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Two Photo Books

Beecher's Handouts

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Beecher's Handouts is a free 122 page book about camera tools: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focal length, and more.

My students say it's very clear.

Read online or download a free copy.

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PATH

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PATH is a book about the most important ingredient in photography.

Most books are about cameras.

This book is about you.

Read online or download a free copy.

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Camera Tools

Light Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Focal Length Composition White Balance Raw

Adjuncts to Beecher's Handouts

Beecher's Handouts, described above, is built to be used with these learning tools.

Photo Cheat Sheet

The Photo Cheat Sheet is two sides of a single sheet of paper.

The cheat sheet has questions you need to ask yourself before you press the shutter release.

Use it online.

Click the phone or laptop version below.

Or, download a free copy.

Photo Cheat Sheet Quiz

Review the Photo Cheat Sheet. Quiz yourself online.

Photo Flash Cards

Use the flash cards to make learning about your camera easy. Download a free copy.

Camera Features Explained

Click camera features for a description of what they do.

Great Ingredients

Take a tour of the ingredients that make great photographs.

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Photo Tips

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100s of photography tips for you. Learn something new. Improve your photography.

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Lightroom

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Here are over 250 pages about organizing and editing with Lightroom. Read online or download free copies of each section.

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Photoshop Elements

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Unknown Photographer

100s of articles & tutorials make editing with Photoshop Elements easier and fun. Read online or print them.

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Beginners Start Here

More Advanced Go Here

  • Introduction

    Orientation

    Photoshop Elements is powerful.

    It does just about everything a photographer needs to do—so there's a lot to learn.

    This menu is a step-by- step path through Photoshop Elements for beginners.

    Taking a Class?

    Read the article below if you're taking a class with me.

    Class Tips

    Get a Mouse

    If you're using a laptop without a mouse, get a two-button mouse with a scroll wheel.

    A mouse makes using certain Photoshop Elements tools far easier to use.

    Windows & Mac

    The Windows and Mac versions of Photoshop Elements are 99.9% the same.

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    Mac Users Press Cmd

    The tutorials have many commands, such as Save:

    Ctrl + s.

    If you're using a Mac, press the Command (Apple key) when you see Ctrl.

    Cmd + s.

    Print It Out

    The best way to use a tutorial is to print it out, or have it displayed on a second computer.

    Check the Boxes

    Many of the tutorials have check boxes.

    Check them as you go along to avoid missing a step.

    Skip Quick Fix

    Quick Fix is for casual users of Photoshop Elements.

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    Step 1: Get Going

    The tutorial below takes you through:

    1) Opening Photoshop Elements.

    2) Opening a photograph.

    3) Making a Background copy.

    4) Using a Levels adjustment layer.

    Levels can vastly improve a photograph with a few seconds work

    5) Saving your edited photograph.

    6) Closing Photoshop Elements.

    Workflow / First Steps / 1 - Introduction

    Simplify Opening
    & Saving

    The above tutorial suggests you place some of your photographs on a flash drive.

    You can also place them in a folder on your Desktop.

    You'll:

    • Open the photographs from the flash drive or folder.

    • Edit the photographs.

    • Save them back to the flash drive or folder.

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    Why do the above?

    Opening and saving files is complicated when using Picasa, iPhoto, and other organizing programs.

    Wait until you're familiar with Photoshop Elements before learning how to open from—and save to—other programs.

    Step 2: Navigation

    The Navigation article below is about using the Zoom tool and more.

    Practice using the navigation tools until you don't have to think about what to do.

    Navigation Basics

    Come back and read more.

    Navigation > 1 - Introduction

    Step 3: Shortcuts

    If you like to use keyboard shortcuts, go to the article below.

    Shortcuts

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    Step 4: Tools

    The tool panel is located on the left side of your screen.

    There are more tools than what you see displayed.

    The article below shows you all of the tools.

    Refer to it when you can't find a tool.

    Tools

    Step 5: Box #s

    When using Photoshop Elements, you'll encounter lots of boxes with numbers inside.

    There are several ways to change the values in those boxes.

    Changing the Box #s

    Step 6: Brushes

    You use brushes to "paint" editing on to your photograph.

    Read the first section, Brush Basics, in the article below.

    Practice the brush basics until you don't have to think about what to do.

    Brushes

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    Here's the entire Brushes menu.

    Brushes >

    Step 7: Troubleshooting

    When there's a problem with Photoshop Elements, it's usually because the wrong layer is active (highlighted).

    Read the first troubleshooting topic below.

    Return to the article when you need other solutions.

    Troubleshooting

    Step 8: Best Practices

    Read this compilation of ways to edit more smoothly.

    Best Practices

    Step 9: Bigger & Smaller

    You can make your camera-phone photographs bigger—and your regular photographs smaller for e-mails.

    Camera Phone Resampling/Resizing: Make It Bigger

    Save for Web Resampling/Resizing: Make It Smaller

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    Step 10: Crop Tool

    You can recompose your framing with the Crop tool.

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    Squares & Rectangles - Crop Tool

    There are other tools for cropping.

    Cropping >

    Step 11: Straighten Tool

    You can straighten a crooked horizon line with the Straighten tool.

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    Straighten Tool

    Step 12: Burning &
    Dodging

    You used a Levels adjustment layer, in Step One, to change the exposure and contrast of the entire photograph.

    You burn and dodge to change the exposure in part of your photograph.

    Burning is darkening.

    Dodging is lightening.

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    Use the method below.

    Method for Several Small Areas (Overlay Layer)

    There are other methods, as well.

