Communicating with Color and Light
with caroline jensen
february 6, 2017
march 20, 2017
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Communicating with Color and Light focuses on the manipulation of color and light in Lightroom and ACR. Move beyond basic processing and learn how to process your images to evoke emotion. You will learn some foundational color theory and psychology to help you understand not only the how, but the why behind the choices you make. Each panel of the Develop Module will come alive as you learn to push boundaries and cover topics, such as creative curves, dodging and burning, manipulating texture, and color enhancement. You will also explore some Lightroom plug-in options that add unique finishing touches to your images. Creative thinking and boundary pushing is encouraged.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Lightroom 5 (or later) or the current version of ACR. A basic understanding of Lightroom or ACR is helpful. This course is specific to the Develop Module. The materials are easily adapted to Lightroom 4 (please contact Caroline if you have other versions of LR).
Caroline Jensen, A Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a photographic artist living on the prairie. Her favorite things include cozy nights in front of her natural wood fireplace, camping in her Airstream, and read alouds with her children. Photography is her expressive outlet and features emotive black and white portraiture, unique macro work, colorful landscapes, and food photography. Her gear includes her Sony mirrorless cameras and lenses, as well as vintage lenses and Lensbaby lenses that express her photographic voice perfectly. She has been featured in many publications including: Dreamer Journal, Sony Alpha Universe, Pro Photo Daily, and numerous times in Click magazine as well as on the packaging of the Lensbaby Sweet 50 and Velvet lenses. She teaches three popular workshops at Click Photo School where she encourages creativity and development of visual voice.
Her portfolio is available here.
• Six PDFs (four main and two supplemental)
• 80+ videos
• Lightroom/ACR presets for decoding and modeling
• Worksheets for color palette analysis
• Bonus makeup brushes and instructional video
• Weekly audio messages
• Individual audio feedback on assignments
• Links to supplemental videos for discussion purposes
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: studying the basic panel in Lr and ACR; learning to evaluate noise, shadows, and highlights; experimenting with creative choices in the Basic Panel; exploring the relationship between sliders; beginning brush work; preparing the base image; creative white; balance; basic preset creation; beginning color psychology
Assignment: prepare three versions of one image in the basic panel alone
Reading: exploring the tone curve and adjustment brush; effects of curves; colored curves; matte and clean processing; creating tone curve presets; creating brush presets; create multiple edits of one image; daily sharing and practice/peer cc; color adjustment brush; beginning dodging and burning; cultural color considerations; the power of color and light (movie)
Assignment: complete daily work (practice images and peer cc); submit two images and document observations of color studies
Reading: color processing with creation intention; HSL; split toning; making combination presets; bringing together all the panels; communicating with color
Assignment: process one image three different ways from sooc; print one image edited three different ways and compare
Reading: monochrome editing; pushing contrast limits; plug-ins; dodge and burn; trouble shooting; toning black and white images
Assignment: create one monochrome image; experiment with a plug in trial; discuss color edit prints
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.