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.
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. But, 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.
Digital Basics I - Resolution
Digital Basics II - The Camera
Digital Basics III - Output
Digital Basics IV - Monitors
Digital Basics V - Printing
Digital Basics VI - Color
Digital Basics VII - Exposure
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.
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.
Monitor resolution is not overly complicated once you understand the numbers. Get into counting pixels and know why you want to.
Composition is one of the first and most important things to learn about photography. Improve your images and your competition scores by putting the subjects where the eye wants to find them.
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.
Reigning in your camera and monitor for more accurate images.
Visualization (sometimes previsualization) is the concept that you should be able to see in advance the possibilities in your images.
I now offer professional grade image printing using an Epson 24 inch printer, and archival inks and papers.
All printing will be 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.
Photography is a combination of art and craft. Seeing is the first part of the art, and craft is the process of massaging the camera capture into the vision you had when you saw the picture. Don't stop short of creating your art by ignoring the craft.
The class will use your image captures as the instructional material. Each person will be asked to submit a minimum of three original raw captures for analysis. Any style, any subject. If you bracketed an exposure, please bring the brackets as well.
From the submitted images Bryson will analyze and process your files using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw and follow through with enhancement in Photoshop. One image from each participant will be used and a second image if time permits. Watching someone else process your images can be an eye opening experience as things you might not consider are looked at in detail.
Admission is $40 and three or more images on a jump drive. The class will be held at the Hershey Library.
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