Dramatic Lighting and Retouching for Bodypainters

Take your bodypaint photos to the next level with this one day, hands on, class.   In this workshop you’ll learn the lighting and editing techniques I use to add drama and mood to create beautiful photos.  The class is designed with bodypainters in mind, with the goal of keeping things simple, quick, and easy.

Irises – Bodypaint by Trina Merry

The first half of the day will be devoted to leaning about lighting.  We will review various lighting styles to enhance your painting, and then we’ll put these ideas to use in a hands on session, shooting a model with your own camera.   You will learn the ins and outs of using lighting gear (off camera flash, hot light, remotes, umbrella), what manual camera settings to use, balancing ambient light and flashes, and how to solve common problems related to lighting painted models.  You don’t need a studio to use what you’ll learn here, and the gear needed costs less than $150.  Students will be given a list of everything used in class.

The second half of the day will be all about editing bodypaint photos.  I’ll walk you through, step by step, the Lightroom and Photoshop techniques I use to create my images.   We’ll cover topics like: RAW vs jpg, correcting color cast, adding missing paint, correcting painting errors, adding strength and drama using advanced tools for contrast and clarity, using filters, and adding additional light and shadow to focus the viewer’s attention.  I’ll cover the Develop module in Lightroom, Photoshop masks and layers, useful shortcut keys for editing, and powerful Photoshop plugins.   This will be both a lecture, and a hands on section where you’ll use Photoshop with my coaching.

Students must bring a camera that supports Manual mode and has a hot shoe socket for a flash.  You will also need a laptop with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, and Google Nik Collection installed.    Most editing techniques taught should work with earlier versions of Lightroom and Photoshop, but some features are only in CC.

About the Instructor
Ronald Nelson is a professional photographer with over fifty bodypaint shoots, and thousands of hours of editing, under his belt.  He is a master of Photoshop and lighting, a frequent collaborator with The Human Art Collective, and a passionate teacher.

Date:  TBD.  9am-6pm
Location: San Francisco
Maximum Participants: 3

Cost: $200
Payment due one week before class.
Full refund up to one week before class.  50% refund after that.
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