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The Ultimate Digital Blending - Post-processing workshop with Ashraf Jandali

Have you tried to create HDR images, only to find they had large halos, looked artificial, or contained too much contrast? Have you wondered about how to create top-quality pictures using digital blending to combine multiple exposures? Well, now you can learn from an expert how the pros create beautiful pictures like this one:

Our own Ashraf Jandali will be offering a training course where he will explain the major features of Lightroom, teach you how to organize your images so that you can find them later, cover the basics of Photoshop, and last but not least, describe the techniques he uses for digital blending.

Not an expert already? Don't worry. This workshop is for those of us who are beginning their journeys into post-processing, and requires no previous experience. Just bring along a laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom installed; free trial versions of both programs are available online.

The course will include six sessions (January 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, and 29) and run from 6 PM until 9 PM. For EPyC members, we will be charging AED 900 only.

The course will be held at the offices of our partners, Studio Attitude, in Al Quoz, located in the same series of warehouses as Botanica. Please deposit the training fees in advance to secure your place - seats are limited, and we won't be accepting RSVPs on this page, although we will be happy to answer any questions you have about the event.

If you need help figuring out how to get to the venue, check out the location map, or make use of the GPS coordinates [masked],[masked]). More information on the venue can be found on the Studio Attitude site or at 04 3384114. We also have YouTube videos showing you how to get there from Sheikh Zayed Road, with detailed text directions posted underneath. This one shows the way if you are coming from the direction of the World Trade Centre and Dubai Mall, and this one depicts the way from the direction of Abu Dhabi, the marina, and Al Barsha.

A detailed course outline follows below:

Lightroom 101 (Day 1)
I. Introduction to Lightroom
Why Lightroom?
Catalogs or collection?
Creative work flow
Quick tour
II. Library module
Creating new catalogs
Importing images
Using the spray tool
Quick develop

Lightroom 101 (Day 2)
III. Develop Module
Module Layout
Introduction to the Histogram
Fixing Tools: Crop, Spot Removal, Red Eye
Basics Panel
Targeted Adjustments with the Tone Curve and
Local Adjustments: Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter
Detail Panel in Brief
Fixing Vignetting

Lightroom 101 (Day 3)
IV. How to work effectively?!
Using presets
Publishing services
V. Exporting
Different types of exports
Stacking images
Moving between Lightroom and Photoshop
VI. General discussion

Digital blending (Day 4)
VII. Photoshop basics
Selection tools
Creative selection
The power of refine edge
Healing brush
Stamp tool
Open images as layers
Understanding layers and masks
Blending modes
VIII. Enhancing & sharpening details
Using plugins
Using Photoshop tricks

Digital blending (Day 5)
IX. How to take your shot
Understanding the site
Using bracketing
Getting multiple exposure from same image
X. First exercise (Blending 2 images)

Digital blending (Day 6)
XI. Blending 4 images with different exposures
XII. Applying plugins effects
XIII. Sharpening

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  • Shadi

    Thank you Ashraf for this excellent training. It was very informative and you gave from your heart :-) I guess this training should be a must for every photographer regardless of how much he considers himself confident in Lightroom and Photoshop.

    1 · February 6, 2014


    Dear Ashraf

    I'm still in India, flying back this evening, I can join only from next day ( Day 2)

    January 13, 2014

  • Amr

    Please confirm your attendance by contacting Fatima from Studio Attitude[masked]

    January 4, 2014

    • Amr

      Few more days to confirm your seat!

      January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys can I ask something.. it may sound silly .. but beginning of New year... new goals... additional tasks.. longer work hours..year end returns etc till not allow many of us to attend this. Just as much as we want to learn digital blending... can I request you to prepare notes / handouts...which can be purchased by that we can go through it when we are free....the course is bang in the middle of the week 6 days....and I work till 10 please consider this...



    December 30, 2013

    • Ashraf Munib J.

      Stay tuned I am preparing something for the people who won't be able to attend the training.

      3 · December 30, 2013

    • Azizah C.

      hope everyone will come physically. I dont think pp is something u can learn with notes. I cant wait.

      2 · December 31, 2013

  • Azizah C.

    Do we need to bring our laptops?

    December 29, 2013

    • Ashraf Munib J.

      Sure yes, because this is not only a course it will also be a workshop

      1 · December 29, 2013


    Hi Ashraf

    As I'm new in the light room , where can i get a trial version of the light room ?

    1 · December 17, 2013

    • Ashraf Munib J.

      Just download it from adobe they will give you trial version for 30 days

      December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting....but Monday!!!

    December 16, 2013

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