Whether you are a beginning photographer who wants to know a way to get started taking people portraits or an experienced digital artist who wants some tricks to move beyond simple Photoshop filters to create caricatures, this course has something for you!
You'll use a photograph of the author (although you can use your own photo) taken with a lighting rig described in the first section, we'll discuss the pitfalls in using simple lights with a DSLR with an eye toward avoiding GIGO-or Garbage In Garbage Out. The author takes you step-by-step through the process of correcting the clear, but cleary underexposed image using the Camera Raw plug-in combined with the magic of 16-bit editing.
Working from the general, large scale edits (like exposure, silhouette masking, and contour adjusting)to specific retouching edits like hotspot minimzing, halo and hair darkening, feature adjustment, blemish removal and skin pore smoothing, we will take the common photo we started with and make it exceptional.
Then the fun begins when we create a caricature from the portrait we've edited. You will learn simple, but effective techniques for exaggerating features, masking eyeglasses and adding skin texture back into the image to give the image visual "gravitas."
The instructor covers not just "how to" do a particular task but also covers the "why to" information that will allow you to make informed edits to your own photos.
By the end of the course, you'll know how to remove photographic flaws from your photographs, and you'll understand how and why you might want to make those changes. I hope you'll do me the honor of taking my course.
Note the .zip file has the .NEF file described in the lecture video.
Eric Kunzendorf has been teaching computer graphics and animation at the college level for the last two decades at such varied institutions as Jacksonville University, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Atlanta College of Art and the School of Visual Arts’ Savannah campus. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Art history from Columbia University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia.
Most recently, Eric has completed courses for Pluralsight (formerly Digital Tutors), a company that has been delivering video courses in Animation and Digital Art on CD, DVD and online for over a decade. Eric has also contributed to several books including “Mastering Maya 8.5”, “Mastering Maya 7”, “Maya 5 Savvy” and “Maya: Secrets of the Pros Vol. 1”. His animations, “Final Project Assignment” and “Mime In A Box”, have made appearances at the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival in 1999 and 2000 respectively. His 2004 animation "The Secret Life of Netsuke" won first place in SEDAF-the Southeastern Digital Arts Festival. His animation “Courage” appeared in the 2010 CitrusCel animation festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Most recently, his animation “Lathe of God” appeared in the 2013 CitrusCel animation festival in Jacksonville, Florida and the 2013 Blue Plum animation festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has also exhibited computer-generated prints on the regional and national level.