8.1 Centipede Athene 2014 0154

Creating Fine Art Architectural Images

Event info

This will be 5-part series of online workshops for up to 6 people.  The ticket price covers all five workshop sessions.  Tickets will go on sale on 5th September.

Learn how to create fine art black-and-white architecture and seascape images in the style of award-winning Belgian photographer Noel Baldewijns. Noel’s highly dramatic images result from a combination of composition, photographic technique and skilled post-processing. During this 5-week series of 2-hour online workshops, Noel will explain his approaches to image capture and give in-depth instruction in his processing techniques.

Please note: basic prior knowledge of Photoshop will be required!

During the five sessions Noel will cover:

  1. Basic masking: step by step you will learn the basic techniques in using layers and masks. The white mask, black mask, painting in a mask, gradients and then some real examples. Further you will learn to create dramatic skies using this layers and masks. At the end of the session Noel will send you a photograph asking you to apply the revealed techniques and ones done you can send it to him to for a short discussion.

  2. The most important selections techniques:

    1. The pen tool, the free form pen tool, the curvature pen tool, what is rubber band etc…

    2. Selecting a complex item using and combining the different pen tools

    3. Select and mask techniques and how to select a different trees

    4. Channel masking, combining the different colour modes

    5. Blend if, when and how to use

    6. Editing and selecting in quick mask mode

    7. Create a brush according to your needs

    8. Different other techniques like focus area selection and colour selection,

  3. The different blend modes

  4. Luminosity masking introduction: what are they, how to create them, make an “action” in Photoshop, where to find free panels on the internet. There will be 2 examples on digital blending using luminosity masks, one architectural image and one seascape

  5. Luminosity masking part 2: we dive in the chiaroscuro techniques of Leonardo Da Vinci and others, analyse them, and the apply them in our post-processing. For this we use dodge and burn combined with luminosity masking, intersecting soft with hard selections and gradients.

  6. Understanding colour for B&W photographers, how to create drama using colour filters and sliders

  7. Here we emphasise the techniques used in the field. How to prepare on a shoot, different long exposure techniques, panorama technique. Once I am out how do I start, and how do I take my shots?

Whilst this workshop will concentrate on architecture, some worked examples will also feature other forms of landscape images.


The workshops will be conducted in English and timings are stated in UK time.

To participate in this workshop you will need a computer with a webcam and a reasonable internet connection.  

You can find more about this Belgian photographer on his website at www.noel-baldewijns.com



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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


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Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

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