This workshop is the result of a brand new collaboration with Olivier Rocq, photographer and Lightroom / Photoshop trainer. Olivier is well known for his photographic work, and the quality of his training.
Architecture in black and white is the theme of this workshop, with a real originality in its concept. Indeed, Olivier will process images using only Lightroom. On his side, David will process an image with Photoshop.
This workshop will allow you to learn 2 technically different approaches.
At the end of the two courses, you will be able to have a global vision, and the choice to process your images in black & white with Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
Contents of the workshop :
Architecture in black & white with Lightroom by Olivier Rocq :
Sunday 03 April 2022 :
Olivier will teach you how to make Fine Art architectural images in Black and White. The term Fine Art is used here because the result comes from an artistic vision of the scene, rather than a faithful treatment of reality. In order to achieve this, all the techniques for resculpting the light as desired will be studied. You will discover the latest technological improvements in Lightroom 2022 (Ligthroom Classic - Version 11), notably in the masking possibilities, allowing more complex selections than previous versions of the software allowed.
The techniques that allow you to explore the maximum selection possibilities that Lightroom offers, by pushing it to its limits, will be explained to you. You will learn how to master the radial and linear gradient filter masks, with their different addition, subtraction and intersection modes, as well as the advanced use of the brush with tips for obtaining more precise selections.
You will study, through the work of light, how to give relief to architectural volumes, how, through localized darkening techniques or with the help of the two types of correction tools, you can simplify the scene, in order to achieve a more minimalist reading.
You will learn how to evaluate the light measurement first perceptually and then absolutely by reading the values in Lab. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to render a completely black or completely white sky. Olivier will even show you how to simulate some cloud trails in long exposure style!
The demonstrations will be carried out on 3 images.
Architecture in black & white with Photoshop by David Duchens :
Sunday 10 April 2022 :
- Presentation of this image style: you will be presented in a few words the technical and creative approach to these monochrome images.
- Shooting conditions: advice will be given on how to obtain optimal images for initial retouching, starting in the best conditions.
- Development of the file in Camera Raw: the raw file, commonly called "RAW", being the most complete, since it is not processed by definition, it is from this file that the basic adjustments will be made. Also, a few preference settings will be proposed to you, notably concerning the opening of files in general in Photoshop.
- Opening the image in Photoshop : at this point, some additional adjustments will be made to the image.
- Interface settings: Here you will also study some interface settings. These will be useful in a general way, but especially for working on the type of image that interests us here. In particular, you will learn about image straightening techniques, which are often very useful in architectural photography.
- The necessary tools: the main tools used will be explained (in particular: selection tools, blend masks, adjustment layers, dynamic objects and filters). If the possibilities and choices are varied in the use of Photoshop, I will propose here simple and effective choices.
- Converting the image to black & white: two methods and the necessary adjustments are discussed.
- Preparation of selections : this is where the creative process will begin. Here you will learn to make your choices, selecting different areas of the image, and thus preparing it for the next steps.
- Creating light: you will learn the different techniques that will allow you to create the light related to this style of images.
- Replacing sky : if it is present in the composition (which is almost always the case), you will learn how to replace it, and give it different effects (spun, etc.).
- Creating the general atmosphere: at this stage, several techniques will be explained to you, in order to create the final atmosphere of the image. In particular, work on contrasts will be explained.
- Corrections and finalisation: this will involve making any minor alterations. Two additional techniques will be studied, allowing to refine the atmosphere in terms of the play of light. Finally, a few tricks to improve certain aspects of the image will be explained.
- Image recording : choice of format in high definition and for the web.
Questions / Answers :
During the different stages of the 2 workshops, questions may be asked.
Also, 30 minutes will be devoted at the end of the workshop for a question and answer session.
Course of the workshop:
This workshop will be held online (via the Internet), and live. The ZOOM video conferencing application will be used. The connection is established in a few clicks. You do not need to create an account or subscribe to Zoom to participate in the workshop. An invitation link will be sent to you by e-mail before each session. You will then simply be asked to download the application, in order to get the user interface. It is very easy to learn. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
This workshop is accompanied by a video for each session.
It is recorded live during the workshop.
The video will be sent to you in MP4 format, via WeTransfer, after each session.
Working files :
The image files used during the 2 sessions will be sent at the same time as the videos.
For Olivier's course, Lightroom Classic version 11.1 is used. A number of techniques are explained using the latest features added to the software, notably masking.
For David's course, Adobe Photoshop is used. A recent version is not necessary (minimum CS6).
Note, if needed, that a free 7-day trial version (Lightroom and Photoshop) is available on the Adobe website.
Workshop leaders: Olivier Rocq on Sunday 03 April and David Duchens on Sunday 10 April 2022
Dates and times of the workshop: Sunday 03 April 2022 from 4pm to 7pm and Sunday 10 April 2022 from 4pm to 7pm
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Nota Bene: this workshop is only offered in French.