Fine Art Portraiture, Styling & Retouching

Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk teaches her painterly approach to photography

Drawing inspiration from her years as a painter, Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk creates painterly portraits with a camera. Her imaginative concepts, meticulous planning, and attention to every detail result in fine art photography portraits that belong on museum walls. Gemmy shares her understanding of historical approaches to lighting, wardrobe selection, and character-building before taking you into Photoshop where she gives her portraiture the final polish.

Fine Art Photography Process

In this photography tutorial Gemmy reveals her entire creative process and demonstrates the techniques used to create her beautiful painterly images in-studio and in Photoshop.

Starting with pre-production, Gemmy walks through how she conceptualizes and finds inspiration for her images. She then works with her trusted stylist and assistant to create a distinct look and style for the fine art portrait.

On set, Gemmy sets up and tests studio lighting, meticulously placing and dialing in the desired power and quality of light required for her painterly style. You then see her pose and communicate with her subject, direct her stylist, and work entirely through capturing an image on set.

Once an image is captured, Gemmy then demonstrates her unique and thorough Photoshop post production workflow to see the final portrait realized.

Throughout the tutorial, you'll go behind the scenes on two complete photo shoots and their respective retouching processes.

Finally, Gemmy challenges you with a homework assignment to create an image of your own. RAW files, composite elements, a Photoshop action, and final images are all included with the purchase of this tutorial.

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  • 01. Pink Flamingo
    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Introduction
      Introduction (1:49)
      An introduction and overview of the Fine Art Portraiture series with photographer, Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Capture Test
      Capture Test (12:35)
      Observe the iterative process of creating a solid base image for a composite concept. From gear setup, light and camera settings, focal point, catch light placement, and key/fill light balance.

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Image I
      Image I (11:15)
      Learn more of the iterative process as Gemmy adjusts details in the model’s pose, styling and relative lighting. Learn to pre-visualize elements of the composite image during production.

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Image Preparation
      Image Preparation (14:35)
      Work with the final Flamingo concept in Photoshop and prepare the composite base for retouching. Add compositing elements and bring the color and light into balance with Photoshop Helpers.

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Mask Adjustments
      Mask Adjustments (5:53)
      Observe best practices when masking to make effective masking adjustments for convincing compositing, using native photoshop tools. Use blurring and paint strokes to enhance the compositing.

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Creating Depth with Shadows
      Creating Depth with Shadows (14:00)
      Identifying flat areas in the base composite and targeting areas to build shadows based upon the production light source. Learn to build dimension with shadow and light. Paint with a variety of shadow techniques, developing a layered approach, creating a soft, natural diffusion.

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Shading with Layers
      Shading with Layers (6:40)
      Review areas to apply the shading technique and consider best practices for creating a realistic composite with dimension and shape. Considerations around a layer based shading approach

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Basic Cleanup
      Basic Cleanup (6:28)
      Refine the composite to remove halos. Create a simple skin retouch.

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Frequency Separation
      Frequency Separation (9:27)
      Refine layer organization and manually build and apply Frequency Separation to subtly hone the skin tones and support the painterly look.

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Dodge & Burn
      Dodge & Burn (7:43)
      Add more dimension and depth to the composite by creating more refined shadows and highlights with Dodge and Burn and Channel Masks. Isolate specific areas for subtle additions of contrast in the highlights. Enhance the image with Selective Color

    • Thumbnail for Pink Flamingo / Refining Shadow & Light
      Refining Shadow & Light (14:15)
      Push the concept to completion, finalizing the painterly look

  • 02. Open Birdcage
    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Pose I
      Pose I (15:20)
      Observe the process of working with a child model to create the primary pose for a composite image

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Pose II
      Pose II (14:27)
      Observe the process of working with a child model to create additional supporting poses for a composite image

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Pose III
      Pose III (8:27)
      Observe the process of working with a child model to create a variant pose for a composite image

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Pose IV
      Pose IV (10:09)
      Observe the process of working with a child model to create the final pose for a composite image

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Image Preparation
      Image Preparation (10:18)
      Prepare all of the image elements in order to build a composite. Create basic masks for the 4 separate poses created in production. Create a proper ratio between each of the image poses and hone the balance of the overall composition.

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Masking
      Masking (12:36)
      Refine the basic masks with an overview for each pose to build a seamless integration with the background. Setup up the base composite of a bird for an additional story element

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Shadows
      Shadows (7:38)
      Add dimension to the bird with convincing shading for a realistic composite

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Cleanup
      Cleanup (7:18)
      Retouch a variety of elements to move the image towards the final composition

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Dodge & Burn
      Dodge & Burn (4:52)
      Use dodge and burn to create richer falloff between contoured shadows and specular highlights

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Color Grading
      Color Grading (12:54)
      Dial in the color with adjustments to push further towards the painterly look and feel

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Final Touches
      Final Touches (9:27)
      Apply the final grading to the composite image

    • Thumbnail for Open Birdcage / Homework Assignment
      Homework Assignment (1:48)
      Apply all of the skills from the series to a custom Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk image, captured specifically for this tutorial series. Create your own Fine Art Portraiture composite image.


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