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Save 50% on all of your favorite tutorials today. As a special gift, get Photoshop 101 and Lightroom Workflow FREE with any tutorial purchase. Simply add both tutorials to your cart, and use code CMFREE at checkout.
Save 50% on all of your favorite tutorials today. As a special gift, get Photoshop 101 and Lightroom Workflow FREE with any tutorial purchase. Simply add both tutorials to your cart, and use code CMFREE at checkout.
Chances are you have a smart phone with a great sensor. Did you know you can get high quality lenses at various focal lengths for it? Moment has made some of the sexiest and best quality lenses that we've ever seen and tested. We've been using their wide, tele, and macro lens now for about a month and can't say enough great things about them. We have teamed up with Moment to giveaway $1500 worth of their gear to our community. Enter above and enter often! Good luck!
Start the Fall season off right with winning a new camera, no purchase necessary. To celebrate our second tutorial with Renee Robyn, we are giving away a great Sony camera body to one lucky winner. We're using Gleam for this contest, which allows you to enter more than once. Just follow the instructions above to enter and checkout Renee's newest tutorial on Studio Lighting for Composite Workflow in Photoshop.
This tutorial launches September 27th at RGGEDU.com. Click the button below to watch free sections of the tutorial.
On June 29th we are releasing our newest photography & post-production course on Dramatic Portraiture & Retouching with Chris Knight. We’ve spent 7 months creating this 16-hour tutorial series that explores dramatic lighting, character development, posing, styling, and retouching. Essential for anyone creating portraits!
In addition to this tutorial above, we’ve created a SECOND Lightroom Workflow & Processing tutorial with Chris that we will be giving away for FREE with the purchase of the Dramatic Portrait seen above. For the first two weeks, this $129 tutorial will come for free for everyone who purchases the tutorial above. This is the perfect tutorial that explores workflow, management, and image processing to get your most of of your images. If you’re looking to maximize your potential in Lightroom then look no further. Here is a first look at the Master Trailer for Adobe Lightroom w/ Chris Knight:
Also, maybe because we are crazy, everyone that purchases the Dramatic Portraiture & Lighting will receive a free Paperback or Digital Copy of Chris’ newly released 100 page book “The Art Of The Dramatic Portrait,” a $25 VALUE*.
*Each individual will be provided a redemption code that they can use to redeem a copy of the digital or hardback version.
Today we launch what we are calling our most advanced retouching tutorial to date. We partnered with a senior digital artist at a major global retouching firm serving the biggest brands. Together with Sef, we created a workflow system that can be applied to both products, fabric, or even people, to give you an airtight system that saves hours and creates high-end retouching results. We are even introducing a new level of Frequency Separation 2.0 that is truly groundbreaking from the traditional method most are accustomed to. This was developed by a small community of artists in Oregon and is now included in this tutorial along with the RAWs, workflow PDFs, and step-by-step instructions to perfect your workflow. Are you ready for the challenge?
If you are looking to advance your knowledge and take your Photoshop skills to an entirely different planet, then this tutorial is perfect for your arsenal of knowledge and bag of PS tools.
We're so excited about our upcoming tutorial with Sef McCullough. To celebrate, we're giving away an incredible prize combination that any retoucher/photographer would enjoy owning and using. This giveaway is not sponsored by anyone outside RGG EDU. Here are a few reasons why we chose the prize package above:
- Dell UltraSharp displays are professional grade displays. They all carry Dell's 3 year professional warranty and meet a standard that exceeds consumer grade products.
- Sef actually uses two Dell UltraSharp displays for work. Dell UltraSharp displays aren't the best, but they offer some of the best value for the money. They are not quite on the same level as the Eizos or NEC PA line, but they offer comparable features for far less money.
- This particular display covers nearly all the color space standards professionals use, which is rare for a sub $1k display.
- It is not a 10-bit panel, but it supports 10-bit inputs and can do 1.07 billion colors with FRC.
- We opted for QHD over UHD for the 27" size. The difference in resolution is barely discernible and this reduces the need for proper scaling as most operating systems handle QHD perfectly fine.
- This thing packs a lot of features... One thing we highlight is the KVM switch built into the display. This means you can have two computers connected with one set of peripherals. So for office users that also use a laptop, you can have your desktop use the display and switch to your laptop on the fly when you need.
- This is considered by many the best consumer level calibrator available. Best of all, it's compatible with the newer generation Dell UltraSharp displays and their built-in calibration system.
