The club was delighted to have Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB back for a second time to give members advice about using Photoshop. Ray came to us in December and answered many queries but has come back to answer some more questions on this very comprehensive editing software.
Ray explained that as you get used to using the editing tools you get into a routine which you can apply as a first step to all your images. There are many ways of doing each task and in time you work out your own preferred method. Editing can give an image more impact by increasing the contrast and sharpen where required. Colours can be corrected and faults removed and then finally the image can be cropped if needed to give a better composition. When required there is an endless selection of editing tools to do just about whatever you need to produce an amazing image. All this can seem very difficult and confusing at first but with patience you can pick up the basics and then go on step by step to more advanced editing. In time members can get used to using the many keyboard shortcuts for the editing tools to save time.
The Zoom session was recorded so that those that were present have a chance to watch Ray's demonstrations again and practice in their own leisure.
The first question Ray answered was how to select and edit just a small section of an image. In a recent competition a judge commented that it was a good photograph of a lion's head but the eyes should be lightened to have more imact. Ray went through his technique selecting the eyes and using a curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast.
Next Ray showed how the colour could be adjusted as the waterfall in an image had a rather blue tint and some areas were too dark. There are many Photoshop techniques to remedy these problems and Ray demonstrated his favourites. Ray showed the differences between opacity and flow when using brushes to alter areas of the image.
Other queries that Ray answered were how to remove the ‘fringing’ that can appear between areas of high contrast and also the purple fringing (chromatic aberration) that can spoil some images.
Another query was how to make a subject stand out more from the background. Ray demonstrated how to easily select the subject, invert the selection and then de-saturate or blur the background.
Ray has shown how to replace a sky on previous workshops but this time he demonstrated how a sky and also its reflection can easily be replaced.
Ray gave lots of useful tips throughout his demonstration that can save time and make editing easier. Ray also kindly sends the club his helpful information notes so that members can go through the techniques step by step at their own pace. He says ‘keep practicing’ and in the end you get to remember how to use the tools at your disposal and editing becomes easier.
Club Chairman Steve Hardman thanked Ray for sharing his expertise and for giving his time to help others. PM