From the CCP Website:
On Monday, April 9, at 7 pm, the Charleston Center for Photography will welcome Brian Matiash for Living In A Post Processed World - Stylization With Intent.
The age of digital photography has brought about an unprecedented amount of ways and means for us to infuse our images with our own unique brand of imagination and creativity. With a dab of this software and a pinch of that one, we can take our images from a matter of fact to a matter of fantasy. Brian Matiash will share some of his principles and best practices around achieving eye-catching results using his own tone-mapped HDR images. There will also be a practical component to the presentation where Brian will work on some images, sharing some of his own tips and tricks to post processing stylization.
Brian Matiash is a published photographer, writer and lover of all things Social Media. He is the Curriculum & Education Manager at onOne Software, makers of the award-winning Perfect Photo Suite line of photography editing software. Originally from Brooklyn, NY and now living in Portland, OR, Brian has made a name for himself as an authority in HDR photography and is known for his grungy Urban Exploration and ethereal long-exposure landscape images.
All of the Second Monday lectures I've been to have been interesting, but this one looks like it will be especially good. I've looked around on Brian's website and his Google+ account (I strongly recommend that you do so as well) and I love his photos. I tend to be picky about stylized digital work, but his just so consistently well-done that it's hard to not get drawn into the way he sees the world. I also highly recommend looking at his photos if you like wide angle shots, because, as he discusses in a recent blog post, he's great at "embracing the distortion" to create intriguing photos.
Brian won't just be talk about himself; he's also going to provide some insight on post-processing using OnOne software. I don't own OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 yet (I'm saving up!) but I have used a free trial and the first word that comes to mind is "fun." It does a great job of simplifying complicated, powerful effects and tools to make them user-friendly while still allowing for as much control and customization as you'd like.
This is sure to be a fun and educational talk, and as always, there will be door prizes. Each attendee will get a raffle ticket, and we will hand out the prizes at the end of the lecture. Prizes will include some nifty Nikon-branded gear (like a tote bag or camera strap), a copy or two of OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 6, some other photography goodies, and a Manfrotto tripod and ballhead kit.
Finally, it really is great to see other folks in the Charleston photography community, so mark your calendars and come on out on April 9!