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Artistic Portraiture Retouching and Critique

  • Sep 29, 2013 · 1:00 PM

I'm very pleased to announce that we will be adding ONE MORE 5-hour session on Artistic Retouching with Karen Vaisman, so if you missed our first workshop this past weekend, you won't want to miss this second fantastic opportunity to learn how Karen uses Imagenomics, Nik, OnOne and Photoshop in her gorgeous images.  You will leave this workshop feeling confident in your ability to produce the kinds of results as shown on this page.

Delivered in a classroom setting, the class will focus on working with one image, provided to you at the beginning of class, and going step-by-step through Karen's workflow. Karen will share her secrets with you on professionally retouching and finishing using Photoshop CS5 or CS6, Imagenomics, Nik Software and OnOne. Specialty filters will be demonstrated by Karen to showcase how to get her exquisite polished results. The class is not meant to learn everything about Photoshop – it has a targeted goal to learn the techniques to professionally retouch one glamour image from start to finish. You will be amazed..! 

Karen will also be doing a professional Critique of your images, so you will want to provide two images on a thumbdrive and bring it to class. You may use any type of image, but since this is all about portraiture, we would love to see your portraits! This is a wonderful opportunity to have your images evaluated by a seasoned pro. 


REQUIREMENTS: Laptops are required, loaded with Photoshop CS5, CS6, or CC (wifi is available). If you don't have Photoshop, you can download a FREE trial version here. You should have some familiarity with Photoshop. Bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes. Please make sure your Raw (Nef or CR2) drivers are installed in Photoshop (open a raw file to make sure it will open with no errors).

TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS WORKSHOP, YOU SHOULD HAVE THE ADDITIONAL FOLLOWING SOFTWARE LOADED ON YOUR COMPUTER:

–  Imagenomic Portraiture (Photoshop Software Plug-in) Click here for FREE trial

–  Nik Color Efex (Photoshop Software Plug-in) Click here for 15 day FREE trial

–  OnOne Software (Photoshop Software Plug-in) Click here for 30 day FREE trial

(Note: If you choose to download free trials above please be sure software is installed and works prior to class as there will not be time for technical support).

Class size – 18 person limit, and 10 person minimum to hold the class. Please read the "question" after you RSVP, it will give you the location information. You will also receive an updated email prior to class with last minute details and the Vacaville location.

AND... WE HAVE INCREDIBLE PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS!!!

Drinking water will be provided. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early (12:30PM) so you have time to set up your computer and load photos, and make sure your programs are working properly. 



ABOUT KAREN..Specializing in Fashion, Glamour and Portraits her art and photography are expressive and imaginative with an underlying classical style. Her experience spans working with Hollywood models, actors, and Beverly Hills designers along with photographing Fashion Week in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on sculpting with light, delivering exquisitely posed images created with finely-detailed post production and digital painting techniques. Careful model selection, hat couture, wardrobe and set styling are prominent in her imagery. She has honed her creativity over 30 years as a Professional Photographer & Retouch Artist and is here to share it with all of you for this very special limited engagement. 

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  • Sandy S

    Thank you Karen, it was so nice to finally meet you what a great teacher you are. I was able to learn some really great new techniques that will really help me to take my photography to the next level. Thank you for the wonderful prize as well. Thank you Jan and Steve for letting us use your home and what a beautiful home! Jane, Thanks for all the wonderful goodies they where so yummy! I look forward to the next class.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      You are very welcome!! I look forward to working with you again soon. Let's see some great images made with the new techniques!! Please do post before and afters!!

      September 30, 2013

  • Cheryl G

    Thank you again Karen, Jan, and Steve for another great class. What a wonderful opportunity to learn from Karen. She is so creative, patient, and very approachable - which makes for a wonderful experience. I hope to take more classes with her. I do think the fantasy portrait class would be fun!

    2 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      Thank you so much Cheryl for your kind remarks!

      September 30, 2013

  • Justin

    This was a great class! Thank you for walking us through some wonderful lessons! I couldn't believe that *I* could do that kind of work on an image! Thanks for helping boost my confidence!

    2 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      Justin, the world is your oyster, I'm so glad I helped open your eyes to all of the possiblities! Please do continue to experiment and expand your creativity. Post some before and afters to the meetup so we can all enjoy!

      1 · September 30, 2013

  • Diane

    Excellent class - Karen is a very thorough (and patient) instructor! I learned a lot for her. Would love to take more classes from her.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Diane

      Now, I'm going to be in search of backgrounds - you've opened up a whole new world for most, if not all of us (for me for sure!). Thanks again for sharing your tools and techniques.

      1 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      Please do post to the meetup so I can see the fruits of your labor!

      September 30, 2013

  • Andrea K.

