with Greg Benz


Do your images look flat? It is very challenging to create a sense of our 3-dimensional world with a 2-dimensional photograph. The dramatic light you saw may not come through in RAW files. And complex scenes can overwhelm and confuse the viewer. All of these can be addressed with dodging and burning. To help you tackle those challenges, I've created the Dodging & Burning Master Course.  

Dodging & Burning Master Course covers

Artistic principles to guide dodging & burning

How to guide the viewer's eye

How to make images look 3-dimensional

How to add sunlight

How to add backlight / sidelight

Dodging & burning with luminosity masks

Dodging & burning with RAW multi-processing

Alternative dodging & burning methods

How to add texture  

Overall luminosity masking workflow

Simplifying complex images

How to troubleshoot common issues



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Sample Edits from the Course:

What's included in the course?

This comprehensive course goes well beyond just "dodging and burning" and includes:

  • 7 hours of training videos showing how to dodge and burn to bring your RAW files to life with vibrant light and depth. Broken down into tracks for beginners, intermediate, and advanced photographers to quickly get the instruction you need.
  • All high-resolution source files for the videos (including all the images on this page) so that you can follow along for 8 different scenes. 
  • A focus on artistic principles to add dimensionality, movement, and depth to your images.
  • Multiple different scenes and chapters to address a variety of challenges in creating depth, enhancing sidelight, backlight, adding sunlight, landscapes, cityscapes, and black & white images. See the complete course outline for more details. 
  • Written course material designed to augment the videos, as well as provide links to numerous additional free resources and videos.
  • PDF summaries of all the videos with time-codes to make it easy to follow along, no matter what style of learning you prefer.
  • Quizzes to help ensure understanding and retention of key concepts.
  • Closed captions in English on all videos.
  • Lifetime access to the course.
  • Hosting on a professional learning management system to facilitate learning. This helps tie all the various written and visual aspects of the course noted above into an easy to navigate interface, along with a commenting system to interact with Greg or students in the course.

Course Bonuses

And to help you make the most of the course, it comes with several great bonuses:

  • Bonus #1: Crash course for beginners. This includes a detailed overview of several methods (including a completely novel technique to multi-process RAW files that most advanced users don't know), comparisons to show why and when you should use the various techniques, and a deep dive into the primary technique used in the course.
  • Bonus #2: Complete luminosity masking workflow. This is designed to help show dodging and burning in the context of a complete workflow, as well as provide a generalized approach you can use when working with luminosity masks. This addresses one of the most common requests I receive.
  • Bonus #3: Keyboard shortcuts reference to help dodge and burn rapidly.

Sample Edits from the Course:

Course FAQs

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone who is looking to use luminosity masks to extract more color and detail from their photos and is comfortable with the basic concepts of layers and masks in Photoshop. No previous experience with luminosity masks is required, but is not meant for photographers who have never used Photoshop. The course starts at a very basic level and then proceeds to increasingly advanced concepts as you work through the course, so that you can start at the level most appropriate for you and work toward advanced techniques. The course is broken down into clearly labeled sections so that you can easily start at the most appropriate point for your skill level. 

Is there a written version of this course or PDF?  

Yes. Every video is also paired with a PDF that lists the processing steps and rationale used, with time stamps so that you can easily find the material you need. This can also be used as a handy reference to find key sections of the video later. In addition, there are several written sections of the course that supplement the videos with more detail, as well as links to additional tutorials or other learning resources.  

Are subtitles available for the videos?  

Yes. There are closed captions in English available for all videos for those who may be hard of hearing, listening in environments which are either too noisy or require silence, not native speakers of English, or may otherwise prefer to see subtitles.

When does the course start and finish?

You will have full access immediately upon enrolling. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. And you can move through the content in any order you like.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.

Does this course require Lumenzia?

No. While the course is recorded using Lumenzia to create and use luminosity masks, the general concepts used should be applicable to other luminosity masking approaches. I don’t want anyone to be left out, so the course also includes some basic information on how you can adapt the steps shown with Lumenzia to other approaches, such as with my free luminosity masking panel. You can buy Lumenzia at a significant discount when purchased with this course (just select the upgrade option during checkout). The course is also recorded using Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) to process RAW files, but the general concepts should apply to whichever RAW processing software you may use.

How does this course compare with the tutorial videos that come with Lumenzia? 

The videos that come with Lumenzia are meant to help explain the way Lumenzia works in general, as well as details on several features which are not necessarily related to dodging & burning. The included and free Lumenzia training includes some basic information on dodging and burning, but it is only a tiny fraction of the material this course covers. By focusing on the topic, this course is able to go much deeper into the artistic principles behind making a great image, dodging & burning workflow, how to make images look more 3-dimensional, scene-specific challenges, and how to troubleshoot common issues. To avoid redundant content, the course references Lumenzia training material where basic knowledge of Lumenzia is assumed. Scroll down this page for more specifics.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

Can I download the videos?

You can use the iOS app to view the videos offline. You can also stream the content on any browser or device. This course is presented through a professional learning management system, which provides for an excellent experience by offering MUCH more than just video files. You will have quizzes to help reinforce learning, written guides to accompany the videos with time codes to easily review each step of the tutorials, access to all the digital files edited in the course, comments to ask Greg questions or interact with other students in the course, and a well designed interface to help organize and navigate all the content. The nature of this platform also enables me to improve or add to the content over time. This has proven to be extremely popular with my Exposure Blending Master Course.

The iOS app is subject to the requirements and availability of the Teachable iOS app. This requires iOS10 or later as of November, 2019.

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About Greg

Greg Benz is a professional photographer, photography and Photoshop instructor, and software developer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Greg currently focuses on landscape and cityscape photography, but has broad experience across numerous genres of photography over the past 18 years - including wedding, portrait, family, product, and sports. He is the developer of Lumenzia, the luminosity masking extension panel for Photoshop.