DSC3618 Basic Photoshop Techniques for
the Nature Photographer

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  1. Adjustment LayersYou will note that most of the adjustments made to images in these tutorials use adjustment layers.      
     

  2. LevelsThe Levels control allows you to set black and white points for your image. This changes the tonal range of your image, giving it full contrast.
     

  3. Curves - The Curves control allows you to impact the mid-tones of your image. It can also be used to adjust contrast.
     

  4. Hue and Saturation - This piece is a bit tricky because it is very easy to over-do saturation. A small change in saturation can have a significant effect on the image. Too much of an increase in saturation can make the image look artificial.
     

  5. Noise Reduction - Almost all digital images have some noise in them, just as most film images demonstrate some grain. Noise shows up most dramatically in dark areas and areas that have uniform colors. Noise usually is more evident at higher
    ISO's. Regardless of why it is present, we want to know how to remove it.

     

  6. Sharpening - Just as with noise reduction, there are sharpening plugins available for Photoshop. However, with a little bit of care, Photoshop's sharpening tools are just as good, and they do not require any additional purchase.
     

  7. Re-sizing Images for Printing - Image re-sizing is a topic that can easily become a set of tutorials on its own. Our purpose here is to provide a simple way to re-size images for printing.
     

  8. Printing your images - The print is our ultimate goal, and a good deal of time can be spent setting up your system to print your photos in a reliable and consistent manner.

  9. Recommended image backup routine Perhaps one of the most important considerations in choosing how you will catalogue and maintain your images is how you will ensure that they are not lost through accident or disaster. 
     

 


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