Compositing Secrets of the Pros

ASMP San Diego presents high-end Hollywood retoucher Dennis Dunbar on Saturday, November 23rd! NOTE: RSVPs here on Meetup do not guarantee your seat. This program is listed in several places, so only a registration on Eventbrite reserves your seat!

In this workshop Dennis shares many of the techniques he uses to make complex composite images from Movie Posters to LifeStyle and Product shots.

Whether it’s combining many elements or dramatically re-working a single shot Dennis will show how the same techniques apply. He’ll cover the various challenges that face those who would tackle such tasks such as: Masking, Color Correction, Blending, and matching Noise or Grain.

Dennis will discuss several ways to create a professional quality mask as well as how to check to make sure your mask is working the way it should. He’ll delve into Color Correction using Curves and how to simplify your Layers using Clipping Groups. Then he’ll show you how to blend disparate images making them look as if they all belong together through the use of Depth of Field, adjusting the density and color as well as other techniques for matching the Noise or Grain of the various elements.

Dennis Dunbar is a Digital Artist with extensive experience in digital issues. He began compositing images in the darkroom under the tutelage of William Warren, a noted Stock Shooter. After seeing the advantages of working digitally Dennis jumped in with both feet, setting up his own studio in 1991 and soon was working extensively creating finished artwork for movie posters as well as commercial ads.

Dennis’ drive to stay on top of the various issues involved in the digital imaging world led him to also focus on Color Management and to offer consulting services to his clients in this area as well.

In the summer of 2002 Dennis was named to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Advertising Photographers of America where he serves as head of the Digital Committee. His work with the APA led him to concentrate on working with groups that are focused in the area of creating standards for the Digital Imaging.

He is a founding member of the UPDIG (Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines) and a member of the DISC Committee as well. More information on these groups are available at: and

Time: 8:30am check-in, 9:00am start time. The program runs until 1pm or until Q&A is completed. 
Location: Riverdale Studios, 6314 Riverdale Street, San Diego, CA. 
To register, use this linkSave $25 by pre-registering before November 1st!

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  • TahoeTate

    I'd love to go but can't afford to signup without a promo-code. Anybody have one? Thanks!

    November 19, 2013

  • William

    This Saturday! Only a few seats remain for this program - if you want to attend you need to register on the Eventbrite website ASAP!

    November 18, 2013

  • William

    Be sure to register for this event on the Eventbrite website. We only have 12 seats, and this is also advertised a couple of other places. Eventbrite is the only guarantor (did I use that right?) of seats, and it's first come, first served!

    November 10, 2013

  • William

    Two days left to take advantage of Early Bird registration!

    October 29, 2013

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