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Fine Art Conceptual Photography from Shoot through Post-Processing

with Pratik Naik and Bella Kotak

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About The Class

Understand color, locations and lighting to make your vision come to life

It’s one thing to have a creative imagination but bringing your visions to life requires a specific skillset. You need to understand the technical challenges facing you to move from concept to planning production and finalizing your image. The amazingly talented duo of Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik will walk through every detail to creating your conceptual vision. Bella will help you understand how to evaluate locations and environment, pose your model, see color in a new way, and create beautiful props on a budget. Pratik will share his vast knowledge of color theory, color toning, and compositing images to streamline your retouching workflow. This class will offer an in-depth look at creative production and retouching process. 

You’ll learn: 
  • How to concept and develop a scene
  • Color theory and how it applies in camera and in post production
  • Location practices to guide your eye toward beauty in common environments
  • Communication tactics for collaborating with other artists
  • Lighting techniques for composite images and fine art portraits
  • Basic retouching of an image
  • Color toning techniques in Capture One
  • Compositing techniques for bringing an image together

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:47
  2. 02

    Artistic Vision and Inspiration

    17:06
  3. 03

    Personal Projects

    18:59
  4. 04

    Creative Motivation and Defining Your Story

    15:15
  5. 05

    Organizing Your Inspiration

    16:26
  6. 06

    Building A Character

    03:19
  7. 07

    Creating Wardrobe and Props

    33:59
  8. 08

    Location Scouting

    12:55
  9. 09

    Resourcing a Team

    17:52
  10. 10

    Working with Talent

    06:39
  11. 11

    Building Community

    05:06
  12. 12

    Scouting Location Pros and Cons

    11:29
  13. 13

    Camera Gear and Modifiers

    10:03
  14. 14

    Shoot Set Up and Styling

    11:34
  15. 15

    Test Shots With Model

    06:04
  16. 16

    Location Shoot: Model in Red Azaleas

    26:04
  17. 17

    Location Shoot: Composite Pieces

    16:35
  18. 18

    Plates Extending the Scene

    07:11
  19. 19

    Set Concept and Design Overview

    08:31
  20. 20

    Demo: Equipment Overview

    04:39
  21. 21

    Shoot Set Up

    08:12
  22. 22

    Shoot: Test Shots

    15:08
  23. 23

    Shoot: Standing Against Flower Wall

    06:47
  24. 24

    Composite Pieces: Hair

    05:31
  25. 25

    Shoot: Overhead on Flower Wall

    22:22
  26. 26

    Adjusting Images With Composite Shots

    07:25
  27. 27

    Color Theory

    11:40
  28. 28

    Capture One: Image Selection and Color Toning

    19:42
  29. 29

    Moving from Capture One to Photoshop

    17:01
  30. 30

    Compositing Hair

    15:52
  31. 31

    Healing Brush Tool

    06:42
  32. 32

    Dodge and Burn Tool

    08:14
  33. 33

    Liquify Tool

    12:01
  34. 34

    Adjustment Layers of Color Toning

    35:05
  35. 35

    Blending Modes

    10:44
  36. 36

    Channels and Channel Mixer

    05:16
  37. 37

    Selects for In Studio Image

    08:57
  38. 38

    Compositing Background

    13:58
  39. 39

    Compositing Additional Elements

    09:49
  40. 40

    Gradient Maps

    15:51
  41. 41

    Color Toning with Controlled Light

    21:32
  42. 42

    Adjust Skin Tones

    17:27
  43. 43

    Retouching Skin

    17:12
  44. 44

    Spot Healing Brush

    06:11
  45. 45

    Clone Brush

    03:47
  46. 46

    Dodge and Burn

    18:49
  47. 47

    Sharpening

    10:42
  48. 48

    Critique

    15:40

Meet Your Experts

Pratik Naik

Pratik Naik is a high end retoucher specializing in commercial and editorial work, represented by One Mega Management. His proficiency with retouching and Photoshop stems from 10 years of experience in the field. His work can be seen in magazines ... read more

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Bella Kotak

Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion and portrait photographer based in Oxford and London, England. She is also co-founder of Fine Art Actions with her retouching partner Pratik Naik. Inspired by ... read more

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Bonus Material

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  • psd Practice PSD File - Sleeping Beauty
  • atn Pratik Naik Retouching Actions
  • atn The Royal Collection - Fine Art Actions
  • psd Practice PSD File - Location Shoot (~700mb)
  • psd Practice PSD File - In Studio Shoot (~1.3gb)

86% of students recommend this class.
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  • Kathleen

    Kathleen

    May 2017

    Great class and great instructors. Genuine and informative. Practical tips to create stunning images. Seeing them work through the process from shoot to finished image was great and I loved that they shared the thought processes behind the creative decisions. Definitely recommended!

  • RoxSpiegel

    RoxSpiegel

    May 2017

    Truly a remarkable duo. Bella is so down-to-earth and humble for a photographer with such a strong beautiful and ethereal voice. Her explanations of her process really inspired me--I was sketching concepts throughout the class. Pratik's process really opened my eyes to "smart" retouching--understanding what can be done in fewer brush strokes and slimmer PS files. All in all a really unique and inspiring class that makes me excited to realize my next conceptual shoot. They're also adorable together!

  • Mai Her

    Mai Her

    May 2017

    I've gained sooooo much from this I can't even contain my appreciation and excitement! So much inspiration and so much generous advice and tips to help me! Thank you so much Bella and Pratik and Creative Live!

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