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Edgy Photography: From Photo Shoot to Photoshop
Calvin Hollywood
with Calvin Hollywood
German Photographer/Photoshop Artist Calvin Hollywood - known for his edgy, contemporary photography and composites, takes you through his entire process from the location shoot to... READ MORE
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Edgy Photography: From Photo Shoot to Photoshop
lessons: 15 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 23min
published: 2011
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Edgy Photography: From Photo Shoot to Photoshop
with Calvin Hollywood
German Photographer/Photoshop Artist Calvin Hollywood - known for his edgy, contemporary photography and composites, takes you through his entire process from the location shoot to the computer to show you how to achieve the same tough and gritty look that has become part of his signature style in the professional world. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Calvin Hollywood travels to historic Ybor City in Tampa, Florida to scout a cool location for this shoot.

1min, 28sec
lesson 2: Scouting the Location

Calvin explores the warehouse with his lighting assistant, Matias – taking light and texture into consideration.

3min, 28sec
lesson 3: Model and Gear

This is a gritty, edgy photo shoot, hence the need for Jack, a heavily tattooed subject. Plus, Calvin gives a rundown on the lighting equipment and gear needed for this photo shoot.

2min, 2sec
lesson 4: Lighting Setup and Photo Shoot

Learn how Calvin tests for light and adjusts his settings before adding the strobe with beauty dish and grid. Then, see some different settings as more lights are added and adjustments are made during the shoot.

16min, 46sec
lesson 5: Raw Conversion 1

Back in the Kelby Training studios, Calvin explains some of the finer points of Camera Raw, what to do, and what not to do while going through the first part of his conversion process.

5min, 54sec
lesson 6: Raw Conversion 2

Calvin takes you through more of his Raw conversion process to get to the look that meets his style of photography.

7min, 10sec
lesson 7: Raw Conversion 3

The third part of Calvin's Raw process involves creating a high-contrast, highly detailed layer.

8min, 28sec
lesson 8: Not a Passing FAD

Calvin shows you his signature FAD (Freaky Amazing Details) technique.

5min, 49sec
lesson 9: Topaz Details

Learn another way to add Freaky Amazing Details by using Topaz Labs' Details 2 plug-in.

5min, 17sec
lesson 10: True Grit

Next, learn how Calvin achieves the tough, gritty, edgy look he uses when he photographs tough, gritty, edgy artists on location.

4min, 1sec
lesson 11: Creating Vignette Light

Calvin shows you his technique for creating a vignette lighting effect that can be repositioned.

4min, 11sec
lesson 12: Fine-Tuning

Making a few adjustments to the skin tone.

5min, 19sec
lesson 13: Noise Control

One of Calvin's personal techniques includes first reducing, then adding noise to give an overall airbrushed, painterly effect.

4min, 48sec
lesson 14: The Technique That Cannot Be Named

Now that 80% of his work is done, Calvin finishes up the final 20% in the only way he can – by experimenting, playing around and getting artistic.

5min, 5sec
lesson 15: Wrap Up

The class concludes with a final before/after look at the finished picture and a recap of each layer group. As always, Calvin says, if you have any questions please feel free to email him at

3min, 36sec
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Calvin Hollywood
meet  Calvin Hollywood
Germany-Based Photoshop Artist, Compositor & Trainer
Calvin Hollywood is a digital artist, photographer, Photoshop trainer, and author from Germany. He's a photography-based artist who focuses on getting the perfect shot with Photoshop. In addition, he also serves as an Adobe Promoter and writer for a number of magazines.
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