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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Selective Adjustments

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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40. Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Selective 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 #2 - Selective Adjustments

So now where we painted is a little bit less noticeable. I want to do the opposite, though, for my subject. I want to really bring out the face quite a bit here and possibly right down through the chest and some of these, um, little wrinkles on the robe. So let's see if we could do that. So we're just doing the opposite now. 100 pixel feather, and we're going to see if we can brighten up the subject's face because that's really the important part of this image. And look how much that pops when we Brighton and add contrast so much and it draws so much attention there. Now, I wanna make sure when I went in with this other curves layer of the very first one to make the outside edges darker, I left a lot, uh, bright in between the fingers. So as you notice little issues, you have these adjustments that you're using so you can use the layer masks on them and go back in and adjust as needed. So that's what I'm gonna do is just bring some of that darkness back in through the fingers so that w...

e can really create an interesting, uh, sense of the subject standing out from the backdrop. Good. That looks so much better Already. Can even bring it in there where it's a bit light. Wonderful. Okay, now I feel like we're really working here, because now I can create, uh, a lot more highlight and shadow. So let's go in and create more contrast in our curve. Bye. Pulling up on the highlights and down on the shadows. Oh, look at how gorgeous. Oh, I love I love. Okay, I'm really excited about this. This area through here is quite bothersome to me because it's not really dark enough. So again, just manually darkening and lightening wherever you see that it could benefit. So I'm gonna actually do this whole section here, right? Click. I'm even gonna go further. Just like that. Right? Click and feather. Let's say 80 pixels. Why not? Because I can always bring it back if I want. And I'm going to darken through that area. Wonderful. That looks a lot better to me. Like I said, you can always bring it back. So I see here it could benefit from bringing that back a little around the fingers again. I'm not so great at sectioning off fingers. It would seem just bringing it back through there and even through this whole area, that could benefit from some darkness. All right. Oh, see, I went too far. It's okay. Just bring it back, all right? I love where this is going so much. I'm just saving it so that I can make sure we have a copy. Wonderful. And I want to start to pay attention now to color. So let's go In overall hue saturation, I'm going to take down the hue in saturation and then add color back into the image by adding some yellow good and adding some red. Wonderful. So that's going to start to match a little bit better now, in order to create this cohesion in the Siri's, certain elements have to happen. The color had toe happen. The crop is okay. I don't have a lot of images cropped in tight, but I wanna work on that. So this is where it's really great to think about having diversity within your syriza about having the opportunity to cut in close or pull out further, and when you have a lot of visual consistency in your Siri's. It's okay to do stuff like that because you're working in the ability Thio have that flexibility in terms of how you frame things and where you take risks.

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!