Famous Photographers – Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt is one of my favorite photographers, because he really knows how to have fun with photography. As a photographer he is very reactive. He has his camera ready at all times, so that when something amazing appears he is ready to capture it. Like Henri Cartier Bresson, he believes in the perfect moment and readying oneself to frame and capture that moment when it offers itself. His images are often hilarious and a little irreverent. He has done journalistic photography, fashion photography, art photography, and also images with lots of humor. Most of his images are shot in black and white film. Please make it a point to visit his website: http://www.elliotterwitt.com. I created a short video tutorial discussing his work:

This is a very interesting interview with Elliott Erwitt. Listen to his take on manipulation with digital photography. His interview brings to mind very important questions about the nature of photography and art in general. Your assignment is to watch the video interview with Elliott Erwitt, read my question below and answer it by posting a comment at the bottom of this page (you have to be logged in to comment).

Question:
  1. What do you think about Elliott Erwitt’s comment about Photography’s claim to present something that’s real. Does digital manipulation ruin photography’s place as a window to reality? Can we believe in photographs anymore?

 

Rotate Crop Straighten and Transform Images in Photoshop

Week 2 Assignment – Rotate, Crop, Straighten, and Transform Images in Photoshop

Henri Cartier Bresson did not like to crop his images. He felt that the image should be framed perfectly within the lens at the moment of taking the picture. He didn’t like editing and losing part of the image. Unfortunately for us, we are all not that good, as to not need to sometimes re-frame the composition or straighten a horizon line.

Goal: Learn how to rotate, crop, straighten, and transform a Photograph.

1) Watch my video tutorial below.
2) Choose two of your own photographs that need cropping, rotating or transforming and edit them.

Due Date

The end of week three

Turning it In

Send me the before and after cropped and rotated images in JPG format, as email attachments to dan.alberghetti@gmail.com.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled The most efficient way is to put all 4 images into a folder, zip the folder, and send me the zipped folder as an email attachment. I will accept the 4 images attached separately too

How to Save a Photograph in Different Sizes and File Formats Using Photoshop

Week 2 Assignment – How to Save a Photograph in Different Sizes and File Formats Using Photoshop

Goal: Learn to save a Photograph in multiple sizes and formats to serve multiple purposes. Here are the ways you will save your photograph:

1) Large Format “High Resolution Printing” – Set the Resolution to 300 or higher without throwing away pixels and set one of the dimensions (width or height) to 4 inch, 5 inch, or 8 inch. Save the image as a tiff file.

2) Web Format “Posting to the Web”– Resize the image to have maximum width of 700 pixels so that it will post nicely to a forum or blog. You will need to throw away pixels in order to do this. Save the image as a jpg file.

2) Thumbnail Format “Web Gallery Thumbnail or Icon”– I want the image to be exactly 60 x 80 pixels, wide or tall. You will need to throw away pixels in order to do this. Save the image as a .gif file twice, once in color and once in grayscale.

You will need save your image three times and in three different formats. I have created video tutorials that will show you this process. Click on the links below:

  1. How to Resize and Save an Image for Print as a TIFF
  2. How to Resize Save an Image for the Web as a JPG
  3. How to Resize and Save an Image as Rollover Gallery Thumbnails as GIFs
  4. How to Resize Your Image in Photoshop

Note! – You may find that the resulting tiff image file that you have created is too large to send by email. In that case, you will need to reduce the image dimensions of the tif image in order to reduce the size of the file to a small enough amount to send by email. For instance, today Leasa’s tif image file was a very high resolution and the size of the file was 46,682KB that meand 46 thousand kylobytes which in megabytes is 46MB. That is too large to send through webmail…. How do you lower the dimensions? With the image open in PS Go to Image > Image Size > checkmark “resample image” and “constrain proportions” and reduce the width in either the Pixel Dimensions or Document Size boxes and the height will automagically follow. Dont forget to File > Save. Your file should be smaller now. Make the file under 20,000KB to send by email. To further reduce the size of your files for emailing try zipping them! Right+Click on afile or folder and choose “Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder”.

More Learning at Lynda
To really give yourself a great backgound in resizing images watch these videos at Lynda.com:

  • Section 5. Image Size and Resolution – Photoshop CS5 One-on-One:Fundamentals by Deke McClelland  (all videos)

Turning it In

Send me your 4 resized images (tiff, jpg, and two gifs) , as attachments, to my gmail address dan.alberghetti@gmail.com. The most efficient way is to put all 4 images into a folder, zip the folder, and send me the zipped folder as an email attachment. I will accept the 4 images attached separately too.

Photoshop Website Banner Logo Project

Photoshop Website Banner Logo Project Overview

In this project you to create a banner logo for a website using Photoshop. Watch my video tutorials on how to approach the project and create a logo/banner image for the web. Control image size, layers, transparency and effects to create a web banner.

