Post Set Up in Photoshop Elements


Digital Photography 101


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Post Set Up in Photoshop Elements

So what happens once you take all these pictures, right? It seems like I've got folders upon folders, and maybe you've got lots of memory cards left over from your camera, and you're not quite sure what to do with those. And how do I get these pictures onto my computer? How do I share these images with everyone? And also maybe even more importantly, is what do what are some things I can do with these images to enhance them even more? So what I wanted to show everyone today is a little bit about an image editing software program I think is a great one to use, especially if you're just starting out and trying to get things organized and edit them and do something a little bit more than say, just something basic that you found out there were you couldn't do something more than just fixed red eye. So what? I like to tell people about his adobe photoshopped elements now that's kind of like the adobe photoshopped elements it's, I'm sure everyone's heard of photo shop, right? That's like the ...

professional version of software a lot of people like to use and if they're professionals and it's cost hundreds of dollars and it could be a little daunting if you're thinking, wow, I'd like to edit my images, but I really don't want to spend that much money, and I'm not quite sure I know how to use it right away. So what do I do? That's, where dobie photoshopped elements comes in it's kind of like the little sister teo, the regular version of photo shop and what it allows you to do, or some the very same things you can do in the regular version of photo shop so you can edit and enhance. But it adds in some extra features that you may not professionals may not need or maybe they don't really know about, but this is really geared towards the photo beginner or someone who's, an enthusiast who wants to really work with their photographs and do other things with him too. So create things and share them so it's, really fun, and I wanted to show you just a couple things that I like to do in photo shop elements that help me organize pictures, which is oh so important, how many people have pictures on their hard drive that they still they don't know where they are this point? What happened to him? So I'm going to show you howto organize them as you bring them in and also how to find them and then something fun things you can do with them anyone have any questions before I get started on working with us? Ok? And if you're looking at the screen here, you're probably seeing I have kind of a messy desktops I'm just trying to kind of drag this boulder over, you know, and everything over here, but anyway, I hear I have the window open. I opened up a dote adobe photoshopped elements twelve and this is the latest version that adobes come out with and it's great actually turn off my wife, I because as you all know, I'm having a contest right now on my website erin manning dot com and one of the things people are doing to participate in it is they're tweeting, and I'm getting a lot of things showing up on my email, so turn that off, okay, so here's the window and adobe photoshopped elements really is like two programs in one it's like double whammy. Not only is it a photo editor that you might expect, but it's also an organizer, and when I open up on the organizer, I'll show you how we're going to get things organized and also kind of how to hop back and force between working with the organizer and the editor, which is important to tio to deal with when you you're bringing in photos so you don't have to use the organizer, you could just go right into photo editor and start editing way, but I recommend if you want to be able to find your photographs later is to get in there and start organizing them right off the bat. So I'm just going to open up organizer, and by the way, I just wanted to let everyone know that if you wanted to try out the software program, if you go to adobe dot com, they'll actually you can go in and download adobe photoshopped elements twelve for free and test it out for thirty days. So I had adobe photoshopped elements eleven, and I just recently downloaded the trial version for twelve, so I'm in the trial version of this and it's it's going to work just like it will for you if you decide to download it. But I also wanted to give you that warning sign in case I happen to get a window that says trialled version, you'll know why ok, so what? I went ahead and did I just opened up the organizer and I wanted to introduce you to the organizer, and then I'll introduce you once we get through all of this into the editing version. Of photo shop elements, but whenever you come in and open this up and you want to bring some photographs in, what I did is if you're just looking at the screen, I've got some pictures here that we took yesterday of tammy and tammy was our model, and I just loaded all the pictures in didn't really do much editing on anything, and I've got some other photos in here that I've taken on some of my travel, so everything's kind of all piled together in this what's called the media page on the organizer, so the way that I got these pictures in here is I took the memory card out of my camera and popped it into a little memory card reader and I have already downloaded these onto the hard drive on my computer because I didn't want to have to do that all in front of you and have you wait as I downloaded everything but that's, what you'll do is take the memory card out on dh plug it in some depending on which memory card you're using, like let's, if you've got a camera with an sd memory card that fits right here into the side of some laptops or you king a card reader and put it in that way. I downloaded all these to my hard drive. So now let's say I wanted to come in and import the photos that we took today and bring those into the elements organizer over here, a top left is something called the import button and what's kind of cool in this software program is you hover your mouths over any of these things that the software program does. A little tool tip pops up and it tells you exactly what's going on. So if I was wondering, you know what exactly import what? What do I dio? I can kind of hover my mouth's over one of these and little import button, it says, get media to your current catalogs, what's telling me what it's going to dio so and over here, down below this on the left is kind of a little organization pain helps you keep track of the folders that you're using, where you bring photographs in, but I'll explain a little bit more of that as I import things. And over here on the right is a place where we