Essentials – Photography and Processing

The Hershey Library program on Digital Photography and Processing Essentials is this coming Saturday, April 6th starting at 9:30 a.m. You can sign up at the library or simply come to the door.

Essentials includes setting up your camera for the best capture, setting up Lightroom and ACR for best processing, and more. Continue reading “Essentials – Photography and Processing”

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Digital Photography and Processing Essentials

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Two weeks remain for you to sign up for the April 6th program on “Digital Photography and Processing Essentials” at the Hershey Library. The program will start at 9:30 a.m. Please sign up at the library if you can, but you will be welcome at the door as well.

The program will take you through fundamental photography information such as camera settings and understanding how digital photography captures images. We will look at differences in shooting in raw vs jpg, Adobe vs sRGB color spaces, determining exposure, reading the histogram and other essential first steps to good captures. Continue reading “Digital Photography and Processing Essentials”

Free Program on Adobe LR, PS, PSE

On Thursday evening February 28, 2019 I will present a program on Adobe Lightroom image processing with a follow up for processing in Photoshop or Elements. This program is free to the public.

The program will be held at the regular meeting of the Hershey Camera Club at Country Meadows Retirement Community, 451 Sand Hill Rd., Hershey, PA 17033 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Members have submitted raw files to me which I will use for examples and analysis of capture, raw processing options, and subsequent refinement in Photoshop or Elements. Lightroom has its strong points and its weak points and I will help you make a decision as to when to move on to a pixel based editor to refine your images. I will also be open to questions.

Resolution

A good resolution for 2018 would be to understand resolution.

I encourage people to deal with images by their pixel dimensions rather than arbitrary definitions. For example, you may be asked for a high res file, but not given a size. You need a size and intended use for the image to make a decision.

1200×1800 pixels = 4×6 inches @ 300 ppi

1200×1800 pixels = 16.667×25 inches at 72 ppi

resolution

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Layers, Masks, Blend Modes …

Click the title, or the read more prompt below to see the full blog entry. Modification of your images is better, easier, more controllable, and more elegantly done using layers, masks and blend modes. Obviously, selections are important, but you can’t modify a selection after a correction is made if you cannot access the way it was applied.

This is where masking comes into play. What surprises most people is how easy it is once you understand the process. Even more surprising to most people is how easy it is to learn. If you really want to be able to make your images the way you want them to be, and not what the camera hands you, have I got a class for you. Continue reading “Layers, Masks, Blend Modes …”

Advanced Elements Processing – Selections, Layers, Masking and Blend Modes.

The Elements Advanced Processing Seminar is Saturday November 11, 2017, at the Hershey Library. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

When you process an image in Lightroom or Camera Raw you are doing “non-destructive editing.” In Lightroom the “instructions” you are imparting to the file are stored in the database. In ACR they are written to an XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform) file. In either case, the original raw file is not modified until you export the file.

The best workflow for editing a digital image is to maintain the non-destructive concept throughout the process. This means you will be able to modify, update, or delete any instruction you create to change the way the file looks at any time prior to saving the file out to another format.

The most powerful tools available to you in Photoshop or Elements are selections, layers, masks and blend modes. They are also the most unused tools by many, and changing that will make your image editing improve significantly. The good news is that you already know how to do most of this, and learning the rest is easy. Continue reading “Advanced Elements Processing – Selections, Layers, Masking and Blend Modes.”

Lightroom Develop Module in Detail

With a few exceptions the Lightroom Develop Module and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) are identical. They share the same processing engine and differ mostly in the visual interface. So, if you understand one, you understand both. While my Lightroom Develop Module Seminar on Saturday October 21 will be of primary interest to Lightroom users, anyone interested in a closer look at raw processing will benefit.

If you are planning to attend I would encourage you to sign up in advance at the Hershey Library. There is a handout involved and having a head count would be very useful. It also helps the library by giving them an idea of how their program offerings are working. In that respect it will help me as well.

Can you explain the difference between the Clarity slider and Dehaze? How many places in processing can you deal with vignetting? Why would you want to add a vignette? Continue reading “Lightroom Develop Module in Detail”