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.
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:
This comprehensive course goes well beyond just "dodging and burning" and includes:
And to help you make the most of the course, it comes with several great bonuses:
Sample Edits from the Course:
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 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.
Yes. Every video also includes is 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.
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. They are available both when viewing the course streaming or viewing offline via the iOS app.
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 does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.