can go in and create tags, keyword, tags for images, keyword tags, it's just like it's, a descriptive word that says something about your image and you could be very customized about what sort of keyword tags you create so it's just descriptors for whatever is in your image, whatever the content is of your image. So this way, if you wanted to go in and find you know, where is the picture of uncle bob in the caribbean, you could go in and find that very easily just by creating these tags, and I'll show you how to do it. So today I'm going to come in here and come up to the upper left and click on import, and I do that again a little drop down menu that gives me options for places to go to import my photographs in to the software program so it says from files folders, or maybe I could import it straight from my camera or card reader right into photoshopped elements. You could also search for something on your on your particular computer. If you're you know, you put the pictures on your computer somewhere, you're just not sure where they are or perhaps if you have a mac and that's what I'm using here. And I wanted to point that out that in one of the reasons I recommend adobe photoshopped elements to people it's not only for the mac it's cross platform, so you can use it on a windows computer, too. And it looks very similar so all the things that I'm doing and working through today if you happen to have a windows based computer it will work on there too you just want to make sure you download if you go on tio try it out or purchase it that you download the right version for your platform okay so this is saying you can import from my photo because what happens a lot of times when people have a mac and they stick a memory card or plug a camera with a usb cord into their computer it just I photo automatically opens up so if it does that's fine and you can import those photos if you've already imported them into I photo into photoshopped elements or if I photo automatically pops up when you pop in your memory card you just close that and bring them into photo shop elements sometimes these software programs you know they're set up in the preferences to make it easy for you to do things but I photo will typically pop up if you pop in a memory car but it doesn't have to if you can go to your preferences and I photo and change that before I talk about that bob well let's do something let's import some pictures so I clicked on import here in the upper left and then roll down to from a files and folders because I've already loaded these pictures on two my hard drive and I just have to go in and find him let's see e think I put them on the desktop yeah that's it and then I put him in a little folder called c l shoot and since this is day three of our course want to click on the folder created for day three and in here are all the images that we took today so what I'm going to dio is just click on the top image in the folder going to hold down the shift key on the keyboard and then just scroll down also all the way to the bottom and click there and then clinton clicking that that last one and then right down here in the lower right of this window click on get media and it's that simple but look at that were all the pictures from our shoot and it even tells me one hundred eighty four media items were imported. I had no idea even took one hundred eighty four photographs, but here they all are in the media browser in the organizer so this is a great way to go in and kind of go through each picture and say yeah, you know that was a good one maybe I'm not sure about that one let's go to the next one but there's there are ways to view the pictures in this browser that make it easier to see and I just wanted to point out that over on the right here I have a little scroll bar, so if I click hold and dragged my mouse up and down, it'll show me all the photos that I've I've imported, but maybe I want to see them a little bit bigger. So down below, here in the tool option bar, I can just click on the little slider right above zoom and scooted over to the right, and it makes the image is a little bit bigger, so I can get a better idea of of what I'm looking at, and I can go through here and kind of scroll down through each one, and this is if I want to look at them larger this way. Now some people find this really annoying. Maybe you don't want to do it that way. If you come down back to the little bar down here and click, hold and drag on the slider and you could kind of bring them down and make him really small in this way can fit more images within the screen, and right now I'm working on a thirteen inch laptop. If you have a bigger computer with a bigger screen, then you're going to able to seymour and I can just kind of scroll through here and look through each one there's another way to look at the photographs after you've brought them in and decide, you know, if you like it or not by just double clicking and that's going to make the photograph larger, and if I want to go to the next one, I could just hit the little arrow key on my keyboard and just go to the next shot and look at each one and decide, do I like that or not? I can hit the delete key if I don't like it and it gives me a little window that pop stop that says, you know, do you wantto this is going to get rid of this from this particular operation? Or do you want to delete this from the hard death so you could make some decisions right here? I'm not going to delete anything right now, so that gives you an idea of how you can scroll through and look at things. So now I've got this picture blown up large if I want to make it small again and go back to the way it was, I just double click and I'm right back to that media browser that shows all the little pictures, so right now I'm not really going to take the time to go through all the images and edit them because that would be boring for all of you but what I will do is walk through and just kind of give you ah, a real quick little kind of ah walkthrough on how to organize thes so we can organize them all and then perhaps then go back and edit them but that's you know the beauty of working and digital photography is you can take a lot of photographs and you've got a lot of space on your memory cards hopefully if you bought one of those memory cards that's you know at least sixteen gigabytes through thirty two gigabytes sixty four gigabytes lots of room for pictures the problem is that some people have is they then have all these photographs they don't go through them and edit them out this makes a lot easier to dio has never been like my my uh len's cub what is she doing she's drinking out of the lens I have hot tea and this groovy little cup that looks like a