    The knowledge Karen has is incredible. Class was very well planned and Karen is a great instructor.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      Thank you so much Andrea!! I appreciate the great effort you took to make it to the class driving up from Santa Barbara! It means a lot to me. I hope you came away with some excellent knowledge to move your work to the next level :)

      September 30, 2013

  • Jane H.

    Had a very informative and productive class yesterday now I need to shoot and put some of the things I learned to the test, Karen is very knowledgeable and was very,very patient instructor she is also very approachable and willing to share her vast experience helping you become a better photographer, I look forward to taking more classes as they become available from her.
    And thanks for all the compliments on the goodies I love baking and its nice to receive such kind words about it

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      You are too kind Jane! Thank you for all of your kind words and I look forward to seeing some before and afters from all of you! Please do post to the meetup so I can see how you are applying the skills!

      September 30, 2013

  • Justin

    Jane, thank you for some yummy treats! (I've had to put my diet on hold TWICE!)

    2 · September 30, 2013

    • Justin

      LOL. Thanks! I'm packing a few extra pounds that I would like to get off. (and I just bought newer clothes to accommodate the increased girth. :-( ). But thank you for the compliment!

      September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      Thank you Jane!! Move over Betty Crocker!

      September 30, 2013

  • Jane H.

    Also would like to say a big Thank you to Jan and her husband who graciously open their home, their mi casa is su casa attitude is wonderful.

    2 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      Big round of applause for Jan and Steve! Thank you for being our gracious host!

      September 30, 2013

  • Lorretta

    Great class, Karen has the patience of a saint. I would however like to go over the eyelash program as it did not work on my computer (it wouldn't resize and the Onone program to put a different background in, the latter I REALLY WANTED TO LEARN. Hopefully I can play around with the program before it expires!

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the class. Jan and I are discussing offering a Fantasy Portrait class focusing just on replacing backgrounds. It is a specialized topic and deserves a lot more focus so stay tuned! If I get feedback that you and the other students want more digital makeup we can certainly do a class to focus more on those skills. They require finess and being able to manage the warp tool.

      September 30, 2013

  • Sheila S.

    Thanks again to Jan for opening her home to us. Karen, another great class! I still have lots to learn. Thank so much for sharing your techniques. I've attended classes where the instructors spoon feed you, and you never come away from the class with a complete understanding. Looking forward to more classes.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      Sheila your enthusiasm and commitment to your photography is quite admirable. Thank you for your kind words, I hope you do now have a more complete understanding of retouching!

      September 30, 2013

  • Francine C.

    The class was outstanding! I learned so much valuable information and really appreciate Karen's teaching style and her patience. Now I have to practice what I've learned to take my portraits to the next level. Thanks, Jan, for your warmth and hospitality. Looking forward to more classes.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Karen V.

      So glad you enjoyed it Francine, I hope these skills take your work to the next level!

      September 30, 2013

  • Karen

    Excellent class!

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Karen V.

      thank you Karen!

      September 30, 2013

  • Justin

    Never mind. I found it in my spam folder. Don't have time to download it though. Hopefully when I'm there.

    September 29, 2013

  • Justin

    I never received the brush download or any mail. I hope we can get that at the class.

    September 29, 2013

  • Karen V.

    Jan sent out a brush download for you to load into your photoshop brushes - you can copy that .ABR file into your Photoshop CS6, Presets / brushes directory and then load the brushes into Photoshop by following this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg5VbYWlLNg After today you will never look at retouching and light the same way! Looking forward to meeting you all!

    -Karen

    P.S. - if you need help with any of the above please come to class at noon to get tech support issues resolved.

    September 29, 2013

  • Karen V.

    I'm very excited to meet the class today! Please be sure you have you are able to load .NEF Camera Raw file (Nikon) today. You can download the updated drivers from the adobe web site. Please be sure to have all the above plugins loaded - if you were in our last class be sure the trial date for the 3 plugins you may have downloaded above has not expired. Try opening a file in all the plugins to make sure the software is working. We will be providing sample files to the class today to do the practice exercises. If you attended our last class and have not yet turned in your disk for the models, please bring them today (one for each model), we would greatly appreciate it!!

    September 29, 2013

  • Karen V.

    Over $800 in Giveaway prizes await you! Tell your friends to sign up. This class may not be offered again.

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Sandy S

    Yes, I am so excited I can't wait!

    2 · September 26, 2013

  • Diane

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Sheila S.

    Can't wait. Looking forward to it.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Karen V.

    Hello Everyone! I hope you are all getting as excited as I am for me to share my retouching secrets with you. Please tell your friends this is a special event and may not be repeated! Only a few spots left!

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Irene B.

    So sad that I will not be able to attend.

    2 · September 23, 2013

  • Sandy S

    I got my boss to let me off early so I will be able to make it ya

    2 · September 23, 2013

  • Paul H

    Supposed to be working again, but I'll try to get out of it to attend this; very disappointed I missed the first session!

    3 · September 20, 2013

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