The Digital Photo Guy

Monday Morning Tip – 11/2/09

by on Nov.01, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips, Photoshop Elements, Schedule, Workshops

Today’s MMT, as usual, is in the MMT page behind a password on the Tips & News section. (To get a password, please register) This MMT was inspired by a friend and former student who just bought a new Canon EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 super wide angle lens and sent me some photos from his trip to Taos. Readers who have an 18-55 kit lens as their primary WA might have noticed that distant subjects tend to appear tiny when using a WA. This can be both a benefit and a disadvantage.

It’s immediately obvious that a WA isn’t a particularly good lens for photographing small, distant objects because they appear even smaller than they already are. But, if the small, distant objects form a pattern, the WA may be the perfect lens. So, while a WA isn’t useful for photographing the quarterback in the pocket from your seats in the nosebleed section, it may be just the lens for capturing the colors and patterns in the seats across the stadium.

A key technique when using a WA is to get as close to the main subject as possible and give the viewer the sensation of being in the photo instead of observing the photo.

We Have a Winner

Tracie from Hawaii is the first winner in the Photoshop Elements webinar and the class doesn’t even start for another 12 days. Tracie registered herself and two friends for the webinar and won a complete Topaz Labs Suite (Adjust, DeNoise, Simplify, Detail, Clean, ReMask, DeJPEG) worth $179.

There’s one more chance to win a complete bundle and that’s during the webinar when one lucky student will receive a complete Topaz Labs bundle. If you’re not familiar with Topaz Labs Photoshop and Photoshop Elements plug-ins, check out the cool tools on their site

But, even if you don’t win the bundle during the webinar, not to despair because I have a great deal for the rest of you. Go to Topaz Labs’ website and order the bundle using the code digitalphotoguy for a 15% discount. That gets you $340 worth of software for just $152.99. It don’t get no better’n that, citizen!

Remember, we also have lots of other door prizes including the 800+ page Workbook from Photoshop World, a BlackRapid camera strap and 1-2-3 of Digital Imaging book on a CD. Click here to see the door prizes and read the descriptions.

Wild Animal Park Photoshoot – Dec 5, 2009

The next WAP Photoshoot class is just 5 weeks away. If you’re the type that likes to see which buttons I’m pressing in what direction and why, this is the class for you. In just 4 hours, we’ll cover Exposure, Focus, Composition and basic photo editing.

Some challenges you’ll learn to overcome include setting the desired exposure by using the Exposure Level Indicator, Histogram and Exposure Compensation. You’ll also learn how to use flash during broad daylight to improve your photos, set your camera and lens for kids and critters in motion and composing for impact.

We end the session by meeting in my RV for a photoshop Elements session to learn the basics of photo editing. This is the fastest, easiest path for new dSLR owners to get “up-to-speed”.

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Lee

    I think it’s fixed. A new version of the Polling software was set to check cookies which I don’t collect or use. It seems to be working now.

  • Lee

    Hi Viva,
    Thanks for the “heads up”. I never tested it because it’s always worked in the past but, wouldncha know it, it brole this time. I’m taking it down until I figure out the problem. Thanks for reading my blog.

  • Viva

    Your poll on DoF calculator doesn’t seem to be working or maybe its just me. It won’t let me vote.

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