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REVERSE PORTRAIT COMPOSITING

A NEW RETOUCHING WORKFLOW FOR
CGI RENDERS & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS

REVERSE PORTRAIT
COMPOSITING

WITH JONNY EDWARD
& DUSTIN VALKEMA

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IDEAL FOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS

CREATE IMAGES FOR REVERSE COMPOSITING

PHOTOSHOP WORKFLOW FOCUSED

LEARN TO RETOUCH C4D RENDERS

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INTRODUCING JONNY EDWARD

A FASHION & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER WALKS INTO A ROOM.....

 

LEARN HOW CGI CAN BE USED IN PORTRAITURE

 

Introducing Jonny Edward, a Colorado based fashion photographer, storyteller, and wild man. Jonny is making his tutorial debut as a co-teacher and facilitator (in real time) of how CGI can play into portraiture.

 

In this tutorial you will see Jonny shoot images side by side Dustin and help create a virtual studio that we then build after the photoshoot.

 

"My unique aesthetic is derived from a variety of eclectic sources including fashion, cinema, nature, literature, and the great masters of painting. I credit the latter's influence with my notable and lauded use of light and shadow. Forever-fascinated by all things analog, I am impelled by the challenge and reward of integrating the emotion and mood of film with modern, digital tools."

 

As an educator and mentor, I strive to embolden individuals in artistic and creative realms, with the knowledge, skills, and self-assuredness to realize their own respective creative projects and artistic vision(s).

In all that I do and create, I aspire to empower expression and impel individuality." - Jonny Edward

 

AN IMPROVED WORKFLOW FOR COMPOSITE ARTISTS

What Is Reverse Compositing?

In many of our tutorials, our instructors like Erik Almas and Renee Robyn typically shoot backplates first and then subjects second due to the "fixed" lighting in the backplate. With Reverse Compositing, you are no longer constrained to what's in the Backplate becuase we teach you to style, prop, and light your background in post-production

 

Who Is This For?

This tutorial is great for retouchers and photographers who would like to get a better understand of how to work with and retouch CGI renders. We've also included the Cinema 4D workflow to create and build out a virtual environment using your own materials and textures that can be manipulated in post production.

 

What Programs Do I Need?

This tutorial uses Capture One Pro, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop, and Cinema 4D as the main programs used to capture images, process RAW files, manipulate CGI models, and composite the two together to create a reverse composite. An introductory overview of modeling software Modo was covered but is not necessary.

 

 

ONLY THE WOMAN IS REAL

WHY CGI ENVIRONMENTS ARE BETTER IN POST

Have you ever worked with a client with unreasonable requests in post?
When you understand this workflow you can say yes to almost all requests and

accomodate these requests on the fly without sacrificing your time or profit.

UNLIMITED DYNAMIC RANGE

Imagine never having to worry about details in the shadows or blown out highlights. With CGI renders, you get the ultimate control for where you put light & shadows by giving you these options to tweak in post-production.

 

CHANGE YOUR FOCUS IN POST

Every photographer has missed focus or wished for a wider depth of field to draw attention to an area of the image. With Reverse Compositing you never have to worry about missing focus in your render. You can always change it.

 

 

CHANGE YOUR LENS IN POST

 

Have you ever wished you would have shot something in 35mm instead of 85mm? This isn't something you can change in photography but you can in CGI. Never again worry about including more or less environment and change your mind with a few buttons.

 

CHANGE YOUR ANGLE IN POST

"Can you make this more of a birds eye view angle" is something you will never dread hearing again from a creative director. With Reverse Compositing you can change your camera height, mm, and lens angle of your environment in post.

 

 

PROVEN RESULTS FROM THOSE WHO TOOK THIS COURSE

Does this course work? Listen to some community members who have already taken this course to see how it has changed their business and way of thinking.

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INTRODUCING REVERSE COMPOSITING

A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT TO AN AGE OLD PRACTICE

 

A MIND BENDING SKILL WITH LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES

 

Composite artists are often limited to what's available in their existing image, or what they can find that matches the lighting, angle, lens, and style of a backplate.

 

Not anymore! With Reverse compositing we are introducing a new workflow for portrait & composite artists that allow them to create whatever scene or environment they can dream up.

 

With this workflow, you are no longer limited to a location you cannot get to or a prop that doesn't exist.

 

Once you understand how this workflow operates and what it takes to manage, you can say yes to whatever your client is looking to do.

 

You can now take the word NO out of your conversations with creative directors.

