Adjust images in PhotoShop

Using layers to adjust images in Photoshop

I am often asked what is the best way to adjust images in Photoshop?  So I thought it deserved a post on the blog to help you get the best images when editing.

Question: How do you do color and density corrections in Photoshop?

Answer: I use adjustment layers whenever possible.  Why? If you use adjustment layers then save the file as a PSD you can go back and see what you have done. You can make small adjustments from the last place that you adjusted without starting over. And finally if you get one image looking great and you have a number of others that need the same adjusting then you can drag the adjustment layer to other images.

So how do I do this?

1 – Open your image

2 – Select Adjustment layer (see picture below)

Adjust images in PhotoShop
Adjust images in PhotoShop

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Lethbridge Photo Locations – Private

I have been asked to add to my list of Lethbridge photo locations. This list is for privately owned locations that you may not know of. These listings tend to change regularly. If you know of a place I missed or a place that does not allow pictures any longer drop me a note. I will also add locations just outside of town as I find them so guess this list is not just Lethbridge photo locations.

Many of the owners that I talked to have the same information to pass along. They allow pictures but their business is not just for pictures so they may not be available at all times. The further in advance that you call the better.

As these are private places some will allow nude shoots but ask first. Also some mention that they prefer to have smaller groups. If you are using for a wedding having the day spread out so there are not 50 people hanging around is better. Some also state that you can rent the entire place for private functions but the prices are more than just to use a part of the location.

For more Lethbridge Photography locations, check these out

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Cold Day Project

Cleaning the house and found some money that I thought I had lost. Seeing it was so cold outside I figured that a shoot inside was in order. I have been playing with shallow depth of field lately but even with that if I put the bills on the floor or table the background was in focus as the bills are so thin. I did not want to damage the bills with tape, glue or a clip but I did want to have the bill in focus and a out of focus background. So I suspended the bills away from a background to throw the background out of focus by holding them in my fingers.

With cold weather you look for something to do inside!
With cold weather you look for something to do inside!

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Full moon on the rise

Headed out to shoot the (almost) full moon rising tonight. I thought that the cloud in the distance was too thick to get the moon coming out of the horizon. I was surprised to see the moon right on time. For shots like this a really cold night generally gives less distortion. But I can never resist the opportunity to shoot the rising moon when it is clear. Was nice to have the White Turtle III with me to use as a base of operations.

Full moon rising
Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 @ 600 3200ISo 1/80s F9
Full moon rising with a windmill in front
Full Moon Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 @ 600 3200ISo 1/400s F9

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The Moon Part 2

Partial moon
Another clear night to shoot the moon

Another clear night and more of the moon is showing. LOVE seeing the details. I really have to get myself a telescope with a camera mount to do some real close up pictures.

Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 @ 600, 3200 ISO, 1/1000, F13

If you are looking for a good place to photograph the moon, I recommend Writing On Stone.

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The Waxing Moon

A waxing moon is even more fun to shoot than a full moon. This time of year my taking of nature and wildlife pictures takes a back seat to printing and studio projects. I have been hoping for some northern lights to shoot but no go. I did have a chance to get out the other night to see the meteor shower but never had a camera with me. When I got back home the moon was so clear and bright that I had to take a few quick pictures.
Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600, 3200 ISO, 1/250, F9, exposure set at -6 stops under

Partial Moon
Waxing Moon

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