December 18, 2014
For the past five years (where did the time go?), I’ve been posting a Photoshop or Lightroom Tip, Trick or Technique almost every weekday. Next year, I’m going to post less often, but hope to cover features and techniques more in-depth. Thank you all for your support over the years!
(Of course all of the past tips will remain on my blog – just use the search box to quickly find past posts on the topic you’re interested in.)
November 26, 2014
I’m excited to announce my new Introduction to Compositing course on Lynda.com! If you’re interested in learning how to create new visual narratives with the power of photo compositing, then this course is for you. Here is a more detailed description:
By choosing elements that work together to form a cohesive message, Julieanne Kost is able to create a composite image that’s more powerful than its individual parts. In this course, she shares the fundamental creative and technical concepts behind photo compositing, from creating diptychs that juxtapose images in separate “frames,” to assembling multiple exposures and strengthening visual impact with textural information. With these simple yet powerful techniques, Julieanne shows how to pull together different imagery and create new, unified visual narratives.
• Unifying images through subject, theme, and composition
• Creating diptychs in Lightroom and Photoshop
• Using layers and masking to blend photographs
• Applying textures with blend modes and opacity
• Blending nighttime and daytime images
• Creating unity with color and tone
October 28, 2014
If you are in Ponzan, Poland on Wednesday November 5th, please join me for an open lecture at Concordia Design from 05:00 – 06:30pm. In addition, I will be giving a full day workshop on Lightroom and Photoshop on Thursday, November 6th. Click here for more information, and seminar descriptions. I hope to see you there!
June 30, 2014
I’m pleased to announce that my book Window Seat – The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is now available as an eBook via the iTunes store! First published as a soft-back book, this redesigned and revised eBook was published as a Fixed Layout EPUB directly from the newest release of InDesign CC (2014). It has been enhanced with new photographs as well as updated image processing techniques in Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop.
Part manifesto, part artist’s portfolio and part technical manual, Window Seat, The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is guaranteed to awaken, delight, and inspire the creative spirit that lives in all of us.
Photographer, creativity guru and Adobe digital imaging evangelist, Julieanne Kost travels by plane 200+ days a year. For the past decade, she’s been shooting photographs from those airplane windows, recording the extraordinary world that lies beyond the everyday drudgery of business travel on a commercial jet.
She urges us to consider – and embrace – that which is outside of our daily experience. To see all that we do in our lives as creative acts. To continually strive to stay awake and aware, challenging ourselves to go beyond the status quo.
Click here for more information, download a sample, and purchase the book.
June 13, 2014
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who worked so hard to make my experience at Photo Romania so memorable. I know that making a festival run smoothly is no small task and you all accomplished it with agility and grace. With every little detail taken care of, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the event, meet a whole new group of friends and bring back wonderful memories and photographs of not only Cluj-Napoca but also Bucharest, Brasov, and Sighisoara.
For now, here are a few of the images that I have posted via Instagram, I’m sure that I’ll be using the rest of my images in future tips, tricks, and tutorials!
I really hope to see you at the festival again next year!
May 16, 2014
One of the greatest benefits of making images every day is that when I look back over the past, I’m often reminded of places that I’ve been, people that I’ve met and emotions that I’ve experienced – all which I might have forgotten if it weren’t for the aid of those still images that I made. Here are a few from Photoshop World – Atlanta, WPPI – Las Vegas, and PPA’s Texas School – Dallas.
And this morning I ran across this quote: Besides the nobel art of getting things done, there is the nobel art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. -Lin Yutang
April 21, 2014
The wonderful folks at Texas School have invited me to give a full day seminar on Lightroom and Photoshop on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center in Dallas TX. Here are more detailed descriptions of topics:
9am – 12pm – Lightroom 5 – Insider Secrets!
Join Adobe’s Principal Evangelist, Julieanne Kost as she demonstrates the astounding capabilities of Lightroom’s Develop module. Julieanne will reveal tools that will help you enhance, refine and add stylistic effects to your images using both global and local non-destructive image adjustments. You will learn how to increase your productivity by creating custom default processing settings, using camera and lens profiles, and saving presets in order to to quickly apply these effects to multiple images. If you’re looking for increased efficiency in your post processing workflow, then this is a seminar you can’t afford to miss! Plus, Julieanne will share her top 10 tipis and tricks for automating Lightroom across all of the modules – from import to delivery of final files for clients.
