Learn basic steps and be inspired to capture and create a composite image that conveys a story. Combine elements using selections, transformations, masks and layers. Reveal what may be behind and levitate. Add shadows or reflections and finish with texture overlays.
Tap into the personal narrative and learn inspiration tools for composite work by considering the photographer as the subject. Learn how to use the human form to create the desired visual shape within the image. Discuss how costumes, wigs can be used to conceal or reveal the subject. Learn how to add movement to clothing and hair within the canvas.
Students are encouraged to build a library of composite assets such as landscapes, clouds, clocks, birds.
About the Instructor
Deborah Gichan is a New Jersey-based photographer. A certified K-12 CTE Photographer she teaches Digital Photography and Photoshop at Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools. For nearly 20 years she has photographed weddings, events and portraits in and around New Jersey and New York.
She began her career as a street photographer, worked for a decade in photojournalism at the Hudson Reporter and at the Jersey Journal winning national and local awards along the way. Deborah migrated to events and portraiture while raising two sets of twins on a 50 acre farm in Hunterdon County. Over the years the farm provided a backdrop for art.
Deborah received her photographic training from New England School of Photography, ICP and Parsons, as well as countless online professional development classes.