Lately, we’ve been showing you a lot of photography from other members, so now it’s time to show you some breathtaking composite work by Brian Rodgers Jr. Brian is an award winning commercial photographer & digital artist based in Mishawaka, Indiana and this is his creation, “Underwater Basement.”
Can you tell us a little bit about “Underwater Basement”?
This image was a conceptual composite image that I created from multiple stock images. As a commercial photographer & digital artist, I would have preferred to photograph all of the individual components to create this image, but sometimes deadlines and client budgets don’t always support that. This is a real world example of utilizing your retouching and compositing skills to execute a conceptual image for a client under a tight deadline and budget.
This image was used on a double sided post card mailer. The concept was to create a flooded basement to help sell a water leak detection system. The headline was “Be Alarmed Of Rising Water.”
What gear or software did you use to create this image?
Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop, Wacom tablet
How long have you been a KelbyOne member and what made you decide to become a member?
I’ve been a KelbyOne member long before it was renamed KelbyOne. I’ve been a member for about 9 years now; since the days of NAPP & Kelby Training. In 2007, I had finished college & earned a degree in Visual Communications/Graphic Design. During my time in college, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I enjoyed creating imagery more than I did designing things, and at that point it didn’t make financial sense to change majors. So I pursued a career in photography all on my own.
Scott Kelby’s 7 Point System for Photoshop came out around the time I graduated college. I happened to stumble upon it in a local Barnes & Noble store while browsing in the software books section. Jill, my girlfriend at the time (now wife) bought it for me as a Christmas present. I literally went through page by page, and completed every tutorial from start to finish in that book. That book was a turning point in my life. I felt like that one book taught me more about Photoshop than anything I had learned in high school or college. From there on I discovered NAPP, Photoshop User Magazine, & Kelby Training. I worked many years in retail before working my way into a commercial photography studio as a retoucher & assistant, then a small advertising agency as their in house photographer before transitioning and starting my company Digital Art That Rocks just over 3 years ago now.
Talk about dedicated! Brian’s put it a lot of time and effort to learn his trade. Looks like it paid off!