Saturday, 09 Aug 2014 8:30 AM
UPDATE: Diane told me several people have asked questions about the class. So I thought a few comments might be helpful.
HOW DOES RETOUCHING FIT INTO MY PHOTOGRAPHY? Some believe the ideal photo comes straight out of the camera, or that anything involving photoshop is somehow untrue. Ask any professional: they will tell you that realization of ones vision requires a variety of tools – cameras, lenses, lighting, AND post-production. Even point-and-shoot cameras post-produce your images by adjusting saturation, levels, curves, sharpness, and more. The only difference is that the public is generally unaware the camera makes these decisions for you. My approach is to take control of ones vision, complete your image consistent in a way that expresses your own intention.
WHAT PREREQUISITES ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS: Beginners and experts alike will walk away with tools and a sense of direction as to what is possible with your photography. That said, some idea of what image adjustment programs can do (not necessarily how to use the tools) will be helpful.
AM I READY FOR THIS CLASS: To be really honest with you: no one is ever ready for a class that may change how you see your photography. That’s right, I said photography. Retouching is not distinct from your capture. The ultimate purpose of retouching is to complete that part of pre-production that cannot be accomplished within the camera alone. There are MANY WAYS in which people use photoshop from creating artwork that never started with a camera to abstractions one might not even know was a photograph. My style is photo-realism. When I complete an image for a celebrity or professional photographer, my objective is that no one know the image ever saw photoshop. Trust me, that is far more difficult than the photoshop faux pas on the web.
IS IT WORTH THE MONEY: A month ago, I gave this lecture in Spain: class fee $5000. Three weeks ago, I sat in on a class on high-end retouching: class fee $2000. I have been asked to give this lecture in Canada: class fee $500. Diane and I – and for that matter all the instructors at TCPG – set class fees to maximize the value for TCPG – because it is our objective to create a community of creative and capable photographers. It is my sincere hope that you will walk away thinking this class was worth many times the class fee.
Our resident high-end retoucher, Rick Allen, has taught a series of classes over the years on the art of retouching. “Philosophy of Advanced Retouching” and “Vision of Advanced Retouching” taught the WHY and HOW of Rick’s techniques. Rick dissected the WHATs of his process with two classes: “Zones in Retouching” (seeing elements of an image) and “One-Light Portraiture” (seeing directionality and wrap of light).
Rick is now completing the HOWs of retouching with a comprehensive, 6-hour, 2-part workshop on “Combining Art and Technique in High End Retouching.” We will discuss hardware and software requirements, how to speed your work with User Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts, and then get into Photoshop with in-depth discussions, such as the all-important brush tool and suggestions for workflow. Rick will finish the morning with a discussion of Design Tools and Intentions. In the afternoon, we will discuss what we’ve learned by reviewing several images and and end with an extended “start to finish” session where Rick will touch a portrait of a model he photographed just a few weeks ago in Barcelona.
Whether you are a photographer who simply wants to learn how to more efficiently retouch, or if you get jobs where you need to deliver the highest possible quality image, this class is for you. Rick’s schedule often conflicts with teaching as often as we would like, so don’t miss this opportunity. The workshop is open to Members and Non-Members alike.
MORNING SESSION 8:30am – 11:30am
- Define the various types of retouching
- Hardware and Software requirements
- User Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop and associated tool
- The All-Important Photoshop Brush – Options and Suggestions for Use
- Workflow Suggestions
- Design Tools and Philosophy of Use in Retouching
30 minute “bring your own” LUNCH break
AFTERNOON SESSION 12:00pm – 3:00pm
- Review of Un-retouched images: Intention and Approaches
- Retouching a Portrait Image – From Start to Finish
FEES AND CLASS SIZE
You may sign up for the morning or afternoon sessions individually, or get a discount for attending both. Note: the afternoon session will build on ideas discussed in the morning session.
Morning only $45 $60
Afternoon only $45 $60
Full Day (am & pm) $80 $110
If < 12 people sign up by Sunday midnight, August 3, the workshop will be cancelled. If the class fills up, call Diane and she will put your name on a waiting list. The automatic enrollment is limited to a maximum of 22 (including the hosts) to assure that students will be able to ask questions.