- This calibrator can test for uniformity. Uniformity is one of the biggest issues with backlit displays. Taking a few backlights to light up millions of pixels evenly is incredibly difficult challenge for many companies. With this calibrator, you can measure the differences across the entire display to see how uniform your display is. Dell UltraSharp displays generally have good uniformity, but on occasion there are cases of customers receiving defective panels in their monitors with uncharacteristically poor uniformity. Extreme cases are covered by Dell and can be swapped under warranty. FYI, even the best displays do not have perfect uniformity. In fact, it's impossible for LCD displays to have perfect uniformity.
- Having accurate color is crucial for delivering the best results to your clients. For web, sRGB is the standard. For photo work, Adobe RGB is king. For Video, REC 709 and DCI-P3 takes the crown as the current standards. The calibrator can do all of the above and the monitor/software can switch color space modes to enable the user to view their jobs correctly.
- It can calibrate nearly everything... this may be limited to the hardware, but the i1 Display Pro can even calibrate projectors. Do note that ambient light is a big factor when calibrating your display. Try to setup your workspace in an area with controlled lighting. If that's not possible, have your calibrator set your displays up for the conditions (multiple presets eg. Bright Room and Dark Room) you work in.
To enter this giveaway, use the app below to submit your entries. Terms and conditions are also below. Good Luck!
*Must watch video below to enter =)
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Entrants of this Giveaway must be 18 or older to enter. This giveaway is only open to residents that have Amazon localized storefronts: United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. By participating, the entrant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept marketing and decisions of RGG EDU as final and binding as it relate to the content of this giveaway. We will be accepting entries starting the May 17th, 2017 at 12:01am CDT and ending June 18th, 2017 at 11:59pm CDT. The giveaway must be entered by submitting an entry using this online webform. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of RGG EDU. If y use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility. There will be one Winner of this Dell Monitor and X-rite Calibrator giveaway. They will receive one X-Rite i1 Display Pro Calibrator and Dell UP2716D, retail value of $950 US. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for RGG EDU to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be selected by random. Winner will be notified by email within five (5) days following selection of Winner. RGG EDU shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 5 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected.
For composite photographers, creating images is bound only by imagination. Dream like photographs with incredible realism can be built from a series of different, and often unrelated, components. Renee Robyn is know across the globe for her ability to push the limits of Photoshop in building her unique composites.
If you have Photoshop, this tutorial packs everything you need to start creating. Here's what's included:
Watch free excerpts now by clicking the button below.
Digital artists are a new(ish) type of artist, stitching together pixels and creating images many enjoy, but rarely appreciate who created it or how it was done. For this new breed of talented composers, there are tools of the trade most of us use to help assemble our masterpieces. It's often a computer, Photoshop, and... a tablet, the contemporary paintbrush for us digital artist.
While there are many types of tablets, one brand is universally heralded as the best and that's Wacom. Wacom has been supporting the movement for a long time having released the first gen Intuos line in 1998. Six generations later, we have their latest Intuos Pro line. As expected, every generation brings improvements in build, features, and design. The latest version can be highlighted by the new improved pen, 4x sensitivity, built-in bluetooth, and new "Texture Sheets"!
The texture sheets are probably the most notable of the new features we are now able to swap them out to their desired surface type (rough to smooth). Best of all, we can extend the life of our tablets as the pen surfaces tend to wear down after continued usage. For pros, the smoother surface allows us to work faster vs the rougher more paper-like texture that tend to slow down our pen action. (Video on how to swap texture sheets - Link)
At RGG, we've been using Wacom tablets since the Intuos3 (shown above) and we're pretty amped about the updates. To help support the movement and to celebrate digital artist, we're teaming up with Wacom and Renee Robyn in giving away two new medium Intuos Pros.
To enter is easy. No purchase is necessary and you have several ways to increase your chances. Follow the instructions in the app below for a chance to take home Wacom's new latest and greatest.
'Par for the Course' has completed, but the show must go on. Our next video series includes RGG EDU instructor, Pratik Naik. In this 20 part series, we dive into the Business of Retouching. Click the thumbnail above to start watching. New episodes will air twice a week on Facebook/Youtube. To sign up for updates, click here now.
For more on Pratik, head over to www.RGGEDU.com to check out his tutorials.
Last week we released one of our most advanced courses on retouching portraits. Taught by Pratik Naik, of Solstice Retouch, this tutorial gives you an advanced look at 5 common retouching workflows for Mens, Portrait, Headshot, Lifestyle, and Beauty. Free sections are published under the link below.
