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Mastering framing and retouching - Package of courses

MASTERING FRAMING AND RETOUCHING

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Mastering framing and retouching

In short...

This course pack will provide you with all the necessary tools to obtain images that are beautifully composed and perfectly optimized thanks to retouching software tools (Lightroom and Photoshop). This is the perfect course pack to master the aesthetics of your images from start to finish!

In short...

This course pack will provide you with all the necessary tools to obtain images that are beautifully composed and perfectly optimized thanks to retouching software tools (Lightroom and Photoshop). This is the perfect course pack to master the aesthetics of your images from start to finish!

Practical info

Level : Beginner
All camera brands are accepted
Accepted cameras
Bridge or Hybrid  |  Digital Medium Format  |  Laptop computer  |  Reflex Camera SLR
7 Maximum number of participants
Duration 14h
Workshop in English

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Lightroom level 1: Organise and select your images

The knowledge of retouching software is a necessary tool in photography: thanks to programs like Lightroom, photographers can achieve the full potential of their raw images. Adobe Lightroom Software manages all the post-production steps of a photograph; from importing and organizing images, through their retouching, to exporting for printing (print, book) or digital presentation (web, slide show).

The first level of our Lightroom training courses will familiarise you with the use of this software. This workshop will be essential for you to understand how the program works, on the one hand, and on the other hand, to learn how to effectively organize and select your images. The selection and organisation phase of images is crucial in photographic post-production work. It is during this stage that stories evolve, series are constructed and a photographer's work is structured. The images selected in this step are the images that will be retouched.

This 3h30 workshop is therefore positioned before the retouching training (which will be taught in the level 2 workshop), and is a fundamental entry point into your Lightroom training... Just as a cook must be able to choose his food with taste before preparing a dish, a photographer must be able to select their images in an efficient and thoughtful way before retouching work...

During this first level of learning, you will be taught:

-The fundamentals of the program and how it works

-The different methods of importing images into Lightroom

-Sorting and selecting images within the software


Lightroom level 2: Starting to retouch images

The knowledge of retouching software is a necessary tool in photography: thanks to programs like Lightroom, photographers can achieve the full potential of their raw images. Adobe Lightroom Software manages all the post-production steps of a photograph; from importing and organizing images, through their retouching, to exporting for printing (print, book) or digital presentation (web, slide show).

The raw images that your camera is capable of producing have enormous potential, and to be able to utilise and maximise it, you need to be proficient with retouching software; adjusting exposure, adjusting white balance, tonality, contrast, correcting abnormalities are just some of the many tasks that Lightroom can do, among many other possibilities....

This retouching phase is therefore an essential part of the photographer's work. Imagine a baker not knowing how to bake his bread; his dough may have top quality dough, but if he doesn’t know how to use it his work will always remain unfinished (and inedible)... The same is true for the photographer who cannot retouch; his chain of work is cut off, he cannot perfect and embellish his work.

During this second level of learning, you will be taught:

-The different tools for image processing

-Adequate retouching formulas (practical phase of the workshop)

-The different methods of exporting images from Lightroom

-Prerequisites: you must have attended level 1 or be already familiar with the use of the software, import, sorting and selection methods


Photoshop level 1: Introduction to digital photo acquisition, development and editing

The first level of our Photoshop training course will familiarise you with the software. This course will be essential for you to understand how to use the program. This course is perfect to go beyond Lightroom and is dedicated to pure photo retouching. It will teach you the techniques necessary to obtain professional quality photographic images through post-production.

Your level of photography does not need to be extremely advanced but you should already be familiar with Lightroom as Photoshop is no longer the best tool for organising your photos and is not very accessible for beginners in software, computer manipulation or photography in general. For complete beginners in these areas, you should first familiarise yourself with the Lightroom Level 1 course.

Photoshop is an essential tool for photographers in the digital age. It has infinite potential and, as such, it is important to be able to distinguish its most efficient functions in order to achieve the desired result. Through this software, you have the possibility to interpret and realise your vision as well as finalise images and prepare them for printing. This course will enable you to completely utilise your photos to their full potential and shows you the multitude of possibilities that Photoshop has to offer for improving and optimising your shots. You will quickly become familiar with Photoshop's interface, tools and functions, and learn how to solve the most common problems encountered in photography.

The teacher will help you discover their own workflow, from the development of the digital negative (raw file) to the basics of photo retouching, through image processing with a non-destructive approach. In order to allow students to better understand Photoshop's functions and techniques, the explanations are based on real examples of digital photo retouching.

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Understand and master the Photoshop interface
  • Analyse image problems and implement the necessary tools and functions to correct them
  • Correct and improve your images
  • Adapt the knowledge acquired to your digital workflow
  • Work with text and images
  • Carry out elementary photographic montages
  • Prepare an image for printing

Composition for all

The objective of this course is to teach the guidelines of composition to new photographers. Although many established photographers tend to think that there is no such thing as “correct composition”, you will learn why these guidelines exist and can then choose if you will abide by them or not.

After you learn about composition, your eyes will start to notice the interesting shapes surrounding you. Once you have become aware of them, all you have to do is appropriately position yourself to see them appear in your viewfinder. We will discuss where the theories of composition derive from in order to have a better understanding of how relevant they are in making an interesting photo.

This workshop will teach you:

  • The theories of the rule of thirds, filling the frame, perspective, balance, leading lines, symmetry, patterns, background, depth, and cropping
  • The history of the theory of composition

You will leave the class trusting your photographic judgment, maybe even feeling that the composition guidelines are second nature to you.

The workshop is split into three sections: a theoretical explanation, a hands-on practice session, and a debriefing of the class at a nearby café. During the debriefing, we will review and discuss the class’ photographs. The workshop is composed of a theoretical part, practical training and a debriefing.


Key Details

  • The "Composition" workshop is taught in person. The Lightroom and Photoshop courses are taught online via ZOOM.
  • It is mandatory to start your training by following the 4 introductory courses about basic photographic technique (and this in a choronological way) ATTENTION: These 4 workshops are not included in this package.
  • In order to follow the Lightroom and Photoshop workshops, you need a computer with an internet connection, and working versions of Lightroom (ideally a cc version), and Photoshop.
  • Each course in this package lasts 3h30.
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