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This session will be mainly about finding out what the aggregate group members experience level is with software editing and what direction we should take with the remaining 7 sessions.
This session we will do a few basic editing presentations to show what can be done to enhance images that have strong composition elements but also have major, often unavoidable, distractions. After the break there will be an opportunity to take pictures of a high contrast staged setup for later editing in your favourite software.
- Handing out of name labels, a request that came out of last year’s comments.
- Welcome and general overview / direction of the course (Henri) Talk about what we envision for the course, and how we can alter it to suit the attending members. Photoshop (Elements), Gimp, Apple Peview/Photos versus Lightroom.
- Member introductions – indication of editing experience type of software and expectations.
- Question if there are any experienced members that would like to lead a session on a particular subject.
- Suggestion of Elbow Falls as a field trip for a practice landscape. Show example. Ask for other suggestions.
- Example of: Cropping, Aligning, Exposure, Contrast, Vibrance, Sharpening.
- Basic demonstration of single layer editing of a good subject with a poor background.
- Print example high contrast Heritage Park Train Scene RAW file, discussion of layers and layer masks.
- Practice session – strong light on high contrast scene – black cloth with white orchid – homework objective to develop image so both black cloth and orchid detail show well. Print image on photo quality paper on the digital printer at home.
- Possible breakout sessions of groups interested in particular editing software packages.
- Homework Idea – Giraffe background blurring, cropping and cloning out of tree branches. For detailed instructions click here .
Below some photos you can download to practice on. Let’s start with “Cloning” – the removal of (wire fence) distractions. Click here to open the cloning tutorial for Photoshop Elements. The tutorial for GIMP and Lightroom will be added shortly. Bill will add the tutorial for Apple Previer/Photos. Just “right click” on the image and use the “Save Image As” option to download it to your computer. You can also click on the image, and it will open full size, after which you can save it as well. If you like you can send me your clone results via email. This file is small enough to be sent via email.
More to follow later.
Here is some “More to follow” – The cloning exercise submission by Bob.
Here are Bob’s notes:
I used Photoshop Elements 15 to perform the editing. I used the Expert Mode, though I am only just learning to use the product.
As for the details, I used the clone stamp tool for cloning and removing detail. Lots of trial and error here.
I used the controls under: Enhance -> Adjust Lighting -> Brightness / Contrast to adjust the brightness and contrast. However I did not note how much of each I used.
For the saturation, I used the control under: Enhance -> Adjust Color -> Adjust Hue / Saturation. Again, I forgot to note the value I used for the saturation.
After I had completed my work on the picture I found an interesting video on youtube by George Peirson for the How To Gurus that provided some instruction on cloning and removing objects using Photoshop Elements. — Click HERE for the tutorial Bob found.
Below the original picture Bob downloaded and used for the Cloning practice exercise.
Here is another beautiful image to practice on, provided by Paul. The original image was too large so I have converted it to a JPG and reduced it in size to 3 Mb. Still a great image to practice on. I find the green pole distracting, and it can easily be removed with the cloning tool in photoshop and GIMP or the Spot Removal tool in Lightroom. See what you can do with it. I will do a tutorial on this image in Lightroom shortly. A good way to get out of my (Photoshop) comfort zone.