I love making composites. I work on them all the time, with the goal of continually raising the level of my skill and adding new techniques to my toolbox.
Recently, for instance, I photographed Jesse, who sent me an inspiration image that a friend of his had done that included adding wings. Having done something vaguely similar a while back I gave it some thought as we started our session. Since this session was intended for my Austin Bodies Project, I was able to get some ideal posing from Jesse.
First I started with a background from Richard Sturdevant's SturDaVinci Art Tools. Richard's backgrounds are rich and detailed.
Then I added Jesse and some wings that I purchased from Adobe Stock. There was some detail in matching Jesse and the wings to the coloration and lighting of the background, plus creating shadow and light to achieve the look and feel I wanted.
Finally I used a combination of Photoshop brushes from Richard Sturdevant and Woody Walters.
While there are other details, overall that's the process. Here is the result.
If you're interested in taking your composite work to the next level, join me in my next class on compositing in which we'll take things to the next level by adding brushes, textures, and other techniques. It's being offered through the Professional Photographers of America's Super 1 Day series.