This contest was held in our private RGG EDU Facebook community with the simple instructions of find and shoot a subject wearing Calvin Klein underwear and post to Instagram under the hashtag #RGGEDUKLEIN. Simple direction that could be taken in any direction. The winners will receive a $125 gift card to the RGG EDU tutorial store.
This image is a great use of natural light and the use of shadows from window panes. Stellar pose complementary to the models legs, extended feet to accentuate length, and great overall styling thats simplistic.
This is a great black & white studio shot. Great retouching in post and Robert captured a stellar pose in the moment. Great direction, styling, and subject.
Another stellar B&W studio shot with an excellent use of flags or spots/grids.
Shooting tethered is a great workflow for creating images. It allows you to be more collaborative, more creative, minimize out of focus shots, see detail you simply can't on the back of your LCD, instantly add color grades with programs like Lightroom and Capture One Pro, and backup your data as you work. This 24 part series is a free introduction to shooting tethered and studio basics that will help you setup a workflow that suits your needs and your budget.
I spent several years working as a digital tech before launching RGG EDU and I know how intimidating shooting tethered can be. While it does add cost up front, it really allows you to get better photographs on-set and spend less time in post-production culling and filtering through your library of images from the shoot.
Available To Download Now Here
We created 5 videos dedicated towards gear options available for almost any tethering situation. From simple basics in studio, to complex on-location, and high-end studio setups. These sections will outline the gear you need to create an organized workflow. We highlight great gear from companies like Tether Tools and Inovativ.
In this sections we wanted to explore different options for hard drives in every step of your workflow. Each drive serves a different purpose in digital capture, backup, and archive. Download the entire tutorial now.
In this section Brad from Capture Integration joins us from Atlanta to explore an organized capture workflow. Brad may be one of the most knowledgable techs in the industry and is the lead problem solver at Capture Integration.
In this section we travel to Kentucky to visit Clay Cook in his studio to explore his gear, his workflow, and his approach to shooting tethered.
Enjoy quality tunes while you retouch. Not wanting to disturb the neighbors? Slap on the studio monitor headphones for complete isolation. Keep things backed up with 4TBs of storage. Everything in this workstation is designed to optimize your workflow and provide some zen to your creative workspace.
So how do you sign up for a chance to win $1300 worth of goodies? Details below. There will be 3 winners and one grand prize of the Ultimate Workstation. The two other winners will take home a Wacom Intuos Photo Pen and Small Tablet.
Terms and Conditions:
Three winners will be drawn at random live via Facebook April 7th, 2017 at 12pm. The grand prize contains 9 items with a retail cost of $1300: KRK Rokit 5 speakers ($299), Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro ($199), Phone Charging Dock ($20), G-Technology 4TB USB3 External HDD ($199), Wacom Intuos Pro - Small ($249), RODE Podcaster USB Microphone ($229), Samdi Wooden Monitor Stand - Walnut ($40), Avantree Headphone Stand/Holder ($30), and Anikks USB 3.0 Mutli-Card Reader ($30). Second and Third Prize Winners will receive a Wacom Intuos Photo Pen and Small Tablet. The odds of winning the prize depend on the total number of qualified entries received.
To qualify for entry in the drawing, any of the following requirements must be met: (1) Purchase Pratik's Retouching Beauty and Portraits RGG EDU tutorial - or - (2) Subscribe using this form with your valid Name and Email.
No Purchase is Necessary to enter. Contest is open to everyone 18 years and older and located to a registered shipping location where tracking is available via USPS.
At a previous job, I managed marketing and an ambassador team of over 200 photographers. The job left me jaded as I would wake up every morning to an inbox flooded with emails from aspiring pros and established photographers looking to get notoriety for their work. It got to the point of image overload where everyone’s work started to look the same. Good work was no longer good and great work was few and far between. However, when something stood out, it was usually bad or really good.
Having said that, I have some feedback I know will be beneficial to somebody looking to build a better portfolio site. First and foremost, it’s important to realize what the intended purpose is. Are you trying to attract clients and work, or are you just trying to show off your best photos? Your website is the first impression of you to viewers who do not know you. It’s better to assume that people visiting your site know nothing about you. Leave visitors with intrigue rather than questions. Also think, if you have 3 seconds to hook the attention of the viewer, what can you post first that will cause them to want to see more.
If you’re an unknown entity and needing help being discovered, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is more than just a marketing buzzword. Most people acquire visitors from Google, Facebook, and Pinterest. Knowing where your audience is will help you better keyword your photos and posts to move you up search ranks and therefore increase visibility and site traffic. While sites like SquareSpace are easy to setup and use, platforms like WordPress allow for a little more flexibility and better SEO tools to help you boost your search ranking. Outside of using a mobile friendly platform, below are four easy things you can do to help with SEO.
