Considering the cold weather, we had a great turnout (and better parking spots close to the building). After Gene Schwope, representing the PSA, gave Michael Huber his first place award for “Basket Ballin’”, Michael went on to demonstrate how he makes his creative compositions in Photoshop. This included how he started out by filling a layer 50% gray. Then he masked images using the quick select tool and moving them into the composition. It also included replacing the sky using a mask with a gradient, and other uses of layer masks and brushes. I was enthralled by one of the custom brushes that he used to create mood with lighting effects and how he transformed it to suit the composition. One of the tips he provided was reducing the saturation of some of the layers to help them match the rest of the composition. Though this session was not recorded, he made a video a while back on the award-winning image. You can find it on a previous post here. Scroll to the bottom for the video.
More from Michael
Michael has uploaded another fresh video on the club’s YouTube channel. Since he’s been doing all the cast photos for the Phipps Children’s Theater productions for the last couple years, he wanted to share the process with us. Thanks, Michael! This may come in handy for capturing and processing portraits for the “Humanity” assignment we have later this year