1pm – 4pm – Photoshop CC – The Creative Composite
Somewhere between the decisive moment and moving pictures lies the world of digital compositing – where multiple images captured at different times layer together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. In this seminar you will learn what’s needed to create a successful composite and how to reinforce the visual narrative using the right components. Julieanne will demonstrate flexible and productive ways to organize, construct and manage multiple images in a single document using layers, masking, blend modes, opacity, layer groups, clipping masks, knockout effects, layer styles and advanced blending options.
Click here to register. The price is $47.00 per person.
April 7, 2014
I hope that you’re able to join Adobe and NAPP this week at Photoshop World in Atlanta. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of the top Photoshop, Lightroom and photography instructors in the world! It’s going to be a busy show – here are a few of the events that I will be participating in. If you’re at Photoshop World, please come by and say hello.
Tuesday, April 8th
9:00 am to 10:15 am Opening Ceremony and Keynote
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Organizing your Images in Lightroom
Wednesday, April 9th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm The Creative Composite
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Art of Digital Photography Panel
Thursday, April 10th
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lightroom – The Develop Module
See you there!
April 3, 2014
I’m excited to be returning to the fabulous Santa Fe Workshops this year to teach a 5 day workshop on Photoshop CC: The Creative Composite!
Course Description: Somewhere between the decisive moment of still photography and the time compression offered by moving pictures lies the world of digital compositing—a place where multiple images captured at different times are layered together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. During our five days together, Julieanne helps you discover how to transform concepts and ideas into images. You master the tools used in compositing, including layers and masking, blend modes, adjustment layers, the properties panel, opacity, and clipping paths. Then you take these concepts to the next level using Smart Objects and Smart Filters, making complex selections using channels and the pen tool, and creating knockout layer effects using advanced blending options, clipping masks, Layer Groups, and the Refine Edge command.
Mornings are dedicated to instruction, with time set aside in the afternoon for you to work on your own images. This is the chance for you to reinforce your understanding of techniques applicable to your photography and engage in individual critique sessions. Using the most flexible, non-destructive editing process imaginable, Julieanne combines creative inspiration with image-manipulation techniques to help you rediscover your enthusiasm and unleash your potential.
I hope you will be able to join us! Click here for more information about the class, and to view the entire Santa Fe Workshops calendar, click here.
February 28, 2014
Join me today, Friday February 28th, from 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Automating Photoshop Using Actions, Droplets, and Variables” during Photoshop Week. The best news is that the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
February 27, 2014
Join me today, Thursday February 27th, from 10:45 am – 12:15 am on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Working with Video in Photoshop” during Photoshop Week. The best news is that the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
February 26, 2014
Join me today, Wednesday February 26th, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Advanced Photoshop Layer Tips” during Photoshop Week. Then, stay tuned because from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, I’ll be covering all sorts of tips and techniques to help speed up your workflow “Automating Camera Raw” in Photoshop. The best news, is that all of the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
February 21, 2014
The next few weeks are going to be jammed pack with opportunities to learn Photoshop and Lightroom including:
February 24 – 28 | creativeLIVE Photoshop Week | San Francisco, CA and Live Broadcast. 12 instructors, 5 days, over 30 classes!
March 3-6 | WPPI | Las Vegas, NV. Use promo code WPPISpeaker and receive $75 off a Full Conference Pass.
March 6-9 | Society for Photographic Education | Baltimore, MD. Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue. Join the conversation as the 51st gathering of SPE celebrates the power of community and social exchange to propel new thinking in photographic practice.
March 9-12 | ADIM Conference | Boulder, CO. Invest in your future, upgrade your skills and have an INSANE amount of fun with Russell Brown Registration includes a free one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (or a one-year extension if you already subscribe, a $600 value).
April 8-10 | Photoshop World, Atlanta, GA | Need I say more? It’s the Photoshop Guys that you know and love!
April 26 | Texas School, Dallas, TX | This one-day Lightroom and Photoshop Intensive is an excellent way to warm up for a week long class!
June 2-8 | Sedona PhotoFest | Your gateway to the arts, located in beautiful, Sedona, AZ
February 18, 2014
I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live on www.lynda.com!
“Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.”
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
I look forward to hearing your feedback!
February 14, 2014
Wow. I had no idea just how beautiful it would be. Trust me, these images don’t do it justice – but maybe they will inspire you to check it out someday. Really, if you ever have a chance to drive through Death Valley, I would highly recommend it.
And I did captured some great backgrounds and textures to be incorporated into future composites…