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Intro To Digital Photography, Week Four
Lens Perspective, Printer Color, Black & White
and Artistic Filters
Conejo Valley Adult School

Perspective effects/distortions and zoom choice

  • Perspective is determined by where you stand when you take a picture
  • Wide angle angle end of zoom (small number of millimeters) exaggerates perspective by making you move in close.
  • Normal (50mm @ 35mm equivalent length) looks most like "normal human vision".
  • Telephoto end of the zoom (large number of millimeters) flattens perspective by making you move far away.

 

lens length

lens length

lens length

In class photo session

  • Headshot / Single person, how close a frame is good?
  • Group of people head to toe, perspective from close and far.
  • Background choices (busy/environmental versus simple)
  • Small harsh light source and still life
  • Large soft light source and still life
  • Macro (closeup) example

Manual camera mode ("M" mode)

Used in studio or with external lights. You set both shutter speed and f/stop. Often used with an external light meter.

Image editing software part 4 (sharpening, filters, layers, text)

Sharpening helps almost all digital photographs and is usually needed after a size change.

  • Launch Photoshop Elements 8, if needed.
  • Close "Welcome" screen (Mac) or select "Edit" (PC), if needed.
  • Open image 4-5-sharpen.jpg (File > Open). You will see image on your screen.
  • Make sure you are "Edit Full" rather then "Edit Quick" mode (Elements specific command, in upper right of screen).
  • Set your size and resolution (Image > Resize > Image Size, If needed).
  • Open Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp. Note: if you are using the newest version of Elements at home (version 5), the Unsharp filter has been moved to the "Image Enhancements" menu.
  • Set "Amount" visually. Typically between 40 and 125%.
  • Set "Radius". Typically 0.7 for web/email images or 2 for high resolution (240dpi inkjet) images.
  • Set "Threshold" visually so that areas of similar tone are not "chunky looking". Skin tones or open skies are good places to check. Typically set between 2 and 20.
  • Save your new corrected file as a new file/name (File > Save As) to a location on your hard drive (not your camera's memory card).

 

unsharp mask

"Artistic" filters offer numerous chances for "fun" photographs and/or "paint media" imitations.

  • Launch Photoshop Elements 8, if needed.
  • Close "Welcome" screen (Mac) or select "Edit" (PC), if needed.
  • Open image 4-5-sharpen.jpg (File > Open), or hit "Edit > Revert" to get original file. You will see image on your screen.
  • Make sure you are "Edit Full" rather then "Edit Quick" mode (Elements specific command, in upper right of screen).
  • Go to Filers > Artistic > Colored Pencil.
  • A browser will open showing thumbnails of 15 artistic filter possibilities. Click on the thumbnail you like best and then adjust the sliders to your liking. There are no set rules here, just play!
  • Save your new "artistic image" as a new file/name (File>Save As) to a location on your hard drive (not your camera's memory card).

 

original
filtered

Black and White Conversions

  • Launch Photoshop Elements 8, if needed.
  • Close "Welcome" screen (Mac) or select "Edit" (PC), if needed.
  • Open image 4-5-sharpen.jpg (File > Open), or hit "Edit > Revert" to get original file. You will see image on your screen.
  • Make sure you are "Edit Full" rather then "Edit Quick" mode (Elements specific command, in upper right of screen).
  • Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue & Saturation.
  • Make sure the "Edit" is set to "Master", "Colorize" is unchecked and "Preview" is checked.
  • Move the "Saturation" slider to -100 for true black and white.
  • Save your new "black and white image" as a new file/name (File>Save As) to a location on your hard drive (not your camera's memory card).

Toned Black and White Conversions

  • Launch Photoshop Elements 8, if needed.
  • Close "Welcome" screen (Mac) or select "Edit" (PC), if needed.
  • Open image 4-5-sharpen.jpg (File > Open), or hit "Edit > Revert" to get original file. You will see image on your screen.
  • Make sure you are "Edit Full" rather then "Edit Quick" mode (Elements specific command, in upper right of screen).
  • Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue & Saturation.
  • Make sure the "Edit" is set to "Master", "Colorize" is CHECKED and "Preview" is checked.
  • Move the "Saturation" slider to 25.
  • Move the "Hue" slider until you like the tone (note: Sepia is around 40).
  • Readjust the "Saturation" slider until you like the image.
  • Save your new "toned black and white image" as a new file/name (File>Save As) to a location on your hard drive (not your camera's memory card).

black and white

Inkjet printer color management: Standard Method
Best when using papers and inks made by your inkjet printer's manufacturer.

