10: 27-Feb-2017

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Here are a few reads from my endless trawling of the internet 😜
Since the workshop this week will be looking at work flow, and we won’t be dealing with specifics of image processing like curves etc, I thought I’d share a few articles on how to process your digital image.
Let’s start with the histogram – that little bit of information that gives you the frequency of different light intensity. For those using Lightroom, this article shows you how to take advantage of the histogram (Of course, Photoshop and GIMP users have similar capability).
Here is a useful link on preparing your image for printing – the simple steps.
Now what about the colour? That requires alteration of the saturation of the image, and its not that hard to change. This short article talk about the sliders to use in Photoshop, but the same tools exist in other packages.
So you’ve tweaked the saturation and luminance to give the image more pop. The problem is that it can often leave a white line on the image. Here is one photographers trick for removing that line
Now what if your image is a little soft? In some areas of photography, sharp images are essential such as macro or wildlife. Do you understand what its about? The excellent Cambridge in Colour website has lots of information on different aspects of photography, and this one on sharpening explains it quite well. Too much sharpening can be a bad thing – with halos and artefact that shouldn’t be there. Use your sharpen tool judiciously.
Now for those of you wanting to do a little more, how about a texture over your image.  Textures are an important as a subject, but can also be used to alter an image to give it more depth or interest. You can use a layer in Photoshop to add a texture. You can make it look old & warn, or wet (like shooting through a rain covered window), or add smoke. This article in fStoppers will tell you how to use textures – so start collecting interesting textures now.
Finally, how about some exotic travel again? You’d be surprised, but we have a place like that in our own backyard! It’s based on taking your photographs when no one is about and even the biggest cities in the world have a time like that. Here is an article that demonstrates this in fStoppers by photographer Genaro Bardy, and another in Feature Shoot featuring photographer David Allee

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