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.

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Class Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Water Splashes
  3. Smoke and Steam Effects
  4. Fireballs
  5. Fireball Post Production
  6. Smoke and Steam Post Production
  7. Water Splash Post Processing
  8. Conclusion

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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’.