Give your Photos Extra Pizzazz
Enhance your photos from the dull, lifeless images your camera can take, into stunning photos with colors that that pop.
I’ll show you the workflow I (and most professional photographers) use after taking my photos. You'll learn how to boost the colors to give your photo that extra oomph; when (and how and why) to crop to add interest; removing unwanted parts of your image and lots more.
The course contains over 2 hours of tips, tidbits and workflow. You'll see me working on the images while I explain why and how I'm making the change. All the example images I use are included, so you can follow along with me before trying the techniques on your own photos!
Video 3: Recover detail from highlights or shadows
We can’t always choose the lighting conditions, but we can use post-processing to bring out detail in too-bright highlights or too-dark shadows. In video three, we'll see how to expand the dynamic range of your images, which can help fix 'racoon eyes' when you shoot at high noon (like the image on the left). This technique can also fix images that are too dark (underexposed) or too bright (overexposed). And I'll show you how to use these techniques to create or enhance silhouettes.
Video 1: Cropping is the simplest and most effective way to improve an image in post-processing. I'll show you the best ways to crop, including how to use the 'rule of thirds' and 'golden rule' when cropping. And how your editor can help you out. Watch it now, for free!
Video 4: Do your landscapes look lifeless? Have you lost vibrancy in your detail photos? Are your images fuzzy or soft? I'll show you how to correct all these issues in your editor by subtly altering saturation, sharpenning and reducing 'noise'. Source
Videos 6 & 7: I'll show you two ways to create a 'selective color' image - where just a portion of the photo is highighted in color, with the rest in black and white. It's an effective trick that creates a talking point!
Video 6: Did you know there are an vast number of ways to convert your photo to black and white? I'll show you how to create all the variations (like below). This method is extemely powerful because you get to choose which colors to subdue and which to highlight.
Video 2: Do some of your images look a little blue (or red)? It's caused by an incorrect white balance on the camera when you took the photo. Fortunately, this 'color cast' problem is incredibly easy to correct with your image editor. I'll also show you how to use this setting to add some creative control to your images.
Video 8: Your editor comes with an advanced organizer you can use to group, sort and arrange your photos. I'll show you how to import images into the organizer; how to create collections of photos; how to group and 'stack' photos (and why you will want to); how to use star ratings; and how to quickly find just the image you need. And my stragegy for backups makes sure you'll never (ever) lose a precious memory.
Video 9: If your camera has the capability to save your images in the RAW format, this video is perfect for you! I'll show you how RAW files differ from JPG images, and how to process in your editor to take advantage of the higher capabilities available from RAW files. And once you've made your modifications, I'll explain which format is best to save your enhanced photos.
Video 5: Sunburn, pimple breakout or even freckles can ruin an otherwise brilliant photo. I'll show you how to remove them (as well as explain when to NOT remove skin blemishes). And while we're enhancing portraits, we'll also look at how to whiten teeth. I'll also present a quick technique for removing lens dust spots and film scan scratches.
Video 5: I'll even show you how to remove subjects from a scene, like the seagull here. Using this technique, you can erase distracting airplanes in the sky, garbage cans or unwanted tourists.
Video 7: With this video, you'll start to gain some real control over your images. Layer Masks provide incredible flexibility and creative control because they allow you to select which parts of the image to correct... leaving the 'perfect' parts alone. You'll also learn how to cut people from one image and paste into another (Elements and Photoshop only).
You'll receive high quality versions of all the images I use in the course, so you can make the changes right along with me!
Here's a sneak peek at the course! In the video below (video one from the course), I’ll explain exactly how to look at your photo and determine the best way to crop for maximum impact. I’ll also show you how to best straighten those slanting horizons, and how to correct vertical distortion (when the buildings seem to lean backwards in your photos).
Choose your editor below, then click Play to watch the example video from this course.
Each of my videos is tailored to the three most popular image editors on the market today - Elements, Photoshop and Lightroom. There is a different video for each editor, so you can follow along on your computer. Purchase the set matching your editor, or order multiple sets.
Photoshop Elements is the most popular image editor on the market today. It’s reasonably priced (around US$80 from Amazon) and has most of the features you’ll ever need for post production of your photos. Elements doesn't have the advanced features of Photoshop CC, but as a photographer you will rarely need these features.Purchase Now - $29
Adobe Lightroom has been designed with the photographer’s workflow in mind. It specializes in post processing your images, and in organizing many thousands of photos in your library.
The big advantage of Lightroom is that never changes your original images - it always works on a copy which means you can undo all your changes at any time.Purchase Now - $29
Photoshop CC is the grand-daddy of image editing programs. It can handle almost any editing task you throw at it! However, with that power also comes complexity. Traditionally, Photoshop CC/CS cost many thousands of dollars, but Adobe has recently switched to a reasonably priced subscription system.Purchase Now - $29
Not a problem! The techniques I show can be easily adapted for whatever post processing editor you use.
Purchase the Elements edition which will be the closest to your editor.Purchase Now - $29
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This is not just any course for using your editor. I've designed my videos specifically for photographers. As photographers, we don't want to spend hours and hours in front of a computer - we'd much prefer to be out and about with our camera. So I cover just the essentials... only the features of your editor you need to know to turn your so-so photo into a gorgeous one.
I won't be teaching advanced compositing techniques, special effects blurring, or how to merge your face with an elephant. Unless you have the right lighting and setup for all your source photos, the finished product is rarely going to look as good as you think it will.
But I will show you techniques that help you with your day-to-day photography: How to make sure your image isn't too bright or too dark; how to boost the colors (but not over-do it); creating beautiful landscapes and portraits; how to create Panoramas, HDR and 'Multiplicity' effects; what 'layers' are and how they can help you improve your images. And lots more.
My name is David Peterson and I have been teaching photographers all around the world since 2005.
My motto is "Help the world take better photos" and I plan to continue to do this by providing free photography tips on my website.
Unlike most other photography teachers, I realize that most people don't need to know the technical details of their camera to take a great shot. So my courses explain every technique in a non-technical way along with lots of examples.
It is my hope that on this website, I can help you come to that same realization too!
This post processing course provided great opportunity for me to learn an area of photography that I was nearly totally ignorant in. I learned more about Elements in the past month than I have in the two years I've owned the software! The reward of learning and then navigating through enhancements to my own photos has been huge!
Donna Girardin New York, USA
I have been looking for a course to teach me how to use photoshop elements. This course has been the perfect one. I have learned so much in this short time. Using the cloning tool, converting to black and white, levels and cropping and straightening were all areas I needed help with. I feel confident to open Photoshop and really use it now.
Nancy Crowell Alabama, USA
Wow! What can I say the best learning style. Lots of videos and photos able to be downloaded to help in the future. The videos are the best feature. Clear speaking and graphics to show me what I have to do to create stunning photos instead of just good ones.
Caroline O'Hara-Lambert Waikato, New Zealand