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About

The aim of the Photoskop is ambitious - we want to build a better learning platform for the world of Photography. We think that the future of learning is Interactivity.

Why learn Photography?

Every day we take pictures. Every day we are surrounded by pictures. Every day we try to express ourselves and understand others through pictures. 

We are all photographers. 

But it's not enough to just snap a photo anymore, to stand out and be expressive you will need more skills. As influential photographer László Moholy-Nagy said in 1932: “The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike”.

It is time to get better at Photography.

Photography is useful, fun and easy. We will show it.

How to learn?

What is the best way to learn Photography? Hands on experience!

Photoskop takes a library of Photography lessons and packages it in a Interactive Player. It allows you to learn by simply playing with camera controls and adjusting the scene. 

With Photoskop you can skip long texts and boring videos and get your hands on practical experience. But don’t worry, if you get stuck on something, our interactive tips will be there for you. With Photoskop you will be able to play with light, poses, camera settings, composition and much more! 

This is a new format of learning photography.

 

Project overview

  • Interactive Player
  • Lessons Packs
  • Website and Open Platform
  • Language Packs

Lesson Packs


Interactive Encyclopedia will consist of 4 parts:

  • Camera Essentials (free lesson)
  • Art of Portraits
  • Mobile Phone Photography
  • Nude Photography (Extended version)
  • Product Photography (Extended version)

There will be 6 parts:

  • Light Fundamentals (free lesson)
  • Natural Light and Speedlites
  • Studio Light
  • Advanced Techniques (Extended version)
  • Creative Topics (Extended version)
  • Light and Body (Extended version)  
  • Guide to posing (free lesson)
  • Interactive Encyclopedia of Poses


Pack 1: Interactive Encyclopedia of Photography


In this lesson pack we make a fully Interactive Encyclopedia of Photography. We explain the principles of photography, camera essentials, technical aspects, photography techniques, different genres and themes.


1.1 Basics and Camera Essentials (free lesson)

In this part of the Interactive Encyclopedia of Photography we explain the Basics and Camera Essentials, so you learn the core - fundamental concepts of Photography.

This part of the encyclopedia will be free and open for everyone!

Learn camera settings control exposure level and capture dynamics in the scene.

Understand and creatively use depth of field, sensor noise, white balance and other essential concepts.

In the section “Basics and Camera Essentials” we cover such topics as:

  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • Guide to Exposure
  • Understanding Histogram
  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Exposure modes
  • Photo Filters
  • and more...

We already have started to make these lessons for you.

Start to learn right now on the Photoskop website: www.photoskop.com

 

1.2 Art of Portraits

In this part of the Pack 1: Interactive Encyclopedia of Photography you will learn everything about the Art of Portraits.

Portrait photography is one of the most intimate and compelling genres. It’s great for anyone - whether you are taking photos of your family or want to photograph famous people or even strangers on the street.

We will cover all the topics, from basic to advanced, so you  learn to how to make beautiful, expressive portraits.

You will learn the essential elements of a great portrait - posing, lighting and composing.

Content

Basics

  • Types of Portraits
  • Lenses
  • Focal length, Focus, Depth of field
  • Point of Shooting

Posing

  • Interactive Posing
  • Posing for Woman
  • Posing for Men
  • Mood and Expressions

Lighting

  • Portraits in Natural Light
  • Portraits with Speedlites
  • Portraits in Studio

Composing

  • Rules of Composition
  • Framing
  • Retouching

Portrait styles

  • Beauty Portrait
  • Fashion Portrait
  • Mens Portrait
  • Business Portrait
  • Couple Portraits

1.3 Mobile Phone Photography

Everybody knows, the best camera is the one that's always with you!

In these lessons we show you how to maximize the use of your mobile phone. You don't need bulky and expensive equipment to be a creative photographer. With current technology the small camera in your pocket is a powerful enough tool to unleash your creativity.   

Learn to make beautiful selfies and take impressive portraits with your phone!

Learn to capture best moments and tell stories

Learn to master your shot for still life photography.


1.4 Product Photography (Extended version)

Are you creative and make your own art or products? 

Showcase your creative work with compelling, beautiful photographs.

In this section of Interactive Encyclopedia of Photography you will learn all the aspects of Product Photography.

