Members were welcomed to the first of the DCC Summer bonus meetings and this one was to be a special masterclass by Clive and Joan Ryder Rathband on the use of Photoshop. Clive and Joan are both Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society and give frequent tutorials and lectures.
Nearly 40 members logged in to the meeting including some invited visitors from South Africa
Joan began the tutorial by saying that if members only learn one little thing during the evening then it will all be worthwhile! It was to be a practical hands-on in-depth demonstration of some of the Photoshop editing techniques that Clive and Joan use.
First of all, the six images chosen for the demonstration from the recent club battle which Clive and Joan judged were shown. Joan explained that she would show her method of making them ‘glow’ by using adjustment layers and the very comprehensive tools in PS.
Joan said that the latest version of Photoshop has amazing features and was well worth the monthly charge.
After opening the image in PS then you should always remember to duplicate it before starting ant editing so that the original is always safe.
Every image is different but Joan said that she always starts by using ‘curves’ on an adjustment layer as the histogram can be carefully tweaked to increase the contrast. Go slowly and make changes bit by bit and don’t panic if anything looks wrong because you can always go back.
Using more adjustment layers and masks, areas of the image can be enhanced as needed, colours can become more saturated, using dodge and burn tools and using a soft brush, areas can be lightened or darkened. Use the opacity slider to reduce any effects if needed. Using overlays, you can further adjust the image using soft or hard light blend modes. Skies can become more defined and features made more prominent. Experiment and see the differences.
Shown are the images before any editing and how they 'glow' after editing
Take your time and use your eye to decide how far the image needs to be enhanced.
After all the adjustments the image can be sharpened but do make sure not to overdo it or halos and pale lines will appear around edges.
Always edit in colour even if you intend to convert the image to black and white. Further adjustments may be needed to enhance the contrast in monochrome images.
Finally, Joan advised members to never flatten edited images so that at any time you can go back and do further changes if required. You can look back at your original image to see the difference the editing has made.
Joan did say that there was a lot to take in during an evening especially if you had not used Photoshop before but members should repeat the process over and over to gain confidence. With a lot of repetition, members will find their preferred method and it will become much easier.
Many thanks to those whose images were edited by Joan and Clive for the tutorial. They were impressed and said that their images appeared much improved. Although, as Joan said it is up to the photographer to decide exactly how their final image should appear.
Several members had questions about using layers in PS which Joan answered. Many had not used the software before and others asked about the best way to sharpen an image. A member asked how to show 2 images side by side for comparison – Joan has since found that you click Windows/ arrange/choose - this may be useful to know.
Members thanked Clive and Joan for showing them how their images could be brought to life using the tools in Photoshop 2000.
Steve Hardman thanked Joan and Clive for the huge amount of work they had done editing the images and that it was a very worthwhile evening.
Thanks to David Eagle for hosting the meeting. Members - do log in to see the interesting speakers that the club has arranged for the next couple of months. PM
Members concentrate at home watching the tutorial on Zoom!