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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Exposure

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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45. Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Exposure


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11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
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24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
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56 Failure vs. Sell Out Duration:05:14
58 Branding Yourself Into a Story Duration:05:40
59 The Artistic Narrative Duration:05:26
61 Get People to Buy Your Story Duration:11:36
63 Pricing For Commissions Duration:06:43
65 Class Outro Duration:01:00
66 Live Premiere Duration:16:14
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Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Exposure

I'm gonna go ahead and just make a couple fun changes to this. And if you want to do the same, that would be amazing. To see your own take on it, I want to just create more interest. Where the subject is, this area is a little bit distracting. So I'm gonna go ahead and block it off here by just creating a vignette around that area. Right? Click and feather. Maybe 350 pixels. Okay. And curve, just to bring it down so that our attention is really coming to the subject. And then I'll do one big overall change where I'm bringing the shadows up the highlights down Good. Just to make it a little bit more atmospheric. Wonderful. And then I'm gonna come in and really take a look here. I should probably get rid of my microphone. So let's use the clones damp tool to do that, go in and see if we can get rid of that Very Ah, confusing looking Mike, if you don't know what you're looking at, okay, I'm just clone stamping. Thio, get rid of it. Uh, and that's that's good enough for now, I think I wann...

a take a look at the candle here and really see if we can enhance the light. So I'm going to click and just select the fire. Just feather it a little bit. Maybe just 10 pixels, and I'm going to use a curve adjustment to add some color, some yellow and some red to the candle. That way it has a color temperature to it, and I can always take that down a little bit if it's too much. If I've added too much color, so you know we might find some happy medium in there. And then what I want to do is create that cast on my body. So creating this glow around here feather that maybe 70 pixels and we're just gonna add a little little bit of light, just a little extra light that has more of that warm glow that we just added to the candle. So a little bit more yellow. And like I said, we can always take this back. So don't be afraid to go too far with it. Little bit of yellow, little bit of red. We've just added a glow. You see what that does? It just makes that area pop. I think we did on my chin too much. So if you go too far, dial it back. No big deal. Just erase it where you don't want it just like that. Then we can see there's now a glow. It's even coming under my chin, which I think is really beautiful. So we've added that glow, and it makes the candle really stand out and make it look a little bit more atmospheric. We can even make it seem like it's, you know, resonating even further by just drawing a big, blah, blah, blah, blah. There you go. A big squiggle Thio have natural light fall off, which is what we need here, and I'm gonna feather it. Let's say pixels, why not? And then do another curve. This time I'm going to go from the shadows to create that really hazy light effect. And again, we're gonna go in from the highlights and add some yellow and add some red all to the highlights there. Cool. So you can see what we're doing with that lighting of the candle is just getting rid of the monochromatic look that we have there. Everything is kind of a neutral color and adding a glow everywhere in the image. So that's where I'm going to leave this picture. We got the compositing finished. We've got the candles enhanced. We've got some light added, and if we do a little before and after you can see, not a lot was done, but it makes a big difference. We've just really toned the color of the dress, added the light to the face. So let's move on to the second one, which is going to get progressively more complicated, and we'll see what we could do to edit that.

Class Description


  • Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
  • Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
  • Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
  • Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
  • Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with


Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.


  • Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
  • Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
  • Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (v21.2.4) and Adobe Bridge CC 2020 (v10.1.1)


Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

*This course contains artistic nudity.


a Creativelive Student

Brooke never fails to deliver. I found this course superb from start to finish. From exercising your creative 'muscle', demystifying taking self portraits, and showing that they don't have to be perfect before you begin editing, to walking you through her editing process and how to price your work. Brooke's enthusiastic personality and excitement about the work shines through it all. Definitely recommended!

Søren Nielsen

Thank for fantastic motivating an very inspiring. The story telling and selling module was very helpful - thanks from Denmark

Rebecca Potter

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Brooke for this amazing class. Inspired and so full of practical knowledge, this is the best class I've ever watched. You have given me the confidence to pursue what I've always been afraid to do. Watch this space!