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The Photographer's Toolbox for Photoshop® Set #2 Complete Set - 4 discs - Beyond the Basics CS5

All discs upated for CS6!

If you are ready to move Beyond the Basics and learn the techniques that set apart those who play in Photoshop® with those who know Photoshop, then this set of DVDs is for you. Take your image editing skills to the next level and learn how to create actions, retouch images, sharpen with style, create weather, stars and rainbows, learn each and every one of the Automate Features, make creative composites and work with Type.

You can read the in depth descriptions of each disc by clicking on the individual discs on the previous page.

Lewis Kemper has been teaching photographers how to use Photoshop® for over 10 years. In “The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” disc series, Lewis shares his tried and true techniques for making Photoshop® easy, fast and flexible.

He has been teaching his “Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” series of classes all around the country including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, and www.Betterphoto.com. Now you have the opportunity to watch and learn as Lewis shares his trusted techniques and personal teaching style.

There are over 6 hours of Photoshop® training containing Lewis' Easy, Fast and Flexible techniques for optimizing your images.

 

For the hard copy DVD click on Add to Cart link below.  If you would like a digital download click here.

$120.00

The Photographer's Toolbox for Photoshop® Set #1 Complete Set - Exposure and Color CS5 Set

CS5 - 4 Disc Set

Once you complete the four discs in Set #1 – Exposure and Color you will have all the tools necessary to fix any exposure and color problem you may face in your images. Lewis will guide you through the real nuts and bolt information that ever photographer needs to optimize their digital images. From setting up Photoshop’s preferences through Raw processing and onto techniques for controlling exposure and color you will receive all the information you need to become proficient at making your images look their best!

You can read the in depth descriptions of each disc by clicking on the individual discs in the previous page.

Lewis Kemper has been teaching photographers how to use Photoshop® for over 10 years. In “The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” disc series, Lewis shares his tried and true techniques for making Photoshop® easy, fast and flexible.

He has been teaching his “Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” series of classes all around the country including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, and www.Betterphoto.com. Now you have the opportunity to watch and learn as Lewis shares his trusted techniques and personal teaching style.

There are over 9 hours of Photoshop® training containing Lewis' Easy, Fast and Flexible techniques for optimizing your images.

 For the hard copy DVD click on Add to Cart link below. 

$120.00

New Tutuorial Available - Light, Color and Compsition: Tips to Improve Your Photographs

I am introducing a new product designed to make you a better color photographer! Every photographer wants to get better and in today’s world most people think that means learning more about post production or buying a fancier camera. But I believe every photographer can improve by paying more attention to light, color and composition. After all, taking pictures is not rocket science! There is a lot you can do to insure you get good images while taking pictures, and not having to rely on the digital darkroom. In this presentation I will show you ideas and concepts that you can apply immediately to get better results! These are the concepts I use on a daily basis when I create my images. They have helped me and I am sure they will help you!
 
For member of my newsletter or readers of my blog, I am giving a special coupon code to take $2 off your purchase price. Enter “IntroLCC” in the coupon code box and get this savings. The coupon code is good through August 2013.
 
Enjoy and I am sure your pictures will improve if you follow these ideas!
 
 
Thanks,

 

 

 

  • Compose more varied and effective images
  • Expand your ability to "see" images
  • Learn how to think about the direction and characteristics of light
  • Use color just as you can use lines, shape and form enhance your compositions
  • Grasp the concept of the color wheel and how to use color relationships deliberately to build vibrant images
 
 
  • Give a distinctive feel to your images based on Cool tones with a Warm Accent; Warm tones with Cool Accent; Pastels, Saturated Color; Monochromatic Color, and the paradoxical No, Color, Color
  • Master composition fundamentals including the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Repeated Patterns, Horizontal vs Vertical, and Horizon placement
  • Simplify your images and emphasize the important elements of the composition
 
The presentation Includes:  3 video tutorials on processing HDR images using:
PhotomatixPro,
Photomatix Pro/Lightroom combination
Bridge/Photoshop/Camera Raw combination
 
Light, Color, and Composition is compatible with both Mac and PC computers. The one hour fifteen minute presentation is illustrated with 200 examples of ideas and tips to improve your images.
 

        Click here to purchase.


