Author Archives: Stefan Kohler

How to use saturation masks to extract complex objects

There are plenty of functions for masking in Photoshop, and each of them is useful in its own way. Whether it’s color selection,  focus masks, the new and kinda annoying mask-and-select dialogue or my beloved channel selection (you can read more about colors and selections on our color tutorial). If you are following our blog, you […]

Sand Goddess – a complete composite walkthrough

I’ve just finished my newest composite, Sand Goddess. After the last composite walkthrough was so well received, I thought that I would do the same thing again for this one. The concept: A mysterious ruin lies among desert sands. It is looked over by a dark deity, who protects the sacred space with spies and angry sand […]

Lighting set-up: a simple portrait with a deep octabox and a background flash

Lighting set-up with an octabox and concealed light

This portrait was created using two flashes: a 100cm deep octabox to the right of the camera, and a second flash with a normal reflector positioned behind the model to light the background. This is a very simple set-up when you consider a few things. The main light—the deep octabox—is relatively far away from the […]