The Nikonian eZine #49

Posted March 31st, 2011 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Nikonians just published eZine #49. We included a few of my images to illustrate our Nikoknians Academy trips, adventures and workshops around the world.

http://www.niknians.org/ezine/eZine49.pdf

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Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5

Posted March 15th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

I was working on some of my Yosemite photographs the other day and came across this one taken from Tunnel View. As soon as I opened it up, I noticed jet contrails in the sky and was ready to immediately close it to find another one without the contrails. Honestly, I didn’t want to spend the time to clone out the contrails using the Photoshop clone stamp or healing brush or spot healing tools.

Then, I remembered the Content Aware Fill tool! Content Aware fill allows you to select a region you want to repair and then simply press the enter button on your keyboard. Photoshop CS5 does the rest. Honestly, the tool is embarrasingly easy to use. Just draw a selection around the area, activate the Fill Tool, choose Content Aware Fill and press Return/Enter on your keyboard. Done!


Notice the contrails in the sky above El Capitan.

Notice the contrails in the sky above El Capitan.

The first step to fixing problem areas in your photo is to make a selection around the offending “thing.” In the case of the photograph above, the offending “thing” is the contrail. So, choose the lasso tool and simply draw around the contrail.

Choose the Lasso Tool from your tool bar.

Choose the Lasso Tool from your tool bar.

Here's the simple selection drawn around the contrail.

Here's the simple selection drawn around the contrail.

After you’ve made the selection, you have to activate the Fill Tool. Do this by going to your menu in Photoshop CS5 and choose Edit –> Fill…

After choosing Fill, you’ll need to change the method from Foreground Color to Content-Aware.

Choose the Fill Tool from the menu Edit --> Fill... Then choose Content-Aware from the pull down menu.

Choose the Fill Tool from the menu Edit --> Fill... Then choose Content-Aware from the pull down menu.

The next step is to either click the OK button or press the Enter/Return key on your keyboard. After this, Photoshop CS5 takes over and completely repairs the area.

Draw a selection around the area you want to fix with the Lasso Tool.

Here's the result after using Content Aware Fill inside the selection.

Content Aware Fill mysteriously knows exactly what to replace and exactly what to keep. Honestly, it is astounding!

Fixed! Simple to use and amazing results.

Fixed! Simple to use and amazing results.

The more I use Content Aware Fill, the more impressed I am with the tool. I find I use it for repairing everything from dust in the sky to zits on a face to trash in a landscape photo to hair on someone’s head. If you haven’t upgraded to Photoshop CS5 yet, then this tool alone makes the upgrade worthwhile.





March 2011 Newsletter is Live

Posted March 2nd, 2011 by   |  Computers, Photography, Software, Technology, Travel  |  Permalink

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The March 2011 Out There Images, Inc. Newsletter is live over at the main site. This month we cover some great new topics:

– Book Review: Exploring North American Landscapes by Marc Muench
– February GOAL Assignment: The Defining Characteristic
– March GOAL Assignment: Triptychs
– Photo Techniques: Shooting a Play
– Digital Tidbits: Getting the Red Out
– Workshop and Business Updates

Follow this link to read the newsletter: http://www.outthereimages.com/11_03_newsletter.html





May 2010 Out There Images, Inc. Newsletter

Posted May 5th, 2010 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

The May 2010 Out There Images, Inc. newsletter is posted over at the main site. Here’s the link:

http://www.outthereimages.com/10_05_newsletter.html

This month, I’ve written articles on using wide angle lenses and also on creating catchlights in your subject’s eyes. There are a few more interesting tidbits in the newsletter as well. Enjoy!





April 2010 Newsletter Posted

Posted April 1st, 2010 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

After a brief hiatus, we’ve just posted our April 2010 Out There Images newsletter. Here’s the link:

www.outthereimages.com/newsletter.html

Topics:

– Where’s Mike?
– Nikon Creative Lighting System: 3rd Printing
– Magazine Article for Travelers to Africa
– New Travel Photography Books are Published
– April GOAL Assignment: Wide Angle Lenses
– Product Review: Scott eVest Evolution Travel Jacket
– Product Review: Lexar Pro Dual Card Reader
– Product Review: OWC Mercury Elite AL Pro eSATA Disk Drive
– Photo Techniques: Focus Point vs. Depth of Field
– Workshop Updates





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