Friday, November 30, 2007
I took this while my husband was driving ,
we were going to Anchorage. I set my
camera to shooting subject in motion.
layer: glowing edges
layer: tint sepia then crop the picture
I used Photoshop element 6.0
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Just because you can does not mean that you should.
The people are too dark. The sunset is only really in the center and it should feel more enveloping. the people are just a tiny bit blurry too.
1. adjust brightness/contrast
2. resize field of view to guide attention
3. attempt to fix blurriness
1. irfanview - basic adjusts
2. photoshop - fine tuning
1. irfanview->enhance colors, increase gamma correction to 1.5 and then increase saturation to 200 to compensate for the colors lost in the sunset. Adjust green and blue down slightly to compensate for over saturation, the slight red gives it a warmer feeling.
2. irfanview->select viewpoint, crop. You can do this in most programs, but irfanview is fast and you can see the picture in fullscreen quickly, where it shows it against a black background.
3. attempt to remove bluriness using photoshop filters, mainly smart sharpen at very low amounts (3% at 3px) using the lens blur.
Applying the workflow
The second photo was similar to the first in how the foreground was very dark. Similarily the the framing needed to be adjusted, but this one was set up a bit better to begin with. I wanted the photo have a more WIDE feeling as well, because in reality the sky and the water were all encompassing.
It took a bit of tweaking to make sure the sunset looked full of color. Only minor value adjustments were needed in the workflow. The end result looks and feels much better, warm and vibrant with rich colors.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to apply a mask in photoshop to the foreground and adjust the brightness/contrast separately from the background. This can be very time consuming, and should probably only be done to the most deserving photos.
Look at the links at the bottom of this post for more information on photographer's rights.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
i open my image; duplicate the image (CTRL D) shortcut. then i go to Image adjust/ Curves, set to the right color balance, make sure my shadow/highlights are the way i would like it. then, if i need to soften an over exposed image, i would do so, by decreasing the opacity. These are just a few of the basic steps that i am very use to using, each time i open photoshop.
however, there are times when i need to use the other usefull tools, the magnetic lasso tool and clone brush are my personal favorites.
Here are a few examples, of photos i've taken, that needed a little fixer-up! :)
took this photo in my backyard. i adjusted the curve levels...
Using the magnetic lasso tool, i was able to crop me and my dad out of the photo above, then while selected, used the feathering tool, set it to about 2/ and copied the selection to my scenery background photo. Some pieces of the photo didn't show, and it looked as if only parts of our face/hair was there! so using the clone tool, i was able to shade in the missing areas!
after i was complete with our photo, i used the marquee tool to select a border around the whole photo, and under "Edit" , stroke, made the width about 20px, chose blending mode "hue", set the opacity to 50%. and created a soft black border.
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Friday, November 23, 2007
To hopefully give others the pleasure that I get from the experience.
Anyone that has an interest or will take the time to look
at the photos and hear the story behind them.
The experience of the photo and what each individuals sees.
Not in the sense of what is photographically good but what is interesting and pleasing
to look at. What is in the photo (any part of it) that will make the viewer take that
Did not like:
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Adjusting White Balance: Same menu as ISO, and it is directly above the ISO option, the third one down. I can select it to work on Auto, and several auto settings for different settings like outside, outside at night, indoors florescent lighting, indoors, indoors dark(like a concert hall) or I can preset the white balance manually with a white sheet of paper. There is another menu that one can access even when not using PSAM modes: Menu > Camera Icon > White Balance. All the same settings are there but without the preview images and this is where you can set the preset WB. Choose it, select Measure, say yes to overwriting previous preset, and take a picture of a white piece of paper, and its set!
Exposure Compensation: Zoom x 2 menu again, it is the second to last option, looks like a half full battery symbol with +/- on it. There is a preview Image that you can see how much you are effecting it while you subtract or add exposure levels.
File Size Compression: Menu > Shooting Menu > Image Size > Select Large Medium or Small to fit your tastes. Can also adjust Image Quality from Raw to JPEG FINE all the way to Raw/JPEG Basic.
Exposure Meter Mode: Menu > Custom Setting Menu > Metering > Matrix/Center-weighted/spot.
Macro Focusing: My camera doesn't have macro, it depends upon the lense i have.
Flash mode: I just push and hold the flash adjustment button and rotate a selecting wheel(much like the wheels for getting to the next portion of film on old fashioned cameras)
Monday, November 19, 2007
1. Added color to my Mom's photo: blue sky, green scrave, pale pink face with red lips.
2. Added a photo of my bro Jr with his dog grabbing the photo with a lasso tool and moved it to 1st layer (My Mom's photo. I then transformed the picture by resizing it to him look his age/size.
3. Added a photo of my Father, blurred it, and used the lasso tool to move it to the 1st layer; I then transformed it to resize the image bigger to make it appear as big as the 1st layer photo.
4. I flatten all the layers together and added a filter to give it an artistic flare: grainy appearance.
Evaluation and Tuning:
I downloaded this picture from my camera's storage disk and looked at it in Photoshop 6 to see if it was good enough for what it was needed for.
1.) needed to be cropped; our web designer said he needs all photos to be ratio 3:4 so I set my crop tool to crop for a 9x12 size.
2.) saw that "red eye tool" needed to be used: zoomed in on red eyes and adjusted red eye tool for pupil size 43%; darken amount 60%; had to clone some of the red eye because the red eye tool just wouldn't fix it completely on its own
3.) went to the levels layer and lightened to get this reading: 10, 1.32, 219
4.) because of the flash I had some shadows so I zoomed in on the shadow areas and used the clone tool settings from 11 px to 25px; normal, to take out the shadows
5.) used healing brush set to 11px proximity match, to clean up the young man's face and had to use the clone tool for some areas; also used the clone tool to fix mom's smile where tooth was showing through smile
6.) Lighting tools: Adjust color - skin tone; to get a more realistic color range I used the eyedropper and clicked onto some skin till I got the colors I wanted
7.) Adjust colors - color variations to take out some of the reds; midtones: decreased red about 33% and lightened midtones; shadows darkened about 33% and set saturation about 15% darker
8.) Healing brush and clone tool, set on 55px, proximity match, on background to make it look softer
9.) Filter: Correct Camera Distortion - added vignette: amount -83 and midpoint set at +29
10.) Flattened image to lock all the layers together
11.) saved as a jpeg
12.) resized for this webpage and for e-mail I will not use the resized photo for my original purpose.
This is the final result:
This is the original picture for part one; assignment steps 1-5, only resized so it won't take up too much room on web page or take forever to upload.
I took this picture today from my office window because the pink and blue in the clouds was
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
list of steps i took to edit:
i took this photo with my old camera of the clouds and the lake before the storm hit. i wanted to edit this to give it more of a lightend look and so its not so bla and dull. i used photoshop elements 6 to do this.