Post-processing symposium

DSC03347smThis weekend the Teton Photography Group is hosting their 3rd symposium, Post Processing for Digital Photography in the Black Box theater at the Art Center in Jackson Hole.

If you have taken many photographs but aren’t sure how to process them to get them to the next level, this is the event to attend.

Many photographers take shots and then just email/print/post them as is and they receive a tepid response. Why is this? Because they aren’t sure what their final image was going to look like when they took the shot. Visualization of what the final product is going to look like is of the utmost importance when photographing. Otherwise you end up with shots looking like they were taken in a parking lot.

You will be motivated and excited by the speakers, as all of us have experience in how to make images better. But it’s not about our ability to make images better, it’s about us teaching you how to make YOUR shots better. All of the speakers are entertaining, educational and, most importantly, accessible. We do our best to answer questions and to help guide you through the labyrinth of photo editing.

9 panel, 3-d panorama stitch
9 panel, 3-d panorama stitch

This symposium will cover some shooting and composition with respect to post processing, that is, what you do after you click the shutter. How do you use Lightroom, what’s the best way to edit your shots, and more advanced techniques for:

  • Panorama multi-image shooting
  • HDR (high dynamic range) images
  • Focus stacking
  • Black and white processing

These symposiums have been very well received because attendees get a lot of education for their time and the nominal cost. If you have ever wanted to learn the basics of how to make your photographs look better, this is the event to attend.

Click here for the symposium link and become a better photographer today.

Jackson Hole Daily news article about the symposium
Jackson Hole Daily news article about the symposium


Photoshop for photographers

Photoshop interface
Photoshop interface

There is still time to sign up for my Introduction to Photoshop for Photographers at the Jackson Hole Art Association. In this class, we will cover all of the basics you’ll need as a photographer to get the most out of Photoshop.

The software is complex and can be daunting. In this course, we’ll get you comfortable with making your way around the software, getting everything set up and helping to improve your photographs. If you’re serious about your photography, this class is definitely worth the time.

You’ll learn some of the tip, tricks, and power-user techniques that will make you more confident and efficient with your Photoshop use. Whether you like to just dabble or you’re looking for some more serious usage of the software, this class is a great introduction. You’ll learn what all of those icons in the picture to the right mean and how you can use them.

Photoshop for photographers

Photoshop logoMy Photoshop for Photographers class at the Jackson Hole Art Association is taking students now. Enroll for the class and learn how to use photoshop to improve, adjust, and deliver your photographs.

This is the class description:

If you want to make more of your photographs using Photoshop, then this class is for you. You will feel comfortable making your way around the software by the end of the course. We will cover workflow, setup, filters, rotation, cropping and retouching techniques. You will learn how to use layers to apply effects non-destructively, how to set color, curves, hue and saturation. Resolution, resizing, and sharpening will also be covered, as well as how to place and decorate text. This is a hands-on class.

Rollerderby Matrix
Rollerderby Matrix

One of the keys to this software is the ability to make non-destructive edits to your photographs. Why is this important? Say you’ve made several modifications to the curves, levels and color tint of your photograph. Just as you are making some corrections to dust, you notice that you don’t like the curve adjustment. With destructive software, there is no way to go back. Photoshop has what are called layers. These layers, when used properly, allow you to make a huge amount of changes and selectively add and disable them as you desire.

Photoshop is an amazingly complex and daunting program. For the first time user, it can be quite intimidating. I will demystify some of the basics you’ll need to get more out of the software as a photographer. So often, Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) is used by graphic artists to do incredible work.

As the name implies, the original software was designed for photographers to manipulate and improve their photographs. Over the years, Adobe added a whole slew of capabilities and tools to the software to make it useful not only to photographers but graphic artists as well.

The picture at the right shows you just a smattering of what you can do with the software. From Photoshop CS3 and on to CC, Adobe added the ability to do basic 3-D work as well as edit video. Photoshop is not After Effects or Final Cut Pro, but it gives you the ability to add the amazing effects that you see in any movie that has special effects.

But before you get to the point where you’re doing some insane work, you have to have a handle on the basic controls as a photographer. This class will help you get there.

The intermediate class Photoshop for Photographers in August will touch on the above plus how to do selections, cloning, masking, and how to use some of the more advanced features of this software.

Prep for teaching: Watch at the South Pole

One thing I had been meaning to do for a while was photograph the

Casio G-Shock ProTrek PRW5100 that went to the South Pole
Casio G-Shock ProTrek PRW5100 that went to the South Pole

watch It’s Jackson Time, one of my expedition sponsors, provided me with.  Ted, the owner, was very good and made sure I had an excellent expedition time piece to trek across Antarctica with.

Although the Casio ProTrek PRW5100-1 is no Rolex, it has certain features I loved.  Having analog for checking time at a glance was wonderful.  It had been forever since I had an analog watch and I never realized how much more quickly I could watch my time during skiing.  Also, the analog face does not develop lag like an LCD nor does it turn black when looking at it with polarized glasses.  And, I could leave the watch out and still read it.  LCD-based watches would turn to unreadable mush at -40 deg. F.

One of the purposes for photographing this watch was to fine-tune my product shooting skills for a few classes I’m teaching at the Art Association of Jackson Hole.  I will be teaching four different classes.  Stay tuned for their description, purpose and audience.  I will be targeting intermediate shooters with one course and have a class on strobe (flash) photography.  Hence the above photograph.

The class dates and exact description will be forthcoming.

ProTrek PRW5100 unretouched
ProTrek PRW5100 unretouched, what it looked like after the south pole

Note: The above watch went with me to the South Pole.  It’s a little more beat up than the above shows.  It took a sick amount of Photoshop work to take out most of the dings, scratches, fuzzies, and specs.

Here’s the original image before editing: