Hollywood Style Compositing Tricks with Corey Barker

Take your Photoshop creativity to new levels by exploring Hollywood style compositing tricks with Corey Barker! In this class Corey teaches you how to create amazing effects using layers, brushes, masks, selections, and other Photoshop tools while building a movie poster. This project will expose you to a variety of techniques and give you a lot of ideas that you can use in other projects. Corey steps through the project from the base image to the background, and all of the cool atmospheric effects and textures that bind the final image into a masterpiece!



In Case You Missed It: Advanced Compositing in Adobe Photoshop

Get ready to take your compositing skills to the next level! Join Corey Barker as steps you through the creation of a fantasy composite image, from extracting the subject though the final touches. Whether you are using an older version of Photoshop or the latest, you’ll learn how to cleanly extract your subject from the source image, how to build a background environment around your subject, and how to blend all of the elements together using lighting and atmospheric effects to create a believable composite image with impact. Corey will show you ways to use Photoshop that you’ve never thought of before, and he wraps up the class with cool tips for adding text and blending non-human objects into your composite.

Greetings! I’s been about two years since my last guest blog post on 10 years of Lightroom Help Desk Advice, and I thought it would be a good chance to follow up with 10 more tips to help you get the most out of Lightroom Classic. 

1. Dig Into Smart Collections

Smart collections allow you to harness the power of the database inside of Lightroom Classic by leveraging the information contained in your photo’s metadata. Plus, any additional data you may have added (like keywords, titles, captions, etc.), to automate the process of finding, grouping, and organizing your photos in meaningful ways. You can think of smart collections simply as saved searches that run automatically.

Smart collections are just one of three types of collections you can find in the Collections panel. If you click the plus sign (+) in the header of the Collections panel, you can access the menu for creating each type of collection. In addition to the Smart Collection, there is the regular Collection type, which is useful for manually grouping photos together based on a common theme or purpose, and the Collection Set, which are essentially containers for other collections and enable the creation of an organizing structure for your various collections.

For example, you might have a Collection Set named for a trip or event, and then within that set, you could have a combination of regular collections and smart collections that contain relevant photos. These can be grouped together based on any criteria that suit your needs, such as dates, names of people, locations, and so on.

I typically use regular collections when I am manually going through photos and picking and choosing specific photos that I want to group together for some reason, and I use smart collections when I want to automatically gather up a group of photos that all meet the same criteria. I organize those various collections inside of relevant collection sets.

To create a new smart collection, you can use the Create Smart Collection menu in the panel header, the New Smart Collection command in the Library menu, or simply right-click anywhere inside the Collections panel to access the same Create Smart Collection menu. This opens the Smart Collection dialog box.

When it comes to creating the rules for the Smart Collection, you first need to decide if you want the photos added to this collection to match any, all, or none of the rules you go on to define by choosing an option from the drop-down menu next to Match. Leaving match set to all is the most straightforward way to get started. You can see all the possible rules at your disposal by clicking the rules drop-down menu and scrolling through the list.

Remember, the only way photos can be added to a smart collection is if they meet the defined criteria, and the only way they can be removed from a smart collection is when a particular photo no longer matches the defined criteria. There are so many ways Smart Collections can leverage the power of the Lightroom catalog and make your life simpler. Experiment and have fun!

2. Designate A Target Collection

Speaking of collections, have you discovered the ability to set one regular collection to be the “Target” collection? The Target collection has a super power, which is that you can add selected photos to the Target collection simply by pressing the B key.

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#TravelTuesday with Dave has come round again, and this week I want to jump into learning photography. I’ve been asked time and again about when I got into photography and where I learned, most recently on the Drobo blog.

I’ve told the story of my first camera many times over: – my parents got me a Nikon F40 for my birthday when I was a teenager. That’s the very short version of the story! If I were starting now, I reckon it’d be a lot quicker to make progress versus back then when I was shooting on film rather than with a screen on the back of the camera. In fact, I recently took hold of a film SLR and it was very strange that there wasn’t a screen back there!