lens this is this is a seventy two two hundred millimeter uh telephoto lens here zoom lens that's actually a teacup okay, all right, so let's say I've got all these pictures on dh I'm just going to just scroll all the way to the bottom and make sure did I accidentally pick up any other photographs that maybe came in from some other folders somewhere I don't know now that looks like everything we did today we were doing the frame shots right? And we were doing some of these posing shots and I think here we have the rule of thirds shot that hans was doing now notice this little window that pops up over around this little frame that pops up around his face around eric spaces says who is this well waken assigned names all these photographs to so you can go back and search for the name certain people on your photos how easy is that going to be now in your trying to find photographs make for your family slideshow or photo albums but I'll show you how that works in the second for right now I'm just kind of going through the photos um here's the test shot that we took when we came in really close with the wide angle winds would see what was after that we were kind of playing around I'm just fast forwarding through oh and this is when you use the longer focal length and came in a little bit closer on him here we are back to the white angle so you can see the difference between what we were doing as far as I know this was the room to zoom example all rights we've looked at this it's a double click and ok, so let's say we want to tag these photographs we want tio make it easy to find them so just like when you create folders in your hanging file folder at home you know you think about your major categories that you have maybe you have like one hanging file folder and it says everything I'm doing about the car and then you might have sub folders within that big folder that's about car insurance, car payments, car you know, fixing my car whatever all the different things are in the ways that you want to categorize them that's kind of the way you can categorize your images too so what I'm gonna dio is come over here on the right now you might be looking at this if you have photoshopped elements and you're in this media browser and you don't see this that pain on the right that just went away so I want to show you how to pull it back up in case you don't see it and on the very lower right hand side is a little icon it says tags and info so if I click on that that little column opens back up and so now I can see on day I'll just define this and show you what it is at the top it says tags that's the button it's highlighted and beneath tags it has key words and beneath that we've got well, smart tags explain that to people tags, places and events so if you think about it that's kind of how we organize our life that would be the top those top categories people place in things and those might be what you take pictures of but maybe you've got pictures of things that are have people and places and things in them and maybe you want to assign all those key words to that that one picture you can do it so here's how it works so let's say I want to create a category um for creative life so I would come up here in the upper right just click on the plus sign whenever you see a plus sign usually think that's a good thing I mean something positive it means mohr means ad I mean something it's going to click on that plus sign and it gives me a drop down menu that asked me do I want a new key word tag and remember keyword tags, just a description of content and your images so I want a subcategory remember that that would be something that you create after you create a category you have to have a category before you have a subcategory and a category would be something a main when you organize something, so in this instance I'm just going to say creative life that's my new categories I click on that and up comes to create category and I'm going to type in creative groups its capital l I v e live and to better identify these tags over on the right I can assign a color if I want to say I'm just going to pick green because I know that's part of the creative live logo and then I'll click ok um oh now look at this now the keyword tag that I have created is already being used I've created another one when I created some stuff last night so I'm going to say this is something you might run into when you're trying to create categories and tags it's a helpful reminder what's going to happen over in the right hand side is you're going tohave eventually you know probably a hundred or more tags of things you might use to identify or categories you might have and so it will alert you instantly if you've already got a duplicate of that. So let's call this what would be a way we could categorize all of this may we should call it digital photography one oh one and you know I'm trying to be all groovy and everything but I'm just going to like be really honest, I actually wear glasses are gonna put him on now and actually see what I'm typing here we go okay and I'll just keep it green so now what I've done is I've created this category digital photography one o one and that's great, so we've got this category, but now I want to create keyword tags under that category, so I know if I can come to the category digital photography one o one I've got keyword tags beneath it, some highlighted on that in the same new keyword tag and maybe all called us model or how about male model? Because that's something I'm I'm using to describe this now, it also gives you this little question mark up here if I wanted to edit the icon and use a photograph to represent the tag over on the right, I could, but just personally, I don't do that because it makes the tag a lot bigger, and then I have big tags over on the right, they take up too much room, so I just kind of keep that small, and I leave the icon the way it is. I can write little notes to myself about it, but we don't really need him right now. So now I have a new key word tag male model and let's make a couple others, um, traditional food I want I want I'm going to say, we'll be something else we could use to describe him what? Okay, so eric but we could use eric except that we've also got these people tags down below it's wanting to save his name for the people part but he also has on blue shirt so maybe in the future if you're searching for something and you're trying to put say, a brochure together or of slide show that's all about blue maybe you want to be able to search for for anything that has blue in it so I'm gonna type in blue that's another key word tag and something else that we could use might be serious he has a serious looking some of them and maybe in