Real Easy Technique for Better Sunsets


On a recent cruise, I took dozens of sunsets. Most of them were not what I was looking for. I either ended up with a blown out sun, or the picture was too dark for my liking.

Today, I received an email from Steve Arnold of Post Processing Mastery that should a very easy technique to tone down an over exposed sun. Although he explains how to do it using Photoshop, it is well in the capabilities of Photoshop Elements.

Below shows the results I obtained on one of my sunset images.

Brush Sunset Tech

The Before is on the right, and the After is on the left. Some sunset images will respond better than others to this technique. And remember, you can tweak the result by adjusting the brush layer’s Opacity.

Here is the link to the video that explains the technique.

http://dons.creativetips.ppmastery.com/sunblur

Until next time.

 

Levels – Still a Valuable Photoshop Command


The Levels command has always been a primary command in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Many new commands and methods for adjusting the exposure, contrast, and color of an image have been added over the years. As the article below from DPS demonstrates, Levels still serves as a quick way to adjust and correct your photos. It is generally my go-to command when I edit JPEG images.

http://digital-photography-school.com/using-levels-photoshop-image-correct-color-contrast/

Do you still use Levels?

Winter iPad and Photoshop Classes


Both the South Bay Adult School (SBAS) and the Torrance Adult School (TAS) have mailed their catalogs for the Winter term which starts  January 5th. Online registration for the classes will start shortly.

I have updated my descriptions and schedule for the classes I will be teaching this winter.

To see the classes I will be teaching at each school, click on the respective links below.

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Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any questions regarding the classes.

Easy But Effective Way to Replace a Sky


If you have ever taken one of my Photoshop or Photoshop Elements classes, you know that I am a big fan of improving the skies or replacing them altogether if they are unfixable.

This YouTube video demonstrates one of the most effective and easiest ways to replace a sky that I have come across. It uses Photoshop in the video, but since Photoshop Elements includes the Refine Edge  Tool, the technique should work in it as well. I have not tried it yet.

Replace Sky

The video was produced by Anthony Morganti.

Photoshop CS5 and Camera RAW Class Preview


One of the classes I’m teaching this fall at Torrance is Photoshop CS5 and Camera RAW. The video here is a preview of how the class will work and what we will be covering.

PS CS5 Prev Screen

I experimented with a Microsoft PowerPoint add-in tool called Mix to make the video. Using it I inserted a video of me in the corner as I’m presenting the slides. Aren’t you lucky. 🙂

Even though CS5 is not the latest version of Photoshop, it still has some very powerful photo editing tools and provides a great foundation for learning the basics of the program.

The class starts on Thursday, September 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm. I hope to see you in class.

Also, if you have not filled out the survey I posted, please do. It will give me a good idea of just what classes you would be interested in taking, either in a classroom environment or online. Thanks so much.

Fall Digital Photography Classes


 

I know my schedule for the digital photography and iPad classes I will be teaching this fall. To see the classes I will be teaching at the South Bay Adult School, click on the figure below..

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For those I will be teaching at Torrance, click on the figure below.

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Both Schools should have their catalogs mailed  their online registration open in August.

 

Free onOne Software Perfect Effects 8


onOne Software is a maker of Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements plug-ins and a suite of programs that can add creative effects to your photos. For a short time you can download their Perfect Effects 8 program/plug-in for free. The link to do this is shown below.

This will get you the plug-in, as well as the standalone program. I have and use this plug-in and others in the onOne suite of programs/plug-ins and I really like them.

Perf Effects 8 Offer

Spring Digital Photography Classes


 

My winter classes at both Torrance Adult School and the South Bay Adult School are coming to a close.

The Spring Term starts on March 24th, less than two weeks away. Both schools have mailed their catalog and have their online registration open. Here are the classes I will be teaching at both schools.

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Torrance:

ipad 101  Wed. 12:30-2:30 pm

iPad – Photography Tues 12:30-2:30 pm

Your Digital Camera Mon 9:30-11:30 am starting April 21st

Photoshop CS5 and Camera RAW Thurs 5:30-7:30 pm

You can find my description of each of these classes by CLICKING HERE.

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South Bay Adult School

Photo editing Using Photoshop Elements 11 Tues 5:00-7:00 pm

Using Your Advanced Digital Camera Mon 5:00-7:00 pm

You can find my description of these classes by CLICKING HERE.

Don’t miss out. These are the last classes I will be teaching until the fall.

Next Set of 4-Week Classes at PVNET Start April 4th


The next set of Adobe Fridays classes will start on April 4th. There are two classes. The Introduction to Digital Photography class is at 3:00 pm, and the basic Photoshop class starts at 6:30 pm. Remember as part of this series of classes, there is an lab starting at 5:00 pm that is open to students in both classes. I am there to provide you any additional help you need.

For the basic Photoshop class, you will need to bring your laptop with a somewhat recent version of Photoshop installed. I will be using Photoshop CC on my laptop.

For the Introduction to Digital Photography class, we will be using PVNET’s computers, but laptops are always welcome. Also, bring your camera or smartphone, as we will be taking some pictures during the course.

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Click on the image above to see the description of these and other current course I’m teaching at PVNET.

To register for any of these classes CLICK HERE.

Scholl done the page to get to the digital photography courses.

I hope to see you in class.