Archive for category You should see this

Fun with Camera Raw

I”ve been taking a little time to watch some classes on Kelby Training lately, and I recently completed Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Camera Raw.

Scott (who is the most-published, best-selling digital photography author in the universe, apparently) takes the student through the seven steps he uses to bring a photo from what is captured in camera to a presentable image, and he does it all (almost) in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), the program that images open in when you want to bring them into Photoshop. ACR 6 has a lot of cool controls and one thing (among many) I learned is that we can make local corrections in ACR that had to be done in Photoshop early on. The enhancements seen in the following example were all done in ACR except for sharpening. That is so cool! (Note that if I had made the exposure right in the first place, I could have saved myself even the little time it took me in ACR–about ten minutes). (Note, too, that the photo labeled original is the jpeg file that came directly from the camera. I couldn’t exactly get the RAW file to open without the corrections. What that means is that the ‘original’ has some image correction, etc. embedded in it. Believe it or not, the original RAW file looked even flatter.) (I wonder if that’s enough parenthetical phrases for one paragraph?)

Here’s the original image:

Click to enlarge

Original Desert Garden

In my defense, it was getting late, the light was low and it had clouded up, so there’s not a lot that can be done in those circumstances. However, I could have made a better image. Here’s what came out of ACR: Click on the images to see them better.

Click to enlarge

Desert Garden

When I was shooting film, I railed against digital photography in general and Photoshop in particular. My thinking (or was it a knee-jerk reaction?) was that manipulating an image to such a degree was simply unethical and inappropriate. What I failed to realize is that when I worked in the wet darkroom to dodge, burn, color enhance, push-process, pull-process, etc. to get a decent image, I was doing some significant modifications. To be honest, I wasn’t doing much less than I’m doing with Photoshop in the dry darkroom. And it’s more comfortable and less toxic to sit at the computer.

Give Kelby Training a looksee. They some sample programming available and you just might like it.

Now I have to go try to figure out why my hard drive isn’t working, and why the repair software keeps failing.

More to follow,


Tags: , , ,

You should see this

I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to refer you to another blog today.

Scott Kelby is the creator of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the most published author on digital photography in the world and someone who is willing to share the spotlight. Scott has a blog called Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider and he routinely publishes his thoughts about photography and art. But he also shares that blog every Wednesday with what he calls the Guest Blog.

Today’s blog is by Vincent Versace, a renowned photographer and teacher. It’s about creativity. Versace, like all good teachers, shares what’s inside him. Like my friend Rodger says, there is no good reason to keep secrets from students. If we know something, we need to share it because we can learn more from students’ efforts and, more, because it’s right to share knowledge.

I’d like to suggest you take a look at Versace’s thoughts at here: Scott Kelby’s Blog

And I’ll just sit here admiring my shining new root canal.

More to follow


Tags: , ,