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.”

Multiply and Darken Blend Modes – New Article

On my Learning Page (see link in the main menu) I have posted a new article, the second in a series on blend modes. This time we explore two members of the Darken group. These apply to both Photoshop and Elements users. They are simple to use, and valuable additions to your tools for controlling your images. Please read the article, which is short and to the point, and try the techniques yourself. I will be running seminars very soon on advanced techniques for processing fine art images in Photoshop and Elements. The blend mode article will be good foundation material for getting you up to speed before attending one of these seminars, especially if you are an Elements user.

I recently spoke to the Hershey Camera Club on the subject of lighting and on-camera flash. This is a subject that can get pretty involved and I was hopefully able to impart a sense of the scope of the subject to those who attended. Feedback on the meeting was good. I would like to run a hands-on shootout on flash photography at some point in the near future. If you think you might be interested in such a seminar, please send me an email using the link on the Learning Page. No obligations at this point, but I would be interested to know how many people may find this interesting. It may be that there will be two events, one for beginners who do not have hand held incident light meters and want to learn to use the flash actually on the camera, and a second more advanced seminar for meter owners including off camera flash. The techniques for marrying flash with ambient light can be confusing, but I can teach you the concepts of the technique pretty quickly if you are interested in more control over your lighting.

Local area events coming up very soon include the Harrisburg Camera Club Spring Workshop April 13, and the Camp Hill Plein Air event May 18. More detailed information on both of these events are in the newsletter on the Learning Page of my website.