Classes in this category examine the systems of visual communication that motivate and inform both contemporary and traditional photographic post-production, modification, manipulation and mastering of the photographic image. This unique insight and analysis of both the photographic details and systems present in the post-production stage will result in a clearer understanding of how to more accurately read, interpret and convey meaning, intent and aesthetics in your final image.

These classes will explore advanced creative and technical sign systems present in both the correction and manipulation workflows of digital post production as it relates to a variety of photographic styles and aesthetics. Students will analyse both structural and conceptual input and output variances that affect the final image.

Classes in this category are suitable for the following styles of photography: Fashion & Editorial, eCommerce & Product, Portrait & Beauty, Compositing & Finished Art, Fine-Art & Film, Photojournalism & Documentary and Architectural & Landscape.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Light and Photography

Class summary: Overview of the essential principles of light, how it affects our sensibilities, and how we can relate it to an understanding of photographic light.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • An overview of the basic properties of light
  • The fundamentals of photographic light
  • The emotional and psychological effect of light in photography
  • The foundation principles of photographic light: brightness, colour and contrast

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 4h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Photographic Light

Class summary: Overview and analysis of the photographic light, it’s discrete properties, and how it relates to digital post-processing techniques and workflows.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Light, the subject and the viewer: active modification
  • Light and the photographic capture: analogue and digital
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • The difference between transmitted and refracted light
  • The difference between incident and reflected light
  • Specular vs diffuse reflection
  • Direct transmission vs diffuse transmission
  • The angle of light

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.

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Looking Versus Seeing

Class summary: Analysis of the concept of the photographic eye, the selective value systems we develop, and how we use them to process, frame, distort and edit what we see.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Expanding your vision
  • The search for order
  • How do we see?
  • Subject, object and viewer
  • Differences between looking, seeing and photographing

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

How to Evaluate, Read and Interpret Light in Post-Processing

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical foundation techniques and approaches to analyse and resolve the luminance values in your captures.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Image evaluation principles
  • Reading the negative or raw capture
  • Making your initial capture notes
  • Imaging goals and markup
  • Averaging high and low values
  • Visualisation and image values

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Analysing Your Captures: Analogue and Digital

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical principles and procedures to interpret the pictorial values in your photographs and resolve them aesthetically.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Reading photographs: the structural surface
  • Reading photographs: the aesthetic interior
  • Reading photographs: the abstract exterior
  • Deconstructing the surface and interior qualities of pre-existing photographs
  • Analysing the pictorial qualities of pre-existing photographs

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Interpreting and Communicating Your Photographic Vision

Class summary: Overview of critical approaches and methods to contextualise your aesthetic vision within the digital post-processing framework.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Meaning, connotation, denotation and empathy
  • Semantics in post-processing
  • Sense, feeling, tone and intention
  • Structural meaning
  • Arbitrary and motivated signs
  • Aberrant decoding
  • Extracoding: undercoding and overcoding
  • Meaning: systems in contact

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 8h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

The Expressive Image

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical principles and procedures to interpret the pictorial values in your photographs and resolve them aesthetically.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Defining intent in post-processing
  • Selective attention and selective perception
  • Gestalt: filling the gaps
  • Sequences in photography
  • The post-processor as an editor

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.

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Colour Theory and Perception

Class summary: Overview and analysis of colour-theory, it’s discrete properties, and how it relates to both photographic capture and digital post-production.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • The properties of waves and light: origin, spectrum and colour frequency
  • Photographic light
  • The appearance and nature of colour
  • Colour perception, subjectivity and neutrality
  • Colour theory: the colour wheel, harmony and context
  • Photographic colour, models and profiles
  • Colour space conversions: gamut mismatches and rendering intents

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Image Visualisation in Post-Production

Class summary: Overview of essential techniques and approaches to analysing the pictorial values in your photographs and resolving them aesthetically and technically.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Image evaluation and capture value analysis
  • Defining your imaging goals
  • Understanding the expressive qualities of the tonal spectrum
  • Conveying aesthetic principles through tonal volume, loudness and level
  • Black and white conversions vs colour based black and white techniques

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Image Interpretation in Post-Production

Class summary: Analysis of pictorial systems present in post-production to more accurately read and interpret meaning and aesthetics in photography.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Reading an image and considering the viewer’s interpretation
  • Balancing pictorial, compositional and aesthetic considerations
  • Interpreting depth: three-dimensional planes in two-dimensional images
  • Subtractive vs additive post processing principles

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 4h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Conveying Intent in Post-Production

Class summary: Analysis of critical principles and approaches to accurately communicating pictorial and aesthetic intent through photographic post-production.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Analysing, interpreting and expressing decisive moments aesthetically
  • Ways of seeing: controlling the eye of the viewer
  • Compositional processing: balancing both positive elements and negative space
  • Creating tension through unbalanced physical and pictorial values

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 4h.

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Formalism in Post-Production

Class summary: Analysis of structural and pictorial systems present in photography to more accurately convey intent and aesthetics in digital post-production.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Visual and aesthetic rhythms: repeating forms, values and variance
  • Pictorial volume: structural dominance, subordination, opposition and proportion
  • Visual harmony: balancing texture and tone in both colour and black and white photography

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 4h.

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Classes / Post-Production Theory

Pictorial Control in Post-Production

Class summary: Walkthrough of techniques for precise digital control, correction and enhancement of both structural and pictorial photographic values.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Value control in post-processing
  • Intensification and reduction
  • Expansion and contraction
  • Dynamics and texture
  • Place and fall
  • The full scale tonal spectrum subject

Applicable software: Photoshop; Capture One.
Running time: 6h.