 44 submissions, and it took exactly 5 submitting till I knew I will have a hard time making the decision, so I pulled in the entire team from Rawexchange Germany for assist. If you like the results, thank them. If you think we chose poorly it is probably on me. So without further ado, here are the top winners from our composting challenge.