Intermediate Photoshop Seminar
Two Session Zoom Class - October, 2020
The camera is not an artist, it is simply a tool. Photographers should use the capture to build an image that will transmit to the viewer as much of the experience as possible. It may be that the art that comes from the photographer's use of the tools in Photoshop only slightly resembles the original scene. This is the time when technology gives way to art. This is when the artist steps in to create something more than the reality or the mere representation of it.
Digital photography has made producing a decent image pretty easy. Processing a raw file allows you to render the basic color and contrast of an image very well. ACR and Lightroom initially provide global adjustments, but do nothing to address specific issues in smaller local areas. Many tools have been added to ACR and Lightroom to make some of these modifications possible, but the real tool for image polishing is still Photoshop. The good news is that Photoshop post processing is really not complicated. The bad news is that Photoshop post processing is really not intuitive. The processes need to be learned, and that learning is a curve that can be rather steep. Like any craft, it requires time to get to know what can be done.
In my workshop/seminar on intermediate Photoshop the topics will include layers and masks, blend modes, and the powerful tool curves. I will walk through processing several images starting with the raw file to illustrate how the process works. Unless you are satisfied with simple snapshots, these techniques are essential to being a creative photographer, and useful for improving your scores in competition. Learn how to make the viewer see the image the way you want them to.
The program is currently scheduled for two Saturday Zoom classes, October 17th and 24th, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. The program will last approximately 90 minutes per session.
You can let me know if you are interested by email if you plan to attend. I will use the most recent Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, but the techniques I will illustrate will apply to any version of Photoshop and to Elements as well. Cost for both classes is only $45. You can register with the library or with me. Payment should be made using PayPal to my email address, or email me for an address to send a check. Please sign up for the class by October 10th.
This is my overview of Lightroom Classic for beginner to intermediate users and those who may be thinking about getting Lightroom. It explores the various modules and their affect on the image.
- Lightroom I - Overview
- Lightroom II - Import/Collections/Histogram
- Lightroom III- Develop Module Tools
- Lightroom IV - Develop Module Basic Panel Controls
- Lightroom V - Develop Module Tone Curve/HSL/Split Toning
- Lightroom VI - Develop Module Detail - Sharpening and Noise
- Lightroom VII - Develop Module Lens Corrections/Transform/Effects/Calibration
- Lightroom VIII - Exporting Files from Lightroom
What you need to know!
Basic information on digital shooting and image making includes things like camera and monitor resolution, image resizing, file formats, color spaces and other horrifying things that you probably would prefer to ignore. To do so would leave you wondering why your images are not what you expect them to be. These are short essays on essential information to get you going. This isn't everything, but a good start. Knowledge is power and being able to get the images you want.
- Cameras and Lenses
- Aperture, Depth of Field and Diffraction
- Exposure II
- Pixels, Capture and Resolution
- Printing Basics
These articles explain different aspects of digital imaging in as simple a manner as I can. There is obviously much more to any of these topics than can be covered in a single article. You need to start somewhere and you need to understand basics before you delve deeper into any subject. I am always willing to answer questions and will try to explain my opinions on any subject. Most of the information in these articles in based on facts and aspects of digital imaging I have learned through study with some pretty incredible people and over 25 years of experience in digital image making, both as a professional commercial photographer and a fine art photographer and printer. Some examples may be exaggerated to better illustrate the effects of a particular technique.
Layers and Masks
The first steps to serious image control!
Layers and Masks are how you manipulate images in Photoshop or Elements. They are a key to "non-destructive" editing, which basically means not messing with your original file.
Photoshop Blend Modes
automating changes - sort of...
Adjustment layers normally affect both the color and structure of an image, but Blend Modes make it possible for you to control these elements separately. These short essays explore the most common blend modes used for photography that make life a little less complicated.
There are at least three stages to image sharpening. First is capture sharpening in the raw conversion, second is creative sharpening in Photoshop and third is output sharpening in the printing step.
In Photoshop you can sharpen (or soften) local areas of the image to enhance detail. While there are many ways to impart an appearance of a sharper image, there are two very practical techniques. Smart Sharpen is a filter and High Pass sharpening is a kind of filter not in the filter menu. Both are good for many things.
Where and how things appear in your image does matter!
Composition is one of the first and most important things to learn about photography. Improve your images by putting the subjects where the eye wants to find them.
How color perception in your image can depend on a simple foundation!
While not all images have a neutral point, most of them do. If your image lacks a proper reference for the eye the whole perception of accurate color can disappear.
Shooting and Computer Hints
Camera Setting Hints / Monitor Calibration / Color Management
Tips for best shooting practices and managing your files in Photoshop. Checking your monitor for accurate color. Setting Photoshop Color Settings for color management
Image Processing in Photoshop
Some tips for more accurate image processing and screen editing!
Reigning in your camera and monitor for more accurate images.
The concept of seeing the image possibilities before you take the picture.
Visualization (sometimes previsualization) is the concept that you should be able to see in advance the possibilities in your images.
Digital Capture vs Film
Digital capture is not the same as film. Failure to utilize the capabilities of linear capture will result in lesser quality images. Understanding how a digital camera captures light is important.
Thoughts on Image Degradation
There are things to consider when making photographs that will help them be better, or stand in the way of image quality. Taking stock of shooting techniques, equipment, and attitudes will benefit your photography.
Photoshop Seminar - Intermediate
Two Zoom classes on Saturdays, October 17th and 24th at 9:30 a.m. 90 minutes per class.
Design a Seminar
Independent studies or small group seminars
Is there something you want to learn? Maybe you and a friend are trying to figure out how to accomplish something in Lightroom, Photoshop, or taking the photograph in the first place.
Now you can create your own seminar. A suggested list of topics follows, but you can design your own list of things to be discussed in a seminar that can be one on one, or any number of participants.
On a tablet you cannot "mouse over" an image for the alternate view in the tutorials. You need to click on the image to change it, and click outside of the image to return to the original.
Fine Art Printing Services
It isn't finished until it's printed!
I offer professional grade image printing using an Epson 24 inch printer, and archival inks and papers.
All printing is done on Epson Signature Worthy and Legacy archival papers using Epson pigment inks. This gives the images archival quality of up to 300 years (BW on Legacy Platine) or up to 200 year archival quality for color prints (Hot Press).
For a complete description of services and papers please visit my Printing Page.
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"Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci