Commercial Retouching and Composing

Artikelnummer: KURS20125

How does a professional commercial photographer retouch and compose his images? Tim Wallace will take you behind the scenes of his images and teach you the mindset for good composites as well as things like creating light and smoke effects.

Kursdatum: 08.12.2020 (10:00-17:00 Uhr)
Ort: Zürich
Teilnehmerzahl: 7 - 12
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Kursleiter: Tim Wallace |

CHF 598.00

Wir freuen uns ausserordentlich, den britischen Fotografen Tim Wallace wieder bei uns in Zürich zu begrüssen. Da dieses Seminar in Tims Muttersprache gehalten wird, ist auch der folgende Text auf Englisch.

Tim Wallace is known around the world for his work with clients such as McLaren, Aston Martin and many more. He is, by his own admission, a passionate commercial photographer however Tim also does a lot of his own retouching even though he very rarely agrees to talk about it or give seminars on it. We have worked with Tim at Light Byte for over 4 years now and he has agreed to give a special workshop for us that talks through how some of his images were crafted, the techniques involved as well as teaching you and demonstrating a few techniques that Tim invented himself to overcome common issues he faces on a regular basis when working with colour, tone and composite work. Tim will be the first to tell you that he is no PS genius but his unique way of approaching his own retouching has led to him being an advisor to the Adobe developers in the US when building new tools sets in PS releases of the future.

?As a working commercial photographer Tim Wallace is often in a situation where a client may require a certain feel or mood to an image that means it needs to have a ‘look’. This may involve the need to create a composite image to fully control the background or environment. It’s also common that the ‘look’ that we are seeking for the scene that the image will be shot in just does not exist in real life or the budget will not allow us to travel to where ever that might be. As a transport photographer in particular it is common that what we shoot cannot be taken to location.

In this class we will look at some composites and take you behind the scenes of the elements that make up that, a deconstruction of a completed piece of work back to its origins with all the paths along the way. The main points being looked at here are to display the ‘mindset’ and approach to making a composite. It is very important that when you start to look at making these composites that you learn to plan out what you want to do before you even start shooting any frames. By doing this properly we can plan out exactly what we need to shoot, how we need to shoot that and where that will fit into our final piece of work correctly. 
?One really good example of that is Tim's constant need as a transport photographer to have a firm grasp on both distance and perspective when he shoots so that his elements can blend together in the best way possible.

The workshop will be a one-day event and will be in the relaxed style that Tim works with his audience. Tim has taught at Photoshop World in the US for over 7 years now for Adobe and is no stranger to people having varied degrees of ability in his talks so this class has been set up by Tim so that there is something in it for everyone no matter what level you are at.

  • Workflow
  • The importance of consistency in client work.
  • The importance of style and your personal touch through the shooting to the retouch.
  • Creating movement / motion professionally in your work and backplates
  • Alpha Masks – how to create them and how to use them to make a retouching suite of tools of your own
  • Perspective and planning for composite image creation
  • The deconstruction of some of Tim’s own commercial work to show how it was made up.
  • Stock – the do’s and don’ts as well as tips on things that you should think about
  • Colour matching of subject to the background (Tim’s own personal method)
  • NOISE!!!! How to use it in complex tonal work and to reduce banding.
  • Blacks and Whites, is there life beyond the clipping point?
  • Contrast matching of the subject to the background in composites correctly
  • Shadow creation, and the absolute importance of the shadow in an image.
  • Creating light effects such as sunlight

People interested in photoshop editing generally and also composite work.

This seminar is aimed at people who are reasonably comfortable and with Photoshop.

Tim Wallace | Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. As an award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim is very well known within the automotive car industry for his creativity and open approach and he is regarded by many as one of today's leading commercial automotive car photographers with a unique strong style of work and creative approach that inspires not only his clients but also their customers – something that was reflected recently when he was awarded «International Commercial Advertising Photographer of the Year» and «Car Photographer of the Year» at the Industry Awards. Shooting campaigns for car manufacturers such as Peugeot with their recent «Fractal» concept car for its campaign and launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show Tim's work is well respected for its originality and quality. In recent years, Tim started to expand his business into new fields such as the aviation industry.

Tim's work has been published all over the World and he has been refered to as one of most creative photographers within his specialised field of commercial automotive photography. A man who greatly inspires others, not only within his own industry but beyond, Tim's view of all this is a little more straight forward, a man who's very well known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are very firmly on the ground. His desire to produce creative work has driven him from a very young age at the point he first picked up a camera. «Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single solitary image what I see within my own imagination at that point in time...»

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