Jan 23, 2018 Session

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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.

Before and after using the clone tool, contrast and selective exposure settings.
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  • 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.
  • Break
  • 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.

Bob’s excellent fence removal cloning effort.
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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.

Into the sun – by Paul


17 Responses to Jan 23, 2018 Session

  1. Henri says:

    First attempt at removing the green post with “Spot Cloning” in Lightroom. I found it very awkward. I think I will have another look at Anthony Morganti’s tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsahrplMAFk

    • Henri says:

      Here is my second attempt at cloning in Lightroom, after watching Anthony Morganti’s tutorial. A combination of smaller brush size, more feathering, and then exporting the image for a second round with the healing brush method and then applying a few clone patches with quite a bit of feather. A lot better. Still I prefer Photoshop’s cloning tools. I also found it difficult to go back into areas that had already been “fixed” for closer small clone fixes. I ended up exporting the image then re-importing it for the finer work. All in all a very cumbersome workflow. The result is better though.

  2. Della says:

    Hi Henri, I am not sure how to download the image.

    • Della says:

      I found it extremely frustrating to use the clone tool to remove the stick in Lightroom . I eventually used the healing brush in Photoshop to remove it.

      • Henri says:

        I agree with you on cloning in Lightroom. It seems so much more difficult than Photoshop’s implementation of cloning. I guess more patience is required. I would be interested in hearing other opinions on comparing cloning in Lightroom versus cloning in Photoshop.

    • Henri says:

      It looks like you were successful in downloading. I mentioned a mouse right-click, but for Apple users the copy function appears after you just hold the mouse button a little longer (no right click needed).

  3. Della says:

    second attempt using spot removal heal ti remove the light spots

  4. Della says:

    3rd attempt changing the temperature a little

  5. Bill says:

    I’m using a 30 day trial of Movavi Photo Editor 5 for this effort. As usual it takes a bit of getting used to but it works better than Photos cloning for sure. I did not know the watermark would come that dangerously close to the portion of the image upon which we are working.

    • Bill says:

      Here is my effort using Luminar 2018. I’m wondering if others found the green hue was still present after treating the area of the post?

  6. Shauna Romanzin says:

    I tried a slightly different tactic. I cropped the picture down a bit to remove the offending post and focus on the birds in the water. Did a bit of cloning in LR to remove some of the sunspots, and increased the exposure a bit to lighten up the picture.

    • Henri says:

      Although I consider it a mild cheat, I do like your approach Shauna. I think cropping should be the first consideration before cloning. I also like the cropped composition. I like the original composition a bit better from a “balance” perspective.

  7. Ron Beugin says:

    Here is the result of my experimentation with GIMP Cloning. It is not very intuitive to use, but after watching this video, it started to make a little more sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c32enRM11rQ
    The tricky part is keeping an eye on the cloning point, which I finally realized is dynamic, not static. i.e. It follows along behind as you are using the cloning tool. So, if you go too far with each stroke of the brush, you will get unwanted parts of the photo duplicated. Also, there are a lot of options related to brush size, shape, texture, dynamics, etc. as well as numerous clone modes (I just used Normal). So, I suspect with more understanding of all of these options, it would be possible to do a much better job of cloning out the post than I have done, but it would take a lot of research, study and practice to get to that point (probably with a lot of frustration included). It seems to me to really learn how to use the tool you would need an intensive week-long formal course, although I understand it is very much like PhotoShop, with which I have no experience. So, perhaps someone who is experienced with PhotoShop can give it a try and provide their assessment.

    • Henri says:

      Not bad for a first try with GIMP. The experience in Photoshop is very similar. You need to play with the amount of “feathering”. I will describe it in the GIMP tutorial tomorrow.

  8. Henri says:

    Here is my best effort, given the time constraints, (20 minutes) using the GIMP cloning tool.

    • Ron Beugin says:

      Nice work Henri – and thanks for the update to the tutorial. I will try the “dabbing” technique next time I use the tool.

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