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.
I will be working in conjunction with Master Photographer Terry Blain who will be offering tips on posing and producing competition worthy images. This workshop is for advanced shooters and professional photographers alike. It will be limited to 8 to 10 people to make it practical for all to shoot.
Techniques that will be addressed are for using small portable flash units from cobra style (on-camera hot shoe) units to units such as the Q-flash/Godox units with an external battery. The objective is to make quality images with minimal equipment. Learning how to combine flash and ambient light is an essential tool for portraits outdoors. Getting the flash off the camera is the first step to better images.
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.
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.
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.
Monitor resolution is not overly complicated once you understand the numbers. Get into counting pixels and know why you want to.
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.
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.
Visualization (sometimes previsualization) is the concept that you should be able to see in advance the possibilities in your images.
Lightroom is a database for managing your images. It is also a powerful raw (and other) file processor. There are many panels and a few tools in Lightroom that many people never touch. The power is there to manipulate your images to be greater and more interesting if you just know how to use them.
This class will explore all of the processing panels in Lightroom, and the tools in the toolbar including the crop tool, spot removal, graduated filter, radial filter and the adjustment brush.
Expand your capabilities and further enhances your images with a better understanding of the power of Lightroom.
Photoshop Elements has become a more powerful processing tool over time. The addition of previously unavailable tools and options means you can do a lot with Elements that previously required the full Photoshop program.
Primary attention will be paid to selections, masking, and blend modes that are used to push your images to a new level. Moving from global to local adjustments means greater control over the look and feel of your images.
Something as simple as replacing a sky or compositing two images together seems a daunting task if you do not know how. Elements is a toolbox. Learn how to use the tools to better your skills at retouching and enhancing your images.
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