Photography Fundamentals

My Art of Dodge and Burn

64 Minutes 4k Video Tutorial
Skill Level

Learn to paint with light and shadows and transform your images! This process will raise the bar and form the basis of my style!

You don’t want to miss out on this tutorials as these techniques transformed my images and made me understand more about light in a scene!!

Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

Min. Req: Photoshop CC 2015 + Lightroom CC 2015
Dodge and Burn

Dodge and Burn in Photoshop!

Includes the action + 4 sample images to work with!

In this fundamentals tutorial, I will cover how I use Dodge and Burn in Photoshop to create that smooth 3D pop

  • Understand the fundamentals required to get the most out of the process. Know what kind of light to look for or to create that best suits this style of editing!
  • I’ll give you an amazing way to visualize luminance (Highlights and shadows) values in your image that you can use to create a better reference to the effect
  • Analyze images for shadows and highlights and how I set up my painting method
  • You’ll also learn how to use Dodge and burn to remove wrinkles! (This process works very well with the Frequency Separation process!)
  • I demonstrate the process across 4 images so you get to see how you can apply the process to your images!

So let’s start getting creative with our uses of Dodge and Burn in Photoshop today!

dodge and burn photoshop

Use the Dodge and Burn technique I teach in this tutorial to create painterly portraits

Dodge and Burn in Photoshop


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About Daniel

Hey there! I’m Daniel, a passionate portrait photographer and educator who’s determined to uplift and motivate fellow photographers worldwide. My goal is simple: to empower you to become the best photographer you can be!

Ever since I began my professional photography journey back in 2013, I’ve poured countless hours into honing my craft, pushing boundaries, and falling head over heels for the art of capturing Portraits. So if there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to grow 2 full-time photography businesses, you’re looking at him!

As a full-time photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a diverse range of people from couples tying the knot to growing families, expectant mothers, adorable newborns, and everything in between. And now, I’m thrilled to share my hard-earned knowledge with you through my carefully crafted online photography classes that promise to transform your skills and techniques.

I’ll teach you everything you need to know about portrait photography and post-production skills in a way that’s easy to understand and put into practice. My aim is to help you see the world through a professional photographer’s eyes, so you too can create award-winning shots that capture the essence of any moment.

So, whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting, join me on this exciting journey to explore the beauty of portrait photography together!

9 reviews for My Art of Dodge and Burn

  1. Kendra Greelish

    Great tutorial! Daniel is the best!

  2. Julie-Anne Buck

    Great use of dodge & burn (so much easier digitally than in a darkroom!) to give added dimension to portraits.
    Plus a very useful technique for minimising wrinkles with a natural result. Perfect for clients that want to look ‘real’.

  3. nana.vegas143

    Daniel is an amazing teacher!!

  4. Julie-Anne Buck

    Packed with examples for using the dodge & burn technique for multiple applications (adding depth & dimension to images, smoothing clothing, minimising wrinkles & skin imperfections) along with the very useful ‘trick’ of utilising a black & white layer to better visualise the light & dark areas of your image. Highly recommended.

  5. adele_tw19

    An excellent tutorial! Easy to follow with samples that help you develop the sense of light and dark. Seeing the luminance values that create shape!

  6. Elizabeth Jansen

    setting the image to black and white is brilliant. Thank you for helping me see and understand more about luminosity in my images.

  7. Aparna Rautela

    Very well explained. Its a treasure of information on the finer details of editing. The introduction of the black and white layer was a game changer. Thank you!

  8. Robert Noyes

    Of all the tutorial I’ve see, you stop to explain things so much better. I’ve been using Photoshop since the first version ever came out and I still have learned from your tutorials, Thanks!

  9. Chad Kotter

    VERY informative! I learned a lot thru the detail and focus of this tutorial, even after watching many of the regular tutorials. I appreciate the in depth examples on what is possible with this technique. Thank you for this reference tutorial!

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