    Burning & Dodging >

    Step 13: Opening & Saving

    Now is the time to learn how to open and save files to—and from—your organizing program.

    Opening Files (Photographs)

    Saving Files

    Step 14: How to Edit

    This article helps you to know what needs to be done to a photograph.

    How to Edit

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    Step 15: Layers

    You've been using layers, such as the Background copy layer and the Levels adjustment layer.

    It's time to learn more about layers.

    You'll want to refer back to the articles below, as it takes a while to understand layers.

    1 - Introduction

    There's lots more to learn, too.

    Layers >

    Step 16: Levels

    You've been using Levels adjustment layers.

    There's more to learn about them.

    Levels >

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    Step 17: Spot Healing

    You use the Spot Healing Brush tool to remove facial defects, litter on a sidewalk, dust on old photographs, and the like

    Spot Healing Brush Tool

    Step 18: Cloning

    Cloning is where you sample part of your photograph, and paste it on to another part.

    Clone Stamp Tool

    Step 19: Selection Tools

    A selection is drawn on your photograph with one of the selection tools.

    Then, whatever happens next only happens inside the selected area.

    You can copy the selected area to a new layer, can edit the selected area with an adjustment layer, and so forth.

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    Quick Selection Tool

    Selection Tools >

    Step 20: Retouching

    There are many retouching tutorials below.

    Retouching here, refers to the face.

    Many of the retouching techniques are useful for other subjects

    Retouching >

    Step 21: Sharpening

    Digital photographs are made from square blocks of color called pixels.

    Each pixel has four corners.

    The millions of corners in a photograph are jutting into other pixels, causing the photograph to look slightly out-of-focus.

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    You have to sharpen your photograph.

    Try:

    1 - High-pass Filter Sharpening

    There's more about sharpening here.

    Sharpening >

    Step 22: Workflow

    Workflow is the order that you perform tasks with Photoshop Elements.

    Read the article below and adapt it for your own needs.

    Workflow

    Step 23: Organizing

    You can use the Organizer in Photoshop Elements to organize your photographs.

    Organizer

    More

    There's a lot more on the Photoshop Elements menu.

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Creative Energy Questionnaire

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What Does It Do?

The Creative Energy Questionnaire gathers your thoughts and feelings about yourself as a photographer.

You'll know more about who you are as a photographer and where you want to go next.

Privacy

Your Creative Energy Questionnaire answers are not sent to me unless you:

1) Click Save your responses so far at the bottom of each page.

2) Click submit at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.

Your Creative Energy Questionnaire is anonymous unless you:

1) Enter your name and e-mail address if you save an unfinished Creative Energy Questionnaire.

You can save an unfinished Creative Energy Questionnaire with any name and no e-mail address.

3) Enter your name and e-mail address at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.

While security is in place, please don't write anything in the Creative Energy Questionnaire that can't be shared with others.

If You Have a Question

Go to the Ask Jim or do the following.

1) Enter your name and e-mail address at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.

2) Fill in the How may I help you? box.

Saving

Your Questionnaire

You can save your Creative Energy Questionnaire temporarily.

Click Save Survey and Return.

When you come back to work on your Creative Energy Questionnaire, click Load Unfinished Survey at the bottom of the page.

Printing

Your Questionnaire

If you would like to print your answers, click submit at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.

There's no need to fill in your name, etc.

A window will appear.

Click Click here to print your answers.

Pencil Version

You can print out a copy of the Creative Energy Questionnaire to be filled in by hand.

Go to the Pencil Version.

Get Going!

Go to the Creative Energy Questionnaire.

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Copyright held by the photographer.

Mouse over for the name of the location.

There are over fifty galleries and museums that show photography in NYC. Many of the exhibits are online.

57th St.|Chelsea|Museums

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Over 300 Master Photographers

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Explore the work of other photographers.

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For Jim's Students

Here's information for my students.

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Printing > Calculators

Two Calculators

There are are two calculators below.

What do they do?

Calculator #1

Let's say a friend gave you a box of 16" x 20" paper.

How may pixels do you need to make a print at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch?

To get the answer, use the Print Size to Pixels Calculator.

Calculator #2

Let's say your camera is set to record photographs that are 4,000 x 6,000 pixels.

What size print can you make at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch?

To get the answer, use the Pixels to Print Size Calculator.

How to Find the Pixel Dimensions

If you don't know the pixel dimensions of a photograph, open it in Photoshop Elements.

Go to Pixel Dimensions.

Resampling (Interpolation)

If you don't have enough pixels to make a print at your desired resolution, add some more pixels.

This is called resampling or interpolation.

In Photoshop Elements, do the following.

1) At the top of your screen, go to Image > Resize > Image Size.

2) Make sure Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are selected in the lower-left corner of the window.

3) In the menu at the bottom of the window, change Bicubic to Bicubic Smoother.

4) Highlight the width value, and enter the value you need.

The value you use is the width (horizontal) value from the calcultor.

The height value changes automatically when you enter a new width value.

5) Click OK.

Go to Resampling.

Print Size to Pixels Calculator

1 - Enter the Print Size You'd Like

Vertical   Horizontal     Select the Unit:
x     Centimeters Inches

2 - Enter the Resolution (ppi)

You'd Like

3 - Click Calculate

4 - You Need a File with

These Pixel Dimensions

Pixels x Pixels

Pixels to Print Size Calculator

1 - Enter the Pixel Dimensions

Vertical     Horizontal  
Pixels x Pixels

2 - Enter the Resolution (ppi)

3 - Click Calculate

Vertical   Horizontal  
Inches Inches
Centimeters Centimeters

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