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.
Yeah, you need to know this stuff!
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
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 things appear in your image does matter!
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.
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.
Image Processing hints
Some tips for more accurate image processing
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.
download the pdf
This is my overview of Lightroom for beginners and those who may be thinking about getting Lightroom. It explores the various sections and tools. Download the pdf and print it out.
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 consclasser 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.
Internet Explorer Users
Note to Internet Explorer users. Some of the content in my tutorials uses a rollover script that allows you to see a change in the image with the mouse located over the image. You need to check "allow blocked content" in order to see these changes in your browser. Better yet, download a better, more current browser. They are free. If Microsoft is your choice simply get Edge. Firefox and Chrome are good choices. Since all browsers function pretty much the same, there is little or no learning curve to deal with. Just do it.
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 outsclasse of the image to return to the original.
Fine Art Printing Services
It isn't finished until it's printed!
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.
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