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Remove Distractions

John Greengo

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John Greengo

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41. Remove Distractions


Class Trailer
1 Photographic Characteristics 06:36 2 Camera Types 02:53 3 Shutter System 08:51 4 Shutter Speed Basics 10:06 5 Camera Settings Overview 16:02 6 Camera Settings - Details 06:05 7 Sensor Size: Basics 16:26 8 Focal Length 11:26

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Remove Distractions

there's a number of distractions that you can have in photographs. First off, you should try to avoid these when you suit the photos as much as possible. But there is in some cases no way to avoid it or you just didn't realize it, and you're dealing with it after the fact. And so there's a number of ways of just diminishing the things that aren't so good. All right, so I like the big open space in this photograph. But I had a couple problems down in the right hand side. I had, uh, two different types of problem. I had sensor dust and I had a little bit of gunk in the water on. And so there's some distractions down here that I didn't really like. And so I took out the sensor dust and, you know, you can lock me up in photo shop prison. But I took out that little weed in the water because I just didn't think it was necessary there. If you go back and photograph it right now, I guarantee you it's not there, all right? And so for that party, you know, it's it's pretty honest rendering of wh...

at this place looks like. So I did take those out, and you can use various cloning tools to take that out. There is a spot removal tool in light room that is mainly designed for, uh, dust but can be used for other small items. It's not super versatile getting everything out. If you have a really complicated thing that you need to take out like an ex boyfriend or girlfriend, you're probably gonna need photo shop for that. And that's well beyond what we're doing in this class. Sometimes there's just a lot of extra space. You didn't have a long enough lens for what you shot, and so that's distracting in some ways. And so we want to focus on our subject. And so just simply cropping in is a factor that I don't like to do. But sometimes you're forced into doing it because that's just the best you got at the time. And so there is a crop overlay tool in every photo editing device. Use it sparingly because you are throwing away pixels at the time that you do that, so our main subjects air in the middle of the photograph, and that's where I want your eyes to go, and I don't need him around the edge. It's OK is if you explore the photograph here, but if I want to darken the edges a little bit, it really keeps your eyes right there in the middle of the photograph. And so there's a number of ways of doing that of adding your own vignettes. And so what's Where's the action here? And I'm just gonna add just a very little subtle change to this, to adjust those those corners to keep your eyes where I want the action to be. And in order to do this, the radio filter can be used. You can also use the adjustment brush. If it's not a simple circle or oval, it's, you know, more unusual shape that you want to make it be. And so be honest about yourself when you look at your photos. What's important, what's drawing your eye away from what's important on the photo On the left, I felt that the sky was just a little too bright, and it may seem very picky, but I'm just adjusting those highlights and the whites down just so that the sky is not quite as pure and stark white as it is in the photo on the left. Yeah, it's good when you get picky. That means you're really paying attention with your photographs. Your eye is attracted to color, and the color in the background is kind of distracting from what we wanted here. And so it's very easy just to diminish the color a little bit. And so I've selected the color and just diminished it just a little bit, so that it doesn't draw your attention quite as much as before. Another way to do this is you could add a little bit of a blur to the subjects that you don't want, and so this one's a little bit hard to see. So let's, um, blow this up so you can see what I'm doing here. And so there's a variety of ways that you can add a little bit of blur to your subject. Now you can do a complete fake blur and do it's fake shallow depth of field, but just going in and throwing that subject just a little bit more out of focus than it already is. And it's just gonna 10 for the eyes to go mortar, that subject that is in focus rather than the one that's out of focus

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As a photographer, you will need to master the technical basics of the camera and form an understanding of the kind of equipment you need. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography will also teach something even more important (and crucial for success) - how to bring your creative vision to fruition.

Taught by seasoned photographer John Greengo, the Fundamentals of Digital Photography places emphasis on quality visuals and experiential learning. In this course, you’ll learn:

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  • How to choose the right gear, and develop efficient workflow.
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