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I'm so excited about this. All the things I love most about my work....wrapped into one class.
Start to Finish - CONTENT.
About Start to Finish...
In this class I will share my entire process…. from conception to completion….along with lots of pretty picture photography and processing tips & tricks.
Software: Lightroom 5 (earlier version LR users should have no trouble following the lessons). Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is not required but we will move into PS for a few of the edits.
Week 1 - Gather, Prep….. and a Little Tech
Introduction - My creative story
Setting intentions for our time together.
Prop Talk - In our first week of class we will begin to gather supplies…. back drops, drop cloths….. weathered wood…. linens, props etc. I will share my fun and affordable most-loved items.
Look for the Light - We will search for the light in our home….. and consider our set-up possibilities.
Tech Talk - An overview of my gear and favourite lenses, along with some in-camera tips for creating the soft & dreamy look I love.
Lightroom Tutorials - You will get access to a full series of develop module tutorials that you can reference throughout the course. A breakdown of the global and selective adjustment options available in Lightroom 5. (earlier LR users can follow along as well).
Week 2 - Conception to Completion
In the second week I will post two complete Start to Finish…. conception to completion shoots.
The inspiration, the light, the set up, the camera settings, the culling, the complete processing of my favourite image within that shoot…… All the details. Tons of info!!
Week 3 - Creative Connection
Live Connect - Students will be invited to a live online connect. I will be available for questions via live chat. The session will be recorded and posted inside the classroom for those who can not attend.
Inspiration - I will share my thoughts on creativity, dreams, goals and getting your work into the world.
Critique - I will review up to 5 images submitted for critique via screencast and share this in the classroom. Submissions are optional but welcome.
Week 4 - Conception to Completion Continues
In our fourth week I will post two more start to finish lessons…. conception to completion.
We will explore Lightroom’s print module and learns some fabulous tips for creating beautiful layouts.
Week 5 - Breathe & Make Art
In week 5 I will post 2 still-life challenges.
The challenges will include a prompt and a few words of inspiration… to spark your own art. I will be open for questions via the private gathering room.
My hope - you will simply take time to create… allowing yourself to experiment and play with the different possibilities we have explored.
Week 6 - Conception to Completion
In the final start to finish week I will share two more start to finish lessons…. conception to completion.
Along with some fabulous Lightroom/PS tips & tricks.
Week 7 - Creative Connects
Live Connect - You will be invited to a second live online connect. I will be available for questions via the live chat option.
Prop Talk - More fab tips & tricks for props and such…..So fun.
Week 8 - Open to Possiblities
Will be determined…. This might mean a deeper dive into Lightroom, maybe a brand new edit I just have to share, or further Q&A options.
In summary I will....
- Share lots of creative inspiration. Including my personal creative story.
- Share my favourite props along with fun and budget friendly pretty picture making ideas.
- Share my process, concept/inspiration for the images/shoots in written and/or video format.
- Show several wide angle photos and/or video of the space…drops, props, linens, reflectors used....all the details.
- Show how I set up the shoot… direction of light, camera settings, time of day etc.
- I will open the images in Lightroom…giving you a chance to see all the photos; the good, the bad, the so so's…..
- I will talk through the culling process via screencast....choosing a few favs and explaining why.
- I will talk through a complete edit of one of the shoot photos, lots of detailed information.....editing tips and tricks etc.
- Bonus: if I decide to go into Photoshop with the image to add text or texture I will include that info in a separate video for Photoshop users.
- You will have the option to submit images for critique.
- 2 Live Online Connects.
- Community and connection is encouraged but not required.
- Students will have access to a private flickr group to share their work and a forum to share ideas, ask questions etc.
- Access to Private Pinterest Group - Students will be invited to join a private S2F pinterest group where you can share inspiration and ideas with fellow students.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I get out of this class?
I think this will be different for each student. So much of what we get out of a class is dependent on what we bring. I encourage you to come to class with a commitment to learn and grow..... share and connect....
If you are looking for community, that's awesome. There will be opportunity for plenty of connection.
If you prefer to work through content quietly on your own, that's also fine. No pressure either way.
Some students may come to feed their creativity..... others may come to learn new skills.
Honestly, I imagine this class as my dream retreat. If I were to plan a real-life retreat, this is exactly what I would share.
I promise to genuinely share all that I do and know...
This class will not be full of dos, don'ts, shoulds.... technical talk. This will be a genuine course about my creative pro-cess and experience.
What equipment do I need?
A camera, computer and good internet connection.
Lightroom - Lessons will be taught in Lightroom. Bonus: we will also pop over to PS/Elements a few times to add some texture and type.
A Flickr account is recommended but not required.
A brand new notebook and a favourite pen is recommended. I hope you make and take... all kinds of dreamy creative notes as we work through the class together.
Do I need a studio space in order to participate?
I will shoot in various rooms inside our home. Sometimes we have to improvise...setting up make shift tables by the front door or window....moving furniture...etc. Sometime we have to borrow space or move outside.
Finding a space with good light is helpful. All the sessions will be shot in natural light...
You are not expected to recreate what I do.... simply take my pro-cess, and make it work for your own space, place and possibilities.
Is this a Photography 101 type class?
I will share my camera settings, lenses used etc... during the shoots and a few shooting tips & tricks. I will not be teaching basic dslr techniques.
Will you show how to do the edits in photoshop/elements also?
If you use photoshop cs6 the Adobe Camera Raw plug in (which is part of photoshop) is very comparable to Lightroom. In fact it's the same under the hood. You should be able to follow along quite nicely. Earlier CS users may also be fine provided they have a good understanding of the Camera Raw software.
I do at least 85% of my editing in Lightroom... Because this class is about sharing my actual creative pro-cess....I will be sharing exactly that.... my actual creative pro-cess.
Side note: If you have yet to discover Lightroom I highly encourage considering t. It has changed my life. :)
Do I have to come to class at a certain time?
No. The class is always open....feel free to pop in at your convenience. The content will be there, waiting for you.
Do I have to participate in the group meetings or share my photos with the community?
No, it's not required. I respect that everyone learns in their own way. Personally I tend to be the quiet student in class. I'm quite content to work away on my own. (i'm sure many of you aren't surprised...'smile')
Because of this.....I would never make participation a requirement...but of course I hope you will join in the community.
I’m really busy, how long will the class be accessible.
This class isn't a huge time commitment.....or super heavy technically......The idea is to soak up the inspiration and connection....as you move forward on your creative journey.
Class access will be available for 18 months.
More Questions? Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.