Lesson 1: Creating a Sepia-Toned Image
The appeal of sepia toning is as venerable as the process is old. Now you can use high-bit-depth Raw images to create a sepia effect. The range of toning options is limited only by your imagination. After conversion, we will add refine the sepia effect in Photoshop CS2. Sidebar: Discover the range of toning options.
Assignment: Capture a portrait or still life image suitable for sepia toning.
Lesson 2: Combining Black-and-White and Color Images via Smart Objects
Processing a Raw image twice and placing the images as Smart Objects in Photoshop allows you to combine a black-and-white interpretation of the Raw image with a color version of the image ... all with the ability to go back and refine or reinterpret both files independently. Sidebar: The advantages of using Smart Objects.
Assignment: Capture a still-life or other image suitable for black-and-white and color rendition.
Lesson 3: Toning Effects for Creative Interpretations
Capturing an image is the first step in creative vision. Processing the image is your opportunity to apply your personal vision and creative interpretation to the image through the use of color manipulation, saturation control, and creative use of color temperature and tone. Sidebar: Looking at the modern masters of creative image interpretation.
Assignment: Capture a landscape or still life image suitable for creative interpretation.
Lesson 4: High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Images, the Next Frontier of Digital Imaging
Seldom discussed and challenging to master, high-dynamic range (HDR) imaging combines a series of bracketed frames in extremely high resolution, combines them, and lets you interpret the results to create a final image that reveals stunning detail in the shadows while retaining detail in the brightest highlights. The result is an image in which the detail seems supernatural for a photograph. HDR imaging is likely the next frontier of digital imaging, but it is one that you can explore today to create amazing images.
Assignment: Capture a series of six bracketed images of a home interior or exterior or landscape that has a high dynamic range.
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How advanced should I be to take this course?
You should have a good understanding of: (1) How to capture a well-exposed Raw image with your digital SLR, (2) how to process a Raw image in Adobe Camera Raw, and (3) a basic working knowledge of using Photoshop CS2 to complete image editing.
Can I use the techniques in this course for any type of photography?
Yes. While some techniques are best suited for one or another type of photography - e.g., sepia toning for still life and portraits - the course offers a broad enough range of techniques that you'll have ample opportunity to apply them to all types of photography.
Will I need special gear to complete the course?
You must have a tripod for the High Dynamic Range lesson, and your camera must allow you to bracket exposures by shutter speed or to shoot in Manual mode so that you can capture a sequence of images bracketed by shutter speed. You will also need access to a computer with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS2 to process images.
Will the course include shooting tips as well as Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop instruction?
Yes. Regardless of the creative interpretation applied after capture, great pictures begin in the camera. I'll provide ideas to inspire you for shooting assignments and tips to help hone your skills behind the lens.
What's so special about High Dynamic Range imaging?
High Dynamic Range imaging is special because it takes you well beyond the current digital capture range that is generally 16-bit images with 65,536 shades of gray. With HDR imaging, you combine six to 10 bracketed exposures into a 32-bit image with 4 billion stepless shades of gray. And that's how you can maintain detail in bright highlight and deep shadow areas.
Why do creative interpretation in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop?
The best place to do creative interpretation is in Camera Raw, where you are working with image data in a non-destructive environment. As a result, you get the highest resolution image available and that translates into additional editing headroom when you take the images into Photoshop for final editing.
Does this course cover the Elements version of Camera Raw?
No. The course is designed just for the full version of Photoshop.
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Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.
Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.
For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.
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