Post-Processing for Creative Results

with Shelley Vandegrift

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Course Description

Do you look at unique photographic work and wish you had the ability to add the same creative flair to your own images? Do you often worry that you don’t have the technical skills to get similar creative results? If these concerns are your concerns, Shelley Vandegrift is ready and willing to guide you on a fun journey to develop your post-processing skills and add a creative element to all your images. It’s easier than you think.

While this is a post-processing course, its strength lies in its focus on creative results rather than simply mastering a variety of tools in a specific imaging application. Shelley’s workshop takes an entirely different route starting with a desired result and then exploring the easiest techniques, tools, and workflows to achieve it. 

Shelley Vandegrift, an accomplished photographer and educator with a knack for making post-processing understandable, leads you on an exploration of what artistic editing is and how embracing it can add emotion and mood that expresses your vision. You learn to make a plan for bringing your story to life through the manipulation of light, focus, color, texture, and content. 

Topics to be covered include:
• Using the basics such as contrast and sharpness artistically
• Dodging and burning highlights and shadows and vignetting to lead the viewer’s eye
• Effectively applying blur and glow to add an ethereal feel
• Adding or modifying color to suit your story with split-toning, filters, and LUTs
• Enhancing or changing the image’s content with overlays or removing or moving elements
• Pulling the story together using texture files
• Adding drama through creative plug-ins and presets

Join Shelley to get the creative results you have dreamed of for your images.

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. Some techniques are illustrated using plug-ins such as the NIK Collection, Luminar, and Flood2. You do not need to own these plug-ins to take this workshop. This workshop is designed for those looking for a creative post-processing boost rather than those seeking to master Adobe’s applications.


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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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