Nov 2-3, 2018
Advanced Editing with Lightroom and/or Adobe Camera Raw
with Lewis Kemper
Nov 2-3, 2018
Members $445 Non-Members $495
There is a famous quote by Ansel Adams, the renowned landscape photographer, “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” Ansel was famous for having such luminous black and white prints, with full tonal ranges from deep blacks to glowing whites. A lot of the skill that was put into those images to make them look so great, was Adams ability to print in the darkroom using a variety of tools to burn (darken) and dodge (lighten) portions of his images to direct the viewers eye and to make his image radiate light.
For the digital photographer of today the quote would be, “The raw file is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the processed file the performance.” The tools we have for crafting these raw files from the ordinary to the extraordinary are the local adjustment tools. In Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom these local adjustment tools consist of the Adjustment Brush, the Radial Filter, and the Graduated Filter. With these tools you can take a good image and make it great!
When using these tools, the goal is guide the viewers eye through the image the way you, the photographer, want them to look. There are some simple rules to remember when constructing an image this way.
1. The lightest areas will attract your attention first. Light areas come forward and dark areas recede.
2. Bright warm colors will draw the viewer’s attention – reds, oranges and yellows.
3. Sharp areas draw more attention then soft areas.
With that in mind realize you do not want the lightest areas or the warmest colors to be on the edge of your frame where they will draw the viewer out of the image and away from your subject.
While Adams was limited to changing brightness values to create contrast in the wet darkroom, we can now change temperature; Tint; Exposure; Contrast; Highlights; Shadows; Whites; Blacks; Clarity; Dehaze; Saturation; Sharpness; Noise; Moire; Defringe; and Color in Camera Raw. This gives us so much control over our images that we can even change lighting ratios and “flip” the light in our images. In this workshop not only will we work on mastering the tools needed, but also on the
ideas and concepts of how you can make your image more dynamic.
LEWIS KEMPER is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. He was the photographer for, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Kemper’s monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. His publication “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ DVD, “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”, features a years worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA. His latest publications are photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide”.