The Adobe Lightroom Bootcamp – A New Udemy Photography Workshop

Just launched – my latest Udemy course is the deepest of dives in Adobe Lightroom, and it’s a monster.  

Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for both maintaining a large digital photo library and editing images to achieve their full artistic potential.  Lightroom’s interface corresponds to an ideal workflow that makes sense to experienced darkroom photographers and digital creators just learning their tools.  The program is broken down into powerful modules – the Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web- and in this Lightroom Bootcamp, we tackle each one, exploring all the features and how they might be relevant to different kinds of photographers, no matter what genre or if its for commercial or purely artistic purposes.

Students will learn:

…editing approaches that bring out the best in your photography

…how to retouch portraits and create classic epic landscapes

…how to create custom filters, brushes and other templates while getting the most out of Lightroom’s stock filters and brushes

…techniques for speeding up their workflow through the use of auto synchronization, virtual copies, and more

…how to combine multiple exposures for panoramic and HDR photography

…ideas for sequencing and creating layouts for photo books and prints

And much, much more.

I’ve been using and teaching Lightroom for a decade, and in that time I’ve found it to be my go-to software for photo editing, organization and finishing. I’m so excited to share how Lightroom can expand any photographer’s creativity and workflow!

The course is sold on Udemy for $100, but through September it’s only $50 with this secret coupon!

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Instax Model Shoots with Lux!

Instax Model Shoots #2 featuring Lux, aka Luxbot Lacheln, Lux Tango etc. I’ve worked with Lux more than any other model since 2011 and we always have a great time shooting instant film. The camera used for all of these shots is the Fuji Instax Mini Neo Classic 90.

Help support the Primordial Creative studio via Patreon and check out our photography tutorials on our Skillshare channel!

Patreon vs Tumblr For The Soul Of The Art Nude Photographer

Patreon! Tumblr! Where can or should an artist who photographs nudes share their work? Is censored images on instagram or Facebook good enough? How does one honor the actual work? I do what I can to address the considerations of the art nude/ fashion nude photographer in these 5 brief minutes!

Help support the creative work of our studio at http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller and check out our photography tutorials at http//www.skillshare.com/r/davidmiller

Instax Model Shoot Series with Glass Olive

Welcome to a new series where I show you some specific shoots I did with models and Fuji Instax film!  These images were shot with the Fuji Instax Mini Neo Classic 90 in 2015 with model/ actress/ Penthouse Pet Glass Olive aka Olive Glass.  We shot in Utah by the Great Salt Lake, a very barren area ideal for the minimalist photography I like with my Instax.

Show some love to our studio Primordial Creative on Patreon and check out further photography/ art tutorials at my Skillshare channel!

“Jiangshi” – new fashion/ music /art video

“Jiangshi” is a new track I created this summer in a spurt of music making- basically I got really into the Chinese folk instruments and normal orchestral bits on my iPhone’s Garageband and went to town.  About a dozen tracks were made, and the cream I put together as an EP, “The Haunting of Three Gorges”.  
“Jiangshi”, specifically, has Alina Lee vocals as a few of the instruments, and is an industrial trip hop stomper with a lot of melodic Eastern orchestral bits.  I’m super proud of the song and the video which used Alana Schoen and Sky K Blue and features makeup fx by Crissy Stardust.  
The $7 EP, containing 8 songs and 2 remixes, is available here now! 
This video is actually a very short edit of the actual “Jiangshi” which clocks in at around 4:30.  Just enough to give a sense of the full song- videos like these are equal parts fashion/ beauty, art, and music video, and I love when it all dovetails in this way!

Ana Corbi – Gothic Romantic

Ana Corbi is a Spanish actress and model I have been fortunate enough to shoot with a couple times this year.  Our last shoot was during the San Diego Comic Con when I decided to drive up to LA rather than mess around with the crowds 5 days in a row.

Ana had just returned from Europe and I texted her at noon to see if she was available for a 4pm shoot.  It turned out to be one of the most fruitful shoots I’ve done this year, even if it was totally spontaneous- we got three looks in and make a short film, “Años Azul”, which will be released towards the end of September.  It all comes down to photographer and model being on the same page, where the vision is pretty unified so there isn’t a lot of time being wasted and we can just jump into being creative.

In the meantime, one 18+ set, ‘The Vampire Diaries’, is currently available on my Patreon at the $5 and above level!

Dusk + DIY Zine Class

It’s zine fest season again, and I’m finishing up on my first “big production” zine.  This one is called Dusk and features a combination of sharp graphic design on my photographs combined with hard edged poetry from a few wonderfully talented writers. I shaped it in response to the hard political climate we currently live under, even though politics are not present, it definitely shows in the emotional response represented in Dusk.

I made so many zines last year, and none in 2017, that I’m suddenly remembering how fun and expressive zine making is, like running into an old best friend.

I made a class for zine beginners on my Skillshare channel, and it’s still one of my highest rated/ most frequently lauded classes.  No experience necessary, just paper and pens!