Using Photoshop and Camera Raw to produce HDR images

I have had a few requests asking me to show you how to use Photoshop and Camera Raw to create great HDR images, like I showed with using Lightroom. (click here if you missed that!)

So I have made a new video tutorial for you.

I suggest you follow these steps to get the best viewing experience for the tutorials:
 
1.Click on the movie and immediatley hit the pause on the lower left
 
2. Go to the "gear" icon and change the quality setting to 1080p
 
  3. Go to icon in lower right and click Fullscreen - the movie will now fill your screen in HD

 4. Click the Play arrow in lower left

 5. When done hit the Escape key

 6. Enjoy!

 

 

What an amazing time to be a photographer!

 



We are the luckiest photographers of all time! We have cameras that can make images that were impossible to photograph just a few short years ago. I can’t even imagine what it will be like in another 5 years!
 
I just recently got back from travels to India where I took two Canon cameras with me, the older Canon 1 D Mark IV and the brand new Canon 1 Dx. Both preformed admirably. In my “normal” landscape photography I use a tripod 95% of the time, but in India I knew that in most temples, monuments, etc I would not be able to use a tripod. This meant if I wanted good pictures I would be hand holding my cameras. In the past this would have limited what I could shoot, but not today! With both of these cameras I was able to comfortable shoot over 6400 ISO and with the 1Dx I could even push it to 25,600 ISO! That’s a long way from the Kodachrome 25 I used when I started out in photography!
 
This made so many photo opportunities that would not have been available to me otherwise. One strong example is the portrait I made of the woman rug weaver lit by a single flame lantern at ISO 12,800! In another example, the night scene of Varanasi (4th image), I was standing in a moving boat on the river and still able to photograph at night!
 
Click here to see all the images big!
 
 
Most of you know I am a big believer in HDR imagery to gather the full tonal range of a scene. I found it absolutely necessary to shoot HDR in many of the locations I traveled including monuments and other buildings. By using these high ISO capable camera I was able to hand hold 3 bracketed shots at 2 stop increments to get full tonal images in very difficult lighting situations without the need for a tripod! If you look at the first two images on the page you will see two prime examples of what I was able to do.
 
So next time you are thinking about a camera purchase no matter what brand camera you use, don’t be as concerned about the number of pixels the camera has but pay more attention to how well the camera can perform under low light and how fast the frame rates is, allowing you to shoot 3 exposures for HDR in under a half a second!
 
We are truly at a time of “if you can imagine it, you can shoot it” It kinds of makes me feel sorry for all the talented photographers that have passed before us. I wonder what it would have been like if some of them had these capabilities. ( I can’t help but wonder what one of my idols, Ernst Haas could have done!) But I am also jealous of all those who will come after me and be able to create images I can’t even imagine today!
 
Happy, Holidays,
 


 

Using Lightroom to Tone Map your HDR Images

 

In this video blog I am going to show you how you can use Lightroom to process your HDR images! As you may know I am a big fan of using PhotomatixPro to process my HDR images, and I have done tutorials and articles on how I do this using the “Black and White Method” (see the article “Using Photomatix Pro HDR software from NANPA Currents” found on http://www.lewiskemper.com/content/articles-tips-and-interviews), but the controls in Photomatix are hardly intuitive. And if you have tried using Photoshop's built in “Merge to HDR Pro”, you know those controls are not a lot better! A lot of us are familiar with the processing tools found in both Photoshop’s Camera Raw and Lightroom. Now with the update to Lightroom 4.1 (not 4.01 like I say in the movie!) and higher you can now process 32 bit TIFF images using Lightroom’s controls. This will change the way you process HDR images, but I must tell you, you can only use this method if you want to get realistic looking images. If you want the more illustrative look you will have to go elsewhere. So sit back, relax and watch this 13 min tutorial on how to use both PhotomatixPro or Photoshop to create HDR images that you can then tone map with Lightroom!
 
 
Enjoy,
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please watch this short movie to see how to best view the tutorial – it will help!!!
 
