Breaking Down my Fossil Watch Composite
Every great Advertising Photographer has to start somewhere, and since my vision is to become one of those great photographers, I thought I’d take a look back at one of my earlier Composites.
Today, I’m breaking down my Composite called “Fossil Watch”.
When we think of Composite Photography, most photographers immediately think of Photoshop and the technical elements of editing a Composite.
While editing is crucial to creating great Composites, it is, however, a small piece of what it takes to create a great Composite that works.
How my “Fossil Watch” Composite came to be…
The Fossil Watch Concept
I started Photo Compositing way back on December 15th of 2014, when I created a Composite of my family around the fire and Christmas tree, which by-the-way, turned out HORRIBLE.
My Fossil Watch Composite was only the second one I had done.
I have to admit, very little thought went into creating this Composite, mostly because I had no idea what the hell I was doing.
Before and After of “Fossil Watch”
The Majestic is a theater in downtown Dallas, and I thought it would make a great background for working my Compositing skills.
The sunset behind the buildings was from an HDR image I took out by the lake I live near in Rockwall, TX, and Blake is a good friend of mine who has a website called the Sharper Gentleman.
All-in-all, this is a simple Composite.
My Goal with Compositing
My goal from day one in Compositing has always been to create images that don’t look like they’ve been Composited together.
I want people to wonder, “How’d he do that?”
I explained this recently to a client, “The reason I use Compositing for my photography is because there is NO WAY to capture all the elements in my Composites in one photograph. So, I capture that golden moment with several images, then Composite them together to create an unbelievable Composited image.”
While my Fossil Watch Composite does not meet my goals, it has been a favorite within my portfolio.
So, I leave it in my portfolio, as much as it pains me to do so.
Breaking Down Fossil Watch
My “Fossil Watch” Composite was created using only 4 separate images, and took me around 6 hours of Lightroom and Photoshop time to complete.
Here’s a breakdown by the numbers…
#1 Blake Hammerton: Blake was photographed in my garage using natural lighting for my main light, and a really crappy video light to create a highlight.
#2 The Majestic: I photographed The Majestic on a cloudy day, and while I took several different angles, this is the one that worked best.
#3 & 4 The Sky: For the sky, I used an HDR image of a sunset I took at the lake here in Rockwall, TX where I live. Just below the clouds is the horizon line, so I used this image twice to complete the sky.
Looking back at this Composite now, I see so many mistakes I could have avoided had I only been better at Compositing.
But we all have to start somewhere, right?
I have several things I do to continually better my eye and my skills at Compositing, which I believe are critical to becoming a better Composite Photographer.