Video Tutorial Review: “Image Editing, Volume 1” by Chip Phillips

If you’ve already stumbled on Chip’s gallery I am sure you would agree with me that it is nothing less than wonderful. Chip’s images are very tasteful crafts, cared for till the very minute details. But is good photography and composition skills enough  to deliver such breathtaking imagery ?

Well no, post-processing technique is an intrinsic part of digital photography and, no matter how good you are on the field, you should master your digital dark room to take your images to the next step and give them that "wow" factor.

So, if like me, you are a landscape photographer and would like to learn the secrets behind Chip’s pictures’ crispness and vibrant colors now is your chance to grab this video tutorial "Image Editing, Volume 1" from Chip himself for only $39 USD.

Chip was kind enough to provide me with a free copy of the video so I can review it but I will tell you honestly I have learned a lot from it. The video tutorial has a running time of about 3.5 hours during which Chip will walk-us through the different techniques he uses on his images and teach us how to use them. The final video of the series is a 1h 34 minutes step-by-step walk through of 2 images from the RAW till publishing state.

I should also mention that, in these videos, Chip uses mainly Adobe Photoshop and occasionally Adobe lightroom for retouching and most techniques covered may not be compatible with Adobe Photoshop elements.

Although Chip repeatedly says that these videos are not for beginners, I have to mention that they are easy to follow and are really done with the beginner in mind. So if you have basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop you should do just fine.

For a total download size of 1.1 GB, this tutorial is made of 8 different videos and is divided as follows:

1.Introduction (5 min)

A quick overview of the tutorial that you can see for free on video purchase page 

2.Working With Layers and Layer Masks in Photoshop (22 min)

In this video Chip explains adjustment layers and how you can apply selective correction to just portions of the images using layer masking.

3.Making and Using Luminosity Masks (30 min)

Building on Layer masks introduced in the previous lesson, we are now introduced to the luminosity masks which give us a granular control on retouching light, dark and midtone portion of the image.

4.Color (20 min)

This video was, for me, a real revelation. Chip explains how he can get these beautiful and vibrant colors in his pictures and introduces us to tools like color balance, saturation and vibrance masks 

5.Local Contrast and Brilliance (9 min)

The shortest video of the series covering local contrast and brilliance

6.How I Use the Orton Effect (15 min)

Another totally new concept I learned from this video. What is the Orton effect and how to create it. 

7.Sharpening Images for the Web and for Print (13 min)

Now that we have learned how to achieve great color and contrast Chip explains the different sharpening techniques he uses for both web publishing and printing.

8.Raw Preparation, Hand Blending Multiple Exposures Using Luminosity Masks, and Depth of Field Blending (1h 34m)

It is now time to put all what we have learned in the 7 previous parts in action. Chip didn’t stop at covering the basics of his retouching techniques but shows us, in this video, the full process from RAW to publishing on two of his images.
This video also covers Depth of Field blending and some field technique that you should keep in mind while shooting to maximize your chances of getting a great picture later on.

I honestly learned a lot from "Image Editing, Volume 1" and feel that $39 USD is a very fair price to pay for this tutorial, if you are still having doubt on whether you will benefit from this tutorial or not, head now to the video purchase page and read other buyers’ feedback and testimonials.

Thank you Chip for this video and I can’t wait till I have the chance to review the Volume 2 of your image editing tutorial.