Composition in Photoshop by Jo Knight, Jan 24th 2024

Jo Knight is one of Keswick’s most creative members. Her images have won many prestigious awards including Honourable Mentions in 2021, 2022 and 2023 in the International Photography Awards. This is a competition that recognises photography’s leading talents. It attracts thousands of entries from over 120 countries around the world.

Tonight, Jo gave a master class in how to combine images to create a composite using a variety of tools available in Photoshop. This is a software programme designed for both photographers and graphic artists. Jo used her image “Broken but Free” to demonstrate the various techniques she employs to put together a composite. To create this particular image, she photographed herself dressed, and made up, as a doll. She said that she had used U Tube to research her makeup. Jo uses a small bedroom in her cottage as a studio for taking photos and she photographed herself against a purpose made backdrop.

Jo explained that her first step was to put together a background. Her starting point was a blank canvas created in Photoshop to which she added the backdrop that she had photographed herself against, an image of floorboards and lastly an image of a skirting board. Once the background was completed to her satisfaction, she added the image of herself. After this she added legs, feet, arms and hands from a photograph of a small artist’s mannequin. She then added a hand with string attached to the fingers and made it appear that it was emerging from the wall behind her. The final touch was to add strings that appeared to have been attached to her body but then cut.

At every stage Jo detailed the processes she undertook, and the adjustments she made to make the various component images fit together and look natural. This was a time-consuming exercise requiring a significant amount of work and expertise. Her well-deserved success has obviously been the result of her meticulous attention to detail as well as her enormously creative approach to photography. She explained that she can spend weeks thinking about the composition of an image and the story that she wants it to tell. Throughout her talk Jo gave useful tips about how to make the most of Photoshop and how to make composites work. Both those just starting to use Photoshop and those with more experience found this a useful and interesting talk. Jo’s style of presentation is very clear and easy to understand and this was an excellent evening.

If you would like to find out more about Jo and her work her website address is

Jo Knight is one of Keswick’s most creative members. Her images have won many prestigious awards including Honourable Mentions in 2021, 2022 and 2023 in the International Photography Awards. This is a competition that recognises photography’s leading talents. It attracts thousands of entries from over 120 countries around the world.

Tonight, Jo gave a master class in how to combine images to create a composite using a variety of tools available in Photoshop. This is a software programme designed for both photographers and graphic artists. Jo used her image “Broken but Free” to demonstrate the various techniques she employs to put together a composite. To create this particular image, she photographed herself dressed, and made up, as a doll. She said that she had used U Tube to research her makeup. Jo uses a small bedroom in her cottage as a studio for taking photos and she photographed herself against a purpose made backdrop.

Jo explained that her first step was to put together a background. Her starting point was a blank canvas created in Photoshop to which she added the backdrop that she had photographed herself against, an image of floorboards and lastly an image of a skirting board. Once the background was completed to her satisfaction, she added the image of herself. After this she added legs, feet, arms and hands from a photograph of a small artist’s mannequin. She then added a hand with string attached to the fingers and made it appear that it was emerging from the wall behind her. The final touch was to add strings that appeared to have been attached to her body but then cut.

At every stage Jo detailed the processes she undertook, and the adjustments she made to make the various component images fit together and look natural. This was a time-consuming exercise requiring a significant amount of work and expertise. Her well-deserved success has obviously been the result of her meticulous attention to detail as well as her enormously creative approach to photography. She explained that she can spend weeks thinking about the composition of an image and the story that she wants it to tell. Throughout her talk Jo gave useful tips about how to make the most of Photoshop and how to make composites work. Both those just starting to use Photoshop and those with more experience found this a useful and interesting talk. Jo’s style of presentation is very clear and easy to understand and this was an excellent evening. If you would like to find out more about Jo and her work her website address is:

https://BAMimages.net.

Julie Walker

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