Where to Find Me
Summer has begun for me. I have just finished teaching my last digital photography class of the spring term for the Torrance Adult School. The only class I will be teaching in the fall is “Photoshop CC on Your Laptop”
I am going to use this time to become much more active in this blog. I am going to be spending the summer upgrading and adding significantly more content to this blog, website, and my social media pages.
Many of you are on my email distribution list. I do not send out many emails, and they basically only deal with my upcoming teaching schedule. Their frequency will probably not change, but I will their content with time.
If you want to follow me and view the written, and video tutorials that I have already published, and those that I will be adding moving forward, there are several ways to do that. Here are several ways to follow what I will be posting:
Email Distribution List – Not very often, since it requires heavy maintenance on my part. If you are not on it now, feel free to email me requesting to be added. And by all means, you can use email to ask me any digital photography, iPad/iPhone questions you have, and I will promptly reply.
My Welcome Page – Most of you are familiar with this, and it does provide links to some of my sites.
This Blog – Probably the timeliest and most frequently updated of all of my sites. I have been posting here more many years now, and there is even a Search button that can be used to get to previously published material. There is also a button that allows you to subscribe to it and get an email whenever I post something. And please hit the Like button, and add a comment when you find a post that is useful or interesting.
Facebook – I actually have two (actually three of you count my Leuzinger High School page) on Facebook. One is where I generally post family stuff, but on occasion will have links to digital photography topics as well. If you are a Facebook user, please go to the pages below and subscribe or Like the page. I would really appreciate it.
More Personal Posts – www.facebook.com/Don26812
Digital Photography – http://www.facebook.com/DonsPhoto/
Leuzinger HS Class of 1963 – www.facebook.com/LeuzingerHsClassOf1963
YouTube – Currently, I have a large number of videos already posted on YouTube, but they are generally accessible by direct links provided from one of my other sites. My Channel is not really active now, but that will change very soon. If you go to one of the linked videos, which are mostly Public, you will see Like and Subscribe buttons there, similar to Facebook. Please Subscribe or Like the videos if you found them interesting or helpful. Here is a link to one I posted recently from a trip I took to Mammoth in 2015. From there you can view or subscribe to my videos, most or many of which are tutorials and demos.
Pinterest – On my Pinterest page you find links not only to my tutorials, but those I found interesting written by experts. There are scores of links on several boards with a variety of subjects related to my interests. It is a great please to see very interesting and helpful articles and videos that have helped me. You can subscribe to my Pinterest posts as well.
My Photoshop Elements eBook – Now for my commercial. I have written three eBooks that cover only the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. My latest one covers Photoshop Elements 14. They are all available on Amazon. Here is the link to my latest one. I suspect I will write additional eBooks in the future.
Well there you have it.
As you know most of my posts and videos have dealt with Photoshop Elements. I will continue covering that program, but will add more and more content covering Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, as well as material on iPads/iPhones. Related subjects, such I my use and experiences with my DJI Phantom 2+ drone will also be added.
My overall goal is to pass on what I learn as I practice my hobby making the content more understandable and easier to follow than its original presentation may have been. Also, suspect I follow these technologies more closely than you have the time to do. These two provide the value I add to a information available online.
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.
Do you still use Levels?
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.
The video was produced by Anthony Morganti.
Here is a very simple tip for correcting a color shift that can occur when you apply a command like Levels or sharpen your image.
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..
For those I will be teaching at Torrance, click on the figure below.
Both Schools should have their catalogs mailed their online registration open in August.
Perfect Effects 8 can be run as a plug-in in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or in a standalone mode. Below are just two examples of want you can do with this program.
Notice I used only two of the many presets available. You do not have to stop there. In the right hand panel there is an impressive array of tools that you can use to expand the starting point provided by the presets. To go even further, you can return to Photoshop to continue working.
Perfect Effects 8 is a fun program to use and you sure can’t beat the price!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The four-week Lightroom 5 Level 1 class starts this Friday evening, March 7th. If you are not sure what Lightroom is or does, watch the short video below.
You can register for the class by clicking on the link below, and then scrolling down to the Lightroom 5 class. Seating is limited. Don’t be left out.