Photographer: The Project By Calvin Hollywood

1 hr 29 min
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Calvin discusses the lighting setup and backdrop characteristics needed to capture the right look.
Camera settings, positioning your model, and shooting tethered.
Workflow begins with Camera Raw improvements and opening images in Photoshop as Smart Objects.
Calvin's signature approach to agtting incredible detail in an image while avoiding hi-pass halos.
Similar in result but with fewer steps, Calvin shows the Topaz plug-in variation of Freaky Amazing Detail.
Retouching dust spect and skin irregularities.
Pulling the model off the background via Quick Selection and then adding a colored fill layer and changing the blend mode changes the background color very quickly.
Refine Mask and hand painting refines the mask completely.
Using adjustment layers Calvin shows how to add a spotlight, vignette, and then shows how to organize the layers.
Calvin explains how depth comes from application of dodging and burning.
Here the theory is applied to the actual model through both hard and soft dodging and burning. Calvin goes into detail about adding convincing dimension.
Calvin spent a little more time dodging and burning and shows the results of his work. Additionally, he shows how to get the model to blend smoothly with the new colored background that was added.
Starting with the Quickmask Mode, Calvin selects the eyes and applies a selective color adjustment.
Calvin shows his artistic workflow as he experiments with different effects.
Looking at the before and after reveals dramatic changes that have taken place throughout the class.
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Meet your instructor

Calvin Hollywood

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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 also serves as an Adobe Promoter and writer for a number of magazines....


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  1. Profile photo of m.essam m.essam

    Thanks Calvin for this nice tutorial, I really enjoy your way in photography and editing
    Thanks again and i hope you the best

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  2. Profile photo of TMason TMason

    Thanks for sharing those great techniques! Learned a lot!

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  3. Profile photo of RickDeNatale RickDeNatale

    Great tutorial.

    I guess with the new ACR in CS6 and LR4 the raw processing needs to be adjusted a bit, it would be nice to get a little update on that. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of erichgatch erichgatch

    Great tutorial Calvin… I like the Freaky Amazing Details…. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of phein phein

    One of the best presenters ever. His descriptions are well presented with verbal description followed by demonstration (before / after). —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Arco Arco

    Hi Calvin, great tutorial in great detail. Looking forward to more of those :) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of jessthelioness jessthelioness

    I really enjoy your videos. You are one of the most helpful and you always make me laugh! Thank you for sharing your skills. It has helped me tremendously! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Cottage Gal Cottage Gal

    Fabulous video…perfectly executed and precisely explained. Exactly the effect I was looking for…thanks so much! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Chip Plaza Chip Plaza

    Calvin — I loved your video and your style. Can’t wait to go out an shoot and use your techniques!!Keep them coming!. Very detailed.