By combining your camera's burst mode with Photoshop, you can create a composite that shows an athlete in action. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan shows how. After mapping out a plan for lighting, composition, and more, he photographs the subjects. Then, the action turns to Photoshop, where he assembles the composite using layer masks and some careful retouching.
- Planning the composite
- Choosing a camera, exposure, and lighting
- Choosing the sequence images
- Aligning layers
- Using layer masks
- Masking images together
- Cleaning up the background
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Voiceover] When you're taking photographs that contain action and motion, one of the cool things that you can do with your images is to create an action sequence composite. Hi, I'm Sean Duggan, and in this course, we'll take a look at how to plan and photograph the source shots for a sports action sequence. And then I'll show you several ways to put your images together in Photoshop. As I capture skateboarders catching some air, I'll share some things to keep in mind in terms of camera settings and shooting techniques so that you can capture sharp images that will work well for your projects.
Once in Photoshop, I'll show you how to assemble and mask the different shots to make the basic composite. I'll explain different layer masking techniques as well as how to deal with images where there is overlapping action. We'll even go beyond the basic sports action sequence composite to explore ways to clean up a distracting background by automatically removing people from the scene and I'll talk about how to make your subjects stand out more in the image through background blurring effects. We have some fun and action-packed composites to create in this course, so let's get started.