Tabletop Photography: The basis for all photographic imaging. Explore the basics of photography with tabletop photography and why it needs to be a part of every photographer’s repertoire.
Digital Photography Basics: Explore histograms and the related topics of white balance. Learn about camera functions and reasons for the controls that we all have learned to have a love hate relationship. A must for new photographers and those who would like to delve more into the intricacies of digital photography.
Flash Photography Basic Hows and Whys: Most cameras come with a pop up flash of some kind but is it the best for your purpose or should you use an external flash unit. Which unit?
Off-Camera Flash: This program will deal with the ability to remove your flash from your camera, coordinate that flash with camera functions, and create beautiful imagery of studio like quality with a simple off-camera flash set up. A demonstration of infrared controls radio controls and manual flash functions will take place. By the end of this program you will have gained the knowledge necessary to step into the world of professional off-camera flash photography. Challenging and technical with results that every photographer dreams of.
White Balance/Histograms Lead the Way: A more technical evaluation of the histogram and the 8 bit vs. 12 bit and 16 bit color systems. Not for the faint of heart.
Photoshop™ Layers: The mystery explored: How can we use layers to make our images better? An in-depth discussion of smart objects and CS6.
Nik (Google) Software: Image development on steroids. For those users who feel that they have many images to process and wonder how pros use available software and Photoshop™ to not only speed work-flow but create dynamically outstanding images.
Lightroom™: This program focuses on why Lightroom™, what it can accomplish, and how it integrates into the work flow system. Programs can be advanced or beginner with up to 16 hours of training.
File Management: Where did I put those images? The most important step next to collecting the image. This program walks you through the process of selecting, deleting and managing your database of images.
HDR: From start to finish, explore the proper procedures for capturing your images. We then move on to the post production side of the process. This program includes a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of major HDR software along with a explanation of a step-by-step process that will allow you to create images from the natural to the artistic.
Less is More: A critical evaluation of images. What makes a strong image? What can we do as artists to enhance that assessment? How do we define emotion in an image? Can we really create depth that is believable and compelling? All of these questions and more are answered in this program designed to stretch our imagination and demand more of us as artists.
Natural Light Portraiture: Explore the basics of light and classical portraiture in the basic form, one light source, the sun, and nothing but our brains and skill set, to achieve all the classical forms of portraiture. Topics include broad lighting, short lighting, split lighting, butterfly, and Rembrandt lighting. Once you see the light, you can control your output.
Digital Painting: Explore the world of digital painting using Photoshop™ CS6 and Corel Painter. Your world as a photographic artist has its limitations. Albeit it the boundaries are quite large. Digital painting allows us, as artists, to move beyond reality and create that which we have only dreamed of. Come and explore this challenging and creative use of our digital world.
The Exploration of Light: In order to truly understand photography we must look first to the light. It is one thing to see the light and quite another to understand the light. As professionals, we often need to understand more than see, so that we can manipulate the light to our desires. We will explore direct reflection, diffuse reflection, angles of influence, specular light as well as diffuse shadow and shadow. We will compare polarized light and unpolarized light and how to use it to your advantage. Come and explore light. The foundation of understanding our photography.
Helicon Focus: Depth of field has always been a limitation/curse/asset depending on our vision of the required image. We use long lenses, we use f-stops to control, but these are not all the tools that we have to work within the digital age. We now have the ability to combine stacked images of varying focal planes together to create impossible images only a few years ago. Come and explore the difference.
Tripods and Stabilization: If you have to have one piece of equipment for photography besides the camera, it is the tripod. Let’s compare the kinds, style, and qualities that we look for. Find out why oftentimes with tripods, you get what you pay for. It’s a lifetime investment and one that you should not take lightly. Examples of proper and improper use of stabilization will be shown along with a discussion of methods to trigger your camera.
Lens Selection: In this program we will look at the variety of lenses available to the average photographer and the reasons for selecting a particular lens. The discussion will take place of evaluating lens quality and function as well as an in-depth analysis of potential problems and concerns when using individual lenses. Focal length will be discussed and evaluated for both full frame sensor cameras as well as compact sensors. Come and explore the fascinating subject and learn how to make your images sing with emotion.
Light Meters: Learn about the varieties of handheld light meters, their operation, and the reasons why oftentimes a handheld light meter will provide you with critical information to evaluate different lighting situations. This program will show you how to use your camera’s built-in light meter and help you understand limitations. We will also discuss exposure compensation settings, when and how to use them.
Photoshop Portraiture Touchup: Learn the basics of portraiture touchup. Although using Photoshop™ CS6, users of Photoshop Elements™ will find the same techniques readily available. We will discuss eye touchup, complexion touchup, eye enhancement, stray hair, teeth whitening, eye whitening, and so much more. Designed as an introduction to portraiture touchup, this program will also cover many advanced topics.
Image Sizing: What do you mean image size? The image is what the camera gives me. This statement could be no further from the truth. Image size is something that we all need to understand thoroughly. As a photographer, you need to know what is required for the web, for print, and for the lab. It is up to the photographer to make certain that his or her image is sized and rendered in the appropriate color space for the end user. A discussion of color spaces including Pro photo RGB, Adobe RGB 1998, and sRGB will be a part of our overall analysis of image sizing and manipulation to provide an end-user with exactly what they desire. We will discuss how to properly manipulate image size and understand resolution.
Photoshop Actions: Adobe Photoshop is a powerful tool that continues to grow in its capabilities and time-saving methodologies to make life easier for photographer. However as a by-product of that life-changing attitude, Photoshop has become a world unto its own. Let’s explore one particular cavern — Photoshop actions — and show you how with a little patience, some knowledge, and effort you can make your life easier and more fulfilling. In this class we will develop custom-designed actions that anyone can make and use in their photographic career.
Photoshop Masks: What is a mask and how can it be used in our postproduction processing of imagery to enhance the smallest of details? How do masks work, how are they defined, and how do we create soft mask edges to make our selections appear natural? All of this and more will be discussed in a program not designed as a Photoshop class but as a primer into masking and how it works in the digital world.
Luminosity Masks: Luminosity masks are one of the more advanced techniques available to control the lighting in your images in a very controlled manner. By using the channels in your image we are able to select varing degrees of light selected, and use that selection to create very specific masks for tonal adjustments and so much more. This is the ultimate in fine art control of your imagery. Not for the novice, but a must for any professional.
- Multiple Off camera flashes
- Balance of ambient light and Flash
- Posing for that fashion look
- Creating inspiration with angles
- Painting with light - the digital form.
- Understanding client desires
- Post production, the next generation.
- Compositing to sell.