 

THIS TUTORIAL WILL CHANGE HOW YOU CREATE

To learn a whole new workflow and change your life access to tutorials isn't always enough, you need an immersive environment with like minded creatives.PRO EDU Courses provides a proven process for photographers, certified master trainers, software, and a private community with expert mentorship.

  • ENGLISH + SPANISH

This tutorial comes with English Closed Captions and Spanish subtitles. More languages are coming soon to PRO EDU.

 

10 HOURS LONG

In-depth is an understatement. We provide extensive examples & training for you to understand the entire workflow.

 

LOTS OF FILES INCLUDED

 

This tutorial comes with RAW images, C4D Files, PSD, and a virtual studio with props from our 3D Asset Catlogue for you to sample.

 

DOWNLOAD + STREAM

 

After purchase, you will instantly be able to download the tutorial files to your computer and own for life, or log into our streaming platform and watch from a desktop or the PRO EDU App. If you would like access to our entire library, check out our Unlimited PRO PLAN.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN EARN A CERTIFICATION IN CINEMA 4D?

Validate your knowledge of the software and concepts with a certification from PRO EDU.

 

Validate Your Investment & Qualify Your Abilities

 

"We believe that you should never stop learning." It's one of our guiding principles at PRO EDU. We are taking that a step further with our new CGI Course by creating an environment with objective testing so that creatives can validate what they know with a certification backed by the makers of Cinema 4D and PRO EDU.

 

There's no better way (or more affordable) to get this level of education for the digital arts than to be a part of our online six week course with Master Trainer Dustin Valkema and your peers in the course.

 

Students that complete the course with a 90% or higher completion of assignment.

 

HOW IS THIS PLATFORM DIFFERENT THAN TUTORIALS?

Approachable Homework + Assignments

 

ONE BITE AT A TIME

 

We've designed this course for working professionals. It is designed for people with full time jobs. We understand that many of you have demanding full-time workloads, families, kids, and a busy life as a creative. This is why you have up to 12 months to finish the course, if you need. PLUS LIFETIME access to the tutorials.

 

The course is 6 consecutive weeks of assignments, Live Q&A's, and assigned work. If you cannot attend a specific Live Q&A, it is recorded for you and available to watch at your convenience. If you feel like you can manage the course, tests, and assignments on your own you can successfully manage to complete the course in a longer time period, if you wish.

 

The course and the Cinema 4D Software will be available for up to 12 months from the start of the course as well. So if you would like to take this course at your own pace, the PROEDU.io platform is designed to allow you to take your time and finish assignments on YOUR SCHEDULE. All students that complete the course will be issued a certificate of completion from PRO EDU and will have the option to take the Maxon Cinema 4D Certification Exam to test their knowledge in the application.

UP TO DATE REAL TIME BONUS CONTENT & UPDATES

UPDATES IN REAL TIME

 

ONE BITE AT A TIME

 

In addition to the 3 CGI For Photographers tutorials that are part of your weekly tutorial homework, we have made additional and exclusive video tutorials and content specifically for the certification preparation. This type of video content is unlocked each week and gives you additional content to help you prepare for the certification prep exam . This content broadens the Cinema 4D Application from just photography to give you a wider knowledge base if what is included and may contain special guest artists, interviews, and experts to teach you the fundamentals with up to date info.

IS CINEMA 4D HARD TO LEARN?

This is a common question that every creative asks. It's the #1 most asked question, so we've dedicated an entire BLOG POST and video interview here that explores that question with Master Trainer Dustin Valkema and CGI for photographers course student Ashley Murrel.

 

MEET YOUR MASTER TRAINER DUSTIN VALKEMA

"I’m a seasoned creative artist, a student who’s spent a whole lot of time learning to learn from failure. Pushing my creative boundaries is a thriving passion of mine and I enjoy helping others do the same. Learning a new skill set can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. I see too many artists quit before starting on a new path, but pushing through that winding path will lead to fruitful creativity. I’m looking forward to using my industry experience as a Composite and CGI artist to help you dive into your new journey. It’s important to never forget that we’re all “forever students” and continuously adapting our toolbox and workflows. Let’s take the dive together and make cool shit!"

 

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✅ Weekly Testing + Assignments

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✅ 12 months access to course

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✅ Weekly Office Hours

✅ Submit Assignments

✅ Lifetime Access To 3 CGI Tutorials

✅ Weekly Testing + Assignments

✅ Certification Testing Available

✅ Access to Cineversity Tutorials
✅ 3 Bonus 3D Studio Assets ($297)

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WHAT ARE THE HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR C4D?

Cinema 4D requires specific hardware in your computer to complete the course assignments. We recommend you check the Maxon System requirements HERE before purchasing the course to ensure that your computer's hardware and software meet the minimum requirements.  