Project Guidelines

  1. Size = 368 x 80 pixels
  2. Background Color = #333333 – R:51 G:51 B:51
  3. The logo must blend or incorporate into the Gray background color
  4. The logo must have text = “DansCourses” or “DansCourses.com”
  5. Text must be large enough to be readable and must visually work with Verdana which is used on most of the site
  6. The logo must have 3 or more separate images on separate layers
  7. The logo must reflect the subject matter of the site, “Computers”
  8. The Images you use must either not be copyrighted images or they must be altered enough by you that the copyright no longer applies
  9. In the end, you need at least one adjustment layer, one style/effects layer, one layer mask, one text layer, and three separate image layers.

You want to save your project two ways: 1) Do a File > Save As > choose file format “.PSD” – Photoshop Document, this will save your working file and all your layers; 2) Do a File > Save As > Change the file format to “.JPG” to save the jpg version for the web. Once you have saved your image send it to me as an email attachment.

Photoshop Video Tutorials

Some of the tutorials below are from a previous version of this same assignment. I included them because I believe they are still relevant and good to learn from. I hope you agree!

Preparing your web banner logo project

Tutorials from a previous version of this project

Previous Tutorial – Part 2

Previous Tutorial – Part 3

Week 15 – Retouching and Restoration

Overview

The ability to retouch photographic images is something you can use over and over again to improve your images, whether you are touching up a recent portrait, or repairing old family photographs the skills necessary to do digital retouching and restoration are important and surprisingly easy to learn. Photoshop is a fantastic tool for retouching photographs.

Lynda.com Tutorials (Must See)

Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 with Chris Orwig

    Chapter 15 – Retouching
Nature 1 (must see!)
Nature 2 (must see!)
Nature 3 (must see!)
Nature 4 (must see!)
Restoration 1 (must see!)
Restoration 2 (must see!)
Restoration 3 (must see!)
Restoration 4 (must see!)
Restoration 5 (must see!)
I recommend watching all of the remaining videos on retouching!!!

Photoshop CS3 Creative Photographics Techniques with Chris Orwig

Chapter 7 – Soft Focus
Lens soft focus – Wind Shelter (must see!)
Lens soft focus – My Sophia (must see!)

Photoshop CS5 for Photographers with Chris Orwig

    Chapter 22 – Image Cleanup
I recommend watching all the videos in this section, but make sure to watch the first 4 at least (must see!)

    Chapter 23 – Retouching Essentials
I recommend watching all the videos in this section (must see!)
Enhancing makeup (must see!)
Removing blemishes (must see!)
Softening skin (must see!)
Reducing shadows around the eyes (must see!)
Reducing and removing wrinkles around the eyes (must see!)

YouTube.com/Danscourses Video Tutorials

Restore an old photo – tutorial 1
Restore an old photo – tutorial 2
Restore an old photo – tutorial 3
Restore an old photo – tutorial 4
Restore an old photo – tutorial 5
Restore an old photo – tutorial 6

Download the sample image by clicking here.
Week 16 Assignment 1 – Restore an Old Historical Photograph

In this assignment, I would like you to restore an old historical photograph for the Sheridan Museum. The photograph has a crease in it as well as multiple scratches. In order fix it digitally you will need to watch some of the videos above and use tools like the clone tool, patch tool, spot healing brush, and more. Please download zipped file “Griffen_shaving_man001.zip.” You will need to extract the image first by right clicking and selecting “extract all.” The image is a tiff file. Do not lower the resolution of the image since the museum may use your restored version in a book or printed publication. Thank you for your help in this historical project.

Griffen_shaving_man001.zip

Turning it in:
Due date: End of Week 16
The assignment is finished when you have emailed me a flatened (no layers) tiff file or jpg file of the restored image.

Week 16 Assignment 2 – Retouch a Portrait

In this assignment, I would like you to retouch a portrait and removing blemishes, brightening the eyes and teeth and utilizing a soft focus effect. You will need to use one of your own images. Use some of the Chris Orwig recommended tutorials above to help you.

Turning it in:
Due date: End of Week 16
The assignment is finished when you posted before and after images to Picasa and the Danscourses Forum. Please comment in the forum on what tutorials you utilized the most!!!

 

Week 14 – Double Self Portrait and Multiple Exposures Interior

Overview

This is a great week for Photoshop you can not ask for better projects to do and tutorials to watch! Enjoy!

Week 14 Assignment 1 – Me and My Doppleganger

You are going to combine 2 or more photographs together to create a seamless double self portrait. You will need a tripod and some tape. Set your camera up, lock it into position, and tape the location of the tripod legs or the base of the camera in case someone moves it accidentally. Access the self-timer function and take a picture of yourself. Now change something about yourself, your body position, your clothes, your expression or attitude,  and take another photograph. Now you should have 2 images that are shot from the same camera angle and same environment, except the subject of the image is different. Now you need to combine the images together in Photoshop, the easiest and best way to do this is by dragging one of the images into the other, and then use layer masks to combine the parts of the image that you want to appear together.

This assignment is based on a photograph by contemporary photographer Jeff Wall whose work we looked at earlier.

Note: You may need a tripod for this assignment. You might be able to get away with setting your camera on a table, but I don’t recommend it. For a photographer a good tripod is indispensable.

Turning it in:
Due Date: Next Friday

Back-up your final image as a Photoshop file, in order to save all of the image layers and maintain a high resolution. Then save your image as a JPG and upload it to your online web photo album and post your final JPG image to Blackboard.

