COVID, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, homelessness, hunger, and a deteriorating natural envirnment. There are many people and situations that need our help. For over two years I've been donating 25% of all sales from this website (after paying affiliates and PayPal fees) to charity. This is going to continue. We can all contribute something, whether it's time or money, and I urge you to support your community through charitable giving in whatever way possible. If you can afford to purchase a product, thank you, but please also consider contributing to an organization that can help others during these uncertain times. We'll all get through this if we all work together. Organizations I support: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, American Red Cross, Primavera Foundation, and Tucson Wildlife Center.
Since publishing the original tutorial on luminosity masks in 2006, I've been very much aware of the impact they can have on an individual's photography. Many people have written to tell me how useful these methods have been to them (see user comments below) as well as to ask for help learning these techniques and incorporating them in their workflow. Luminosity masks make photographers more creative, and over the years I have offered actions, tutorials, and luminosity mask panels to make them easy to use. The latest offerings are below. Some are free and others are relatively inexpensive. They work equally well on Mac and Windows computers. All items are provided via a download link sent to the email address you enter when purchasing.
I've also partnered with Sean Bagshaw who has created several excellent video series to explain luminosity masks and related techniques. His videos can be purchased below as well. Other international partners include André Distel in Germany, Antonio J. Prado in Spain, Rafael Coutinho in France, Roy Yuan in China, and Isabella Tabacchi in Italy. The buttons below provide access to the panel along with the teaching materials they have developed in these different languages.
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The TK8 plugin for Photoshop is the ultimate tool for enhancing creativity and control in Photoshop. Learn more.
Purchase the TK8 plugin panel for Photoshop and Sean's TK8 Video Guide in one package and save 15%.
Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf have teamed up to create a comprehensive course focused on printing digital images. Whether you print using an at-home printer or send your image files to a commercial lab for printing, this series covers all the steps in the process from calibrating the computer monitor through considerations regarding print display. Printing from both Lightroom and Photoshop are covered in detail. This course is a video version of the live workshop Sean and Zack developed to help photographers make better prints. It's an excellent introduction to digital print-making for those new to the process and has valuable tips for all photographers looking to improve their print-making skills and produce higher quality prints. Watch excerpts.
Sean Bagshaw's new Umpqua Autumn video series provides a comprehensive walk-through of the creative process. It starts with a discussion of composition and light by reviewing several images from his trip into field and ends by adding the final touches that make the image as complete and elegant as possible. In between there's an inclusive look at the techniques, decision-making, and step-by-step progression required to bring out the best light in the scene. Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop, and the TK8 plugin are the main tools, but it's Sean's mastery in using these tools that create the real magic. This series is filled with new techniques he has not previously demonstrated, and his ability to share his knowledge with others makes them understandable and accessible. The course will provide viewers several new techniques to add to their photographic workflow and new ideas to stimulate their personal creativity. Watch samples.
With nearly 20 years experience, Sean Bagshaw has collected a wealth of knowledge about photography. His artistic approach to image development makes use of many specialized techniques that infuse his pictures with light, color, and drama. In this newest video series, he takes you step by step through some of his favorite methods for creating the best light using Photoshop. The ultimate goal is to help you discover your own personal interpretation of the light and to find new ways to bring balance, creativity, and excitement to your photographs. Watch samples.
Sean Bagshaw's second "Favorite Techniques" series is again wide-ranging. Blending exposures is common with landscape photography, but doing it well requires choosing and properly utilizing the best method. There's an art to getting a good transition, and Sean shares his skills with different approaches. This series also takes a close look at unexpected challenges that sometimes occur in post-processing. Problem-fixing is the focus of several chapters, and, along with the artistic chapters, will insure you're well prepared to bring the best light to your photographs. Watch samples.
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