 

  • Windows:
    Windows 10 64-bit on Intel or AMD 64-bit CPU with SSE3 support

  • macOS: 10.14.6 or higher with 64-bit CPU running on Intel-based Apple Macintosh or on Apple M1-powered Mac, and 4 GB RAM.

  • To run future releases of Cinema 4D on Mac, you'll need at least macOS 10.14 and a supported Mac system with at least macOS GPU Family 1_v3. You can check the Metal compatibility in the macOS System Information, Graphics tab.

  • We recommend updating to macOS 10.15. There are a number of enhancements to Metal in the latest macOS which will improve the performance, stability and interaction with the viewport.

WHAT GRAPHICS CARD DO I NEED?

In part of this tutorial, Dustin teaches and incorporates Octane Render engine by Otoy as his preferred render engine. While this isn't mandatory and there are other options for render engines, this is an additional cost of approximately 20 Euro's per month to use the Octane Render Engine for some of the lessons. Octane is not part of Maxon Cinema 4D and is an option for a render engine type. In this course, teacher's from Maxon will introduce Maxon's internal render engine and you will have free access to Cineversity to learn how to use Maxon's render engine.

Check out Octane Render Engine Requirements:

 

WHEN DO I GET THE C4D LICENSE?

You will receive access to your Cinema 4D license 7 days before the start of your course start day. You are welcome to begin a free 30 day trial before th

DOES RED SHIFT RENDER ENGINE COME WITH THIS?

Students have the option to purchase their Maxon student license package when they register for the class with 3 options. The REDSHIFT and MAXON ONE versions of the course come with the REDSHIFT Render GPU Engi

WHAT ARE REDSHIFT'S HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS?

  • Microsoft Windows: 64-bit Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • Linux: 64-bit distribution with glibc 2.17 or higher
  • Apple macOS: Big Sur (11.0) or higher - currently in beta

3D Applications Supported

  • Autodesk Maya (Windows, Linux): 64-bit edition. 2014 or later
  • Autodesk Maya (macOS): 64-bit edition. 2016.5 or later
  • Autodesk 3ds Max (Windows): 64-bit edition. 2014 or later
  • Maxon Cinema 4D (Windows and macOS): 64-bit edition. R17 or later
  • SideFX Houdini (Windows, Linux): 64-bit edition. 17.0 or later
  • SideFX Houdini (macOS): 64-bit edition. 18.0 or later
  • Foundry Katana (Windows, Linux): 64-bit edition. 3.0v1 or later
  • Blender (Windows, Linux): 64-bit edition. 2.83LTS or later

Minimum Requirements

  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Processor with SSE2 support (Pentium 4 or better)
  • For Windows and Linux: NVIDIA GPU with CUDA compute capability 3.0 or higher and 8 GB VRAM or more
  • For macOS: "Navi" or "Vega" AMD GPU or later and 8 GB VRAM or more. See GPU list below
  • Single GPU

Recommended Requirements

  • 16 GB of RAM or more
  • Core i7 or Xeon equivalent, 3.0GHz or higher
  • For Windows and Linux: NVIDIA GPU with CUDA compute capability 7.0 or higher and 10 GB of VRAM or more. We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro, Titan or GeForce RTX GPU for hardware-accelerated ray tracing
  • For macOS: "Navi" or "Vega" AMD GPU or later and 8 GB VRAM or more. See GPU list below
  • Multiple GPUs
  • Windows and Linux NVIDIA GPUs

List of supported AMD GPUs for macOS (11.0+)

MacBook Pro

  • Radeon Pro Vega 16/20
  • Radeon Pro 5500M/5600M

iMac

  • Radeon Pro Vega 48
  • Radeon Pro 5500XT/5700/5700XT

iMac Pro

  • Radeon Pro Vega 56/64

MacPro

  • Radeon Pro Vega II / Vega II Duo
  • Radeon Pro W5500X/W5700X
  • Thunderbolt eGPUs
  • Radeon RX Vega 56/64
  • Radeon Pro WX 9100
  • Radeon VII
  • Radeon RX 5500/5500XT/5600XT/5700/5700XT

 

Are CGI Tutorials Part Of This?

Yes. All 3 CGI tutorials in the CGI Bundle are included in this course, for life. You will be granted access to the 3 course bundle during orientation. And NO, we will not send them to you early.

HOW CAN I PAY?

We accept every major credit card at checkout, including additional options for PayPal, ApplePay, Amazon, and financing options from Affirm and Sezzle. USA and Canada members can select Sezzle at checkout to qualify for financing.

IS THIS REFUNDABLE?

