How to Wow with Adjust4 and ReMask3
If you missed the Topaz Labs webinar you can watch the video HERE. The actual webinar starts at minute 15:50. Here’s a pdf of the Video Controls to help you find the exact point you want on the video. Use the scrubber to fast forward or rewind.
Greg Rostami and Ashley Robinson of Topaz Labs presented a great webinar despite some glitches due to rain. Until Dec 25, Christmas, use the discount code “leeotsubo” to get $20 off the ReMask3 price of $69.99. For all other Topaz Labs plug-ins, use the code “digitalphotoguy” any time for a 15% discount. After watching this video, if you aren’t amazed and blown away by the power of Topaz Labs products, you need to check for a pulse!
The above images show what ReMask3 can do in less than 30 seconds. Just think of all those complex masks you’ve always wanted to create.
Workshops and Webinars
Wild Animal Park Workshop Rescheduled Due to Wild Weather
The WAP Photoshoot Workshop on Sat, Dec 18 has been rescheduled to Sat, Jan 8 from 9AM until 1PM. This is one of my most popular “hands-on” workshops. Learn how to get your camera under control by watching and listening to my demonstrations. Then, try it on your own camera with me by your side. Have a question? No problem, I’m right there to help. Register HERE. (You DO NOT need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, just a credit card)
Flash in a Flash, Saturday, February 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.
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.
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.
It’s Midnight, Do You know Where Your Faces Are?
Photoshop Elements, since version 4, has had a cool feature called Face Tagging. It may not be exactly what you’re thinking but it’s still a neat feature to know about. Let’s say you’ve just returned from vacation where you stopped by Grandma & Grandpa’s as well as a visit to Yellowstone and a stop to see friends in your old hometown. When you download all your photos, you have a mixture of people, places, things, events and critters. Now, before you forget, you want to tag (identify) all the people so you can find the photos in the future.
Face Tagging will sort through the photos and find all photos with faces (people). Now, you can tag (ID) all the faces while it’s still fresh in your mind. It’s not likely you’ll forget Grandma and Grandpa’s face but, without Face Tagging, you’ll never find all the photos of them in the future when you want to remember that special visit.
I hope you enjoy the video and get some use out of it. If not, tell me what you want to see. More
Apologies to James Brown
Although I am a photographer, I feel my primary role is that of teacher & instructor. Over the past 12 years, I’ve presented digital photography classes to over 30,000 students. What really makes me feel good is when I get an e-mail like this from a reader in the UK:
I have managed to correct the mistake I was making, I was altering the wrong box – human error as usual 🙂 . Originally I took the photos to be professionally restored and the results were dire to say the least. The photo’s are now looking superb thanks to your tutorial. I even showed the studio who did a bad job the new version and they asked how I’d managed to do a good job so I told them your tutorials were better.
Again thanks for your uploads, I’m sure they are helping many people including me. Keep up the good work.
The video Tim was watching is Restore Old Photos, Part 2, near the bottom of the Video Page (This page takes a while to load completely because it has so many big video files).
Tim sent me this follow up e-mail:
By all means reference my message. I was sorely disappointed in the results from a high street photo studio and am very thankful for your tutorials. I showed my grandfather the restored photo that I did myself with your video and he was very happy to have color back in it as it was of his late wife (my gran). So you made his day too
Not only was I able to help someone in the UK but my lessons also made his grandfather happy. It don’t get no gooder’n that, citizens!
In the same week, Jim, a Canadian reader on a forum I frequent posted this:
…What I will do is buy the Canon camera that Lee recommended to me plus the 300mm 2.8 lens with a 1.4 converter. I have searched out the opinion of others and spent some time on Lees web site. I am 100% convinced that Lee’s advice will help me get a better photo even with my existing talent. Will it make by photos look like some of the stuff Lee has done, I doubt it but I think it will improve them…
Jim was asking about upgrading his gear from a Canon T1i and 100-400. After reviewing his photos, I advised him to go with a Canon 7D and 300/2.8 + 1.4TC. In my opinion, this combination matched his skills, budget and subject matter (birds). It felt good to be acknowledged in public when, so often, advice given on forums is blithely ignored.
Anyway, I must now take time to uncontort myself from this awkward position needed to pat myself on the back. Please watch the videos and let me know if they help. Be aware that some are quite old and may contain outdated techniques. Others may seem convoluted but I tried to use techniques that would work with virtually any version of PSE.
As always, whenever I post an article I receive a flurry of e-mails asking, “How’d you do that?” This week, it was about replacing the dull Parisian sky with a bright blue SoCal sky. This is a pretty simple task so I prepared a short 3 minute video.
How Your Camera’s AutoFocus Works
(and why you should care)
I posted this as a question on a site I visit from time-to-time and no one either knew the answer or cared. Therefore, I decided my readers were a better audience for something a bit more technical but, nonetheless, important to getting the most out of your camera gear.
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Topaz Labs introduces DeNoise 5
I hate to sound like a Topaz Labs fanboy but their newest iteration of DeNoise 5 is better than my old standby, Neat Image v6. The difference isn’t huge but TL is somewhat better in the areas of speed, ease of use and detail recovery. NI has a small edge on price. I use the NI Home+ version that includes both the Standalone and Photoshop/Photoshop Elements plug-in version for $49.90 while Topaz DeNoise is $49.99 until August 31. After that, the price jumps to $79.99. Topaz offers free upgrades for current licensees while NI offers free minor upgrades to licensees and a lesser Upgrade Fee for major upgrades.
As always, my readers can use the code “digitalphotoguy” to receive a 15% discount on all Topaz Labs purchases. I am not affiliated with nor do I have any financial interest in Topaz Labs.
Cheap Canon 24-105/4L IS Lens
Here’s your opportunity to bag a Canon 24-105/4L IS lens for an incredibly low price. Every Canon shooter needs this lens.
There’s a link at the top of every page on my site titled Videos. That link takes you to (hold on, are you ready for this) the Videos page. Everytime I repost an old video or article, someone asks, “Where’s the previous/next/other video/article?” I think the worst thing about the Internet has been to foster a mindset that it’s someone’s job to do your thinking/research. Notice how I didn’t link the word Videos to the Videos page because I want you to find it for yourselves.
Long-time students know that a benefit of taking my classes is continued e-mail support. My motto is, “Failure is not an option, you will learn!” I regularly answer questions for students from 5 or more years ago.
Recently, new readers (not past students) have started sending me questions that take time and effort to research and/or craft an answer. While I don’t mind questions that have universal appeal and are of interest to many readers, I don’t have time to answer specific questions about one person’s gear, computer configuration or idle curiousity unless they are past students.
I hope everyone understands that I have to save my limited bandwidth for past and present students who have paid for my expertise.
One final point, in order to consolidate my time and efforts, I respond to Comments on this site before I answer e-mails.
Cool Canon Deals (The Real Deal)
If you have a broken, out-of-warranty Canon digital camera lying around that will cost more to fix than it’s worth, you can upgrade to a refurbished Canon for a great price. For example, I have an old Canon 10D. It’s in fine condition but, for the sake of this example, let’s assume it’s broken. Canon charges a flat fee depending on whether it’s a “Standard Repair” or a “Major Repair” for most repairs. Let’s assume this camera will cost $250 to repair but it’s only worth $200.
Canon will trade the 10D plus $559 for a Canon 40D, a newer and better camera. Current used prices for Canon 40D is about $600-$700 so it’s a great deal when you consider it’s been serviced by Canon and comes with a 90 day warranty. They also have refurbished G11, 50D, 7D and 5DMkII available.
To get more detals, call Canon at 800-753-4200 and ask for Sales.