There are two major parts to this workshop. The first works with the camera to assure getting the best image possible from it. The second takes the output of the camera and processes it in Photoshop.
Working with the camera, we cover the basic steps in capturing an image. We will discuss composition, lighting, perspective, lens and focal length effects, depth of field and shutter speed effects. The controls of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the correction of exposure using the histogram, highlight warning indicator, and exposure compensation control are fully explained. Autofocus and manual focus are covered as is the newer Live View. Shooting procedures are described and worked in the field including checking exposure and correcting if necessary. More complex items such as panoramas, high contrast scenes, extended depth of field, long exposures, dark scenes and moving subjects are treated. Some of the mysteries of pixels, conversion to color, generating a digital file, the formats of JPEG, TIFF, and RAW, and how the camera operates are explained. Field trips provide the opportunity to use what we have learned and to capture some special and unique images in various locations in Arizona.
In the second part of the workshop, we move into Photoshop where we explore enhancement and modification of the image. It begins with basic image corrections such as color balance, cropping, removing unwanted elements, and aligning. Layers are used on the overall image to make global adjustments of tonal range, contrast, color balance, saturation and more. Techniques for selecting a part of the image are shown. Then layers and masks are again used for that selection to get local improvements such as burning and dodging, local tonal or color controls, and blending this selection in with the rest of the image. Numerous tools and techniques are presented and shown how they can be used. Special capabilities and techniques for image modification that will be presented include: panoramas, high dynamic range images (those that exceed the range of the camera’s sensor), image techniques that increase depth of field, use of the Lab color profile, gradients, photo filters and specialized and customized masks, converting to black and white, adding text, and the basics of compositing. After saving the final image we examine the setup for printing including image sizing, sharpening the image, and the need for color profiles and the effects of and on different types of papers.
There will be some group dinners (the cost of the lunches and dinners is not included in the workshop fee) and evening sessions, to review prints and discuss their processing. Participant’s prints are encouraged for critiquing by all present.
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