Demystifying Curves & Contrast

Take control of the Curve Tool

How much importance do you give contrast when working on your photographs? Is it really important, kind of important, or is it something you don’t even give much thought to?

The truth is, contrast is the essence of a photograph. It’s through contrast that we translate what we see before the camera into an expression of what we want to say. Contrast is what defines shapes, textures, even the loudness or softness of the subject.

In my video series, I’m going give you a vital understanding of contrast and how it’s created, using the same techniques and approaches I’ve used at my studio to help produce Museum and Gallery shows for some of the world’s most noted photographers.

The key to controlling contrast is learning to use Photoshop's Curve Tool.

Curves scare many photographers because of their apparent complexity. But my unique and powerful approaches will help you not only understand curves and contrast, but enable you to take control of them to better achieve your vision.

What makes curves so complex is that you can change contrast, brightness, and exposure all on the same curve, and at the same time. But what makes them complex makes them very powerful. The slider tools in Photoshop are still using curves, it’s just that they’ve hidden the curve from view and limited your control over it.

That dumbing down limits your control of contrast, and does not give you the control you need.

Contrast is so important to a photograph that you are limiting yourself if you don’t learn to use curves. It’s like trying to ride in the Tour de France with training wheels. They may have helped in the beginning, but there is no way you are going to be the top rider if you keep using them.

If you are ready to get started making your photographs better, sign up at the link below, or at my website Rich Seiling dot com. Once you sign up, you’ll have access to all of the articles and videos in this seminar, along with bonus content that shows how I’ve applied it to my own photographs. I can’t wait to share this knowledge with you and help you take your photography to the next level.

Your Instructor


A pioneer in using Photoshop to produce fine art photographic prints, Rich Seiling’s obsession for quality and his unique workflow has allowed him to work with some of the best photographers in the world, including printing Galen Rowell’s first all digital exhibit of one hundred photographs, and countless prints and files for museum exhibitions, gallery shows, fine art books, and more. In 20 years he and his team have used these techniques to work with nearly 20,000 photographers, and produced hundreds of thousands of prints.

Rich believes in the power of a well expressed photograph, and that every photographer has a unique story that only they can tell. His workshops are designed to help photographers express themselves more clearly, with more control, and greater fluency so they can tell that story.

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