Take a journey through the process of creating extraordinary images using photography and Photoshop. Go beyond ‘fixing a photograph’ and learn to realize your vision by harnessing modern digital cameras and the power of the digital darkroom.
At the conclusion of this class students will be able to: Superimpose subjects onto scenes and backgrounds, retouch blemishes, create the illusion of movement, swap heads in group photos to achieve the best combinations of facial expressions, eliminate distracting elements, capture visual assets such as sunsets, clouds and foreground elements for compositing final images.
Here’s a breakdown of how each class meeting will progress:
- See examples of work, discuss the strategy of collecting visual assets, and map out their project.
- We go to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf to shoot a collection of subjects and backgrounds for our final projects.
- Shooting in the studio. We capture foreground elements using techniques to match the lighting to our backgrounds. We also take several portraits to use for retouching and superimposing.
- In the computer lab, we learn how to use PhotoShop to cut out our foreground elements and blend them into our backgrounds. We also cover methods of converting color images to monochrome, simulating infrared, and giving photos a vintage look.
- Back in the computer lab, we conclude with our Photoshop work to finish our super-impositions, alterations and retouching. Students show and discuss their work.
Prerequisite: Photoshop for the Hobby Photography or the ability to open Photoshop, import images, and use the basic tools.