Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Realistic Digital Composites with Photoshop by Sean Liew @ Nikonian Academy

This workshop gave me the revelation that you cannot believe the absolutely believable, awesome stuff, you see in posters, magazines, etc. etc. Why? Because a pro can convincingly put together a few photographs, digitally manipulate them, and turn them into something mind-bogglingly real! There, I've just given you a glimpse of what to expect, and what we experienced in this workshop: Realistic Digital Composites with Photoshop.

It was a full class tonight that started at 8 p.m. and ended at 10 p.m. (slightly over 10 p.m., actually, but I was hoping it will never end). Director of Academy Sean Liew (and Photoshop genius) conducted the class and walked us through the process. I had to keep my mouth from gaping most of the time for what I saw, because I was like, "Ooooh... that's how you achieve this effect...," or "Waaah... like that also can?" (totally Manglish, I know, but still...), or "Gosh... you mean THAT was the original before Madonna turned into such a flawless beauty?"

Well, I can't remember the exact process, but I do roughly remember the tools to use to achieve those effects, which can be easily looked up or referenced. The hard part is conceptualizing what you want to do, how to do it, and taking care of those finer details to get that realistic end result. The workshop answered quite a fair bit of the questions I had in my head, and imparted some best practices. In summary, I learned loads of stuff and learning is a never-ending process.

I thank my sister Catherine for coming with me. She's rushing for her university assignment but since this workshop was closely related to the assignment she's attempting to complete at the moment, I thought it'd be worthwhile for her to come with me. At the end of the workshop, she agreed that it was very useful. I thank Ray too for attending it with me. Thank you, Andrew, for sending that SMS invite; thank you, SK, for the follow-up call; thank you, everybody at Nikonian Academy; and most of all, thank you, Sean, for the class. (This is beginning to sound like an Academy Awards speech...)