Content

Fundamentals

  • Camera Settings
  • Exposure Guide
  • Effective Gear and Equipment

Lighting

  • Light Fundamentals
  • Light and Different materials
  • Effective use of Available light
  • Speedlites
  • Effective Light Schemes
  • DIY Light Boxes

Composing

  • Change view (camera angle, zooming)
  • Artistic backgrounds
  • Interactively move around your objects
  • Interactively add details
  • Post-processing

We can show in an interactive way how to make beautiful photographs of:

  • Jewelry
  • Clothes
  • Artwork
  • Scrapbooking
  • Watches
  • Food

We do this lesson if we arrive at our Stretch Goal 2.

Are you interested in other products and objects? Use this poll and vote: 

 Or write to us in comments.

1.5 Nude Photography (Extended version)


Human body is beautiful. Art of photography was always entangled with nudity as a continuation of long lasting traditions in painting.

In this pack we will show you how to work with such intimate and sensitive photographic object as naked body.


You will explore different genres of Nude Photography, fundamentals of lighting to shape the human form, interactively work with model poses and learn about effective composition techniques.

Topics:

  • Classical Nude Portraits
  • Body Shapes
  • Black and White Nude
  • Boudoir
  • Nude Yoga Poses
  • Nude Dancers      


Pack 2: Interactive Encyclopedia of Light

Light is everything! 

Photo-graphy literally means "drawing with light". However, effective use of light is challenging and requires practice and certain technical knowledge.

In this pack we want to build the most in-depth, easy-to-use and intuitive Interactive Encyclopedia of Light.  

Discover different lighting types and techniques. Get control over light sources - tune, tilt, and move them around your object, to see the effects interactively. Get a deep understanding of light and its interaction with objects.

Play with light!

With Interactive Encyclopedia of Light you may: 

  • Adjust light parameters: intensity, direction, light properties
  • Interactively change light setups
  • Directly see the influence of light modifiers
  • Light different objects: learn about textures, shapes, reflective and absorptive properties
  • Move lights around models and objects
  • How light affects human shapes and different types of faces 

Content

Here is the list of topics which will be covered in the Interactive Encyclopedia of Light.

There will be 6 parts:

  • Light Fundamentals (free lesson)
  • Natural Light and Speedlites
  • Studio Light
  • Advanced Techniques (Extended version)
  • Creative Topics (Extended version)
  • Light and Body (Extended version)

2.1 Light Fundamentals (free lesson) 

  • Light Science: Quality of light, Direction, Distance
  • Exposure Guide
  • Interaction with Different Materials
  • Lighting Human Body: Skin, Hair, Shapes
  • Natural and Strobe Light 

2.2 Natural Light + Speedlites

  • Gear and Equipment
  • Camera Settings
  • Camera Settings
  • Using Speedlites with Natural light
  • Shooting at Morning, Day and Noon

2.3 Studio Light

  • Light Modifiers: Diffusers, Reflectors, Umbrellas, Softboxes, etc
  • One Light Setups
  • Two Light Setups
  • Three Light Setups
  • High key and Low key

 


2.4 Advanced Techniques (Extended version) 

  • Cinematic Light
  • High Key Portraits
  • Low Key Portraits
  • Fashion Style Portraits

We do this lesson if we arrive at our Stretch Goal 2.


2.5 Creative topics (Extended version) 

  • Get Creative: Color filters
  • Get Creative: Light painting
  • Get Creative: Silhouettes and body shapes
  • Get Creative: Soft / Hard Light

We do this lesson if we arrive at our Stretch Goal 2.



2.6 Light and Body (Extended version)

In this pack we will show you how to work with such intimate and sensitive photographic object as naked body. You will explore ways how to sculpture and shape the body with light, highlight body parts in a artistic way.

Topics

  • Sculptural Nude
  • Shape the Body
  • Highlight Body Parts
  • Silhouettes

We do this lesson if we arrive at our Stretch Goal 2.


Pack 3: Virtual Models

Ever wondered why some people look stunning on photographs? 

It’s all about correct posing!

You are model and want to have great pictures? Learn how to pose and always look beautiful.

You are photographer and want to make great pictures? Learn how improve your photograph and reveal model’s beauty.


3.1 Guide to posing (free lesson)

We think that posing is very important. However, many people make mistakes in front of the camera, that’s why we will share this lesson with everyone and make the Guide to Posing freely available.

What are the features of your posing guide?

