Bryson Leidich

Photography and Photoshop


Design a Seminar

What you want - When you want it!

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.

Professional Off-Camera Flash Techniques

On Hold - date to be announced!

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.

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

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 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.

monitor resolution

how many pixels per inch are you looking at?

Monitor resolution is not overly complicated once you understand the numbers. Get into counting pixels and know why you want to.

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.


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.

News and Events!

Image Processing in Lightroom

Hershey Library
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

Image Enhancement in Elements

Hershey Library
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

Central PA Camera Clubs

Harrisburg Camera Club

West Shore Photography Club

Hershey Camera Club

For Sale!

Used equipment for sale

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