Photography for Artists & Designers

Art & Design 265

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THESE ARE JUST STRAY NOTES/LINKS that haven't yet found a better home


This site ... appears to have quite a bit of useful content both on photography and on digital post-production

The Exposure Triangle: Basics of Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO

Metering Modes: A Practical Overview of In-Camera Metering Modes – Photography Tutorial
"...briefly explain to you the different in-camera metering modes, as well as show you some practical real life examples of each mode and how they behave in use..."

RAW vs JPEG (JPG) – The Ultimate Visual Guide
Why are professional photographers so dedicated to shooting R

Digital Post-Production Tutorials:
Many topics...a lot of Lightroom coverage here!

Lomo Photography involves special effects that make images appear to have been shot by a particular and peculiar type of camera -- such as the Lomo LC-A. The visual effect is distinctive, and, for a while, stylish.
These video tutorials introduce the visual effects and tactics for generating them in Camera Raw and Photoshop.
The Ultimate Lomo Photography Effect Tutorial – Lomography Photoshop Video Tutorial

Product Photo Enhancement: Make Your Photos More Intense in 12 Easy Steps: This step-by-step article takes a decent studio shot of limes and adds visual punch.

PS Tutorials -- mostly compositing effects demos. Many are by subscription only, but some are freely available.

5 Incredibly Useful Non-Destructive Photoshop Techniques: a basic survey of PS non-destructive editing tools.

Professional Retouching Tutorial: Using Curves in Photoshop (Part 3) : Good images used to compare the effects of altering Curves.

Professional Photographic Retouching Tutorial (40Mins, Start-To-Finish): the video appears to cover a lot of techniques. The sample image is more figure than face.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop (UAP) with Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop Quicktips (newest is 2011)
Photoshop User TV
Creative COW Adobe Photoshop ( #156 #219) 195: Photoshop and Bridge for Photographers video tutorial 220: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One Mastery video tutorial 219: Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching video tutorial
Multiple exposures are combined with the aid of the difference blending mode and auto allign in order to create one strong image from two imperfect images. 215: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing video tutorial 209 Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects
A pair of portraits are here enhanced by altering color traits via the Hue-Saturation tools, Soft-Light blending mode to create a variety of interesting image traits that can enhance 208 Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography
Interesting use of the Levels controls and layer masks to selectivel alter color and contrast in an image. 200 Photoshop CS5: Camera RAW 6 158 Photoshop CS4: One-on-One Advanced 156 Photoshop CS4 Retouching: Fashion Photography Projects 145: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast: How To Use CS5 Patch Tool to Retouch Portraits





Fashion Retouching: (some of these appear useful... some are sketchy)

Photoshop Tutorial : Quick High-End Fashion Portrait Retouching

Photoshop Beauty Retouch - Face Makeover








Photoshop Top 40 with Deke McClelland:  Photoshop CS5 Top 5 Tip #5: Common Sense Enhancements







Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcasts:
How To Use The Photoshop CS5 Patch Tool To Fix Things In Portrait Retouching  12.36
Good intro to image corrections using the Patch Tool.  Both the benefits and the limitations of the tool are illustrated…some unintentionally.
Patch Tool:    
1) draw a selection around the problem area
2) drag that selected area towards an area with similar, but correct color/texture.
3) Watch the dynamic preview of repaired area… release when good.  
work with several small patches rather than trying to cover a large area with a single correction.

As with most detail-corrections, you must think like a realist painter.  Many details can be corrected easily, but the forms, colors and shading on fleshtones is very subtle.  Many minor adjustments create odd or awkward subtleties. 
Note:  compare these techniques to non-destructive tactics using two image layer and a mask controlling impact of edited image on the original image.

Clone Stamp Tool:  Lighten Mode  -- enables you to only lighted shadow areas


PodCast: Adobe Creative Suite Podcast: What to Do when Content Aware Scale Doesn’t Work
Content Aware Scale
Content Aware Fill
Content Aware Scale attempts to stretch images without distorting details within the image.  It sometimes work well…sometimes not.
When Content Aware Scale does NOT work, what can you do to help the software work?
Select the key subject area.  Save selection as channel.
Then do a CAS with Protect applied to the saved channel.  PS now scales the image without disturbing the protected area.
Content Aware Fill
Select the area to delete.  Use Shift-Delete (or Fill)
To declare areas to NOT use for CAF, select

















Week 9

Images are never perfect.
Someone got in the way.
There's an odd glare over there.

Digital tools make it possible to repair some pretty severe image problems... sometimes.
The current generation of Photoshop (CS5) offers outstanding repair tools that are, frankly, pretty mind-boggling.


Content-Aware Filling and Healing/Harrington/Understanding Photoshop

This video covers the basics of the new image-repair tools.

Explore these tools in CS5 and find some less-than-perfect images. Watch out of imperfections introduced by these tools. These tools are impressive, but they rely on many existing traits within the image, and they make assumptions about what improvements are to be made. But they can't read your mind, and they can't revisit the site of the photo --- these tools just "guess" really well.



You might review these links/articles/videos for still more ideas on how to recover/repair images

Useful Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Photo Retouching

Photo Retouching Tips And Tricks In Photoshop

The Ultimate Guide To Cloning In Photoshop

Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers



For Next Week

Find 3 of your images that have problems that can be corrected using cloning or healing tools.
— clean them up using a variety of repair tactics, and show us the before-and-after versions.

The articles linked/discussed above deal with correction-repair techniques.
Those are the key skills you'll needed.

Goal: Create 3 different images with problems and make them presentable.
Select images that need repair...images that you'd like to reshoot, but can't.

Your full-size, Photoshop image should be at least 4mpix.

Create a lower-resolution version of your images for uploading to DropBox.
Follow the steps illustrated here to create a 2-megapixel version of your image for in-class viewing.

Save those images to your DropBox Art265_Photography folder.
Create a folder called: Repairs
a) the three low-res versions of your original images saved as JPG
b) the final 3+ repaired images, each as low-res JPGs.


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