Natural Decay Still Life Retouch

This live show follows on from our live still life shoot, where Karl photographed a natural decay image inspired by the historical Old Masters paintings.

As Karl works through the images shot during the show, you’ll see the post-production process and the techniques used to add the final finishing touches to the image. These include techniques such as focus stacking, working in Camera RAW, adjusting colour and contrast, burning and dodging, using Selective Colour, and how to increase and decrease clarity in images.

This informative show provides a great overview for anyone wanting to learn how to control colour in an image, the tools to use to do this, and the points to consider to achieve the best results.

Topics covered in this show include:

  • Retouching still life photography
  • Using Adobe Camera RAW
  • Using Selective Colour adjustments
  • Burning and dodging in Photoshop
  • Adjusting colour and contrast in a photo
  • Selective sharpening
  • How to create a blurred effect in Photoshop

To learn more about concepts such as focus stacking, colour theory, or using Curves adjustment layers, take a look at our full post-production course.

If you missed the live shoot, you can watch the full replay here.

Comments

  1. Ciao Karl ho seguito con molto interesse questo workshop, volevo chiederti con la messa a fuoco come ti comporti visto che gli oggetti anno diverse distanze focali , con la profondita di campo? oppure hai usato tempi molto chiusi? Purtroppo non parlo la lingua Inglese e faccio fatica a seguire se non a intuito e la mia esperienza, hai mai pensato di mettere dei sottotitoli in Italiano ? Grazie della risposta e complimenti

  2. Hi Karl, When it comes to sending clients your pictures. What format do you send them in, also color range, crop etc.
    Would be great with a video like this,

    1. Hi Kaptenfish, that’s covered in our post production courses and other courses I believe but to give you a quick summary I usually supply my clients, full resolution tiffs 16bit (flattened image Adobe RGB 1998) and 4000px jpegs for quick previews and web in sRGB.

  3. HI KARL.
    ABOUT THE Q&A OF WHY USE TIFF INSTEAD OF PSD OR JPEG, IS BECAUSE TIFF IS THE STANDARD FILE FORMAT FOR HQ PRINTING (USING CMYK MODE, OF COURSE) AND PROVEN TO BE MORE RELIABLE TOWARDS QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN PRESSES

    1. Hi David, I think Ted’s question was more to do with the post production working as working in PSD is slightly quicker (read/write) in photoshop and of course you can ‘save as’ tiff at the final stage. As it happened I had to save this file as a PSB, large document format because it was too big as a tiff which has a 4GB limit. But yes my experience is that printers and repro houses do seem to prefer tiffs.

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