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Developing a Personal Style by Taking Control of Colour

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An online workshop for 6 participants.  Tickets will go on sale on 1st April.

Controlling colour in our images allows us to define the mood of our shots, influence the emotional response of the viewer. When combined with a larger body of work it creates a sense of cohesiveness, meaning and purpose for the images. Over time, the creative and precise use of colour also helps to define the personal style of the photographer.

With Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop offering ever more control over colour at virtually every stage of the post-processing workflow, it can be tempting to push and pull sliders and make adjustments to settings without really understanding what we are doing. In time a portfolio can become messy and lack a professional and precise look and feel .

Of late, a raft of Lightroom and Camera Raw presets have flooded the market, offering post-processing utopia, but significantly over promising. As well as leaving customers out of pocket, they tend to lead photographers into creative and technical dead ends. Controlling colour ourselves is challenging, but once mastered, it can transform and uplift a photographer's portfolio.

This 3-part workshop, led by David Rosen over three days, has been designed to help simplify the process of colour control, by walking you through every aspect of the process and how to manage it during post processing.

Day one

How we see and remember colour will be explained, together with basic colour theory. A short examination of how colour is used effectively in cinematography to create mood and drama and what as photographers we can learn from this will be explored.

Managing and specifying raw images will be described, together with how colour space can affect both your processing options and the appearance of the final image. The session will be rounded off with an overview of the various colour controls and their creative potential in preparation for day 2.

Day two

An in depth description of colour calibration and its potential to provide tailor made profiles will be explained. You will be shown how to save these profiles for your own personal post-processing work flows in the future .

You will be introduced to Adobe's free online colour themed tool which allows you to accumulate and evaluate your colour profiles and maintain a database of personal colour styles.

We will look closely at the HSL colour tool, its differences to calibration and how it can be used to colour optimise and style your images .

Finally the new Adobe colour grading module will be dissected and explained and how this can be used as a final post-processing colour grading and refinement stage.

Day three

After two days of extensive technical explanations and theory, day 3 will offer a number of practical walk-throughs showing the various colour modules in action. Each of the colour influencing modules will be demonstrated and their impact on images discussed.

You will be shown how by colour specifying your files at every stage in your workflow you will be able to not only better match your processing to your subject matter but also work towards achieving your personal style development ambitions.


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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


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