The way I learned to shoot initially was simply by picking up the camera and shooting anything and everything—flowers, my pet dog, landscapes, people, literally anything that happened to get in my way! It was so frustrating, though, because I wasn’t immediately seeing results. Oftentimes, I couldn’t quite remember what I had done when I’d gotten things right and wrong. It was all about making mistakes, then subsequently remembering what the mistakes were!

Me shooting Blesbok in South Africa

When I moved to South Africa I had another camera, as well as my Nikon F40—I had a little digital point-and-shoot. I was learning from both together, taking the “pure photography” skills from what I was doing with the SLR and taking note of composition and colour and various other things from the digital camera, and kind of mangling and intertwining the two to form a bigger picture in my head of what was happening in photography.

It was a few years after my return to the UK that I started to take it much more seriously, investing in a digital SLR and really taking note of what an aperture really was, how shutter speed affects things, and getting my head around ISO. I discovered that I really did love photography as much as I’d thought and I stepped it up a gear again, scouring the internet for all the information that was available and investing in all manner of books for my shelf.

The truth is, moving on from then to now, that I’m still learning and I’m positive that if you ask Scott whether he’s still learning, he’ll give you that same positive answer. And, Scott is someone who I’ve learned so much from with KelbyOne and his amazing books and from shooting together.

Me with Mimo Meidany, Roberto Pisconti, Juan Alfonso, and Scott Kelby, shooting together and learning from each other

The community of photographers incorporates all of us at every skill level, and it’s a great community. It’s one which we should treasure and respect because of its value to us all because, ultimately, wherever and however you learn about photography, you’re learning from a photographer.

Speaking of learning, Photoshop World West is right around the corner, and if you’re there I’d love to meet you!

Much love

Dave

Hi, everybody! I’m back from my trip to Belfast/The Faroe Islands/Iceland. Such a fantastic time, but I’m glad to be back home, and back to work. Lots of pics and stories to share soon, but holy cow I cannot believe it’s only NINE days until Photoshop World Las Vegas.

Here’s some important stuff if you’re going (or thinking of going – it’s not too late. Airfare’s are still cheap and even though our room block is 100% sold out, you can can still get some great rates at The Mirage, our home for the conference. Details, tickets and travel info at photoshop world.com)

If you’re coming early…

There are still a few spots left in some of the pre-conference workshops (these are optional workshops held the day before the conference. Some go on location or have live shoots for you to do, some are more classroom-based, some are both). These are really popular because they give you a chance to deep dive into a particular topic you’re interested in a smaller, more intimate setting. Here are three, I know you will love (but they are all first-rate workshops from top to bottom):

The Art of Photographic Storytelling, with Karen Hutton

Karen is a creative wizard and in this workshop, you’re going to learn a process of how to be creative on the spot. It’s about learning to be an artist, instead of a traffic cam. How to think like an artist. Create like an artist. Explore new ideas and unlock your creative side. It’s part classroom, part shooting, lots of self-discovery and learning. Karen is a joy. You will learn so much about photography that doesn’t have to do with settings or lenses. Details here.

Mastering the Model Shoot, with Frank Doorhof

People come to The Netherlands from all over the world to learn lighting, posing, and how to work with models from Frank. He’s the author of the bestselling book “Mastering the Model Shoot” and he’s one of the best lighting guys out there. I’ve learned a ton from Frank’s workshops, and you will too. This is a class where you’ll be working and shooting the models, too, so bring your camera for sure. Details here.

Master The Dramatic Portrait With Joel Grimes

Joel is one of the best lighting instructors in the world, and earlier this year I saw a glimpse of what Joel will be teaching in this class, and I was blown away. You’re going to learn portrait lighting and posing techniques that are change everything for you. Joel is one of the most fun, engaging, and passionate teachers and his ability to communicate his techniques and really make it stick are what make him so special. What an amazing opportunity for some lucky photographers. Details here.

