Give your Photos Even More Pizzazz
Enhance your photos from the dull, lifeless images your camera can take, into stunning photos with colors that that pop.
I’ll show you the workflow I (and most professional photographers) use after taking my photos. You'll learn how to boost the colors to give your photo that extra oomph; how to retouch portraits and landscapes to improve and add interest; create panoramas, HDR images and lots more.
The course contains over 2 hours of tips, tidbits and workflow. You'll see me working on the images while I explain why and how I'm making the change. All the example images I use are included, so you can follow along with me before trying the techniques on your own photos!
Video 8: Enhance any photo and give it a wow factor!
Image by Serge Ramelli
Video 1: See exactly what layers are, why they are useful when editing images, and how to use them in your own photos. Recreate the collage image above using layers (Photoshop and Elements) and show you how to use powerful adjustment filters (Lightroom and Photoshop).
Video 7: In this video, we'll turn our digital paintbrushes to portrait photos. I'll show my workflow for enhancing any portrait to minimize (or remove) any blemishes and showing your portrait in the best light.
Video 3: Give your landscape some 'oomph'! I'll walk you through my workflow to enhancing any landscape image, and show you how I enhanced two photos, including the image above.
Image by Cameron Mitchell
Video 6: Quickly and easily combine multiple images into a spectacular panorama - good enough to showcase on a wall! Watch as I reveal how to combine these three images into the above shot; intensify the sky and enhance details.
Video 4: High Dynamic Range is a technique for more accurately representing reality to create photos with subtlety, depth and vibrancy. I'll explain how to capture the source images for HDR in your camera, and finish your masterpieces in your editor.
Video 5: In this video, we'll have fun with some special effects. I'll show you how to create three images with the same person in a different spot in each photo. We'll then combine them in an editor for a fun effect.
Note: Lightroom doesn't have the ability to place images over the top of each other, so for Lightroom, I'll discuss an amazing feature of Lightroom called Presets.
Image by Naomi du Preez
Video 2: Also called 'purple fringing', this is a common problem caused by the lenses on a lot of cameras. Fortunately it's really easy to correct!
You'll receive high quality versions of all the images I use in the course, so you can make the changes right along with me!
Here's a sneak peek at the course! In the video below (the first part of the video on landscapes from the course), I’ll show you how to add color pop to any landscape image. I'll also show you how to crop for maximum impact; how to add interest with dynamic lighting, and how to enhance just part of an image.
Choose your editor below, then click Play to watch the example video from this course.
This course follows on from my widely successful "Post Processing for Photographers" course. In the first course, I concentrated on the basic uses of your editor. In this course, I take your learning to the next level showing more advanced topics (while still being easy to learn and master) like creating panoramas, HDR images, 'multiplicity' shots (where the same person is in the image more than one time), and how to improve any landscape or portrait.
The first course is not a prerequisite - you don't need to have completed it to participate in this course... The topics are completely independent and I don't assume any previous knowledge.
This is not just any course for using your editor. I've designed my videos specifically for photographers. As photographers, we don't want to spend hours and hours in front of a computer - we'd much prefer to be out and about with our camera. So I cover just the essentials... only the features of your editor you need to know to turn your so-so photo into a gorgeous one.
I won't be teaching advanced compositing techniques, special effects blurring, or how to merge your face with an elephant. Unless you have the right lighting and setup for all your source photos, the finished product is rarely going to look as good as you think it will.
But I will show you techniques that help you with your day-to-day photography: How to make sure your image isn't too bright or too dark; how to boost the colors (but not over-do it); creating beautiful landscapes and portraits; how to create Panoramas, HDR and 'Multiplicity' effects; what 'layers' are and how they can help you improve your images. And lots more.
Each of my videos is tailored to the three most popular image editors on the market today - Elements, Photoshop and Lightroom. There is a different video for each editor, so you can follow along on your computer. Purchase the set matching your editor, or order multiple sets.
Photoshop Elements is the most popular image editor on the market today. It’s reasonably priced (around US$80 from Amazon) and has most of the features you’ll ever need for post production of your photos. Elements doesn't have the advanced features of Photoshop CC, but as a photographer you will rarely need these features.Purchase Now - $29
Adobe Lightroom has been designed with the photographer’s workflow in mind. It specializes in post processing your images, and in organizing many thousands of photos in your library.
The big advantage of Lightroom is that never changes your original images - it always works on a copy which means you can undo all your changes at any time.Purchase Now - $29
Photoshop CC is the grand-daddy of image editing programs. It can handle almost any editing task you throw at it! However, with that power also comes complexity. Traditionally, Photoshop CC/CS cost many thousands of dollars, but Adobe has recently switched to a reasonably priced subscription system.Purchase Now - $29
Not a problem! The techniques I show can be easily adapted for whatever post processing editor you use.
Purchase the Elements edition which will be the closest to your editor.Purchase Now - $29
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My name is David Peterson and I have been teaching photographers all around the world since 2005.
My motto is "Help the world take better photos" and I plan to continue to do this by providing free photography tips on my website.
Unlike most other photography teachers, I realize that most people don't need to know the technical details of their camera to take a great shot. So my courses explain every technique in a non-technical way along with lots of examples.
It is my hope that on this website, I can help you come to that same realization too!
This post processing course provided great opportunity for me to learn an area of photography that I was nearly totally ignorant in. I learned more about Elements in the past month than I have in the two years I've owned the software! The reward of learning and then navigating through enhancements to my own photos has been huge!
Donna Girardin New York, USA
I have been looking for a course to teach me how to use photoshop elements. This course has been the perfect one. I have learned so much in this short time. Using the cloning tool, converting to black and white, levels and cropping and straightening were all areas I needed help with. I feel confident to open Photoshop and really use it now.
Nancy Crowell Alabama, USA
Wow! What can I say the best learning style. Lots of videos and photos able to be downloaded to help in the future. The videos are the best feature. Clear speaking and graphics to show me what I have to do to create stunning photos instead of just good ones.
Caroline O'Hara-Lambert Waikato, New Zealand