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Lesson 1 from: Where Art Meets Architecture: Post-Processing using Lightroom and Photoshop

Mike Kelley

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1. Class Introduction

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Class Introduction

Thank you guys for coming and so glad to have you here. I'm always humbled that I keep getting invited back to talk about this crazy out of the way subject. But just to get rolling here, I wanted to talk a little bit about my process in Lightroom and Photoshop. I've done a lot of classes on CreativeLive and I've done tutorials and a lot of the focus is on the lighting and the more complicated sort of stuff and I've realized over the years that I've kind of failed to explain actually what it is I'm doing. I just say okay, now we're gonna do this and then I do it. But everyone's like but why does that work the way it does? So in this class I kind of want to explain on a basic level what I'm doing and help you visualize that a bit better. And so again, it's gonna be on the simpler side of things but hopefully it should help you with grasping a very solid understanding of the concepts that I use on every picture that I edit uses these concepts. So without waiting any longer let's jump in. ...

You guys ready? Yeah! So I just wanted to go ahead and explain what our end goal is here. And so this is our final shot of what we're going to end up with and the way I'm gonna get there is just using, maybe there's no lighting involved, it's all natural ambient light. And it's a situation that is by all accounts one of the hardest in photography to shoot and tame. So what it is is a hospital. It's the entry way to this hospital and you've got this sunlight just blasting in. It's high noon, California sunlight, and if I expose for that exterior, the outside looks great, but the interior looks like a black hole, right? We can't have that. And then if I expose for the interior then we just have this nuclear exterior and again, that doesn't look good either. So we need to find a happy medium and no matter what camera you have you're not gonna have enough dynamic range to capture that whole scene. And in addition to that I kinda want to add some life to it. I want to clean it up. I want to make it look good. So we're gonna go through all that. We're gonna add people, we're gonna take out distracting elements, and we're gonna by all accounts here make a pretty interesting architectural photograph using very simple concepts and no lights, just basic ambient light at the scene.

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Ratings and Reviews


First, note to CreativeLive: Please include experience levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). I think the bad reviews were because people expected a more advanced class than this. That, and that some people expect mind-blowing revelations in merely 70+/- minutes. This class was jammed pack with great information. I was looking for this exact information so it was perfect for me. Plus, Mike Kelley's teaching style is easy to understand. Any class taught by MK is worth watching, he always has useful insight and nifty shortcuts.

Chris Murray

not only is Mike Kelley a genius, he is the Bob Ross of architectural photography. It's got a real "Lets just add some happy cars here and some happy people there" kind of a vibe. What a killer tutorial. Thanks Creative Live and Mike Kelley.


I really enjoyed the video as I do with all Mike Kelley videos. The different way to use the clone stamp as well a lot of little trick he did were great to hear. However, I completely agree with Nicholas, it would have been nice to see the image that they showed on the cover, as that is a scene that I'm far more likely to encounter.

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