James Porto creates the most detailed and realistic photo collage and montage pieces for many of the world's biggest publications, including Wired, Business Week, and New York magazine. American Photo magazine says, "James Porto is an artist of immeasurable talent; his unique vision and immense technical skills have placed him in the vanguard of contemporary photography." So it's no wonder that we've invited him back for a second entry in our Inspiration Section.
While getting the files in order for his new page, we took the opportunity to ask James if he had any advice to give to those learning Photoshop. "As far as advice on Photoshop, my basic credo is, there are no easy ways to make a great image — you need a great idea, great original photography, and a lot of patience to attend to all the details that make these assemblies look natural and striking. Perspective, light quality, light direction, shadows, and edge quality all need to be attended to with great care to make a convincing illusion."