Upcoming Speaking/Teaching Engagements

The big PhotoPlus Conference is coming up! If you don’t know about PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo, it’s one of the biggest and best phototography expos and conferences around and held annually here in NYC. If you’re a photographer or in the industry, it’s a must-see.

I have two Hands-On Masterclass Seminars at PhotoPlus this year – one for Product retouching and one for Beauty retouching.  Head on over to the PhotoPlus Seminar Schedule, register, and join up.  I’d love to see you there.

Descriptions from the PhotoPlus websites below…

Thu, Oct 27, 2011 – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Professional Beauty Retouching

Seminar Description:
Using a dramatic cosmetic beauty shot as a starting point, retouching professional Carrie Beene will demonstrate how to enhance a variety of beauty situations called for in real world professional retouching during this two-hour hands-on session. Emphasis will be placed on high end retouching at a professional level. The major areas discussed will be skin, hair, lips and eyes, with an emphasis on Beene’s coveted technique for perfect textured skin and how to get it. Areas that will be addressed include: eyes: how to clean, add pop, create eyelashes for a variety of situations and remove or add makeup. Lips: cleaning extra lines, adding shine and creating gloss, matching lipstick colors and reshaping. Masking and color correction: How to create simple masks and use them for color correcting skin and hair. From understanding how blending modes work and why professionals use them in every retouch to exploring techniques to make skin look exquisite while retaining texture, Beene will cover everything under the sun. Additional areas of discussion include: how to add natural texture to flat or “soft” areas of hair, clothing or skin; procedures for creating specialized brushes to mimic eyelashes and strands of natural looking hair; using “On the Fly” quick mask mode to change and correct makeup and lip colors and methods for using liquify to enhance the shape of a models hair and face. All of the above will be done with attention to a high resolution output with seamless retouching. Handouts will be provided.

Sat, Oct 29, 2011 – 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Professional Product Retouching

Seminar Description:
In this two-hour, hands-on seminar, master retoucher Carrie Beene will demonstrate how to put products into a new background and retouch them for maximum pop and sharpness. Product retouching needs the proper structure for efficiency and ease of workflow. Building our file step-by-step, Beene will illustrate the importance of keeping the layer structure in correct form for easy changes. We will isolate product elements into groups so they can be moved along with their color corrections into different positions within the image with minimum effort. Product retouching is all about the color and mimicking an actual product. To address this, we will discuss how to change plastic to metal and silver- metal to gun-metal or black, high-shine metal. Beene will show you how to color correct powdered cosmetic products and give them texture, while also talking about adding shape and 3D quality to make the product jump off the page. Logo treatment is very important to product retouching. With this in mind, Beene will show you how to remove the logo from an image, add in the Illustrator file logo as a Smart Object and warp it into place for the highest possible sharpness. Finally, to address a common practice within today’s advertising community, Beene will demonstrate how to deliver a simplified PSD file to the client.

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