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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Final Adjustments

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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38. Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Final Adjustments


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1 Class Introduction Duration:07:25
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 - Final Adjustments

I want to go in and focus on the flowers before we move on. And I want to really bring out the color of the flowers in the dark areas. So I'm going to select wherever there is a flower that I want to see a little bit more of. Just like that. And feather, let's say 50 pixels and above everything. So this curve adjustment is not gonna be pinned down. I'm just making that area brighter, so we're just seeing a little bit more detail there. I also noticed that there are these windows. I actually really like this, this glare that's happening on the helmet. But I wanna get rid of the windows. So that's gonna be the last step to clean up this image before we take sort of a pullback view and look at how we've done. Okay, So let's go in with our clone stamp tool and working with a small brush. I'm just going to try to get the most neutral area here. I'm even gonna take my hardness all the way down the most neutral area to just slowly get rid of anything identifiable as a window because I don't w...

ant anyone to look at this print and think, Oh, they were in a studio. That's not really the look that I'm going for. So I'm gonna try to fix it as much as I can, uh, in a short period of time, which might be quite challenging because this is a lot of intricate, um, work with clones stamping here. So maybe I'll do that later. Pretend it's gone. It will be. We'll get rid of those. Eventually. Let's take a zoomed out look. Okay, It's funny because as you edit, you may notice that you think that you've done something really extreme. But really you haven't You think that you've done something like, whoa, that was too much. And that's how I thought with the contrast, I thought, Whoa, she's too bright. Whoa, this is too much. Now I think it looks quite flat. So I'm gonna go in and add by clicking on my lasso tool I'm gonna add just selecting where I want to see there be more light right through that area. Feather will do 500 pixels and go back up. So we're affecting every layer. Okay, And Brighton and contrast, Great and might even try from the mid tones a little bit more. Okay, I really like how that's looking. I think it looks so evocative and really matches the Siris in tone right now. And I'm gonna have to check it against the other images because that's how we edit for a Siri's. So if I look at this, I'm gonna hit, save, I wanna pull up the images and do they match? So I just kind of going back and forth, back and forth. Does it match? Does it match? So the colors work, and I think that in general they dio I think that they're looking quite nice. It needs more finesse. I'm gonna probably play with the colors to make them slightly more neutral. But in general, I think this fits in great to the Samsara Siri's. So I'm going to move on to the second Samsara image

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!