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Betty's Natural Portrait Retouching Techniques

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Price: $60.00 /per person

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Join us for a special afternoon workshop covering Betty Wiley’s post processing natural portrait retouching techniques. Learn how to make your portraits “sparkle”!!

During this workshop, you will learn how to:

Brighten the eyes to make them “sparkle” including enhancing eyes, eyebrows and eyelashes

Skin softening techniques, while retaining detail and texture

Applying digital make-up such as eye shadow, blush, eyeliner, and lipstick

Correcting skin tones

Removing blemishes, bags and circles under the eyes

Repairing “hot spots” on skin

Highlighting and adding vibrancy to hair

Brightening teeth

The focus on the techniques above will be to achieve a natural, believable look. All of this can be done using various techniques in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements without complicated masking. The techniques that will be taught are relatively quick, easy and effective and do not involve hours in front of a computer screen.

Some of the filters available in NIK Color Efex (both versions 3 or 4) will also be covered. There will be a short presentation followed by a hands-on demonstration with lots of help from Amy and Betty. Everyone will leave with a clear understanding of how to use these techniques, transforming their portraits into something special. Handouts will be provided.

Betty's Bio:

Betty Wiley is an award-winning photographer who currently resides in Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Her favorite subjects are birds and wildlife and she is an accomplished landscape photographer. She also loves photographing children and operates a small studio out of her home, AvaGrace studio ( ( Retired nearly 4 years ago from a long, rewarding and successful career in the biotech industry where she specialized in licensing products to treat rare genetic diseases, she loves having the freedom now to pursue her passion for photography. She belongs to several local camera clubs, Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club (CCAACC) where she was named “photographer of the year” for 2010, and also to Cape Cod View Finders Camera Club (CCVFCC) where her image of sandhill cranes won "image of the year" for 2011. Betty recently received a commendable award in the International Nature Photography competition sponsored by the Audubon Society. Betty's images frequently appear in Cape Cod magazine and she was featured in a photo essay which appeared in the July (2011) issue which showcased some of her images taken on Cape Cod and the islands. Betty is also a Getty image contributor and has sold work to companies such as American Eagle Outfitters.

Software that will be used:

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and some NIK

Requirements needed from students:

**While high proficiency is not required for Photoshop or Elements, knowledge of how to navigate the programs, download images from a CD and find them, and move them around your laptop and software programs is required.**

Need To Bring: Students will need laptops or a portable desktop with either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (a version that supports layers and masking, 9 or 10 work well). NIK software is optional and a trial version can be uploaded for this class.

3-4 close up portrait images that they want to work on that are preloaded onto their laptop/desktop or on a thumb drive so they can be found easily.

If you do not have a laptop or desktop you can bring, you may share with a friend if that works for you.

Refund Policy: If you find you can not attend, it is up to you to contact someone on the waiting list, or a friend and make arrangements with them to take your place. Refunds only if we have to change or cancel. Thank you.

This workshop will be professional, informative and fun!

Check out reviews from Betty's last workshop here. (