(Meta)Tagging - Proper tagging of your images will allow your work to show up in image searches and provide some breadcrumbs to lead people back to your site. This is crucial for those looking to boost their visibility on Google and is easy to do. You can do this in post software or simply right click to view properties or get info on Mac. What also helps is to title it properly using your name, subject name, and location name as part of your naming nomenclature. Eg. Location-Subject-Date-Your_Name.
For step-by-step directions, you can visit this link.
Blog - Type in a city, photographer, and genre into Google and look at the top 5 results. What you’ll see 99.9% of the time is part of their site includes a blog. There are many reasons why implementing a blog is important to your site. It is where you can express who you are and an archive of content related to your target audience. A blog is also an effective way to increase your keywords, decrease bounce, and a place for personal projects not relevant to your primary subject matter. Content is king on the internet, and the more content and engagement (comments) you have, the more likely you’ll show up on search. Who knows, your article may make it viral and be linked by established media, which will skyrocket your search ranking.
Know your specialty, sometimes less is more. This is where everything comes together. If you want to be a portrait photographer, have lots of portraits (For me, it’s a turnoff when I see the same subject from the same shoot multiple times). If you’re getting started, have your homepage be your best image, followed by a library of your best works separated by related genres. The more, the better - as long as the work is quality and there’s variance between the images. Going back to my days hiring and sponsoring photographers, I was immediately turned off when I would visit a site and see a hodgepodge of images like urbex, weddings, and action sport. While they may be that individual’s best work, they should not go together as it confuses the messaging. Imagine if you’re a prospective client looking for a wedding photographer and you see images of a snowboarding along with engagement photos.
You can mix content as long as it relates to each other, but try to emphasize a singular message. If you shoot landscapes and want to do commercial landscape work with people, have images of landscapes into one tab, and put advertising type work into another tab labeled “People” or “Advertising”. If you want to promote yourself shooting unrelated subjects, put it in your blog, create a separate site for altogether, or have a tab called personal projects and organize it in a body of work. If you shoot landscapes and want to do commercial landscape work with people, have images of landscapes into one tab, and put advertising type work into another tab labeled “People” or “Advertising”.
Social Links and social sharing integration. Make it easy for visitors to share your work and to follow you. All platforms should have a plugin for social links and easy image/page sharing buttons. This will increase sites linking in, which will boost your SEO ranking as well.
Got a suggestion or a comment? Let me know below.
Till next time. -Sinh Truong
This week we spotlight longtime RGG EDU customer, Jan Christian, one of our biggest supporters having bought 8 tutorials in the last two years. Jan is not a full-time working pro yet, but you wouldn't know that by looking at his work. His passion for photography sprouted about a decade back at the beginning of the digital boom. However, things didn't get serious with portraiture until he got his first flash kit from Jinbei in 2014.
The featured "Milk Dress" photo above was something Jan was itching to create before he bought his flashes. In order to create the milk-dress photo he needed three things:
Unfortunately, the Jinbei kit wasn't up to the task needed to properly execute his idea due to it's longer flash duration, so things had to wait. In 2015, he upgraded to a Broncolor system and was ready to rock. For the liquids, Jan used a combination of equal parts finger paint, milk, and warm water. For his lighting setup, he used a Para 133 for the main and two 40x180cm strips on the sides. He "Dexter" lined his workspace (shown below) to help contain the liquids and the rest is history.
500 splashes later, things were ready for post. Jan admits he wasn't the best at Photoshop, but as with everything, you get better with practice. Special thanks to Jan for sharing his images and his process. If you want to find out more about Jan, follow him on Instagram @JanChristianZimara.
Car photography is about capturing the feelings a car evokes. Whether the emotion is speed, beauty, or just raw power, translating those feelings into an image can present a multitude of challenges. RGG EDU has partnered with world-renowned car photographer, Easton Chang, to explore the secrets behind the methods he employs to create his dynamic images. Easton will teach students how to incorporate simple and advanced techniques to capture design details that will induce drama and speed into their static images.
This multi-location tutorial starts by covering the fundamentals of action and static shots at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed in California. Next, we go on-set in LA as Easton photographs an editorial cover for Super Street Magazine. In our Midwest segment, the setting goes dark and we do a series of car and motorcycle shots exploring various light painting techniques. In the final shoot, Rig-Pro founder, Andrew Thompson, demonstrates “rig setup” best practices that yield consistently great results.