Classes in this category cover the principles and approaches to both digital and analogue post-production, modification, manipulation and mastering of the photographic image. Dealing primarily with communicating pictorial and aesthetic intent through photographic post-processing, these classes demonstrate how to gain a precise level of mastery over the photographic details in your images, resulting in an expertly finished final photograph.

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.

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Texture, Tone & Colour: Photographic Foundation

Class summary: Overview of the essential Photographic principles and techniques that form the foundation for advanced post-processing control.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Overview of how Photoshop views photographic details
  • Photographic texture, tone and colour
  • Advantages of separating photographic details in post-production
  • Methods to split texture/tone/colour details for local control
  • Varying the technique for different bit depths
  • Creating a set of automated actions for all purposes

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 2h.

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Photographic Tone & Colour: First Pass Techniques

Class summary: Walkthrough of initial stage of the discrete, tiered editing approach to establish photographic sensitivity and transparency.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • The difference between photographic surfaces and edges
  • The importance of discrete surface/edge separation
  • Surface editing foundation tools: the healing brush
  • Controlled Transparency: Realistic Variance vs High Radius Dampening
  • Shortcomings of both techniques
  • Selecting a radius value for your initial blur

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 3h.

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Photographic Texture: First Pass Techniques

Class summary: Walkthrough of initial stage of the discrete, tiered editing approach to establish photographic sensitivity and transparency.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • Overview of edited details
  • Overview of the ‘two tool, two layer’ approach
  • Shortcomings of initial blur radius
  • Foundation tools: Clone Stamp
  • Demonstration: discrete texture/edge editing
  • Limitations of a higher radius blur

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 3h.

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Classes / Post-Production

Texture, Tone & Colour: Second Pass Mastering

Class summary: Walkthrough of final discrete stage of a truly non-destructive tiered editing approach to control and refine photographic transparency.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Importance of second pass editing
  • Overview of the concept of photographic refinement
  • Demonstration: macro-local sharpening
  • Selecting a radius value for your initial blur
  • Local sharpening
  • Unsharpening
  • Refining the surface layers
  • Implementing variance into your workflow

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 3h.

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Digital Dodge & Burn for Photographic Transparency: Part I

Class summary: Overview of the essential photographic principles and techniques that form the foundation for precise digital dodge & burn control.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • Adjusting brushes relative to photographic details
  • The importance of pictorial qualities of light for brush settings
  • Neutral density and graduated brush strokes
  • Finding the sensitivity prop in your brush work
  • Brush palette foundations: tool and options settings
  • Opacity, flow, hardness and transfer

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h.

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Digital Dodge & Burn for Photographic Transparency: Part II

Class summary: Overview of the essential photographic principles and techniques that form the foundation for precise digital dodge & burn control.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • Brush techniques for photographic transparency
  • Making pictorial modifications relative to luminance
  • Tablet foundations: tool, options, preference and panel settings
  • Stylus and tablet techniques and exercises for photographic transparency
  • Stylus and tablet techniques and exercises for statement modifications

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h.

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Dodge & Burn for Photographic Post-Production: Part I

Class summary: Walkthrough of initial discrete stage of essential photographic dodge & burn techniques and approaches to locally control luminance values.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • Photographic Dodge & Burn
  • Dodging and burning: the tools
  • The importance of photographic dodge & burn
  • Macro- and micro- variations
  • Shortcomings of pixel level dodging and burning
  • Refining your brush palette
  • Demonstration: the soft light method
  • Demonstration: the dual curve method

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 3h.

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Dodge & Burn for Photographic Post-Production: Part II

Class summary: Walkthrough of final discrete stage of essential photographic dodge & burn techniques and approaches to locally control luminance values.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • Dodge & burn assistance techniques
  • Channel Mixer
  • Bandpass Filter
  • Inverse Target Tones
  • Demonstration: Landscapes
  • Demonstration: Portraits
  • Demonstration: Observational Photography

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 3h.

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Luminance Based Corrections: Light and Transparency

Class summary: Overview of critical principles and techniques for increasing the accuracy and photographic realism of local luminance based modifications.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • The importance of transparency in post-production
  • The biggest obstacle regarding manual dodge & burn
  • Using pre-existing light to alter the light in your images
  • Creating basic tone masks
  • Demonstration: the luminosity masking method
  • 8-bit vs 16-bit masks
  • The global/local problem

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 3h.

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Luminance Based Editing Techniques: Tone & Zone System

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical techniques and approaches for increasing the accuracy and photographic realism of local luminance based modifications.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Luminance based editing: Tone & Zone System
  • Step wedge walkthrough of traditional luminosity mask shortcomings
  • Demonstration: the Tone Masking system
  • Step wedge analysis of TM System
  • Demonstration: the Zone Masking system
  • Step wedge analysis of ZM System
  • Refining and combining selections with intersection and subtraction
  • Creating a set of actions to automate the process

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Luminance Based Editing Techniques: Transparency and Bit-Depth

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical techniques and approaches for increasing the accuracy and photographic realism of local luminance based modifications.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • The art of transparency: luminance based adjustments
  • The importance of transparency in post-production
  • The biggest obstacle regarding manual dodge & burn
  • Using pre-existing light to alter the light in your images
  • Creating basic tone masks
  • Demonstration: the traditional luminosity masking method
  • 8-bit vs 16-bit masks
  • The global/local problem

