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Taking Creative Post Processing To The Next Level - Shelley Vandegrift

Taking Creative Post Processing To The Next Level - Shelley Vandegrift


Taking Creative Post Processing to the Next Level with Color and Content


Taking creative post-processing to the next level involves a fusion of capture and artistic vision, where color and content intertwine with representative capture to elevate the impact of an image. By adding color  photographers can evoke specific moods, guiding the viewer's perception and emotional response. Add to that the integration of new content to craft a story straight from your imagination.


We will take a look at creating new artistic versions of your images by digitally adding color in a painterly manner. Coloring photographs dates back to the beginning of photography when color was added by hand to add a touch of reality to black and white images. We will delve into a simple, yet effective method for replicating hand-coloring in Photoshop.


Next, we will explore simple techniques for incorporating content overlays, such as textures, patterns, or extracts from other images in our creative process. Content overlays complement or transform the original composition. By blending these overlays creatively, we can augment visual interest or even transport viewers to imaginative realms.


About Shelley:

As a child learning the magic of image creation in her father’s darkroom, Shelley Vandegrift fell in love with photography.   As an adult, that love grew with the arrival of digital imaging, which married her twin loves: photography and technology. Teaching artistic post-processing techniques and skills and infrared photography has taken center stage in Shelley’s life. With her knowledge of a wide-range of computer technologies and her knack for teaching the complex in a simple, straightforward manner,  Shelley now guides other photographers in achieving their artistic vision through workshops and one-to-one mentoring.


Shelley co-authored Infrared Photography: Digital Techniques for Artistic Images published by Amherst Publishing in 2020 with her artistic mentor, friend, and teaching partner Laurie Klein. She is the developer of presets designed specifically for infrared photographs. Her award-winning fine art photography has been featured in B&W Magazine, the Commons Gallery, A. Smith Gallery, Lucas Gallery, the Lationo Cultural Center of Dallas, Dallas City Hall, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Art Traveler’s Collection at Dallas’ Love Field Airport.


Shelley is a frequent guest instructor for Santa Fe Workshops and Laurie Klein Workshops. She is also a guest presenter for camera clubs and major software companies such as Skylum and DxO

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