February 19, 2007 HelpLineExamining EXIF
Q) I'm looking for the perfect photo organizer. Most of those I've tried, if you try to organize images by their date, want to use the date they get from the EXIF data for the image.
Turn a fun snapshot into an art shot Recently, my good friend Karen Ippolito e-mailed me a fun self-portrait. Karen is a good photographer and a talented artist who has taken many creative photographs with her Canon EOS 5D. However, for this self-portrait, she used a tiny point-and-shoot digital camera.
Clean Up The Background
Remove distractions to enhance your subject In my workshops, I used to tell students that the background was almost as important as the main subject. Today, I tell them that it's just as important as the main subject and that it can make or break a photograph. When we're traveling, we don't always have control over our subject's surroundings, so we may have to take photos with backgrounds that distract from the subject.
Posterize An Image
Use this photoshop adjustment to add an artistic touch to a favorite shot Technically, the Posterize adjustment in Photoshop is designed to analyze the pixel colors of a selected area of an image and reduce the number of colors—while maintaining the "look" of the original image. Creatively, you can apply this adjustment to make photos look like wood-block color artwork.
Use photoshop actions to give new photos an antique finish Transforming an old photograph into one that looks as though it was taken with one of today's top-of-the-line digital SLRs is relatively easy in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and other image-editing programs. You'll find many retouching and restoration articles on the topic on the web and in photography and Photoshop magazines.
Snapshot To Postcard In Five Minutes
Simple fixes to turn an okay image into a “wish you were here” moment Have you ever taken a seascape or landscape picture from inside a moving plane, boat or car, where the view of the horizon line was tilted? Have you ever had to shoot fast to get off a shot without making any exposure adjustments, resulting in an over- or underexposed picture?
Seaside Digital Effects
Easy ways to be creative in the digital darkroom With winter in full swing, I thought we'd work with a tropical photo—remember, it's summer for our friends in the southern hemisphere. Summer is obviously a great time for photography, and before we know it, the warm days will be back again. Winter isn't all bad news, though—it's the perfect opportunity to catch up on photo fixes that we left waiting when we were playing in the sun.
With The End Result In Mind
Use Photoshop elements to achieve your vision
Thanks to digital, I have total control over my images—and so do you. If I couldn't see the effect of exposure settings on the LCD and make adjustments on the spot, I'd have a lower percentage of keepers. What's more, I couldn't make enhancements—creative decisions would be left to a photo lab, as it was when I first got into photography. And don't forget the power of a RAW file, from which you can recover up to one stop of an overexposed area! Here, I'll share a few enhancements made using Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Digital technology makes it possible for anyone to get into underwater photography
If you've ever been snorkeling on a tropical reef, you know how incredibly beautiful and full of life the world is beneath the surface of the ocean. Until recently, if you wanted to take pictures in that environment, you either had to buy extremely expensive and temperamental gear or settle for a single-use film camera with a cheap plastic lens that you bought from the hotel gift shop. For casual vacationers, neither option offered much of a chance to get good pictures. The pro-level setup had potential, but required lots of difficult trial-and-error work, and the disposable camera...well, let's just say they were right to call it disposable.
Calibrate your monitor to achieve accurate color in your digital darkroom The joy of digital photography can be quickly diffused when the photograph we've printed doesn't resemble what we saw on our monitors. Dramatic differences in brightness, contrast and especially color make using a digital darkroom an exercise in frustration instead of creativity.