I found myself furiously clicking around Photoshop re-editing original photographs pulled from external hard drives, scribbling notes trying to lay out the patterns I worked in, and brewing new techniques wild eyed and maniacal. All of this while trying to stay awake and keep my voice calm and normal while I narrated and recorded it all in the middle of the night.
The result of months (maybe years? Who knows! I lost track of time) of this came out much cleaner and bigger than I had thought and turned into this tutorial that I’m quite proud of. I’m offering the knowledge of my techniques to you to better your own craft, whether it be to add that new-aged edgy look to your professional work or simply to bring something fresh to the results of your hobby. Check it out…
Specialized RAW Conversion Techniques - blend many different variations of the same raw file / picture to get ‘manual’ HDR effects you control.
Levels and Curves - learn how I use (and positively abuse) these lightness and darkness tools together to their fullest capability.
Multiply techniques - learn how to get the “Joey L signature look” to obtain a muddy, dark yet vivid tonal range in your own images
Dodge / Burn - see how I use these tools to enhance certain areas of my pictures, and special tips I’ve come across by trial and error
Soft Light Techniques - how to obtain edgy, ‘embossed’ looks on your photographs that make them pop out of the screen
Grunge - the best ways to apply textures, scratches and other dirty elements to your images and blend them in with precision
Rescue - save and rescue a ‘bad take’ or mistake you can’t afford to have. Examples such as swapping peoples heads from different pictures, expanding the cut off area of a photo, etc.
Tilt / Shift effect - learn how to get a realistic ‘tilt shift’ lens blur effect in Photoshop without having to buy one / manual focus
Quick Masks - how to make realistic selections to influence light and dark values, manually controlling the look of an otherwise flat image
Cooking Your Own Textures- yup, I kid you not! How you can bake up your own textures in the oven to use in your grungey photographs