with Kirk Nelson
Learn how to create and capture dynamic visual effects at home! Join Kirk Nelson for a truly fun and practical class on shooting and composting special effects that you create in y... READ MORE
lessons: 8 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 9min
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Shooting and Compositing Your Own Special Effects
with Kirk Nelson
Learn how to create and capture dynamic visual effects at home! Join Kirk Nelson for a truly fun and practical class on shooting and composting special effects that you create in your own home or backyard. With lessons on water splashes, smoke, steam, and fireballs, made from props, materials, and equipment you may already have or can acquire at a local store, you’ll be ready to get started right away. After walking through how to create and capture the effects, Kirk takes you through his post processing workflow and demonstrates how to composite these effects into photographs. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
The instructor introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow.
lesson 2: Water Splashes
Learn the equipment and props you need, the camera settings, and the process for capturing water splashes in action.
lesson 3: Smoke and Steam Effects
Using dry ice learn how to create special smoke and steam effects.
lesson 4: Fireballs
There are a few safety considerations to know, but you can control the situation and create a cool special effect.
lesson 5: Fireball Post Production
Back in studio, Kirk goes through his process for post production on the fireball images.
lesson 6: Smoke and Steam Post Production
Learn how Kirk processes the photos from the dry ice shoot to composite into other photos.
lesson 7: Water Splash Post Processing
Learn how to create brushes and stock images from the water splash shoot.
lesson 8: Conclusion
Kirk wraps up the class with some closing thoughts to help you move forward.
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meet  Kirk Nelson
Kirk Nelson is a professional graphic designer and photographer in the DC area. With 25 years of experience that has touched on a broad range of visual subjects he refers to himself as ‘Your Friendly Neighborhood Graphics Geek’.
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