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Digital Photographic Colour: Corrections and Control

Class summary: Walkthrough of essential techniques and approaches for precise, transparent digital control and correction of true photographic colour.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Colour grade analysis and resampling for both subtle and statement edits
  • Traditional cinema grading workflow inside Photoshop for corrections and treatment
  • Demonstration: Layer/Group positioning
  • Creating a preset based colour grade system
  • Sampling pre-existing variation: a better alternative for controlled grain
  • Tone based colour adjustments with luminosity masks
  • Using the Blend-If slider to refine colour corrections and treatments

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Digital Photographic Colour: Creating Statement Grades

Class summary: Walkthrough of essential techniques and approaches for accurate, seamless digital control and aesthetic enhancement of statement photographic colour.

Fa, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • Colour grade analysis and resampling for both subtle and statement edits
  • Traditional cinema grading workflow inside Photoshop for corrections and treatment
  • Demonstration: Layer/Group positioning
  • Creating a preset based colour grade system
  • Sampling pre-existing variation: a better alternative for controlled grain
  • Tone based colour adjustments with luminosity masks
  • Using the Blend-If slider to refine colour corrections and treatments

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Digital Post-Processing Foundation Techniques

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical foundation techniques for precise digital control, correction and enhancement of luminance anchor values.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Anchor points: setting the black and white levels
  • Dynamic range: establishing shadow, mid tone and highlight density
  • Band-pass clarity: defining the dark and light quarter tones
  • Tonal delineation: global and local selective contrast balancing
  • Shadow and highlight clipping as an aesthetic tool

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 6h.

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Digital Photo Finishing & Mastering Techniques

Class summary: Walkthrough of essential techniques and approaches for precise, transparent digital photo finishing control, correction and mastering.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Ar
  • The difference between photographic surfaces and edges
  • The importance of discrete surface/edge separation
  • Tiered sharpening
  • Local sharpening
  • Unsharpening
  • Refining the surface layers
  • Inserting, controlling and combining variable bandpass structure
  • Implementing variance into your workflow

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h.

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High End Hair Correction, Enhancement and Rebuilds

Class summary: Walkthrough of complex photo-illustrative and compositing techniques for seamless, accurate hair rebuilds, enhancement and corrections.

Fa, eC, Po, Co
  • Insight: three essential forms of editing hair
  • Alternatives to merged edge/surface cloning
  • Individual strays
  • Hairline concerns
  • Clusters of hair/li>
  • Extending hair/basic high end photographic painting
  • Strays/cross hairs between inner and outer hairlines
  • Texture, tone and colour split technique

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Digital Make Up Correction, Enhancement and Rebuilds

Class summary: Walkthrough of complex photo-illustrative and compositing techniques for seamless, accurate digital make up rebuilds and enhancement.

Fa, eC, Po, Co
  • Overview of detail edits stage
  • Demonstration: fixing lip lines
  • Demonstration: fixing eyeliner
  • Eyeliner brush techniques
  • Fixing lashes
  • Lash brush techniques

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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The Art & Craft of Digital Black & White Conversions

Class summary: Walkthrough of essential techniques and approaches for digital conversion, control and enhancement of black & white photography.

Fa, Po, Fi, Pj
  • Digital Black & White conversion tools
  • Using the Channel Mixer globally, locally or stacked selectively
  • Channels as a global conversion technique
  • Using channels locally
  • Refining and combining channels with addition, subtraction and intersection
  • Calculations and Apply Image for selection, channel and layer modification
  • Tonal separation: creating definition across the tonal ranges
  • Tonal compression: creating a flatter base image for further refinement

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Recreating Traditional Black & White Filters Digitally

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical foundation techniques and approaches for digital application of traditional black & white photographic filters.

Fa, Po, Fi, Pj
  • Digital alternatives to traditional black and white filters
  • Filter recommendations for digital black and white capture
  • Digital infrared capture

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Recreating Traditional Black & White Toning Techniques

Class summary: Walkthrough of critical foundation techniques and approaches for digital application of traditional black & white toning effects.

Fa, Po, Fi, Pj
  • Post-processing toning techniques
  • Alternatives to preset based split toning techniques
  • Digital duotones
  • Tone analysis and resampling for both subtle and statement finishes
  • Consistent tone across a series of images
  • Using curves to recreate traditional analogue tonal finishes
  • Creating a preset based toning system
  • Simulating infrared film
  • Recreating analogue film edges, borders and rebates
  • Realistically simulating film grain and emulsions
  • Sampling pre-existing variation: a better alternative for controlled grain

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.

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Workflow Demonstrations and Complete Walkthroughs

Class summary: Complete start to finish walkthrough of global modular workflow approaches and demonstration of discrete tiered editing techniques.

Fa, eC, Po, Co, Fi, Pj, Ar
  • Raw processing and Photoshop: Combining Capture One with Photoshop
  • Raw processing and Photoshop: Combining Lightroom/Camera Raw with Photoshop
  • Controlled Composite workflow: non-destructive raw editing
  • Creative demonstration: Landscapes
  • Creative demonstration: Portraits
  • Creative demonstration: Observational Photography

Applicable software: Photoshop.
Running time: 4h or 8h.