The Digital Photo Guy

Enhancing Really Bad Photos

by on Jan.09, 2011, under Articles, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements, Schedule, Workshops

Pin-Up Shoot – Sock Hop Theme, Jan 16
Photoshop Elements in 6 Weeks, starts Feb 16
Flash Photography in a Flash, Feb 26
Palomar College – Spring 2011
Spring Desert Wildflowers, late March 2011

Combining Tools and Techniques into a Process

Several months ago, while teaching a Photoshop Elements webinar, I discovered that some people don’t differentiate between tools, techniques and processes. Having been trained as an engineer, it seemed odd that non-engineers wouldn’t think the same way! (That’s a joke!) Today’s Video Monday Morning Tip (VMMT) is a look at how I might combine tools and techniques into a process to try to salvage a really bad photo.

Caveat – the best thing for this photo would be the round file followed by a reshoot. This photo has been further lightened from the Jan 3 version.

This two-frame panorama was posted on last week’s Monday Morning Tip (MMT). I was trying different ideas for capturing a scene that had previously eluded me. This attempt wasn’t any better so I was ready to trash these photos when I realized I could use this as a good example of combining Tools and Techniques in a Process. Follow the link to view the video.

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Workshops and Webinars

Sock Hop Theme Pin-Up Shoot – Sun, Jan 16, 2011

On Sunday, January 16, 2011, I’ll be photographing 3 cute models for a Sock Hop Pin-Up shoot. There’s no formal instruction but you’ll have the opportunity to work with me and a few other experienced photographers. There are 3 spots left. If you’d like to join me, send me an e-mail. There will be a $25 fee plus an $8 entrance fee for the venue. The $25 goes to the models for their time, makeup and accessories.

Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers, Six Weeks starts Feb 16

In just 6 weeks (1 hour each week) learn to enhance and edit digital photos using Photoshop Elements (PSE). From the comfort of your own PC or Mac, attend via webinar every Wed evening, Feb 16-Mar 23 from 7PM-8PM. This intermediate level class is for photographers who want to jumpstart their photo editing skills. All techniques in this class also apply to Photoshop. Start with an overview of a basic workflow then dive into Selections, Cloning, Healing, ACR (Adobe Camera RAW), HDR (High Dynamic Range), plug-ins and output. Register HERE.

Flash in a Flash, Sat, Feb 26, 2011, 10AM-1PM

If your flash baffles and scares you, this workshop is for you. Learn to take control of your external flash (aka, Speedlite, Speedlight, strobe, etc) and make great flash photos that don’t scream, “This deer-in-the-headlights look created with FLASH!” Learn what all the knobs, dials, switches and menus do on the back of your expensive flash. Register HERE.

Palomar College – Spring 2011 Schedule Posted

Palomar College has posted my Spring 2011 classes. I’ll be teaching both Digital SLR for New dSLR Owners (Feb 1 & 3) and Beginning Adobe Photoshop Elements (Mar 1 & 3) via webinar so you can learn from the comfort of your own home computer. Back by popular demand is the my popular Hands-On Photoshoot (Apr 2) at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

Spring Desert Wildflower Workshop, late March 2011

One of my perennial favorites, spring is a magical time in the desert when everything comes to life. Get down low for amazing macros of flowers. Get up high for gorgeous sunsets and landscapes. Make beautiful photos from almost every vantage point in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. More details as conditions in the desert firm up and I can better predict the spring bloom.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Karen

    Thanks for the tips on salvaging some of those otherwise discardible photos. As you say there are some times when you can’t go back and redo the photo. Your videos are always clear and to the point. Enjoyed the Salvation Mountain story and hope that someone preserves it when the artist is no longer with us. Very unique and it would be a shame to see it demolished.
    Thanks again,

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