Week 14 Assignment 2 – Multiple Exposures Interior

This assignment is similar to the previous one in that it asks you to montage multiple images together that have been shot from one vantage point (i.e. the tripod, don’t move it) and then layer them together using layer masks to create one manipulated scene. In the last assignment, you created a surreal double self portrait with the focus being the actor in picture. In this assignment, the focus will be on manipulating the lighting and therefore the architectural space to make an ideal photographic setting.

Let’s say you need to take a shot of an interior and you don’t have the correct lighting to sufficiently light all of the places in the room. Think of a dark room with candlelight in some areas and soft lights in others, etc. This would be very hard to shoot to get the whole picture to correctly show the different kinds of lights and so that each object or piece of furniture is lit correctly. Using a tripod and layer masks you can light the interior in different ways with spot lights or lamps and then combine the pictures together, after the fact, using layer masks, brushes, and layer transparency. Using Photoshop in this way you get the best of all possibilities in one image.

You are going to combine 3 or more photographs together to create a seamless lit interior shot that combines different lit perspectives. This time you will need a tripod, some tape, and some lights (you can use lamps or clip on lights from WalMart). Set up your camera and lock it into position (tape the location in case someone moves it accidentally). Set up some lighting that accents a part of the room you want to focus on like a spot light. Access the self-timer function and take the picture. Now change the lighting in the room to favor another aspect of the scenery, you can even turn off all the lights in order to get the light coming from the windows. Now you should have 2 images that are exactly the same as far as location but different in regards to the lighting. Now you need to combine the images together in Photoshop, the easiest and best way to do this is by dragging one of the images into the other using the selection tool (this time hold down the shift key as you drag in order to align them correctly), and then use layer masks to combine the parts of the image that you want to appear together.

Turning it in:
Due Date: Next Friday

Back-up your final image as a Photoshop file, in order to save all of the image layers and maintain a high resolution. Then save your image as a JPG and upload it to your online web photo album and post your final JPG image to Blackboard.

Lynda.com Tutorials (Must See)

Photoshop CS3 Creative Photographics Techniques with Chris Orwig

Chapter 21 – Combining Multiple Exposures
Nature – Combination of Foreground and Sky (must see!)
Architecture Part 1 – Combination of Interior and Exterior (must see!)
Architecture Part 2
Architecture Part 3

    Chapter 22 – Using Auto Align and Auto Blend
Architecture Interior Part 1 – Auto-Align (must see!)
Architecture Interior Part 2 – Auto-Blend (must see!)
Architecture Interior Part 3 – Finishing Details (must see!)

Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 with Chris Orwig

    Chapter 16 – Expanding Exposure
Multiple Exposures in Architecture 1 (must see!)
Multiple Exposures in Architecture 2 (must see!)
        Multiple Exposures in Architecture 3 (must see!)
        Multiple Exposures in Architecture 4 (must see!)

Student Work SamplesMe and My Doppleganger

 

 

Student Work SamplesMultiple Exposures Interior

Before as a single exposure

 

After with multiple exposures

    

Before as a single exposure

 

After with multiple exposures


Week 13 – A Magazine Cover

Overview

This week you are going to incorporate what we have learned about photo-montage with graphic design; this means you are going to work with text. You are going to design and execute a magazine cover out of your own photographs and imagination. To start with, I would like you to carefully observe and read the following images and articles taken from the book Design Literacy by Heller and Pomeroy.

from “Design Literacy” by Heller and Pomeroy

                        

All of the above posters, advertisements and magazine covers represent a creative interplay of image and text. This relationship of image to text is often quite conceptual or “smart.” Notice how the finger/hand knocks the letters out of the frame in the Colors “Aids” issue or how the letter O’s in the go out ad become image as retro tires with sidewalls, or how the text displaces the image of the face.The most conceptual play on image and text is in the last poster.

student work samples

   

Lynda Tutorials you need to watch:

Deke McClelland – Photoshop CS2 Channels & Masks
Note: Even though this title is not one of your paid class titles anyone can watch the videos in the first two chapters

  • 2. How Masks Work (I recommend watching the whole chapter)
    Viewing a mask as a translucent overlay (must see!)
    Modifying a mask (must see!)
    Combining masks (must see!)
    The lossless translation (must see!)

Week 12 Assignment – Create a Magazine Cover or Poster

Using the above examples as your guide you are going to create a magazine cover or poster that integrates text and image in a creative and conceptual way. The interaction between text and the image should reinforce the message of the magazine or poster. Look at the advertisements above as examples of text and image interplay. Watch the video tutorials of Deke McClelland Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks, the last 4 tutorials in Section 2: How Masks Work will help you in accomplishing the assignment.

For your magazine cover or poster I would like you to consider using at least two or three different fonts or varying sizes. Remember that the image and the text should interact in an interesting and conceptual way that reinforces the content of the magazine/article.

Turning it in:
Due date: End of Week 15
The assignment is complete when you have posted your finished magazine cover image as a JPG to Picasa and a link to it in the DansCourses Forum