No images - instead Interactive Videos! Learn about transition movements and pose variations. 

Poses for everyone - from classical to high fashion poses.

Topics

  • Posing Rules
  • Types of Portraits
  • Rules for Framing
  • Point of Shooting
  • Influence of Lenses
  • Typical Mistakes
  • Advices and Tips
  • Hide your Imperfections

3.2 Interactive Encyclopedia of Poses

We create a large interactive database of poses, with variations and pose transitions.

Interactive Encyclopedia of Poses will include: 

  • Poses for Beauty Portraits
  • Poses for Fashion Photography
  • Poses for Instagram and Social networks
  • Daily life / Casual poses 

 

How it works: 

  • You select a Main pose (e.g. staying)
  • You explore its variations (e.g. hand and legs positions)
  • You interactively adjust / correct the pose and learn how tiny changes can dramatically impact the resulting photograph

 

Posters

  • Poster: Light Schemes. A composition of the most popular and effective light schemes. It will contain a photograph of the same model in the same pose, along with a corresponding light setup scheme and description.
  • Poster: Art of Portraits. A composition of the inspiration for Portraits. The same model, different portrait styles, different light schemes. Along with useful information.
  • Poster: Poses. A composition of different poses. Different styles and complexity, from classical ones to fashion poses. 

For all posters you may choose the desired print size:  

  • Extra large (XL). A2 format size: 420×594 mm
  • Large (L). A3 format size: 297×420 mm

Photo Books

  • Photo Book: Encyclopedia of Photography. Contains all topics from the Pack 1, including Camera Essentials, Basics of Photography, Art of Portraits, Mobile Photography, Product Photography and many more.
  • Photo Book: Encyclopedia of Light. Contains all lessons in a concise, visual guide style from the Pack 2, including such topics as Light Fundamentals, Natural Light, Speedlights, Studio Light, Advanced Techniques, Creative Topics.
  • Photo Book: Encyclopedia of Poses. Contains all the lessons from Pack 3, which will have two parts. Part 1 “Guide to Posing” contains such topics as Posing Rules, Types of Portraits, Framing, Point of Shooting, Typical Mistakes, Advices and Tips. Part 2 “Large Encyclopedia of Poses” sorted by different poses categories and themes (fashion, beauty, casual, posing for social networks, etc) 

Interactive Player


Virtual Camera: Provides a view into a photo shooting scene. 

Navigation: Interactive Camera Player is equipped with explanations, visual markers and directives, which will guide you through the learning process.

Exercises: After each lesson you take short exercises to test what you have learned. You get an immediate feedback and useful tips.

Camera Controls will allow you to change settings of your camera in real time.

Scene Controls let you interact with physical objects in a scene, like moving a light source or adjusting model’s pose.

Setup: Gives you positions of all important objects of the shooting scene (camera position, light sources, background). I

Equipment: Learn about equipment and gear, which was used for photo shooting (cameras, objective lenses, lights, light modifiers, etc).

Website and Open Platform

Our aim is to make education accessible to everyone.  

That’s why we develop an open platform to make a FREE Encyclopedia of Photography. We believe, it can be done with the help of creative and passionate people from around the globe.

The best thing about Photoskop is that everyone can contribute.

You can contribute in many different ways: as a photographer or visual artist, as a writer or translator, as a designer or a developer. If you have something to share with the photographic community, whether it is an interactive lesson, a concise piece of text or any interesting idea, it is easy and quick to add your input.

Check our website for more information:

www.photoskop.com

Language Packages


We want to spread knowledge and make our educational project truly international.

We are planning to translate the FREE Interactive Encyclopedia of Photography to many languages.

With the help of our contributors we already have started.

Want to have it in your language?

 

Invite your friends, ask to support the creation of FREE Encyclopedia of Photography, and we will do it for you!





 

Risks and challenges

Technical

No technological and manufacturing risks are foreseen.

Quality

The amount of interactive content is large and its creation is challenging. We aim to provide highest quality for our interactive learning content. To achieve this we will collaborate and team up with the best photographers and educators to create a unique and truly immersive learning experience.

Delivery

There might be delays in the production of some lessons. We will enable our backers, if they wish, to access a beta version of the finished lessons as soon as they are ready, so they can start learning.

To prioritise and plan the creation process we will involve the community to participate and vote on the most interesting and important topics. Naturally, we will do these lessons first.

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