some other photographs he has a smile they're smiling so you start thinking about all the ways that you can describe a picture you know, stock photography agencies that enough any of you are familiar with those if their agencies all online now that photographers take pictures the agency licenses them and then people come in or represents those photographers with those photos and people come in and purchase images like on istock dot com no license images for their slide shows or whatever they're doing and they go in and type in hey, I want a guy in a blue shirt and so if he were if you were creating photographs for stock agency he'd want a keyword your pictures so that people could find them easily so they license them from you and you make some money but in this instance we're just trying to organize the seeking better find him so any little thing you can think of of what this photograph contains is going to help you find things later and I mean the way that I was originally organizing my pictures and I started in digital photography was just like I have a folder and I call it stuff in an under stuff I'd have like, you know, outside or you know, I know I had all these different ways and all these different folders and was making me crazy with these tags it's going to be so much easier so we'll just start with these four tags so here's how it works first off I happen to know that um look and we have a picture of our host in here to kind of play around with you know you're in there so we'll play with that with with names but I happen to know that looks like blue shirt it is is on and all these photographs so I'm gonna put a tag and I don't have to put a tag on on them one by one I could come beneath here and I've got blue as a tag I could drag it over so that that little picture over there the thumbnail and now this blue tag is associated with it but that would take me you know, a long time to drag each one over here's an easy way on how to drag him over to all these pictures is on my keyboard next to the space bar is a key called command its control if you're on a pc I'm gonna press command with my thumb and then I hit a on my keyboard what that does is it automatically ce elects every single photo in that media browser so command a on a mat control a on a pc so now they're all selected they all have this blue line around the meeting I've selected them now if I drag this this tag called blue over there now it tags all of them instantly I love it when magic stuff happens like that and it's a male model in all of these even russ was male modeling at this fine so we'll know we'll drag these over drag over the male model tag now this is where you'll have to go through each one or if you can see them maybe I'll make them a little bit bigger and if I wanted to assign say, serious or smiling tagged any of these I'll click outside of the blue of the some nails and just click in the gray area that dese elects everything so now I'm just going to kind of scroll through the first few and um well no he wasn't he wasn't smiling as much a wait that looks like a smile so I could drag the smile tag over to this picture he's smiling there there's a lot of serious ones I could, you know, really kind of go to town and and that that that could do serious and really go through each once you kind of get the idea as soon as you can come up with some some words that describe the contents of the image and think about ways you might be searching port later another key word tag I'm not used to be chair because there's a chair in a lot of the pictures or um I don't know we could come up with with other stuff gray backdrop just things that you when you start looking at an image you think ok it's just it's a guy but wait it's a guy he has hair and he is on a great backdrop in a blue shirt on a chair he's not smiling there is shadow on his face I mean there's all these things you could really get into detail about. All right, so let's let's think about, um okay, maybe I want to find all the photographs that are digital photography one o one I'm going to go back and do that again so let's say you've got your media browser open here I'm clicking on this little blue tag in the bottom right to open up the panel on the right so now let's say, ok, I want to find all the photos that were part of digital photography one o one I just hover my mouth's over the right hand side and I get a little right pointing arrow click on it. And now in this window, here are all the pictures from digital photography one o one well, great, that was everything that was in the media browser. So not that exciting. I'm going to go back to the window that I was at before and I can do that one of two ways I can either close it out, appear with the x on the upper right or go over here on the upper left and click back. So now I'm back to this media browser again and again the pain is not open on the right, so I'm going to click on the tag now I want to look for in this gonna make sure it's open here a little arrow down report pointing arrow is opened and I mean click on sirius and of all the serious photos that I actually took the time to tag now those air going to show up over here so that's how you key word something and that's how you can find something there are lots of other ways you can create subcategories I mean think about it people get super organized right with all their stuff. I mean, some people just have categories subcategory, subcategory, of all sorts of stuff. You could really go to town on this, but just for an instant way to get organized initially is just a sign, a few key word. Text your images as you bring him in and will be so much easier to find anybody. Have any questions about that. I know it's a little difficult if you don't have the software right in front of you, but it gives you a general idea. Photoshopped elements is two programs and one it's, an organizer, and it is an editor.

Class Description

Are you ready to start taking amazing digital images? Join award-winning photographer Erin Manning for a three-day introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography — frustration-free.

Whether you take pictures with your phone, a point-and-shoot digital camera, or a DSLR, Erin will give you the tools you need to capture beautiful digital images. You’ll learn about light and exposure, including how to work with and modify your on-camera flash. You’ll learn about common errors beginning photographers make and develop strategies for troubleshooting. Erin will also guide you through the basics of digital image editing and sharing your images online.

By the end of Digital Photography 101, you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.



Good basic or "refresher" course.