In class today, we experimented with the various ways to color correct an image. Here I have several before and after pictures, each using a different type of adjustment layer to correct the colors. I’ve ranked them from my favorite to my least favorite techniques.
1) Hue / Saturation
This is probably my favorite way to adjust the colors of an image. I like the control of being able to adjust colors, the brightness, and the saturation all on one panel. I would probably use this method the most.
2) Photo Filter
This is my second favorite method due to its easiness, yet it has a variety of different filters to change your image. You can even make your own filter out of any color you want, which is a great idea.
3) Color Balance
This is my third favorite method because of the amount of control you have in editing, because you can adjust shadows, midtones, and highlights separately. However, it seems like it could be very time consuming to do to every picture.
Curves is my fourth favorite method because it is one that I have never dealt with before this class. I still have to get used to it so its a little hard for me to use. However, I know it is important to know so I will keep practicing.
5) Auto Color
This is definitely my least favorite method. It’s easy, however you have barely any control over the final result. In this example, I actually think the after picture looks worse than before. So I probably wont be using it too often.
5 Techniques for Enhancing Contrast in Digital Photos
By Darren Rowse
This article on enhancing contrast was found at Digital Photography School, a very helpful and reliable website I have used for past articles. This week we have been working with Photoshop to adjust the exposure and contrast of various images, whether they are under exposed or over exposed. I picked this article because it has several ways to do just that. It covers curves and masks, dodging and burning, unsharpening contrast, apply image, and selective color. The one that interested me the most was working with curves and masks because that is what we experimented in the last class.
In the article, they showed an image with a single curve adjustment that only made a small difference. Rowsw’s tip was to make 3 separate curves: one for the sky, one for the water, and one for the shore. This way, he was able to adjust each one separately so that they would stand out from one another. This is most helpful for black and white photos because the colors are so close to one another. The resulting image was much more detailed. The article said, “This is a very powerful method, and may be all you ever need to make your contrast adjustments,” so I will definitely work to improve my curve and mask skills.
This week in class we are making calendars, so we had to take a pictures that represent all the days of the month and days of the week. All of the pictures were to revolve around a specific theme. The theme I chose was cereal for the month of August. I had 4 types: Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, and Golden Grahams. It took much longer to arrange all of the numbers than I thought, and the lighting in my dorm wasn’t very good either so it was hard to avoid shadows. I am interested in seeing if the calendar turns out okay after cropping and editing!
My 3 Favorite Photos:
How to Edit RAW Photos in Adobe Camera Raw
by Bakari Chavanu
This week in class we have been experimenting with post processing, one of the programs we have used so far is Adobe Camera Raw. To help me understand it a little better, I found this article on how to edit RAW photos in this program. The article is from a site called makeuseof, and the article is written by a professional photographer and author who has much experience using Camera Raw. The author prefers using RAW files instead of JPEG files when editing because of the multitude of editing options and increased control RAW photos will allow.
Reading the article definitely makes me want to shoot in RAW form more. Camera Raw allows you to change the White Balance settings in the photo, when its not so easy after its converted to JPEG. The program has many of the tools needed just for photography that Photoshop has, except all in one convenient location. The Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation settings are supposed to be good for portrait shots because they don’t ruin the skin tone of the person in the picture. I am excited to learn more about editing in these next few weeks!
In this image I used the straighten tool, the spot removal tool, and the white balance tool.
In this image I used the graduated filter on the sky and the straighten tool.
In this image I used the crop tool and the adjustment brush.
The theme of our pictures this week was photojournalism, or event photography. This was a great week to have this theme, because there was a lot going on. The major event this week was obviously LU Homecoming, which I decided to document with my pictures. I took pictures from the Bonfire, Midnight Madness at Snowflex, the Homecoming Parade and football game against Coastal Carolina.
The weather this weekend was great and I was excited to go outside and take pictures. However, the great weather made for some harsh lighting that surprisingly was not ideal for photography. My biggest challenge was taking pictures of the parade. From the angle I was sitting, a terrible glare went right into my lens and showed up in almost all of my pictures. And because it was so bright, I couldn’t see my LCD screen well enough to notice the glare until after the parade. Because of that, I now know to at least stand in a more shaded area on a bright day. At the bonfire I experienced the opposite problem: it was extremely dark and it was hard not to get grainy or blurry pictures. This was a challenging task, but after taking around 400 pictures I was able to find 25.
My Favorite 3 Photos:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom vs. The Adobe Bridge
by David Marx
I found this article on Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge from a site called TheLightroomLab, which is a large collection of tutorials and information about Adobe Lightroom. The site is used by amateurs and professionals alike. I searched this topic specifically because of the video we watched in class about Lightroom, and was curious to see how it differed from the Bridge program which I already have. Until recently, I never knew what Bridge was or what it did, so I was excited to find out.
According to the article, the main difference between Lightroom and Bridge is that Bridge is a browser and Lightroom is a database. In Lightroom, you can search your images using key words found in the metadata of your images. In Bridge, you have to know where the image you want is located. So in this case, using Lightroom would make the process of finding an image much quicker. The benefit of Bridge, however, is the fact that you can use it to link together various file formats including videos, music, and vector art with your photos. Lightroom can only deal with photos. The article says: “Here the Bridge lives up to its name; literally it bridges Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, and InDesign together.” As a graphic designer, this would be very helpful for me to use these programs together. After reading the article, Lightroom looks like a great program, but for now I think I will try to master Adobe Bridge first.
This week in class, our theme was portraits. This would have been a much easier project if I were able to go home for fall break and take family portraits, however, I was stuck in Lynchburg while everyone was gone.
In my first round of pictures, I tried adjusting the aperture on aperture priority mode to make the background blurry but I couldn’t get it to work how I wanted, possibly because I wasn’t close enough to the subject. Sometimes it would change on its own without me realizing it as well. In the last few photos I was able to make it work, and I added center weighted metering as well.
My 3 Favorite Photos:
10 Tips for People Photography
by Craig Ferguson
This article about portrait photography was found on a website called DSLR Geek. It is a blog by Patrick Arseneau that is a collection of informative articles on photography that can be useful for anyone, beginner or professional. This article gives 10 great tips on how to shoot pictures of people other than the basic 3 essentials, correct exposure, white balance, and a sharp focus.
Out of the 10 tips, there were a few that were the most helpful to me. One was to shoot at large apertures in order to focus on the face and get a blurred background. Another tip was to shoot at 70 mm or longer. Any shorter, and the picture may become distorted. The last tip that stood out to me was to shoot in either the shade, or on a cloudy day. This eliminates harsh lighting and shadows from the bright sunlight. You should avoid on-camera flash for the same reasons, as it is too harsh. These tips will come in handy as I shoot portraits this week.