REVIEWS FROM PAST STUDENTS:
The power of color leaves a deep and lasting impression on our imagery. The key to confident editing is understanding why color behaves the way it does. In this intensive you will gain insight on how color theory creates richness and depth, conveys mood, illuminates focal points and composition, and directly communicates your story. Learn subtle color control through the mindset of a painter, working with the HSL (Hue/Saturation/Luminance) panel as your palette. Utilize color theory in LIGHTROOM to correct color casts, analyze color relationships, and separate colors for more sensitive and dynamic color range in your work. Perfect the "Art of Seeing" through deep self-critique to push your own personal boundaries and confidence with editing. Finally, embrace a no-short-cut approach to editing - one that will bring greater understanding of every image as a singular work of art. Be prepared to take risks, try different approaches, and bravely reinvent color in new ways.
When I learned that Roxanne was teaching color theory, I didn’t hesitate to inquire about openings in her workshop. For so long I’d admired her art, her composition, and especially how she achieved rich, deep tones in her processing…. not only her COLOR work, but her dimensional BLACK and WHITES. Maybe even especially her black and whites. I learned of her work through Deb Schwedhelm and was amazed she achieved her style through hand editing using subtle, but impactive color theory. True tones, curve adjustments, split toning….some of the things which I admittingly ignored in my Lightroom workflow. I relied mostly on presets and ‘tweaking’ them, seeing them as a starting point of where I wanted to be, not knowing how they really worked in the space using HSL. Even still, I did not know how to use them to their maximum benefit! Since taking the workshop and being part of the supportive and helpful alumni group, I feel like I have more than a second pair of eyes on my editing if I’m ever feeling ‘stuck’ with an image, how cool is that?? Moving forward after class, I’m beginning to use colors in a way I hadn’t seen before. Not only while shooting, but in the way I compose and pre-visualize, this alone is so exciting for me. Roxanne is fully present, encouraging, and offers CC to make.you.see. where you need to adjust, first by prompting the RIGHT questions so that you do see it yourself first without just telling you, which for me helped me to learn on my own with guidance so that I know how it’s done. Learning by doing and not just being told how. The freedom to create your own editing style in both color and black and white brings you into your art. I will still continue to use a few presets now and then, but knowing how to control what I need to control and when while using them is another HUGE advantage. No one can replicate that! I can’t recommend this workshop and thank Roxanne enough for sharing her talent. I can’t wait to take this again as an alumni in the fall!
In this world seemingly full of workshops and opportunities to learn -- the decision of choosing a class to put one’s energy and time feels somewhat risky. I began running into mentions of Roxanne and Editing for Artists among a group of photographers whose work I greatly respect. I decided to check it out and was lucky to snag a seat. I am not an easy student. When I choose to take a class I am all in and ask and expect a lot of my instructor. Roxanne exceeded expectation. She’s present, she’s attentive, and yet, she knows when to hold back and let you find the answers on your own. That in itself is a talent. Having the presence of such a soul in my life may have been enough, yet the curriculum of Editing for Artists filled so many gaps in my knowledge base. It provided technical skills and process where I previously bounced around looking for the right end result. It was freeing in that the insight gained in color theory allowed for increased confidence and permission of sorts to trust my instincts. The only thing I can imagine to make this class better would be the ability to lock oneself in a hotel room for the session and work without distraction! Thanks, Roxanne!
What can I say about taking a class with Roxanne Bryant? Intense. Empowering. Transformative. As a photographer that creates mostly black and white images, I was quite weak in my use of color and wrote to Roxanne for help. I was intimidated to reach out to someone whose work i have been a long-time admirer of, but I am so thankful I found the courage to do so. Roxanne is a well known and incredibly talented artist but she is also a warm, down to earth person and a truly supportive, knowledgeable teacher. Rather than teaching you to apply her style to your images, she helps you dig deep into your own creative intentions and teaches skills that will put you in full control of achieving that in post processing. I enrolled in Roxanne's class hoping to improve my work in color but left instead with a solid education in color theory that enhanced my processing as a whole - leading to more polished monochromes as well as a voice in color that finally feels as powerful and true as my work in black and white. It is rare to meet someone as talented as Roxanne who is also extremely generous with their time and completely transparent with their artistic methodology. If you are considering taking this class, stop thinking and just do it. You will not be disappointed!
