Fine Art Photography & Retouching

Fine Art Photography & Retouching

3 Seasons

Drawing inspiration from her years as a painter, Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk creates painterly portraits with a camera. Her imaginative concepts, meticulous planning, and attention to every detail result in portraits that belong on museum walls. Gemmy shares her understanding of historical approaches to lighting, wardrobe selection, and character-building before taking you into Photoshop where she gives her portraiture the final polish.

In this tutorial Gemmy reveals her entire creative process and demonstrates the techniques used to create her beautiful painterly images in-studio and in Photoshop.Starting with pre-production, Gemmy walks through how she conceptualizes and finds inspiration for her images. She then works with her trusted stylist and assistant to create a distinct look and style for an image. Once on set, Gemmy sets up and tests studio lighting, meticulously placing and dialing in the desired power and quality of light required for her painterly style. You then see her pose and communicate with her subject, direct her stylist, and work entirely through capturing an image on set. Once an image is captured, Gemmy then demonstrates her unique and thorough Photoshop workflow to see the final image realized. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll go behind the scenes on two complete photo shoots and their respective retouching processes. Finally, Gemmy challenges you with a homework assignment to create an image of your own. RAW files, composite elements, a Photoshop action, and final images are all included with the purchase of this tutorial.

Fine Art Photography & Retouching
  • Pose I

    Episode 1

    Observe the process of working with a child model to create the primary pose for a composite image

  • Pose II

    Episode 2

    Observe the process of working with a child model to create additional supporting poses for a composite image

  • Pose III

    Episode 3

    Observe the process of working with a child model to create a variant pose for a composite image

  • Pose IV

    Episode 4

    Observe the process of working with a child model to create the final pose for a composite image

  • Image Preparation

    Episode 5

    Prepare all of the image elements in order to build a composite. Create basic masks for the 4 separate poses created in production. Create a proper ratio between each of the image poses and hone the balance of the overall composition.

  • Masking

    Episode 6

    Refine the basic masks with an overview for each pose to build a seamless integration with the background. Setup up the base composite of a bird for an additional story element

  • Shadows

    Episode 7

    Add dimension to the bird with convincing shading for a realistic composite

  • Cleanup

    Episode 8

    Retouch a variety of elements to move the image towards the final composition

  • Dodge & Burn

    Episode 9

    Use dodge and burn to create richer falloff between contoured shadows and specular highlights

  • Color Grading

    Episode 10

    Dial in the color with adjustments to push further towards the painterly look and feel

  • Final Touches

    Episode 11

    Apply the final grading to the composite image

  • Homework Assignment

    Episode 12

    Apply all of the skills from the series to a custom Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk image, captured specifically for this tutorial series. Create your own Fine Art Portraiture composite image.