Creating a festive composite portrait from start to finish with photographer Gavin Hoey


posted Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM EST


In the newest episode of Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey, Gavin shows us how to capture a festive portrait for this holiday season. For this holiday portrait, Gavin shot the background separately from his model, which introduces not only a bit of complexity, but also some flexibility in how you approach the photo.

In this case, the compositing was born of necessity because Gavin wanted to capture a portrait with a bunch of winter-themed stars in the frame. Unfortunately, he only had one star. To make it easier to post-process later, Gavin photographed his single star against a black background. It's also important to think ahead, because you don't want any parts of your eventual composite to have vastly different lighting than the subject. To see how Hoey works from start to finish and creates his final festive photograph, check out the full video below.

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