This course is fully refundable within the first 48 hours after registration. After the 48 hours the course is refundable 50% up until 30 days until the start of the course and 0% refundable within 30 days from the start of the course.

Is This A Commercial License?

No. All Maxon software and licenses are to be used for educational purposes only and are NOT for commercial use. We ask that you register for this course with the intent to learn the software and upgrade to a commercial license if and when you being to receive commercial work. The software has the full capabilitie

What Is maxon One?

All of Maxon's Products in one bundle including:
 
  • Cinema 4D3D modeling, animation, and simulation software
  • Redshift for C4DGPU-accelerated biased renderer
  • Red Giant CompleteGet all our filmmaking and animation plugins
  • CineversityOur online library of tutorials and resources

Do You Offer Military Discount?

Yes. Please email support@proedu.comwith the subject MILITARY DISCOUNT to receive a code for 20% off the course. We thank you for your service. This includes the United States Peace Corps.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED?

The PRO PLAN gives unlimited streaming and downloading access to all of our photography, retouching, business, marketing, and pricing tutorials. As long as you are a member, you have access to all existing and newly released content.

WHAT IF I AM BRAND NEW TO PHOTOGRAPHY?

We are all at different stages in photography, and no two individuals are the same. Our tutorials aren't just about HOW to do something; they explore the artists and WHY they make their choices. This means any level and all levels of photographer are welcome in our community.

WHAT IS "PRO" ALL ABOUT?

We feature artists and teachers that live the craft day in and day out. We seek out instructors that are actual practitioners, not influencers or Internet "gurus." We consider "professionals" to be artists with a growth mindset that are on an endless journey to seek new ways to create, innovative ways to problem solve, and efficient ways to improve their workflow. We feature artists and teachers that live the craft and are practitioners, not influencers.

WHERE DO I LEARN FROM?

PRO PLAN members have full access to tutorials at https://learn.proedu.com/browse  or through the iOS Mobile App or the Android Mobile App.

Are CGI Tutorials Part Of This?

Yes. All CGI tutorial content is included in your unlimited plan. PRO PLAN members also receive a discount on 6-week certification courses and have priority registration before the general public.

ARE RAW FILES INCLUDED?

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HOW CAN I PAY?

We accept every major credit card at checkout, including additional options for PayPal, ApplePay, Amazon, and financing options from Affirm and Sezzle. USA and Canada members can select Sezzle at checkout to qualify for financing.

DO YOU OFFER TRIALS

At the moment, we do not offer trials for our tutorials, but you can peruse thehttps://learn.proedu.com/browse site and watch the first video of many tutorials for free to get an idea of the content.

CAN I PREVIEW A TUTORIAL BEFORE I BUY?

You can browse our tutorial store herehttps://proedu.com/pages/tutorials to get an idea of the types of content, tutorials, trailers, bios, and descriptions of each tutorial. You may also find additional bonus content likeHow I Made This, and other exclusive tutorials or documentaries only available on the platform.

WHAT LEVEL DO I NEED TO BE AT FOR THESE TUTORIALS?

The short answer is any level. Beginners or experts can all benefit from observing other creatives' work allowing your brain to create connections. Our brains have a fantastic ability to create neural pathways between various disciplines, making something more comfortable for others due to a similar background in a similar medium. You never know how hard something is going to be until you try. And NOTHING is too hard for anyone to learn.

HOW DO I KNOW THIS WILL WORK FOR MY GENRE?

The short answer is any level. We have various tutorials and genres on the platform from some of the world's most outstanding artists. By watching and learning from multiple artists on the site, you can hone your craft and develop your wide range of skills as a creative problem solver.

HOW SOON COULD THIS PAY OFF?

Many of our students see a benefit or a payoff in their first shoot. This could be in the form of an increase in a day rate, booking more days, a higher sales price for their prints, or a higher quality of work. Success comes in many forms and is measured differently. You have to ask yourself, how much does it cost you NOT to have access to information that will make your life easier and more profitable? When you set out to learn something new every day and keep an open mind about learning from others, your pathway to success becomes a highway to happiness.

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WHAT IF I AM TOO BUSY?

No one is too busy for bite-sized learning! We realize that learning takes time, so we encourage our users to download the mobile app and make a playlist for on-the-go opportunities. We also encourage our users to schedule a time for deep learning without any distractions and take notes to ensure that they are genuinely absorbing the content.

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Reverse Portrait Compositing

Reverse Portrait Compositing is a brand new workflow that explores what is possible with changing the order in which backplates are created, lit, and propped. This tutorial uses the most modern tools to help photographers become problem solvers first for their clients so that the unachievable