Creating Painterly Photographs


Creating Painterly Photographs


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

So what we're going to be talking about today are painterly photographs. And you know, you may love a painterly look and not know how to do it. You may be a frustrated painter at heart and wanna be able to take your photographs and make them painterly. The more I shoot, the more I am attracted to this style of photography. I don't really wanna shoot documentary shots. I want to make images that show a little bit more about just what I saw, or even what I felt, and a painterly look really helps me do that. Because I kind of see the world in a painterly, soft way, and this style of photography lets me show the world the way that I see. I am not a Photoshop expert in any way, shape or form. But the post processing part of my presentation will be very simple techniques, nothing really tough or technical. Because I don't wanna spend a lot of time on the computer, I wanna be out taking more photos. As much as I love post processing, it's fun, but my real love is the feeling that I get when I...

capture something in camera. So I also want you to know that the techniques that I'm going to show you, you're gonna see a lot of flowers, only because that's my favorite thing to shoot, but the techniques are not only for flowers. They're going to be, they could be, you could use these for weddings, you can use them for still life, landscapes, you'll see a few landscapes and even a wedding shot, 'cause I've done one wedding in my life and that was good, it was enough. So to tell you specifically what we're going to be talking about, and also I'm gonna be showing you a lot of photos, and I think that's important because photographers I think are visual learners, and I'm not going to show you one image and talk about it for 15 minutes. I'm gonna bombard you with a lot of different photos and a lot of different examples, because I think that's important. And we're also going to be showing you some videos, we did a shoot in a garden a couple days ago to illustrate the techniques because I can't really do that here. So you'll see those as well. I'm always asked how I get the painterly look. So these are the things that I will be showing you as to how I do that. The in-camera techniques that I'll be covering are selective focus or shallow depth of field, I'll show you how to use a Lensbaby, we'll be talking about slow shutter speeds, in camera motion, we'll be doing shooting through, and that will be shooting through natural as well as artificial foreground materials, we'll be doing double and multiple exposure in-camera, and talking about painterly backgrounds. The post processing techniques I'll be showing you are panning in Photoshop, doing double or multiple exposure in Photoshop, and a technique that I call my Dancing Flower Technique, which is something that I've been experimenting a lot with lately and I want to share that with you, and then I'll go on into some painterly effect software. And the last thing that we'll be covering is all about adding textured backgrounds. Textures are huge right now and I will show you the how, why, when, what, where, everything that I can do.

Class Description

Make yourself stand out among nature photographers by adding a new dimension to your images. Painterly techniques draw attention to the delicate patterns, lines, textures and designs that we often overlook in the natural world.

Kathleen Clemons is an experienced nature photographer, known for her creative techniques and her unique, stunning compositions. 

Join Kathleen for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to achieve the painterly look in camera with slow shutter, selective focus, Lensbaby, and multiple exposures.
  • How to evoke the painterly look in Photoshop with panning.
  • How to use Topaz Impression and NIK software to make painterly photos.
In this class, you’ll learn how to create painterly images by using a wide variety of techniques. Kathleen will show you how to apply effects using in-camera settings, different lenses, Adobe Photoshop®, and low-tech tricks like applying vaseline to filters. Capture the magic of nature and turn your photography into remarkable impressionistic art.