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November, 2011

Welcome to my share page. Each month I'll try to bring you an enlightening thought, quote or tip. Questions or feedback is always welcome at: roger@imageinations.com


"Today, if I take five photographs a year that are good-that's wonderful." Annie Leibowitz

imageIf it makes you cry, it goes in the show. Annie Leibowitz

I've said about a million times that the best thing a young photographer can do is to stay close to home. Start with your friends and family, the people who will put up with you. Discover what it means to be close to your work, to be intimate with a subject. Measure the difference between that and working with someone you don't know as much about. Of course there are many good photographs that have nothing to do with staying close to home, and I guess what I'm really saying is that you should take pictures of something that has meaning for you... -Annie Leibowitz- On the question: What advise do you have for a young photographer who is just starting out?

When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph. -Annie Leibowitz

Image: Leo

To see more Annie Leibowitz's images, click here


El MorroI ask my students, "What is the difference between taking one picture of something or taking several pictures of something?" The answer: If you take several pictures of something you have a best one. If a subject id worth pointing your camera at, it is worth considering alternative angles and composition. Try moving left to right, up and down, closer and further away. Chances are photo number five or six or higher is your favorite. If you had stopped at three your best image would never have been realized.

Image:El Mooro Morning by Roger Baker







Each Photoshop tip is designed to open possibilities and explore options. Even if you never use the exact effect shown, you will find that there are often new ways to do the same thing or new paths to explore. This month I'll show you three quick, simple, and effective tips to enhance or add effect to your images.

1. Using the Levels Adjustment to increase the tonal range of your image. Our eyes are titillated by a wide tonal range. In digital photography this appears as a histogram that reaches from one end to the other (left to right). Open any image you have handy. Then go to the Levels adjustment dialog window. Elements: Enhance>Lighting>Levels. For CS: Image>Adjustments>Levels. See image #1 below. If your histogram doesn't reach to both ends, as in the examples to the right, drag the white triangle (on the right under the histogram) to the left until it meets the histogram of your image. Then drag the black triangle to the right until it meets the edge of your image. See image #2. This will usually enhance the visual excitement of your image and very little else will need to be done.levels1levels2










soft layers.

2. A simple soft focus effect for portraits or landscapes. Open any image. See image # 3 below. Press CTRL-J (CMD-J) to duplicate the layer. With the new layer selected go to Filter>Blur>Gauss ian Blur. For an image that is about 8x10 at 300 ppi use 40 pixel amount. This is a lot of blur! (image # 4) But now simply drop the Opacity to about 50%. Instant soft focus (image #5)

3. Create an interesting Poster effect with the Gradient Map. Open any image and make the image Black and White (image #6) Click on your Foreground Color box and from the Color Picker dialog box choose a bold color. Now click on the Background Color box and from the Color Picker choose a contrasting color. Go to in any CS: Image>Adjustments>Gadient Map.In Elements go to: Filter>Adjustments>Gradient Map. Instant Poster (image #7) Always check out what happens when you try clicking on the Reverse box (image #8) What is happening: Photoshop is taking everything lighter than middle gray and making it one color and everything darker than middle gray and making it the other color.

levels image 1

levels image 2


soft focus 1
soft focus 2
4. 50 Pixel Blur
soft focus 3
5. 50% Opacity
6. original image
7. gradient map
8. radiant map reverse

Thanks to Summer Sun and "Gimme Sum"

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