Category Archives: Learn About Photography

Episode 9 – Processing Raw Files in Photoshop (ACR)

Show Notes:

In this weeks Photoshop Tutorial I show how to use Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to process images. This is my own personal Camera Raw processing workflow. I will demystify the histogram, sliders, panels and other options in Adobe Camera Raw and introduce you to the techniques that let you intelligently adjust your images exposure. In this video I use a file that is about a stop and a half underexposed and show you not only how to correct this, but also how to fine tune the exposure, white balance and colour to produce a high quality final. I also show you how to use ACR for adjusting the Tone Curve, Noise Reduction, Sharpening and selective colour adjustment. All the techniques shown can also be applied in Lightroom 5 as the tools are the exact same.

Files Used:

Download the file I used in this tutorial here:

http://bit.ly/18yhOVO  – Camera Raw Sample File (18.9 Meg .DNG Adobe Digital Negative File)

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[Edit: My apologies to my Vimeo and Podcast audience. Some upload issues this week delayed release on these channels. Should be more consistent in the future.]

Episode 8 – Fix Photograph Highlights in Photoshop (Luminance Masks)

Show Notes:

In this weeks Photoshop video tutorial I provide a basic introduction to using a luminance mask to recover blown out highlights in an image. In the video I use a RAW file of a forest floor where the sky is overexposed and shining through the tree tops. Luminance masking is an interesting technique that allows you to selectively adjust the highlight tones (portions of the image that have a luminance of 50% or brighter). The reason that I use this technique for images that require highlight rescuing is that it produces better results than simply processing the image through Adobe Camera Raw and attempting to recover the highlights that way.

Files Used:

Download the file I used in this video to practice the technique here:

Luminance Masking Sample File (34 meg .CR2 Camera RAW File)

Further Reading:

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to learn more I recommend these links:

http://goodlight.us/writing/luminositymasks/luminositymasks-1.html
http://www.cookseytalbottgallery.com/photo_blog_article.php?blRecordNumber=38

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Podcast – Coming Soon!

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Using the Digital Zone System for Exposure Assessment

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted or made a tutorial. I have a good excuse though, I moved. I also changed jobs, and did a lot of work on a photography book. But I’m back baby, and will be posting more and more stuff in the coming months.

To begin I decided to focus more on photography this time out. Photoshop stuff will be back I am certain but for this first one here is a Zone System Tutorial for Digital Photography. The video is by and large based on the work of Norman Koren, and a great deal of credit goes to him for adapting Ansel Adams’ classic Zone System to digital. there are a lot of naysayers out there that say that it cannot accurately be converted to digital because of the systems original design as a very precise technique. I disagree. Even using a slightly loose iteration of the zone system based on Norman Koren’s work has improved my exposures. More than that it has proven useful for assessing the corrections I have already made to the image.

I’ve tried my best to simplify the concepts and apply a practical framework for you to start to use the Zone System principles when shooting and more importantly when assessing exposure while processing digital photographs. I sincerely hop you enjoy it. Find it below. Also don’t forget the chart I’ve included to help guide you in assessing your work. I keep it taped to my monitor so when I’m processing I can use it as a quick and handy reference.

Zone System Chart <——Download it here!

Design for Photographers: Part 2 – Color

Figure 1 - Design for Photographers:Colory (Photo Credit: 'Colour Pencils-1' by David Blaikie 2007)

Figure 1 - Design for Photographers:Colory (Photo Credit: 'Colour Pencils-1' by David Blaikie 2007)

Introduction

This is the second part of our series of design tutorials for photographers. To read the first tutorial, about typography, please click here.

In this tutorial we will be discussing color as it relates to design. This is an important concept for the photographer to understand as it is critical to developing a strong foundation in visual arts. Walking around looking for images is a matter of training the eye to see those situations that present a bit of order in the otherwise chaotic world. A photographer often looks for compositional principles in a scene and tries to find a way to capture them. Understanding color schemes, relationships and color psychology allows the photographer to “see” more.
Again a disclaimer, this is an incomplete tutorial. I will but scrape the surface of this discipline, and hope that you will research more, experiment, and discover how design color theory can improve your imagery. At the very least this tutorial will at least provide you with the basics you need to properly decorate and paint your home.

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Design for Photographers: Part 1 – Typography

Figure 1 - Design for Photographers: Typography

Figure 1 - Design for Photographers: Typography (Photo Credit: 'Blocks' by Jeremy Keith 2005)

This is the first tutorial in a series I will be doing on Graphic Design for photographers. As photographers we are at our core visual communicators. Producing effective visual communication is a multifaceted discipline that requires knowledge and tools from a variety of disciplines. The aim of this series of tutorials isn’t for you to supplant the designer in your process, but rather introduce you to the concepts and terminology of design. Just as a camera cannot replace us, keep in mind that owning Adobe Illustrator cannot replace a true graphic designer.

In this first tutorial we will discuss some basic concepts related to typography as well as some general tips for working with type. At some stage in our photographic life we will have to work with type. It is an inevitability. Either a client requests us to incorporate text in their product, we decide we can design our own business cards or we have to put together a poster to advertise our work. The intent of these tutorials are not to make you a qualified graphic designer, but they will hopefully help you in the development of your skill set and make you a better image maker.

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