Creative Post-Processing: Using Simple Techniques to Craft Artistic Images

with Shelley Vandegrift

June 17 – 27, 2024

Mondays and Thursdays; 12:30 – 3:00 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $525.00

Course Description

Embark on a creative journey with Shelley Vandegrift to create dynamic imagery by elevating your technical skills in Photoshop and Lightroom. Whether you are looking to infuse emotion and mood into your work or master basic compositing techniques for storytelling purposes, this course offers a comprehensive and enjoyable exploration of creative post-processing.

Shelley, an accomplished photographer and educator, simplifies the complexities of post-processing, making it accessible and understandable. Gain insights into the art of editing, discovering how it can amplify your vision and express emotions through strategic manipulation of light, focus, color, texture, and content. Unlike traditional courses that focus solely on navigating menus and tools, this program emphasizes mastering the easiest techniques, tools, and workflows to achieve creative results.

Over the course of four sessions, we explore fundamental Photoshop and Lightroom techniques to artistically enhance tonality, contrast, and sharpness. We discuss adding and modifying color through techniques such as split-toning, filters, color grading, and LUTs. Shelley guides you through the creation of blur, glow, and atmospheric effects, imparting an ethereal quality to your imagery. We master the use of multiple layers, blending images seamlessly to craft compelling narratives, and learn to create a cohesive tone by adding texture files. Finally, we explore adding drama and personality through creative plug-ins and presets.

Join Shelley on this artistic exploration to expand your post-processing toolkit, connect with your unique voice, and achieve the creative results you’ve been longing for. It is a journey that proves creative excellence is easier to attain than you might think.

Additional Information


This workshop is appropriate for amateurs of any level seeking to take their post-processing in a more creative direction. Color, black and white, and infrared photographers are all welcome.

What You Should Know:

While this workshop does not require an in-depth knowledge of any software, it is best suited to those with a working knowledge of Lightroom or Camera Raw and Photoshop’s interface and adjustment layers or who have taken Photoshop for Photographers: The Essentials. This workshop is designed for those looking for a creative post-processing boost rather than those seeking to master Adobe’s applications.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 12:30 – 3:00 pm (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting June 17 and ending June 27 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Applications, Creative Vision
Shelley Vandegrift

Shelley Vandegrift fell under the spell of photography as a 10-year-old child, carefully watching and learning in her father’s darkroom. From that point forward, the technical components of the post-production process held as much attraction for her as the creative experience behind the lens. With the introduction of digital photography, she found a marriage between her two passions: photography and computer technology. She shares that passion both in her photographic art and in workshops and webinars globally.

Her teaching focuses primarily on two areas: artistic post-processing techniques and infrared photography. Shelley possesses a knack for taking post-processing techniques and making them accessible to all. In conjunction with her artistic mentor and friend, Laurie Klein, she guides photographers in achieving their own artistic vision through the magic of post-processing and discovering the skills they need to craft their stories.

Shelley is co-author with Laurie Klein of Infrared Photography: Digital Techniques for Artistic Images, 2nd Edition from Amherst Publishing. She is the designer and developer of Infrared Mastery presets for Luminar and Lightroom, and has been a guest lecturer/presenter for Skylum and DxO software.  Her work has been featured in the two-woman exhibit, The Beauty of Invisible Light, at the Commons Gallery and in B&W Magazine, A. Smith Gallery, the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, Dallas City Hall, Lucas Gallery, and the Art Travelers Gallery at Dallas’s Love Field airport.

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