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Be sure to see my other workshop in Florida right
before this one:
"HDR & Beyond"

Real World Digital Photography

March 31 – April 2, 2011
Palm Beach Photographic Centre • Palm Beach, Florida
Call 561-253-2600 to sign up

The instantaneous nature of digital capture means the photographer can relate to the image while still at the location. This presents possibilities for improved exposure and composition, as well as new visual discoveries and insights that arise from seeing the image immediately after it has been exposed. In the digital darkroom, software like Lightroom and Photoshop allow for unparalleled creative and technical control, as well as the ability to use metadata and keywords to create a well organized and searchable image archive.

This class is a combination of presentation, exploration and discovery. We will combine camera work on location, learning exposure and capture techniques with computer lab sessions using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for cataloging and refining our images and exploring the best workflow practices for digital photography. For certain techniques such as panoramas and blended exposures to extend the range of contrast, we will bring our images into Adobe Photoshop CS5 for further editing. The class is geared towards photographers using digital SLRs that are capable of capturing RAW images, but more advanced compact digital cameras can also be used.

Camera/Photography topics include:

• Camera resolution & image size

• File format and JPEG compression issues

• Raw: What it is and why it's so important

• White balance & other critical camera settings

• Seeing the light: Know your light meter!

• Exposure compensation

• Using the histogram in the field

• The Right Stuff: exposing for the ideal histogram

• Camera techniques for great panoramas

• Learn the difference in how you see and how your camera sees

Digital Darkroom topics include:

•Download & Archive: Protecting your images

• A basic workflow with Photoshop Lightroom

• Taking advantage of metadata and keywords

• Creating & Managing Image Catalogs in Lightroom

• Mastering Raw image processing with Lightroom

• Local Editing (dodge & burn) in Lightroom

• Color Correction, Color to Black & White, & Toning

• Combining two exposures for increased dynamic range

• Creating slides shows in Lightroom

• Photomerge panoramas in Photoshop

• Printing from Lightroom

• Preparing files for outlab printing

Please note that this is not a beginning computer class. While it is OK to be a beginner with Lightroom, you should have a working familiarity with computer basics on either Windows or Mac.

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