The January 2017 meeting of the Calvert Photography Club was called to order on Saturday, January 21st by our Vice President, Anik Sales.
Today’s guest speaker was club member Carl Occhipinti who demonstrated some of the functions of Photoshop’s Camera Raw. Carl advised that Camera Raw has changed dramatically from Photoshop CS6 to Photoshop CC 2017. The 2017 Camera Raw is exactly the same as the Lightroom develop module. You can do all basic processing of your images in Camera Raw without even going into Photoshop. Almost all changes made to Photoshop CC have been made to Camera Raw. At the top of the screen is the Toolbar. At the right of the screen are the Panels. Starting with the panels left to right:
Basic panel: This is where you can do all basic adjustments including exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance, saturation, temperature, and tint. Carl recommends that you first set the white and black points. This is done by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the each of the sliders entitled whites and blacks. Make other adjustments using the histogram as a guide to help you get the proper exposure. Clipping on either side of the histogram can be eliminated by adjusting the highlights and shadows. Clarity is good for bringing out detail.
Curves panel: Carl says this is not really needed anymore. These adjustments can be made with either the basic panel adjustments or the adjustment brush on the Tool Bar.
Details panel: This panel is for sharpening and noise reduction. The noise reduction on this panel should be done prior to any sharpening because if you sharpen first it brings out more noise. Carl says that the noise reduction here now works as well as most plug-ins. Once you have made the necessary noise adjustments the sharpening can then be done.
Under sharpening, Carl recommends that you hold down the Alt key and take the Masking slider to the right to eliminate any broad flat areas of the image where there is little contrast. An image with more detail will need less (or no) masking as opposed to something like a face where you may only want to sharpen the basic outlines like the hair, the eyes, the eyebrows, the outlines of the features. Carl says it usually works best to use a radius somewhere between 1.0 and 1.4. Sharpen as much as needed but not to the point where the image looks “crunchy”.
HSL Grayscale: This allows you to deal with individual colors. However, this changes everything in the image so if you just want to change adjust the color of a certain area you are better off using the adjustment brush on the Tool Bar. You can, however, convert the image to grayscale here just by checking the box at the top of the panel.
Lens Correction: This is used to fix any distortion that your lens may have caused. There is a lot more to this than we were able to cover today so this will be covered in future sessions.
Effects: This can be used to add grain if you want. Again there are other things that can be done here which will be covered in future sessions.
Presets: If you come up with a process that you like and would like to use repeatedly, click on the flyout menu here and save the settings.
Snapshots: For a single image you can save several versions and go back to the same photo later and see the different versions.
White Balance: White balance can be adjusted in several ways. One way is to just go to the dropdown menu at the top of the Basic Panel and try the different options there.
Another way is to use the White Balance tool located in the toolbar. But first start by holding down the Shift key and double-clicking on the white slider button. Then do the same on the black slider button. This gives you a starting point. Then, use the White Balance tool (3rd from the left on the toolbar) and click on something in the image that is18% or light gray. If the RGB numbers (at the top righthand side of the screen) are all the same, you have clicked on something that is 18% gray. Carl would argue, however, that this is a creative choice. So basically, click on different parts of the image until you find something that satisfies you!
Straighten Tool: (7th from the left on the Toolbar) can be used to straighten an image by dragging it along a straight line in the image that should be either straight across (horizontal) or straight up and down (vertical.)
Spot Removal Tool: (8th from the left on the Toolbar) can be used to remove spots or blemishes on the image. Make the circle only as big as needed to cover the spot to be removed (using the left and right brackets keys) and then click on the spot.
Batching: Another thing that can be done in Camera Raw is batch processing a group of photos. Say you have a group of photos that were all taken at the same time in the same kind of lighting and you will need the same basic adjustments to all of them. In Bridge, Ctrl-click on each image that you want to batch process to select it. Now open them in Camera Raw by either right clicking and selecting Open in Camera Raw or going up to File – Open in Camera Raw. At the top lefthand corner of the screen you can click on Select All, then click on Synchronize. A menu will appear and you can then check all of the boxes for the adjustments that you want to synchronize. Then make your adjustments. All of the selected photos will be adjusted!
Anik Sales, who handles our social media accounts, (Facebook and Instagram) urged those who would like to have their images featured on these sites to post them in Flickr. Also members who have a business that they would like to promote, please send your website link and information to Anik as well.
The January photo assignment was “The Magic of Christmas”. The winners were:
3rd place – Lisa Snider, 2nd place – Anik Sales, and 1st place – Mike Jones.
Congratulations to the winners! Your names have been added to the drawing for the end of the
year prize of a boxed version of ProShow Producer (a $250 value). The 1st Prize Winner will also be this month’s Facebook cover photo for the month.
The winner of the Pro-Show Producer for the 2016 photo assignments was Tammi Gorsak.
The February photo assignment is “Creative Composition”.
A slide show entitled “2016 Netherlands and Belgium” was presented by Melissa Chin.