Edgy Photography: From Photo Shoot to Photoshop, with Calvin Hollywood

German Photographer/Photoshop Artist Calvin Hollywood - known for his edgy, contemporary photography and composites, takes you through his entire process from the location shoot to the computer to show you how to achieve the same tough and gritty look that has become part of his signature style in the professional world.

German Photographer/Photoshop Artist Calvin Hollywood – known for his edgy, contemporary photography and composites, takes you through his entire process from the location shoot to the computer to show you how to achieve the same tough and gritty look that has become part of his signature style in the professional world.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:35)

Calvin Hollywood travels to historic Ybor City in Tampa, Florida to scout a cool location for this shoot.

Lesson 2: Scouting the Location (Duration 03:28)

Calvin explores the warehouse with his lighting assistant, Matias - taking light and texture into consideration.

Lesson 3: Model and Gear (Duration 02:02)

This is a gritty, edgy photo shoot, hence the need for Jack, a heavily tattooed subject. Plus, Calvin gives a rundown on the lighting equipment and gear needed for this photo shoot.

Lesson 4: Lighting Setup and Photo Shoot (Duration 16:46)

Learn how Calvin tests for light and adjusts his settings before adding the strobe with beauty dish and grid. Then, see some different settings as more lights are added and adjustments are made during the shoot.

Lesson 5: Raw Conversion 1 (Duration 05:54)

Back in the Kelby Training studios, Calvin explains some of the finer points of Camera Raw, what to do, and what not to do while going through the first part of his conversion process.

Lesson 6: Raw Conversion 2 (Duration 07:10)

Calvin takes you through more of his Raw conversion process to get to the look that meets his style of photography.

Lesson 7: Raw Conversion 3 (Duration 08:28)

The third part of Calvin's Raw process involves creating a high-contrast, highly detailed layer.

Lesson 8: Not a Passing FAD (Duration 05:49)

Calvin shows you his signature FAD (Freaky Amazing Details) technique.

Lesson 9: Topaz Details (Duration 05:17)

Learn another way to add Freaky Amazing Details by using Topaz Labs' Details 2 plug-in.

Lesson 10: True Grit (Duration 04:01)

Next, learn how Calvin achieves the tough, gritty, edgy look he uses when he photographs tough, gritty, edgy artists on location.

Lesson 11: Creating Vignette Light (Duration 04:11)

Calvin shows you his technique for creating a vignette lighting effect that can be repositioned.

Lesson 12: Fine-Tuning (Duration 05:19)

Making a few adjustments to the skin tone.

Lesson 13: Noise Control (Duration 04:48)

One of Calvin's personal techniques includes first reducing, then adding noise to give an overall airbrushed, painterly effect.

Lesson 14: The Technique That Cannot Be Named (Duration 05:05)

Now that 80% of his work is done, Calvin finishes up the final 20% in the only way he can - by experimenting, playing around and getting artistic.

Lesson 15: Wrap Up (Duration 03:36)

The class concludes with a final before/after look at the finished picture and a recap of each layer group. As always, Calvin says, if you have any questions please feel free to email him at Calvin@calvinhollywood.com

Meet Your Instructor: Calvin Hollywood

Calvin Hollywood is a digital artist, photographer, Photoshop trainer and author from Germany. He's a photography based artist who focuses on getting the perfect shot with Photoshop. In addition, he…

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  1. One of the best presenters ever. His descriptions are well presented with verbal description followed by demonstration (before / after).

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