I majored in art history and photography at two different points in my life. I know you study Rembrandt for light, Sally Mann for intimate portraits, Hopper for haunting compositions. But, when reaching into the art world to find a teacher who is present, understands the craft of photography, and who can truly assist you in taking your own work to the next level I sought out Roxanne Bryant. Roxanne's work is mesmerizing, soulful, and so precise in color and emotion...I knew she was the teacher for me. Her teaching style will blow you away. She is intuitive to your needs and her communication style is available, open, and honest (not to mention she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet). I have been her student for two classes now and I love how she pushes you to take risks. She forces you to open yourself up to reevaluating what were perceived as failed images, and walks you through an editing process that culminates in achieving your initial vision. Her class showcases her knowledge of color theory, editing and composition and is perfect for any photographer looking to refresh and sharpen their skill set or push their own perceived creative limits. Since taking her classes I constantly ask myself, "what would Roxanne suggest" as I am about to push the shutter button or make a final edit. My work has blossomed and my style is more polished. That certain magic was missing in my photography, but thanks to her class it is now there. The education I got from Roxanne gave me the confidence to put all my fears aside and create the images that I knew I had the potential to craft. You will be greatly satisfied with her class but I promise you this, you can't get enough of her and will want to sign up again and again! She is one of the best and I am so grateful to have had her guidance twice over!
Roxanne's color theory/editing class was more than I could have hoped for. She's a gifted artist and teacher and holds nothing back. Her generosity in time and patience did not go unnoticed...answering every question in detail, most times above what was asked. Each lesson was clear and easy to understand and built seamlessly upon the one before. I walked away with so much more control over my art...and with a much clearer vision when creating. I'm now able to claim the entire process from start to finish without the use of presets. I recommend this class to anyone craves growth.
Anna Christine Larson
I have to say that I wish I could turn back time and take Roxanne’s class as I was just starting out. It would have completely changed my photography journey and the images I was creating. The mistake I made as I started out was believing that a preset or action can just “finish” an image. For me, I needed to know why I was using a preset and also, how to edit from scratch properly. I honestly think taking Roxanne’s class was the best investment I have made as an artist so far. Through her I have been able to “see” color from an artist’s eye, and add layers of depth and beauty to my images, that before I was just blindly grasping in the dark to achieve. I now understand why I would use a preset on an image, if I choose to, and how to enrich my image with color on my own without a preset. It feels very freeing and I am so thankful to Roxanne for helping me get to that level with my art. She has such a warm, open heart, and throughout our 2 weeks and beyond, she remains incredibly giving. I just adore her and could not recommend taking this class more! I actually think it should be mandatory for all photographers!
I took Roxanne Bryant’s class after my first year of shooting in manual and my mind was blown by how much I learned! Roxanne’s work is inspirational and in class she is an open book. She freely shared her knowledge of art and photography and translated the magic behind her work into lessons, tips, and advice that I could immediately apply. She gives the most insightful and useful feedback, and in the most encouraging way. Since her class, a year ago, I see that making art with a camera starts with the exposure and the shot but doesn’t end there. I learned how to use Lightroom with subtlety and finesse to make my color work more purposeful and rich. The most valuable thing I took from Roxanne’s class was the importance of developing and then trusting my own eye - from skin tones to learning when and by how much to nudge each Lightroom color slider. Roxanne sees color like a painter and helped me use Lightroom like an artist’s palette. A year after her class, I am still making use of what I learned from Roxanne and still growing because of her gifts so readily and capably shared.
I have followed Roxanne's work for years and always wondered how she was able to bring such richness, beauty and emotion to her photos. I jumped at the chance to learn from her! The experience was utterly transformative. Roxanne opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking through what makes images strong and how make a photograph truly shine. It’s been a while since the class and her voice is so often in my head as I edit – directing me to think through where my eyes go, how to enhance, through color and other tools, what I see and am trying to express. Roxanne's teaching style is both gentle and kind and yet firm enough to give me the push that I really wanted and needed. The quality of her feedback was exceptional. I felt like I was exposed to the heart and mind of a true artist and it changed me as a photographer. Thank you for your time and devotion to my learning, Roxanne – it’s hard to express how inspiring it was to experience your teaching abilities and get an intimate insight into your passion and talent for making art.