Bryson Leidich

Photography |Photoshop | Fine Art Printing

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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.

Digital Basics

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 - Major Update
Digital Basics VII - Exposure
Digital Basics VIII - Light - New
Digital Basics IX - Aperture, Depth of Field and Diffraction - New

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.

Blend Modes Overview - Blend Modes Overview
Blend Modes I - Luminosity and Color
Blend Modes II - Darken Modes
Blend Modes III - Contrast Modes
Blend Modes IV - Lighten Modes

Image Sharpening

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.

Smart Sharpen Filter!
High Pass Filter!

Learning Composition

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.

Image Neutrals

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

Some tips for more accurate image processing and screen editing!

Reigning in your camera and monitor for more accurate images.

Shooting and Processing Hints
Photoshop Screen Views
Photoshop Screen Navigation


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.

Intermediate Photoshop Seminar

May 16th, 2020 at the Hershey Library

The camera is not an artist, it is simply a tool. A painter can use a photograph to remind them of spatial relationships and refresh in their mind the memory of the experience. Photographers should similarly use the capture as a simple reminder and a foundation on which 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 painter's brush or the photographers use of the tools in Photoshop only slightly resembles the scene as originally captured. 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. Yes, many of the tools added to ACR and Lightroom were put there 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. That is experience. Like any craft, it requires time to get to know what can be done.

You first need to learn to think in Photoshop. If you take piano lessons you learn scales first, you do not sit down and learn to play a complicated piece of music. In Photoshop you need to learn the scales too. Layers and masks are really not that difficult – the second time. Blend modes and other more exotic tools require more time, just like playing the piano with both hands. Some of the ways to use Photoshop tools, like making selections, are a never ending learning process.

In my workshop/seminar on intermediate Photoshop the topics will include layers and masks, blend modes, and the powerful tool curves. I will address controlling the image while avoiding bad practices. 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 on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Hershey Library. The cost is $45. The library would appreciate it if you would sign up in advance in order to know how many to expect, but you can also sign up at the door or let me know 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.

Lightroom Overview

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This is my overview of Lightroom for beginners and those who may be thinking about getting Lightroom. It explores the various divs and tools. Download the pdf and print it out.

Digital Capture

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.

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.

Tablet Users

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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