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N 4 B 1.2K C 14 E Jan 24, 2009 F Jan 29, 2009
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One of the buildings in the business park where we trained our search dogs, last Saturday. I'm amazed that this shot came out as well as it did, since it was hand-held, at 1/15 of a second. IS must have really made a difference, as did shooting with a relatively light lens. I had to PhotoShop this image, because the sky was blown in the original. I'm pretty sure this would not have worked if I had not shot it in raw. Here's what I did:

• In Adobe Lightroom (Adobe Bridge would also have worked), I adjusted the exposure so that the building looked the best, then opened it in PhotoShop.

• I switched back to Lightroom and adjusted the same image so that the sky looked the best and opened it again in PhotoShop.

• With this second image, in PhotoShop, I typed CTRL-A, to select the whole image, then dragged and dropped it on top of the first image. (I use the tabbed interface in CS4, so I had to drag the image on top of the tab for the first one, hold the mouse button down, while waiting until the first image showed up, then drag the new image on top of the old one.)

• I then created a mask, filled with black, by holding the ALT key, while clicking on the mask icon in the layers pallet, in order to hide the new image that I had just dragged on top of the other one.

• Next, I typed the letter "D" to ensure that my default colors of white over black were selected, switched to the brush tool by typing the letter "B", and painted over the sky to reveal that part of the new image. When I made mistakes by going over the top of the building, I just typed the letter "X" to switch my foreground and background colors and painted over my mistakes, then typed "X" again to switch back to white over black, and continued painting to reveal the sky.

• Finally, I typed CTRL-E to merge the two layers, sharpened and re-sized the image, and then dragged and dropped my copyright and signature from another image that I had opened, and adjusted their colors to blend with the image.

Looks Much Better On Black

Tags:   Business park Carlsbad Research Center Carlsbad California SuperShot

N 208 B 25.5K C 294 E May 10, 2008 F Jan 19, 2009
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Explore #407, 5/24/08.

[Update] I just moved this previously posted image up to let you know that Rioghan passed his certification test for area search, recently, and is now qualified to go out with us (Southwest Search Dogs) on actual searches. Congratulations, Rioghan and owner/handler Lauren! (Previously posted on 5/21/08.)

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Tutorial: Quick and Dirty Black Background in PhotoShop CS3.

• Select Quick Selection tool from Quick Selection/Magic Wand flyout.
• Click on Add to Selection (+) in upper left corner.
• Click and Drag the tool near the edges, but completely outside, of the subject.
• If part of the subject is accidentally selected, hold down the Alt key and click over the the part you want to deselect. Zoom in and/or adjust your brush size to make a finer selection.
• When you're satisfied with your selection, choose Select --> Modify --> Feather (Alt+Ctl+D), then enter Radius (I used 1 on this photo).
• Choose Select --> Inverse (Shft+Ctl+I).
• Choose Layer --> New --> Layer via Cut (Shft+Ctl+J).
• In the Layers Palette, click on the background layer. Type "D" to select default foreground/background colors, then type "Alt-Backspace" to fill background layer with black.

That's all there is to it. If you want to, experiment with different backgrounds. For example, with just a couple of clicks, I made the clouds background below. First, I set the foreground color to blue, then I chose Filter --> Render --> Clouds. I know, they're not very realistic, but it sure is easy.

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Explore #306, 5/10/08.

Tutorial: Sharpening Just the Eyes.
When I shoot animals and people, I usually focus on the eyes and try to shoot from an angle that provides good catch-lights in them. But I find that some sharpening, applied only to the eyes, often helps to make them stand out even more. Here is the technique that I use in PhotoShop (with Windows keyboard shortcuts).

Add a new layer. (Ctrl-J)
Choose Filter -> Other -> High Pass. (I use a radius of 25 pixels.)
Set the Blend Mode to Overlay.
Set default foreground and background colors. (D)
Add a Layer Mask and fill with black. (Alt-backspace)
Switch background and foreground colors. (X)
Select soft-edged paintbrush. (B)
Paint over the eyes.
Set opacity of the layer to your taste. (I usually leave mine at 100%.)

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OOB tutorial by serrator.
Flickr OOB group.
OOB stands for Out of Bounds/Out of Frame.

Tags:   OOB Giant Panda San Diego Zoo wiseass infinestyle DiamondClassPhotographer platinumphoto SOE NaturesElegantShots flickrDiamond mywinners

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I like the golden reflection from the food bowl on his chest and chin. This was shot in the Scripps Aviary, which is 90 feet (27 meters) high and 150 feet (46 meters) long, so this guy has plenty of room in which to fly. According to the Zoo, "Ellen Browning Scripps provided the funds to build the 'world's greatest flying cage,' the Scripps Aviary, in 1923. It was remodeled in 1958, and then again when it was incorporated into Gorilla Tropics in 1991."

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[Edit] OOB tutorial by serrator.
Flickr OOB group.
OOB stands for Out of Bounds/Out of Frame.

Tags:   OOB San Diego Zoo The Perfect Photographer Fine ART photos OvertheExcellence proudshopper


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