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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Color Grading

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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36. Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Color Grading


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3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear Duration:05:37
5 What Factors Dictate Growth Duration:08:24
7 Niche Branding Duration:04:57
11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
13 How to Innovate an Idea Duration:07:07
22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series Duration:05:45
24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
25 Posing for the Story Duration:05:32
26 Choosing an Image Duration:01:23
28 Posing for the Story Duration:04:17
29 Creating Backlight Duration:02:37
33 Shooting the Background Images Duration:06:14
54 Oil Painting on Prints Duration:05:41
55 Encaustic Wax on Prints Duration:03:09
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
69 Live Premiere: Q&A Duration:16:10
70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique Duration:47:33

Lesson Info

Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Color Grading

So now is where I start to think about color. How can I consider that color might play a role in how somebody views this image? So I'm going into a new curves layer, and I always get tempted when I'm in here to play with the With the brightness and everything again because it's so much fun, I will try to refrain just just a little, okay? And then I'm going into the blue curve. So after clicking RGB going into blue and I'm going to add yellow to the highlights of the image by pulling down on that blue curve toe, add the yellow, and now I'll go in from the mid tones as well. And as you look at this image, it's very obvious when you start to add one color where another color is coming out. So as I do that, I noticed that this image is very green. There isn't a lot of warmth in it, so now I'm going to add some red back in by going to my red curve and seeing how that looks okay. Now we're getting somewhere, aren't we? So you see what that did? Huge huge change in the way that we see this im...

age, right? Okay. I like how it looks. Um, I'm not loving this detail in the background where you can see the backdrop, so I'm going to get rid of it, even though it was gorgeous. Backdrop. And I'm so sorry that I'm getting rid of this backdrop, but it is what it is, right? It's all for the story. You have to make sure that it makes sense. So I'm just going to get rid of it from right back there also around here. So I'm just holding shift on my keyboard toe, add to my selection, okay? And then let's try 20 pixels this time, okay? And taking those highlights down. All right, Now you can see that I didn't do such a great job because I selected too much of her arm. That's where you could just use the layer mask here, go in with a hard brush to erase it out and full opacity. I'm just going to erase right up against the arm. Perfect. Okay. Yep. That looks so much better. See, we just got a little bit too much selected in there, and it's okay if you don't erase it perfectly on the first time, or you don't select it perfectly. You can always go back in and toggle between black and white on your layer mask and just fill it back in where it didn't work out, okay?

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!