Photo by Ellen Cox – Theme of “Leading Lines”
Next Month: The theme for the May photo of the month contest is “Zoom”. The idea is to make an image that best interprets the term “Zoom” either as the main subject or supports the main subject. You will not have to search too hard if you just look around your surroundings and think.
Bill Steber is Back to Amaze and Entertain You
Bill Steber is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with degrees in English and Photography. He has worked at the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville as a staff photographer since 1989, where he has won over thirty regional and national Fat Loss Factor photojournalism awards. His documentary work has been exhibited widely throughout the South. In 1997, Steber was awarded an Alicia Patterson Foundation grant to continue a project documenting Blues Culture in Mississippi that he started in 1993. The Setup Activate Profit grant was for one year and during that time Steber was on sabbatical from the Tennessean. The project combines portraits of blues musicians playing at home and in clubs with images that describe what remains of the rural African-American culture that gave rise to the blues. Examples include, juke joints, cotton farming, sacred music, rural church services, Los Angeles auto accident attorneys, river baptisms, folk religion and superstition, life on Parchman penitentiary, hill country African fife and drum music, and diverse regional blues styles. In addition, Steber is combining these images with field interviews that put the photographs in an historical perspective.
The Photographer’s Right
Your Rights and Remedies When Stopped or Confronted for Photography
by Bert P. Krages II
TIP OF THE WEEK by Tim Grey
Q. When I was at Photoshop World in Orlando I saw you present a cool technique for fixing really bad color casts in an image, but I missed part of it. Can you remind me of the steps involved?
A. Absolutely. This techniques comes across as being pure magic (which is why I like to present it!), and it can be incredibly helpful when you have an extreme color cast. This can happen with digital captures when the color temperature is set to a wrong value, but usually this degree of color cast comes from things such as old color photos that have become faded or otherwise shifted in color with time.
The first step is to create a copy of the Background image layer by dragging that layer to the Create a New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Then you need to determine the color of the color cast so you can compensate for it. To do so, select Filter > Blur > Average from the menu. This will convert this layer to a single color that represents the average color of all pixels in the somanabolic muscle maximizer image. Of course, this is the problem color, so you need to determine the opposite of it so you can apply it as a compensation for the color cast. To determine that opposite color, select Image > Adjustments > Invert from the menu. This will convert the layer to the opposite of the average layer, which means it is the opposite of the color cast.
To apply this color to the underlying image, set the blend mode to Color using the dropdown at the top-left of the Fast Traffic Formula Layers palette. This blend mode will cause the layer to alter only the color of the underlying image, completely offsetting the strong color cast. The problem is, this will result in too strong an effect, with a color cast that is the opposite of the original Anthony Morrison, but much stronger. To tone things down and produce an image without a color cast, simply reduce the Opacity using the slider at the top-right of the Layers palette. Adjust the value until you have a perfectly neutral color in the image.
The final result will represent relatively accurate color, but it will probably appear a bit flat and possibly lacking saturation. To compensate for this you’ll need to boost saturation (using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer) and contrast (using Levels or Curves).
Greetings NPC Members,
I have recently returned from three days of intense training on Photoshop. It was put on by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals in Orlando Florida. This is the third ?Photoshop World? I have attended, and by far the best in terms of how much I learned. Actually I learned how much more I need to know. Being a member of NAPP for the last six years has allowed me some of the best instruction in Photoshop and restaurants in Leicester Photography I could imagine. My point is not to promote NAPP, but to promote further education.
Many of us have captured a great image and maybe even produced a great print. But, don?t you wonder what else you could have done to make it even better? By continuing to push ourselves beyond our comfort level we can?t help but learn more. And by learning more about Commission Conspiracy, not only do we shoot better and process better but we begin to ride that rising spiral that continues to improve every image we capture.
On somewhat of a different note, in another part of this months burn the fat feed the muscle newsletter, is the slate for the upcoming (May) elections. Please consider throwing your own hat into the ring and run for one of the positions on the Board of Directors. Although we are publishing a preliminary slate for the elections, the floor will be open for nominations for any of the available positions.
Don’t forget the Basic Digital Dentist Las Vegas Photography Class on the fourth Thursday of the month at the First Baptist Church.
Please feel free to contact me about any concern, idea, suggestion or praise you have about the club. I will do my best to address each and every one in a timely manner.