I devoted my free time in January to learning Photoshop from lynda.com. It was a great idea for a monthly goal. Let me show you what I learned how to do!
These photos were shot at dusk, and we almost didn’t take them because we didn’t think they would turn out well. They did, after some tinkering.
Here is a terrible photo of Heidi I took with my phone. We’re in a seafood restaurant, and she is looking out at the bay from which our food was drawn.
All is not lost if you shoot with a flash indoors.
But there still was data in the pixels, which Photoshop rescued for me.
Heidi and Grandma Brison liked to play the ukulele together. (In low light.)
Bryan wanders around as he brushes his teeth. Here is a photographic clue of where he picked up the habit. 🙂
This adjustment is subtle. I changed the RGB balance of the photo to more closely match the proper RGB balance of Caucasian skin (The yellow should be a little higher than the magenta, which should be 3-5 times the cyan. Apparently.) When you adjust the colors so the face fits that recipe, it adds in the colors that were missing from the rest of the photo.
Same thing here, with the addition (subtraction?) of that light switch.
Here are Bryan and I next to the Chesapeake Bay, but there were some things I didn’t like about the picture. So I adjusted the lighting and added a stained glass filter to cover what I didn’t like.
Peter loves his mommy, especially without color.
My friend Kimber posted this image on her blog, and I couldn’t help myself. Take a look at my changes (with her permission.)
Neither did this one. Getting one squirmy toddler to sit still and smile is hard enough. Don’t even try to get two to do it simultaneously. Just take a few pictures, put them on different layers, have Photoshop auto-align them, then mask the wiggly one on the top layer.
Other cool effects:
But this one is my favorite. This is President Obama, getting off Marine One to go into the West Wing. He waved, and I waved back. Right in front of Bryan’s camera. But I redeemed myself, using Photoshop’s auto-align, auto-blend commands.