A while back I ordered one of the DVDs from John Paul Caponigro’s R/Evolution series, Atmospheric FX. Frankly, I was not quite sure what the product included and I told John at a workshop last July to explain the contents a little better. It arrived almost two months ago but I have not had a chance to open the package and see the contents until last week. I am glad I opened it. After opening it I understood that this was not a set of plugins or quick fix actions but a well narrated and demonstrated series of tutorials on a variety of subjects related to the atmospherics.
I am reasonably comfortable in Photoshop and can apply a variety of complex adjustments to my images depending on my needs. When I started watching the first instructional DVD I realized two things. First, I knew all the adjustments that John was using, very little in the form of new adjustment techniques. Second, I did not know most of the ways in which he assembled them for remarkable effects. So, the value of the DVD is not in learning new adjustment tools, but in how to apply them to achieve superb control on the image. Additionally, John Paul explains and demonstrates how to bring in elements from different images to create a finished product that is compelling.
I highly recommend the product which contains three DVDs covering the topics on atmospheric perspective, fog, smoke, rays of light, snow and rain, stars, rainbows, and lightning. You will enjoy learning by watching, better yet, you will enjoy your results.
You can get more information on this and other DVDs on John Paul’s Web site.