Does Trick Photography & Special Effects 2nd Edition Really Work or Is it a Scam? Here is a review of Evan Sharboneau's Program:
With the advent of digital photography a whole new bag of tricks has presented itself to photographers—especially those interested in trick photography. You would be amazed at all the things you can do with your digital SLR camera, and Evan Sharboneau hopes to amaze you in his new guide Trick Photography and Special Effects. The course is full of techniques for creating awe-inspiring images using a number of special techniques.
The course is broken into three modules, and includes a 300 page eBook with 400 illustrations as well as nine hours of instructional videos that demonstrate each technique in detail. Some of the techniques are quite simple to learn, and can be used right away, while others require a bit more elbow grease, and make take a while to master.
Tons of Image Examples
The guide is full of images taken by many different artists that make use of the techniques Evan is teaching. Many of the images link to sources of further information about the techniques and the artists so you can learn more about them.
The video lessons cover every detail of the advanced methods being taught, and show readers exactly how to duplicate the impressive results achieved in the sample images. Some of the techniques are done in-camera at the time the photograph is taken, but there are a lot of effects that are achieved during the editing process in Photoshop CS5.
Below is a brief description of what you can expect to learn in the three modules of the course:
Module 1: Light Painting & Long Exposure Effects
This module is all about the creative use of light, and shows photographers how playing with different light sources and techniques can lead to dramatic, intense, and surreal results. Specific topics include:
- Fundamentals of Lighting Techniques
- Use of Alternative Light Sources
- Light Painting Methods &Techniques
- Using Motion for a Blur Effect
- Capturing Star Trails
- Playing with Long Exposures
Module 2: Special Effects & Trick Photography
In the second module a number of special effects are covered, each producing jaw dropping results that will make viewers scratch their heads wondering how you them it off. Some of what is covered includes:
- In-Camera Tricks and Illusions
- High-Speed Photography
- Infrared Photography
- Capturing Reflections in Bubbles
- Using Smoke to Create Special Effects
- Techniques Using Double Exposures
- Creating Planet Panoramas
- Experimenting with Birefringence
- HDR Photography Techniques
- Using a Scanner for Time-Displacement Effects
Module 3: Working in Photoshop
In module three you will learn how to create magical effects using Photoshop CS5, the world’s most popular image editing software. Many techniques are covered here, the most notable of which include:
- Using Blending Modes & Layer Masks
- Levitation Photography
- Multiplicity Photography
- Manipulating Flesh
- The Harris Shutter Effect
- “The Invisible Man” Technique
- Using Tilt-Shift Effects
- The Droste Effect
- Mixing Day With Night
No Experience Necessary
The more photography experience you have, the easier it will be to pick up some of these new tricks—but Sharboneau assumes no existing skill on the part of the reader, and explains every technique as if he were speaking to a beginner. While some of the tricks and techniques would certainly be considered advanced, there are taught in a way that makes them accessible even to those with limited experience behind the camera.
If you have ever looked a trick photography images and wondered how the photographer possibly achieved the result, this is one guide you need to get your hands on. All the secrets behind trick photography and image manipulation are revealed in full. Once you have spent a month or two playing around with the techniques in the guide you will truly be a magician with the camera, able to conjure up all manner of deceptive, intriguing images.
Do I Need an Expensive Camera?
You may think you need to go out and spend a few grand on a camera to achieve great results, but the good news is—you don’t. If you already have a high quality digital SLR that is great, but any digital camera will do for most of the effects you will be trying to achieve. Do you want to hear some more good news? If Photoshop CS5 doesn’t fit within your budget you can use Gimp, a free software program that can do most of the same things.
Step By Step Instructions
The eBook is great, but the best thing about this course is the 50+ video files in which Evan goes over each technique for you to see with your own eyes. This is pure gold, especially for the more complicated techniques that are a bit harder to master. There is nothing like watching someone perform the skill right in front of you. It takes all of the guesswork out of the process, and you can watch the video lessons over and over until you have the skills down pat. The reference images are another great resource, as they allow you to see exactly what the effect should look like when it is performed correctly.
A Buffet of Effects
Another great thing about this guide is that each effect is taught separately, so you are free to learn the ones that interest you and ignore the rest. There are so many interesting techniques to choose from that you will certainly find some effects that you just have to learn—but which those are is completely up to you.
Some of the techniques are open ended, meaning you can use them in any number of ways to achieve a variety of different results. In this way you can use them for inspiration, and play around with different applications of each principle.
If you are into photography and like to think outside of the box, you will instantly fall in love with this course. Once you see all of the things you can do with your digital camera you will never look at it the same way again.