 

 
 
 
Using Lightroom to Tone Map your HDR Images
 
 

 

HDR Panoramics

 

Last month I took a family vacation to the United Kingdom, we visited England and Scotland. It was a lot of fun and we saw lots of good things but for most of the trip we were on a tour (a Harry Potter fan trip!), which meant I could not do the serious photography I would have liked. But I did manage to get a few good images. We stayed at a nice hotel in a beautiful location on Loch Leven. Fortunately we were here for 3 nights so I got up early each morning and took images while the rest of the group was still in bed.
 
 
 
 
For this trip I borrowed a 5D from Canon because I didn’t want to carry my big 1Ds camera around on the tour. The good thing was it was lighter, the bad thing was I restricted with the number of shots I could automatically bracket and all the buttons were in the wrong place! So instead of my normal one stop sequence of bracketing for my HDR images, I had to bracket in two stops and was limited to 3 images. 
 
Here is an HDR panorama I did taking 9 vertical images using my 24-105 L lens and stitching them together. I shot 3 frames of each of the nine segments, making 27 images to create the image. I used PhotomatixPro HDR software, which I accessed with the Lightroom plug-in, thus allowing me all the great raw processing controls of Lightroom and the HDR capabilities of PhotomatixPro. I processed each HDR segment first and then did the pano stitching in Photoshop to merge the final image. Instead of cropping the image after the stitching I used Content Aware Fill to fill in the gaps that occurred from me not being totally level.
 
Those three mornings made me glad I lugged my Feisol 3372 tripod across the Atlantic!

 

What's New in CS5 (Photoshop training DVD)

This DVD contains the important features a photographer needs to know to get up and running with Photoshop® CS5. It includes tutorials on the new interface changes, Content Aware Fill, Camera Raw 6, HDR Pro, Puppet Warp, Refine Edges, The New Brushes, Mini Bridge and more!

If you want to jump into CS5 and not waste time reading a lot of material than this DVD is for you!

 

$34.95

The Photographer's Toolbox for Photoshop® Set #2 Complete Set - 4 discs - Beyond the Basics (Photoshop training DVDs)

All discs upated for CS6!

If you are ready to move Beyond the Basics and learn the techniques that set apart those who play in Photoshop® with those who know Photoshop, then this set of DVDs is for you. Take your image editing skills to the next level and learn how to create actions, retouch images, sharpen with style, create weather, stars and rainbows, learn each and every one of the Automate Features, make creative composites and work with Type.

You can read the in depth descriptions of each disc by clicking on the individual discs on the previous page.

Lewis Kemper has been teaching photographers how to use Photoshop® for over 10 years. In “The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” disc series, Lewis shares his tried and true techniques for making Photoshop® easy, fast and flexible.

He has been teaching his “Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” series of classes all around the country including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, and www.Betterphoto.com. Now you have the opportunity to watch and learn as Lewis shares his trusted techniques and personal teaching style.

There are over 6 hours of Photoshop® training containing Lewis' Easy, Fast and Flexible techniques for optimizing your images.

 

For the hard copy DVD click on Add to Cart link below.  If you would like a digital download click here.

$149.95

The Photographer's Toolbox for Photoshop® Set #2 Disc 2 - The Automate Features (Photoshop training DVD)

All discs upated for CS6!

Have you ever wondered about all the Automate features in Photoshop®? Now you don’t have to guess what they do because Lewis will take you step by step through every single Automate Feature as well as the Image Processor script. See how you can speed up many of the processes you do on a daily basis with these wonderful built-in tools. Lewis will cover Batch (for batch processing), PDF Presentation, Create Droplet, Crop & Straighten, Contact Sheet II, Picture Package, Web Gallery, Conditional Mode Change, Fit Image, Merge to HDR Pro, Photomerge and the Image Processor script.

Lewis goes over ever feature of each of the tools so that you will feel comfortable using any and all of them! Lewis Kemper has been teaching photographers how to use Photoshop® for over 10 years. In “The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” disc series, Lewis shares his tried and true techniques for making Photoshop® easy, fast and flexible.

He has been teaching his “Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop®” series of classes all around the country including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, and www.Betterphoto.com. Now you have the opportunity to watch and learn as Lewis shares his trusted techniques and personal teaching style.

There are over 100 minutes of movies presented in an easy to understand format. The disc is compatible with Mac and Windows computers.

 

For the hard copy DVD click on Add to Cart link below.  If you would like a digital download click here.

 

 

$39.95
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