Creative Workflow #6 / 10 comments + post
online tutorials

In this series of tutorials we take the creative process as our primary focus; i.e. rather than just discussing 'how' an image was constructed, we will also be considering 'why' each change was made, and how each change contributes to the image as a whole. As with our other image-based tutorials, each will also include a thorough technical discussion of any tools or techniques that were employed, but the emphasis will be upon creative rather than technical outcomes, e.g. how each image was constructed to tell a particular story, what each image says about its subject, and so on.


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comment by Simon Jenkins at 07:13 PM on 14 April, 2011

Great video David explained in the usual straight forward and well thought out way, I am not sure why but I thought the adjustments would be more complex than they were, which is a surprise. What was the purpose of cloning on it's own layer? I always duplicate the background layer as I thought it damaged the original file if you didn't?

comment by djn1 at 07:23 PM on 14 April, 2011

Thanks Simon, I'm glad you enjoyed it. As for your question: I wasn't cloning onto the same layer, rather I was cloning FROM the background layer TO the empty layer I created above it. As I mentioned in the video, this isn't really any different from cloning on a duplicate layer - you still have the original data below it - but it makes the files a bit smaller as there's less data on the new layer. Does that clarify things?

comment by Simon Jenkins at 07:47 PM on 14 April, 2011

Yes it does David and thanks, I could always do with reducing file sizes this would be a benefit.

comment by djn1 at 07:49 PM on 14 April, 2011

You're welcome.

comment by Pavan Kaul at 08:07 AM on 17 April, 2011

A wonderful and very helpful V tutorial David. I am really glad I subscribed for the life membership. I wish though that all of them were vidoes as they are much easier to understand. Also as I am just sort of beginning, could you advise me on how to go about the very basic fundamentals? Thank you.

comment by Christine Whitehead at 07:19 PM on 21 April, 2011

I enjoyed the tutorial and found it very informative. Lovely picture too!
One question: as soon as you created the sky curve I saw a large amount of banding appear in the dark area of the sky. This is something I often get when making dramatic changes to black and white pictures and I feel the need to back off to get rid of it. (I work in 16 bit). This banding was something you didn't mention, but your later comments about the banding around the sun cause me to wonder if the moniter has something to do with what I am seeing. Your comments would be appreciated.

comment by djn1 at 07:25 PM on 21 April, 2011

Pavan: I've emailed you. Let me know if you need any more help.

Christine: thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. As for the banding: it's not visible in the PSD file so suspect that it's probably something to do with the video compression, i.e. it's just an artefact of the screen recording rather than anything to do with the actual processing of the image.

comment by Christine Whitehead at 04:50 PM on 23 April, 2011

Thanks for the reply. I think I'll just have to be that bit more careful all the way through the workflow to get rid of he banding I am sometimes getting.

comment by Holly at 05:33 PM on 28 April, 2011

You guys totally rock! I just ordered the new iPad2 and plan on viewing your tutorials on it while working with my images on the computer. No more Ctrl+ Tab between screens, lol. :) Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge. All the formats you provide are excellent.

comment by James B. at 01:54 AM on 27 November, 2011

Very helpful tutorial. It really taught me about putting mood into my photographs. Thanks alot!