What can be achieved in post-production is astounding these days, but more surprising of all is just how much can be achieved without a career in Hollywood. In this video, learn how to create some incredible effects.
This tutorial isn't really photography or videography — it's somewhere between CGI and compositing. But, given the power of the tools used for CGI and the availability of them, learning how to create effects like this could be a powerful addition to your arsenal.
When I first started photography, believable composites were starting to become more common. Now, scenes entirely generated in graphics engines like Unreal Engine 5 are indistinguishable from photographs and videos. Rather than scoff at the technology and worry about its implications, you can harness it for your own work.
This video by Film Riot shows brilliantly effective CGI and gives an indication of what can be achieved relatively easily. What's interesting, however, is when you look at combining this workflow with your own photography and videography. For those artists interested in creating sci-fi or high fantasy composites, you have never been better poised to do so, and this tutorial will walk you through how.
Have you ever blended high-end CGI with your photography? How did it go? Share your experiences in the comments.