The Shadows/Highlights command, available in Photoshop Elements, is an easy way to eliminate shadows from faces caused by the subject wearing a brimmed hat and or being backlit. It is also an excellent tool for editing a high contrast scene, for example a sunset that casts the foreground into shadows. If you duplicate the background layer, you can maintain a non-destructive editing workflow, as shown in the tutorial.
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I just upgraded from my DJI Phantom 2 V+ drone to a DJI Mavic Pro. The P2V+ served me well for the last 2-1/2 years. However, its embedded technology and software was outdated. The clincher was that its Wi-Fi transmitter module went bad. This is a common problem on the P2V+. It was going to cost over $300 to buy/install a new one.
After some research, I decided on the DJI Mavic Pro. It folds up quite nicely and can be carried in a modest camera bag, rather than a suite case.
Below is a photo from my second flight today. It is amazing what some rain will do. The SE side of Palos Verdes is covered with new mustard flowers as shown here. Since it is my second drone, I am pretty comfortable with it already. However, with the new technology, remote controller, and software, I have a lot to learn. I will be posting more photos and articles sharing my experiences in future posts.
Coming soon is my next Photoshop Elements 15 tutorial. So, until next time….
PSE 14 introduced the Haze Removal command. In this video tutorial, I will being demonstrating the command using Photoshop Elements 15. The command has two modes. You can use it in its fully automatic mode, or manually adjust its strength and sensitivity if you choose.
depending upon the image, the results are often similar to those obtained using the Auto Levels command. However, the Haze Removal results are generally better, depending upon the targeted image.
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Using the Haze Removal Command in PSE 15
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There is an abundance of methods to fix a sky in a photograph. They range from entirely replacing the sky from another image to enhancing the existing sky in some way.
In this PSE 15 tutorial, I will cover a simple way to darken an existing sky that is a good exercise in using multiple Adjustment Layers, which are a key component to non-destructive editing. Within the tutorial, I cover inverting the created mask, so that additional and different corrections can be applied to the foreground in the image.
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I will be giving a presentation on how I use my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone for photography. My Presentation will be at the next meeting of the South Bay Camera Club on February 27th. Meetings are held at the Zamperini Field (Torrance Airport) Administration Building Meeting Room, 3301 Airport Drive, at 7 P.M. Guests are always welcome. To find out more about the club, click on the link below to view the SBCC website.
Not only will I be showing some of the photos and videos I have captured using my Phantom, I will discuss what it is like and what is involved with owning and operating a drone for the hobbyst. In the past couple of years, drones have gotten much easier to fly, and the cameras that come with them have gotten extremely good. That being said, a drone is a sophisticated system, and your learning begins as soon as you open the box.
So, if you have been thinking about buying a drone for the fun of it flying it, or to take photos you are unable to take with your earth-bound camera, come join us.
The Levels command has been a part of Elements since day one. How it works and what it does has changed little over the years. Generally most people use it to optimize the tone of a photograph, using the RGB channel only to do so.
However, working with the red, green, and blue channels, you can correct the color of the image as well.
This tutorial covers the covers using the RGB as well as the individual color channels by adjusting the triangle sliders of the histogram. It also addresses how to use the eyedroppers, and makes use of an Adjustment Layer to maintain a non-destructive editing workflow.
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Using the PSE 15 Levels Command
Below is a before and after comparison demoinstrating the results when the Levels command to correct both tone and color.
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Photoshop Elements has had the ability to stitch a series of images together to form a panorama for a long time now. However over the years, the Photomerge technology to do this has improved significantly.
More recent versions Elements can automatically fill in the gaps around the edges using Content Aware Fill to make the finished image rectangle. After doing this, little or no further editing is required.
You can begin the panorama either by selecting the photos in the Organizer, or directly from the Photo Editor. In older versions, the Photomerge Panorama was found under the Enhance menu in the Editor. However, beginning with PSE 14, it is found in the Guided Edit View under Photomerge. In fact, all of PSE 15’s Photomerge Edits are in the Guided Edit View. We show how to initiate the Photomerge Panorama process using both approaches in this tutorial.
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