Elements of a Composite
A composite is about bringing disconnected pieces together and connecting them. The finished image looks effortless, but a lot goes into the process. PPA instructor Richard Sturdevant shares his expertise as he guides you, step-by-step, through the elements of a composite.
You’ll start off discussing key aspects like controlling light, adding emotion, making each piece tell a story and even workflow aspects like managing, organizing and storing folders and files.
Then, drill down into the details as Richard examines:
- Parts and pieces: Discuss choosing the parts for the composite, the importance of retouching individually, and managing color harmony.
- Background: Your background is the constant; learn how to darken and lighten where needed, add color and manage the atmosphere.
- Individual subjects: Adding the pieces is critical. Richard explores how to place subjects, all the options you can incorporate to make your subject stand out. He’ll discuss the use of texture, lighting, shadows, highlights and inner glow. Even sweat helps make your image more believable!
No piece is complete without the finishing touches! Learn the layers, overlays and lighting, the drama, emotion and movement that will bring your story to life!
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Richard Sturdevant is a leading expert in photographic artistry and creative composites. His award winning work, style, and techniques have earned him high praise in the photographic industry. Richard is known for an impressive track record in PPA print competition - receiving 16 prints with a perfect 100 point score in both state, regional and district competitions. He also made history with PPA at SWPPA District competition in September 2010 for the highest print case ever scored in the USA, Receiving a 100 print score on all four of his prints. He is the Grand Imaging Award (GIA) Winner for 2011 and 2012 with best print in PPA
Sturdevants fluid combination of photography with fine art skills stems from his original artistic roots. Prior to becoming a photographer, Richard made his living as a classic and award-winning artist and also was a national art instructor and a published subject matter expert. Using airbrush and oil, his unique but photorealistic style made for a natural transition to photography. Today his passion for painting comes alive in his creations of photographic art.
As a photographic artist, Richard received the prestigious title of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Southwest Photographer of the Year with SWPPA, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Texas Photographer of the Year with TPPA and 2008-2010 Dallas Photographer of the Year with DPPA. He also achieved International Gold and International Platinum Photographer of the Year with PPA in 2007, 2008, then went double Platinum Photographer of the year for Photographic Open and Electronic Imaging in 2010. This Year he is the 1st photographer to go Double Diamond Photographer of the Year in PPAs International Print Competition two years in a row. From 2005 to 2011, he received 14 Kodak Gallery Awards as well as 15 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He also received 1st place in the portrait & Group category in the 2010 and 2011 WPPI 16x20 print competition.
Richard owns and operates Sturdevant Studio - a thriving portrait studio in Garland, Texas. He specializes in fine art composites, seniors, families, wedding, and commercial photography. He was featured in Rangefinder magazine August 2006 where his image Durrels Run was featured on the cover. Richard is a member of PPA, ASP, WPPI, TPPA, DPPA and is PPA Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman. He will also be receiving the Master Artist of Photography in New Orleans in Jan 2012.
With over 20 years of experience as a creative artist, Richard brings a unique eye to the world of photographic education. Sharing his knowledge and experience with others in the industry is something that he enjoys. As part of his commitment to helping others learn and succeed, he has launched his own brand of educational materials to photographers, graphic designers, and artists nationwide. He believes that these materials, known as the Sturdavinci Art Tools, will help fellow professionals, as well as aspiring students, achieve their creative potentials and improve their workflow.