Robert Benevides
Benefex Studio, 2006


 

Let's learn more about how Rob Benevides has fused his personal pursuits and professional skills, and where Primatte fits into this amazing project.

Rob says, "I have been a special effects make-up artist for the past 20 years, hence the creatures you see in my photos. I also teach SPFX Make-up at NYU here in New York City, where I am full time faculty. I got into photography about two years ago and have been using Photoshop for over five years.

"These photos are from my personal project 'Las Guerreras' which is a project consisting of different female warriors through the ages. My plan is to put together a fine art book or have a gallery opening. Graphic novels are something I am considering right now as well.

"I create everything you see in the photos: the effects, the costumes, lighting, etc. My workflow consists of shooting the actors against a greenscreen. I shoot exclusively with a Canon 20D digital SLR. And I light with movie lights!

"I photograph the subjects standing on whatever the 'floor' should be. In the case of the Mummy Warrior images, it was sand from Home Depot! I also shot a miniature landscape that I use for the background. The skies are all real as well.

"After the photoshoot, I use Primatte to pull the keys and to reduce color spill. Then I recompose the elements, like doing last minute touch ups, adding blooming, lens flares, smoke, etc. I really like Knoll Light Factory and use those plugins in every photo.

"All this work is done using Primatte. I'm working really hard on this project. It means a lot to me that people who make great tools appreciate the work that I am doing too!"

 

Final piece, entitled 'Captured'. This image depicts the ancient warrior Mariposa, who defeated an entire army of Aztec mummies.


Original greenscreen photo and final piece for 'Final Battle', also depicting Mariposa.


 

Original bluescreen photo for 'Little Red Leaves'.

Final piece, entitled 'Little Red Leaves'. This illustration depicts the fable character Little Red Riding Hood, who slew a wolf to save her grandmother.


 

Original bluescreen photo for 'Triumph'.

Final piece, entitled 'Triumph', also depicting Little Red Riding Hood


 

You can see more of Robert Benevides's work at www.benefexstudio.com