What Is a Good Way to Learn Ambient/Flash Compositing?

September 25th, 2018

Jason in Florida asks:

What’s the best guide, e-book, tutorial, etc. to learn compositing?

I’ll admit that I am totally biased because I helped Simon Maxwell put together his e-book, Enfuse and Hand Blending in Photoshop for Real Estate Photography and his video series on the same subject. I think a feature that makes these two products a great option is that you have the option of going with just the e-book for $30 or the e-book and the video series. If you buy the e-book first and later purchase the video series, I refund your $30 when you buy the video series.

It may be easy to miss in the name but the phrase “Hand Blending in Photoshop” is in fact what many now call compositing. Back several years ago, when we added content in the book and video series on compositing, most people were calling it hand blending in Photoshop.

As you can tell from the video above, Simon is a great explainer! I’d rather listen to Simon than almost anyone. He sounds like he’s on staff at the BBC!

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3 Responses to “What Is a Good Way to Learn Ambient/Flash Compositing?”

  • check out the ebooks and YouTube videos from Nathan Cool. High quality content broken down into easy to follow segments.

  • Check out Rich Baum as well. I suggest reviewing Simon, Nathan and Rich’s content several times. After you apply their techniques in the field, go back and review their content again. You will likely notice that your experience will reveal even more information about their technique.

  • Might worth compiling and keeping a list. Pece, Baum, Cool, Simon, etc all have great materials and courses. I would be interested in any sources that I’ve missed.

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