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Behind the Scenes: Ordinary to Extraordinary with Pullbacks and Processing

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    Have you ever wondered how some photographers create their magical images? Surely it must be an amazing location with gorgeous light and magical processing all wrapped up in one image, right? In this Breakout you’ll go behind the scenes with five photographers to see how they make extraordinary photographs with ordinary locations and light! In over ten hours of video, you’ll see how Elena Blair, Jamie Rubeis, Krista Campbell, Sally Molhoek, and Lissa Chandler create images from start to finish. You’ll see over seventy images– each image is accompanied by a video that includes the pullback, the straight out of camera image, and a processing video.  As an added bonus, some of the videos include shooting footage and an opportunity to listen in as the presenters discuss their thoughts on composition, perspective and more-- you'll even see additional photographs and outtakes in some of the series!



    • How to make an ordinary location extraordinary through composition, perspective and processing
    • How five photographers create images in their signature style
    • How to transform any location– from urban to rural– into a beautiful backdrop for your subjects
    • Processing tips and tricks that you can use in your own work (Lightroom, ACR and Photoshop)
    • How to minimize a cluttered location through composition and perspective



    A PDF with over 70 finished photographs with pullbacks and straight out of camera images

    Over ten hours of video where the photographer takes you through each of her images, showing pullbacks and a start to finish edit

    An interview about style and location with Elena Blair, Jamie Rubeis, Krista Campbell, Sally Molhoek, and Lissa Chandler

    Q&A Videos (5 Videos- one from each presenter)

    *Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.


    With a Canon 5d mark II and a few choice lenses in hand, Seattle photographer and NICU/Labor and Delivery nurse Elena Blair began working with film about ten years ago and then dipped her toes in the digital pool in 2010. Often described as fine art documentary, her photography is natural, organic, and emotive which is an extension of her family and their lifestyle. Elena, her husband, and three children are an active family that enjoys biking, hiking, and skiing. Elena is the instructor of the CPS workshop Going Beyond the Pose.

    Jamie Rubeis has always had a love for the outdoors. Growing up, she traveled frequently throughout the states visiting the most amazing National Parks and mountainous back country states such as Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. Today, her love of the outdoors translates into her portrait photography work. Jamie finds the beauty in every location she visits and her style is often translated as classic and sophisticated. Jamie is the instructor for CPS’s workshop Lightroom Fundamentals. When she is not busy shooting, editing, or teaching classes, Jamie often finds herself enjoying a nice glass of wine, a cozy blanket, and a good movie.

    Krista Campbell is natural light portrait, senior, and wedding photographer in Northwest Arkansas. A lover of golden fields, buttery backlight, and authentic emotion, she strives to transform the mundane into the magical by showcasing amazing light and interaction in her photography. She is a devoted wife and mother of a spirited 8-year-old daughter, who also serves as her muse. The past 19 years of teaching have taught her how to connect with clients and how to embrace the unpredictability of photographing others in a calm and patient way. Krista loves spicy Mexican food, reality TV, the ocean, and connecting with nature.

    Sally Molhoek is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Dallas-Fort Worth, where she lives with her husband of 16 years, and five kids ages 4-14, who have been her constant inspiration (and occasional exasperation). Drawing and painting since she was old enough to hold a crayon, she takes great joy in combining Art, and her love of human expression and connection, into her imagery. Sally is the instructor for CMUs workshop Creating Magical Moments.

    Lissa Chandler is a creative (and fun!) wedding and senior portrait photographer in Northwest Arkansas who loves happy photographs, vintage markets, crazy long sunsets, and fresh flowers. She edits exclusively in Lightroom 5 and loves Canon L lenses with her whole heart.

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    1. Best for beginners

      I'm fairly new to shooting, so I'm seeking out as much information as I can to improve as quickly as I can. Maybe it's because I used to be a fashion model so I'm used to being around shoots and thinking about locations/lighting, or maybe it's because my current job requires me to use my camera almost daily, but I just didn't learn much of anything I didn't already know from these courses. I also found the editing a bit sloppy at times (cloning/painting off layer masks was done with a lot less precision than I would use). I think this would be phenomenally helpful for someone just starting out, but if you've been shooting for a little while, you may want to look elsewhere. I wish I'd saved my money. on 14th Sep 2016

    2. A FAVORITE!

      I'm addicted to breakouts and this one really stood out for me. I learned a TON by watching the videos and it has made a difference in my own work. I see locations differently now. I'm not seeking out a "perfect" location any more. I know that I can make a simple landscape look beautiful. It was also very interesting to see the styles of these very different photographers. They are all so incredibly talented, but I loved how I felt a closer connection to one. I think every photographer that experiences this breakout will get something out of it because of that diversity. on 22nd Apr 2016

    3. Just in time!

      After considering different workshops, then going through all the previous breakouts in the CM store, at last moment, I read about this one! Just in time! I am in awe of all of the information and room for growth within this breakout! Not only are there gorgeous before and after images, the photographers share great locations, making the most out of places I’d never imagine taking photos. They also take the time to share their post processing. This breakout holds so much hope for me, I often take photos I love but don’t know where to go with them, or I butcher lovely images in post processing due to my lack of editing skills! I haven’t gotten through all of the videos yet, but I’m going to take my time and soak up as much as I can! Thanks ladies for a great opportunity! on 28th Feb 2016

    4. This breakout is so diverse!

      With five different photographers with different styles all showing how they do their own thing, you will get something different out of each one! I had so many “aha!” moments with editing in this! I consider myself pretty good with my Photoshop elements. But, there are so many things I have been doing the hard way, or had NO CLUE how to do until I watched these videos! I have always used Photoshop elements because I didn’t quite know how things worked in my full Photoshop, but, after watching this I switched to full Photoshop and I won’t be going back! There are so many new tools and tricks they teach and show! I loved it! You get SO much out of this breakout it’s crazy! From finding and using light when shooting, to deciding which lenses might be best for what you are looking for, to using a “not so great” location to it’s full potential, to how to take an image to the next level in post processing with Photoshop as well as Lightroom. So worth the price and the time to watch! on 28th Feb 2016

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