Have you taken an amazing photograph in the field, only to get home and load it on your computer where it looks dull and flat? We have all been through this and it can be incredibly frustrating to be unable to translate what you saw in the field to the final product in Lightroom or Photoshop.
In this class we will share with you a unique approach to processing your images in Lightroom that breaks down the process into the fundamental elements of a photograph; colors and tones.
This simple approach tackles color and tones separately to make it easy for you to visualize each element without the other interfering with your perception. We will not be using presets, instead we will be showing you how each tool works so you can apply this to your own images.
Much of the workshop will be focused on Lightroom processing, but we will also show you what you can achieve in Photoshop using luminosity masks to extend your creativity using burning and dodging techniques. We know Photoshop can be overwhelming so we will not get over-technical and overwhelm you. We will give you a simple approach that you can actually use without years of study.
Finally, we will also give presentations on composition along with other nature photography techniques such as focus stacking, hyperfocal focusing, small scenes, and more.
This was my second workshop with Exploring Exposure, and the experience has been top-notch on both. The scouting is great, and David knows where to be at the optimal time. David is an expert in nighttime photography and post-processing, and presents excellent imaging sessions. Relaxed atmosphere. Joined by his partner, Jennifer Renwick, who is an accomplished photographer in her own right. Locations are not only the well-known iconic spots. Ideal workshop for an advanced amateur.
David walked us through his post-processing procedures using similar images that we captured during the workshop. Watching his approach improved my processing skills immensely. I loved the post-processing sessions!
Highly professional and valuable
I learned a tremendous amount of post-processing. I especially liked learning alternate and better ways of doing things than the beginning instructional books about post processing give. …. The instructors were exceedingly helpful both in the field and in the classroom, making themselves available to everyone. The ratio of instructors to students was perfect. …. They made good use of what was given to us ( marginal weather), so it was definitely not a wash. … The Navajo guides were very good. The locations were amazing. I can see why people keep returning to take the same classes again. We can learn new things each time as our skills improve.
What You Will Learn
- How to read a scene to create compelling compositions using shapes, lines, visual mass, texture, and more
- Reading weather and lighting conditions to know when to go out on your own in the right light
- Depth of field and hyperfocal distance to help you create sharp photos
- Achieving maximum sharpness using focus stacking
Post Processing for Beginners
- Making dull RAW files pop in Lightroom and keeping files organized
- Use of local adjustments for dodging & burning, and many more creative opportunities
- Using white balance to create mood in your images
- Properly sharpen and reduce noise for maximum image quality
- Stitching panoramas easily in Lightroom
- Exposure blending using HDR for natural looking results
Post Processing for Advanced users
- Exposure blending using luminosity masks to create balanced, natural looking images
- Focus stacking using Photoshop and/or Helicon Focus for maximum depth of field
- Blending different focal lengths to correct for wide angle diminishment
- Creative burning and dodging techniques to bring focus to your subject
- Using the Orton Effect to add glow to your highlights
- Creating drama with Light Bleed
- Using Midtone Contrast to make images pop off the screen
- Sharpening for web and print
We encourage you to find your unique style of creativity with focused training based on your style and skill level. You will experience a rigorous learning experience in the classroom to take your photography to the next level.
We understand everyone comes to workshops at different points in their photography journeys. We will be there to guide and help you, whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter. There is always something to learn about photography, and we will do our best to help you find your creative vision.
Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you. With our small group size, we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, and there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.
What is Included
What is Not Included
What is the cancellation policy?
- If you cancel 90 days prior to the workshop we will refund your initial payment minus a $100 fee.
- 90 days before the start of the workshop, we will refund your initial payment only if we can fill your spot.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend trip insurance to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop. We recommend Travelguard or World Nomads.
We reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. we are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or accommodations, and for this reason we also recommend the purchase of trip insurance. We will give you plenty of advance notice if we are considering a cancellation.
What to bring?
- A laptop with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, and the TKPanel installed and activated.
- Pencil and paper for notes