Fall Classes Scheduled

Greetings to all. It has been a while. I have scheduled two classes for this fall and plans are being made for the spring of 2018. All classes are held at the Hershey Library in Hershey, PA.

This fall I will explore image processing in Lightroom in detail. This will be Saturday October 21, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I will look at each processing panel and tool in the Develop module to show how to control tone and color of your images. Many photographers can enhance their images without the need for manipulating pixels in Photoshop or Elements and this class will show you how that is done.

Speaking of Elements, if you need (or want) to manage the pixels in your images the second class is for you. On Saturday November 11, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I will show you how to use selections, masks, and blend modes to enhance your images. I will also show you how to replace boring skies and composite images for greater impact. If you are an Elements user, this class will take you to a new level of control of your images.

Spring of 2018 will bring the first class in advanced Photoshop techniques. No date is yet set for this class. Advanced selection techniques, use of channels and apply image techniques for better masking, and learning how the numbers work to insure better image output are at the head of the list.

Information on classes and other good stuff is always available at my Learning Page.

The Fine Photograph

I am back from Indiana where I gave a seminar on Photography, Lightroom and Photoshop. Many thanks to a great group of people at the Goshen Photography Guild for their support for the program which sold out the available seats. The venue was great and the experience was wonderful and fun.

The day after the seminar a group of us went after images at Michigan City along the lake with the Chicago skyline visible (slightly) in the distance. Some were hoping for a sunset with the skyline, but cool air and wind were there instead.

IMAGE SHARPENING

As is typical when giving a seminar, you never know how the questions and overall flow will go until it happens. I wanted to include a section on image sharpening which time did not allow. So, I want to direct people to my Learning Page for more information and in particular the two articles, Smart Sharpen , and the High Pass Filter for sharpening images. There are, of course, many other ways to sharpen images, but these two are both powerful, versatile, and the most used.

The two gulls in the photograph above were surprisingly cooperative considering the exposure time for the image was 20 seconds. This was done with the aid of a neutral density filter that allows the moving water and clouds to appear as smooth tones rather than fine detail, while stationary content is registered in a normal manner. Great fun.

Photoshop Seminar April 29, 2017

A reminder that next Saturday, April 29th, 2017 is the Photoshop Seminar at the Hershey Public Library, in Hershey, PA. Doors open at 9:30. The seminar is three hours and will cover a number of Photoshop techniques for enhancing images including blend modes, selection techniques, and creating and modifying masks.

The library asks that you sign up and pay in advance. The fee is $45. Hope to see you there.

The abstract image above has been selected for inclusion in the online gallery of images by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. It was selected from 711 entries from the US and Canada. I am delighted to be included.

Information on Photoshop techniques are always available on my Learning page at my website.

Much Ado

There are many things happening in April. Here are some reminders.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 – Harrisburg Camera Club, Light and Creativity Workshop at Central Penn College in Enola. Information Here

Saturday, April 1st through 3rd – PPA of PA Convention at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Carlisle.Information Here

Doshi Exhibit at Susquehanna Art Museum – running currently and extended through  Sunday, May 21, 2017 with free “Third in the Burg” admission for the reception on Friday, April 21st from 6-9pm..

Sunday April 23, 2017 – Outdoor Lighting Workshop – Master Photographers Terry Blain and Bryson Leidich will offer tips on posing and off camera flash techniques at Terry’s studio in Carlisle, PA. Information is on my web page for the workshop.

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 – Photoshop Seminar – I will be teaching Photoshop image editing techniques at a workshop in the Hershey Library. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Learning Lightroom

Lightroom is an image mangement tool and a file processor.

Lightroom is an image management tool (database) and a file processor. This means it can manage your images for you allowing more efficient filing and retrieval of images as well as defining the parameters to use to process raw and other files for export either into an editor like Photoshop or a final file for printing or sharing. By defining parameters I mean that Lightroom writes data to a file that tells the processor what to do to that file on export. It does not directly modify the file – it creates instructions on how to modify the file. That is the database part, along with remembering where files are located.

Think of Lightroom as a library card catalog. The card catalog does not contain the books, but references to where the books can be found. Lightroom references where your files can be found on a hard drive. The Lightroom catalog is metadata; information about other data, which is your image file. Initially, the information is location of the file, resolution, color space, copyright, keywords, etc. As you process an image, more data is written to the catalog as instructions on how to process your image. I suggest you also set preferences to export settings to an XMP sidecar file. This copies the processing, ratings and other information to a file that accompanies the raw file in your hard drive and gives you an additional measure of backup, and the ability to open the file with modifications intact in Bridge or ACR.

If you modify a file outside of Lightroom the XMP file for that file will contain the changes, but Lightroom will not automatically update the database to reflect those changes. An icon will appear in LR (up arrow with lines at top right) indicating that the XMP file has changed. Click on the icon and you will be asked whether to import the modifications from the XMP file or not.

I will be presenting a 3 hour seminar on Lightroom next Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Hershey Library starting at 9:30 a.m. You will need to sign up through the library. Sign up for the seminar at the Hershey Library. The cost is $45.

I will be presenting a Photoshop seminar at the Hershey Library on April 29th (same time, same channel). Hope to see you.

Lightroom Seminar

Bryson Leidich will present a three hour Lightroom seminar on Saturday March 11th at the Hershey Library.

The seminar in will run from 9:30 to about 1:00. Lightroom setup and preferences will be addressed as well as best practices for image storage and retrieval. Primary attention will be directed to workflow and especially to processing of raw files. Interaction with Photoshop or Elements will also be addressed.

The seminar will be good for beginning users and users with experience as well. Refining your image processing capabilities never ends, as well as learning what can and cannot be done with Lightroom.

Bring your laptop if you wish to follow along with the demonstration, but it not required. Bring a memory card with

a problem file you need help with. Bryson will analyze as many files as possible to help understand shooting and processing practices.

Fee for the seminar is $45. Sign up for the seminar at the Hershey Library.

A Photoshop seminar is planned for April 1st