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Using Composite Photography to Create a Fantasy World

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Class Introduction

Karen Alsop

Using Composite Photography to Create a Fantasy World

Karen Alsop

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Welcome to CreativeLive, I'm Kenna Klosterman your host for using composite photography to create a fantasy world with Karen Alsop. Now Karen is an award winning photographic digital artist, she hails from Melbourne, Australia, which is so exciting to have here. She creates both photography and art, to make them into one of a kind, unique pieces that take her viewers and her clients into another world. So please help me welcome Karen Alsop to the CreativeLive stage. (audience claps) Thank you so much Kenna, and thank you everyone, thank you CreativeLive audience, it's so amazing to be here all the way from Australia. I'm so excited to share with you about compositing, digital art, fine art photography, and how it can actually impact your businesses in so many different ways. So I wanted to just introduce this class with sharing about why this is such an important class for everyone to take, not just people that are interested in the fantasy photography, but wedding photographers, and...

portrait photographers, and newborn photographers, and why it's so important for all of us to really get a hold of this whole compositing thing, because really, I think, we're on the brink of it being an expectation of a lot of people for you to be able to do compositing. There are so many clients that are coming to photographers saying, can you do a head swap for me? They're coming to photographers saying, can you put someone in this image that has passed away? They're coming to photographers, wedding photographers asking for dinosaurs coming into the background. So they're asking this of the everyday photographer, and for any of you that have never tried compositing, that have never really had that time with Photoshop, it's really important in this day, I think, to start off and to learn the skills that will at least give you the basis. But this course is going to take you even further. So this is an intermediate to advanced course, but it's going to be so much fun. We are going to create an image of a little girl who is chasing a little white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, and we are going to dress the rabbit digitally, and the white rabbit will be holding a pocket watch, so we'll be creating an image that, in reality, is impossible to take in one shot. So the idea of compositing is being able to create the impossible, being able to create something that you can't get in one shot in photography.

Class Description

Karen Alsop is known for creating beautiful fantasy worlds through her unique compositing techniques in Adobe® Lightroom® and Adobe® Photoshop®. Whether you're a wedding, portrait, landscape or commercial photographer, this class will show you how to create beautiful and distinctive images you can offer your clients to expand your business.  

Join us for this class, and you’ll learn how to: 

  • Shoot with your composite in mind: lighting, posing and angles.
  • Choose background and subject images that will work best in the composite.
  • Learn Adobe Lightroom and AdobePhotoshop techniques to create a fantastical atmosphere.

Karen’s emphasis on creativity and imagination in her process has helped her to make a product that competitors have a hard time recreating. Karen’s beautiful, intricate work is not simply the result of vast technical skill, but rather is the careful integration of a number of elements. She puts subjects at ease and inspires them with artful direction; incorporates them into fantasy landscapes using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop and then effectively prices and markets the final product.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


Judy Mitschelen

I've found many great instructors at CreativeLive and Karen ranks right up there at the top! With her relaxed, thoughtful manner of presenting, I was immediately hooked. Her organization, clear explanations and demonstration, and on target response to questions are superb. This course covers an amazing range of skills and tricks of the trade. Whether you're interested in getting better shots to work with, better workflow at the computer, or better output at the end, Karen covers it all.


Karen is very talented and a great teacher and I enjoyed every minute of the course. But what I found to be the best part was seeing what an amazing person she is. The video of compositing the disabled children to make their dreams come true had me in tears. It has inspired me to use my talents to help others and not learn photo manipulation for self enjoyment. God bless you Karen.

Endigo Rae

This was such an amazing class! Karen is so talented, inspiring, and such an amazing teacher. Very forthcoming and open about all of her techniques. I'm so looking forward to jumping into compositing, I feel like this is definitely something my soul desires to explore and Karen has made it so easy and accesible through her beautiful course! Thanks so much Karen and CreativeLive!