That’s just three workshops, but there are still just a few spots left in some of the others (some workshops are already sold out, so lock down your spot right now). Details here.

Grab One Of The Last Few Party Tickets Now!

Cause I’m getting the band back together, and not only are we playing live at the attendee party the first night, but we’re also inviting some of our instructors up for an “Instructor Jam Session” (Wait ’till you hear Frank Doorhof shred on guitar!). It’s going to be a fun night of music, drinks, and dancing, but there are a limited number of tickets left, so grab yours right now while you still can. Tickets here.

I’ve got a lot to work to do before now and conference – lots to get ready for, but this is such a fun time. Can’t wait to see everybody in Vegas! Hope I see you there! Whoo hoo!

-Scott

P.S. The week after Photoshop World I’m up in Boston and Philly with my new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. Come on out and spend the day with me. It’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever been to, at any price, anywhere, period! Here’s the link with more details and tickets.

If you led a photo walk as part of my 10th annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ last year, check your email — we’ve sent out invitations for you to have the first opportunity to lead a Photo Walk in your city again this year for our 2019 walk.

If you’ve changed your email address in the last year, or if for any reason you didn’t already get an invite from us, just leave me a comment here and we’ll reach out to you directly to get you set-up with a new walk this year (you can choose a different location, different route, etc.).

The official walk date and our open call to the public to lead walks are coming soon, so lock down your local walk now — it’s going to be an awesome event (and we so appreciate you leading a walk last year, and considering leading one again this year. Hope you do! :)

Update on my travels
We left the Faroe Islands a couple of days ago, and on Wednesday we spent the day shooting in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, which is a very small island just off the coast from Vik, Iceland. You can drive from one tip of the island to the other in about 15 minutes. Small as it is, it’s awesome in so many ways. Beautiful scenery, great views, fascinating rock formations, no waterfalls (at least that I could find), and photographers haven’t found this place yet so no elbowing people out of the way just to get a shot — you’ve pretty much got the place to yourself.

I’ll be sharing shots from there, also from Reykjavik and the surrounding area where we went shooting yesterday (we only had one day there, so I don’t have a ton of new shots from there, but loads from the Faroes to share when I get back). Today, by the time you read this I’ll already be heading back home. What a fun trip this has been. There are so many fascinating, fun, interesting, and just awesome places in this world, and getting to photograph them is a joy, and a blessing, and one I don’t take for granted. I’m so thankful and grateful for the opportunity (more on this later).

Gotta run — lots of flying today. :) Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! :)

-Scott



How to Make Money With Your Travel Photos with Dave Williams

Learn how to earn from your vacation photos with Dave Williams! As a professional travel photographer Dave shares his insider information on different ways you can turn your travel and vacation photos into an income stream.

In this class you’ll learn the importance of planning before you travel, how to get into stock photography and how to caption and keyword your photos so that they can be found, how to get started as an Instagram influencer, and how to network with the right people to market your work directly to the people who are looking for content.

There are endless opportunities for creating images that will appeal to tourist boards, magazines, stock libraries, hotels, and others in the travel industry. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, so join Dave and get prepared for your next travel adventure!



In Case You Missed It – The Photographer’s Guide to Traveling Right: What Gear to Take, How to Pack it, and Killer Accessories for Travel

Whether you are going on a big photo safari or a vacation with family, join Scott Kelby and Larry Becker as they share their killer tips for how to travel right.

In this class Scott covers everything from choosing the right bag for your gear, tips for ensuring you are within size and weight restrictions, what accessories can make your experience more successful, what to consider about tripods, strategies for backing up on the road, what to do when you get back home, and so much more.

All through the class Scott and Larry share their experiences and advice to help you decide what gear to bring, how to get it there, and how to bring it all home with you. Safe travels!

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