Photoshop Elements color settings. While Elements is running go to Edit > Color settings and make sure "Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens" is selected and then hit "OK". This causes Elements to always use sRGB colorspace. This color space matches 99% of the smaller digital cameras. If you are using a large DSLR or an advanced digital camera that uses AdobeRGB, see the link at the end of this section.

color space

Get your file "perfect" on screen. Select File > Print, you will then get the print preview screen.

  • Use the rotate controls to fit the image onto the page as you prefer
  • Check the "Show More Options" box
  • Select "Printer Profile" as "Same As Source"
  • Hit "Print", this doesn't actually start printing. Instead it opens your printer dialog.

 

print preview

Your printer dialog will most likely differ from mine, so consider these "general" comments.

  • Select the printer you want to use.
  • You may have a standard preset that does everything below for you (or you may be able to save a personal preset). A great time saver.
  • Select "Print Settings".
  • Select the type of paper you are going to use.
  • Set ink to "color".
  • Set slider to Quality (rather than speed).
  • Set Mode to Automatic, DO NOT hit print yet.

 

print settings

Your printer dialog will most likely differ from mine, so consider these "general" comments.

  • Change the "Print Settings" selection to "Color Management".
  • Select "Color Controls" and set all sliders to zero.
  • Hit the "Print" button, this time the printer actually makes a print!
  • If the print isn't to your liking, you can reprint after adjusting the color management sliders.

 

color management

If you want to use non-standard papers or inks,
read this additional info.

Other CVAS class you may be interested in:

Digital Photography - Intermediate - Another Class I Teach

This class is for those who have attended Digital Photography Introduction or for those very familiar with their camera. This class will place more emphasis on the creative process. Topics will include visualizing, composing, and designing better photographs. Students will learn to control and see light, both existing and flash. Students should bring their digital camera to class. Those wishing to learn more about using software to enhance their images are encouraged to also attend the Beginning Photoshop Elements class at CVAS.
12 hour class $95 plus a $5 material fee

Adobe Elements 8.0, Beginning

Easy, Effective & Fun! Great for Business & Hobbies! The perfect combination of power & simplicity! You'll be making corrections to photos, creatively editing, and making color & light adjustments.
9 hour class $149
Required:  Mouse Skills

Adobe Elements 8.0, Level II

In the Level I class you learned to harness the power of this seemingly simple application. This class takes you into the heart of it - it's advanced functions such as the cloning tool, filters, selections, layers & type. Once you take this class - you will just need practice to become a Photoshop Elements master!
9 hour class $149
Required:  Photoshop Elements-Beginning Or The Equivalent

Adobe Elements 8.0, Level III - Using Your Own Pictures

Show off your own photos - and your creativity - in organized and entertaining ways, including photo books, scrapbook pages, slide shows, and more. Count on plenty of time to ask questions and make your photos spectacular.
6 hour class $99
Required:  Photoshop Elements - Level II Or The Equivalent

Beginning Adobe Photoshop CS5

Photoshop is the industry standard for working with digital images. But you don't have to be a professional to learn to use this powerful imaging tool. Level I will cover the most useful palettes and tools such as changing resolution & image size. The fundamentals of photo correction, adjustment and editing will be covered, including layers & selection. An amazing class for those who want to work the way the pros do!
12 hour class $199
Required:  Mouse Skills

Intermediate Adobe Photoshop CS5

Work like a professional - or become one. Paint & edit, advanced use of paths, brushes & the pen tool. Use clipping paths on layers & advanced layer techniques.
12 hour class $199
Required:  Photoshop-Beginning Or The Equivalent

Beginning Adobe DreamWeaver CS5

Design, develop, and maintain websites. Dreamweaver empowers you to design and build websites with confidence. We'll start you at the beginning, designing visually so you can develop pages and accurately test your new site.
6 hour class $99

Intermediate Adobe DreamWeaver CS5

Dreamweaver is deceptively easy to use - but learning its powerful functions like libraries & palettes gives you the freedom to allow your creativity to come through - and keep your site organized and easy to maintain. Instructions on how to upload your site are included in this class.
6 hour class $99
Required:  Dreamweaver-Beginning Or The Equivalent

An Interesting Non CVAS option

Julie Dean Workshops in Hollywood, CA offers lots of short (typically 1 to 6 day) workshops http://www.juliadean.com/

 

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