After a first collaboration on a workshop dedicated to digital blending in 2019 in Paris, Daniel and I are happy to propose this brand new online workshop.
The original idea here is to offer 2 workshops in 1, taking landscape photography as the main theme.
In a first session on Sunday, October 17, 2021, Daniel will present his remarkable technique in the art of mixing different exposures, in order to obtain his wonderful images. As he says himself when presenting his approach, and I quote: « straight out from the sensor is not a concept I am familiar with. I don’t pretend to represent reality, but an idealized version of it ».
David, in a second session on Sunday, October 24, 2021, will present his techniques for creating atmospheric nature images. Like Daniel, David likes to bring his own creative touch to his images.
Contents of the workshop :
Digital blending by Daniel Cheong:
Digital blending is a technique that consists of creating an image from several shots of the same subject, with different exposure times and settings, and at different times.
- Presentation of this image style:
a presentation will be made with before and after examples.
- Shooting conditions :
Tips will be given, including multiple shots in bracketing mode, and the use of ND (neutral density) filters for long exposures.
- Developing the file in Camera Raw :
the raw files, commonly called « RAW », being the most complete, since they are unprocessed by definition, it is from these that the basic adjustments will be made.
- Techniques :
- Digital Blending technique applied to landscape photography. Combination of exposures taken with different settings (ISO, aperture, speed), as well as with ND filters. Some tricks to accentuate lights and paint colours will be explained. The finalization of the image will be done with Nik Collection Color Efex filters.
- Creation of vertical panoramas (Vertoramas).
- Focus Stacking. This technique allows you to obtain a perfectly sharp image from the foreground to the background, even when the foreground is very close to the lens.
All these techniques will be shown live on Photoshop.
Sublimating nature by David Duchens :
In this session you will learn how to sublimate your landscape images, in the style you can see in the examples under the course thumbnail.
The work will be done from a photo taken in the forest, in autumn. This is the time when nature offers its magnificent palette of colours. This course will teach you techniques that will allow you to obtain results with a visual « boost » compared to the initial shot. You will be able to create different atmospheres, by playing with light, colours, modifying the sky, or even adding sun rays.
- Shooting :
technique and advice.
- Sky replacement :
You will learn how to crop the sky in the « classic » way, using separation masks (preparation on an alpha layer). This technique is very effective for selecting small elements. This will be the case here with the branches and foliage of trees.
- Colours :
Colours are one of the main elements to work on.
You will learn to use several of the most impactful settings. The modifications will sometimes be global, but most often localised. You will therefore use tools to select areas of the image.
- Atmosphere :
As you will have noticed from the images in this course, the overall mood is almost always different from the base image. You will see how to create different moods, sometimes with global applications on the image, but more often by playing on the lights and shadows in a localized way. The creation of rays of light, the dramatisation of the sky, or the creation of mist, all contribute strongly to the overall atmosphere. All these techniques will help you achieve the results you want.
- Filters :
You will discover in this course the use of several filters from the Nik Collection suite (see below the software section). Some of them contribute to work an atmosphere in a very simple way.
As with Daniel’s session, the techniques covered will be demonstrated live on Photoshop.
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 is delivered 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.
Video summary :
This workshop is accompanied by a video summary 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.
If the number of participants registered before the first date of the workshop (October 17) is higher than 30, an additional course will be offered. A new 3 hours session with all registered participants will then be organized. A date will be proposed after the workshop.
The course offered will be the one on creative effects, details of which can be found by following this link:
This course will be presented by David Duchens.
In order for you to follow the evolution of the registrations, the number of participants will be updated daily on this page.
Practical information :
Workshop leaders: Daniel Cheong on October 17 & David Duchens on October 24, 2021.
Dates and times of the workshop: Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 4pm to 7pm (afternoon) and Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 4pm to 7pm (afternoon) – Time zone : Paris -France.
Nota Bene: this workshop is only offered in English.
You can find Daniel Cheong’s work on the networks:
Facebook page: https: //www.facebook.com/danielcheongphotography
Facebook: https: //www.facebook.com/danielkhc
Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/danielcheongdubai/