Beecher's Handouts is a free 122 page book about camera tools: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focal length, and more.
My students say it's very clear.
Read online or download a free copy.
3.7 - Default Settings >
12 - Shutter Speed >
13 - Setting Exposure >
PATH is a book about the most important ingredient in photography.
Most books are about cameras.
This book is about you.
Read online or download a free copy.
8 More Reasons for Good Photographs >
Top 16 Reasons For Bad Photographs >
Your Viewfinder Lies >
Sensitivity to Light >
Why Do Photography? >
Woody Allen &
the Six P's >
Fame, Guru-hood, Sales of Prints >
Adjuncts to Beecher's Handouts
Beecher's Handouts, described above, is built to be used with these learning tools.
The Photo Cheat Sheet is two sides of a single sheet of paper.
The cheat sheet has questions you need to ask yourself before you press the shutter release.
Peruse it online with your laptop or phone and download a free copy.
Photo Cheat Sheet Quiz
Review the Photo Cheat Sheet. Quiz yourself online.
Photo Flash Cards
Use the flash cards to make learning about your camera easy. Download a free copy.
Camera Features Explained
Click camera features for a description of what they do.
Take a tour of the ingredients that make great photographs.
100s of photography tips for you.
Learn something new.
Improve your photography.
Beginners should go to Depth-of-field.
Flash 101 >
Flash Topics >
How to . . . >
How to Buy a . . . >
Light Rules >
Here are over 250 pages about organizing and editing with Lightroom.
Download free copies of each section by mousing over the blue arrow.
To download all of the tutorials, go to All Tutorials Combined.
100s of articles & tutorials make editing with Photoshop Elements easier and fun.
Read online or print them.
The menu on the left is for beginners.
The one on the right, for more advanced editors.
Photoshop Elements is powerful.
It does just about everything a photographer needs to do—so there's a lot to learn.
This menu is a step-by- step path through Photoshop Elements for beginners.
Read the article below if you're taking a class with me.
If you're using a laptop without a mouse, get a two-button mouse with a scroll wheel.
A mouse makes using certain Photoshop Elements tools far easier to use.
The Windows and Mac versions of Photoshop Elements are 99.9% the same.
The tutorials have many commands, such as Save:
Ctrl + s.
If you're using a Mac, press the Command (Apple key) when you see Ctrl.
Cmd + s.
The best way to use a tutorial is to print it out, or have it displayed on a second computer.
Many of the tutorials have check boxes.
Check them as you go along to avoid missing a step.
Quick Fix is for casual users of Photoshop Elements.
The tutorial below takes you through:
1) Opening Photoshop Elements.
2) Opening a photograph.
3) Making a Background copy.
4) Using a Levels adjustment layer.
Levels can vastly improve a photograph with a few seconds work
5) Saving your edited photograph.
6) Closing Photoshop Elements.
The above tutorial suggests you place some of your photographs on a flash drive.
You can also place them in a folder on your Desktop.
• Open the photographs from the flash drive or folder.
• Edit the photographs.
• Save them back to the flash drive or folder.
Why do the above?
Opening and saving files is complicated when using Picasa, iPhoto, and other organizing programs.
Wait until you're familiar with Photoshop Elements before learning how to open from—and save to—other programs.
The Navigation article below is about using the Zoom tool and more.
Practice using the navigation tools until you don't have to think about what to do.
Come back and read more.
If you like to use keyboard shortcuts, go to the article below.
The tool panel is located on the left side of your screen.
There are more tools than what you see displayed.
The article below shows you all of the tools.
Refer to it when you can't find a tool.
When using Photoshop Elements, you'll encounter lots of boxes with numbers inside.
There are several ways to change the values in those boxes.
You use brushes to "paint" editing on to your photograph.
Read the first section, Brush Basics, in the article below.
Practice the brush basics until you don't have to think about what to do.
Here's the entire Brushes menu.
When there's a problem with Photoshop Elements, it's usually because the wrong layer is active (highlighted).
Read the first troubleshooting topic below.
Return to the article when you need other solutions.
Read this compilation of ways to edit more smoothly.
You can make your camera-phone photographs bigger—and your regular photographs smaller for e-mails.
You can recompose your framing with the Crop tool.
There are other tools for cropping.
You can straighten a crooked horizon line with the Straighten tool.
You used a Levels adjustment layer, in Step One, to change the exposure and contrast of the entire photograph.
You burn and dodge to change the exposure in part of your photograph.
Burning is darkening.
Dodging is lightening.
Use the method below.
There are other methods, as well.
Now is the time to learn how to open and save files to—and from—your organizing program.
This article helps you to know what needs to be done to a photograph.
You've been using layers, such as the Background copy layer and the Levels adjustment layer.
It's time to learn more about layers.
You'll want to refer back to the articles below, as it takes a while to understand layers.
There's lots more to learn, too.
You've been using Levels adjustment layers.
There's more to learn about them.
You use the Spot Healing Brush tool to remove facial defects, litter on a sidewalk, dust on old photographs, and the like
Cloning is where you sample part of your photograph, and paste it on to another part.
A selection is drawn on your photograph with one of the selection tools.
Then, whatever happens next only happens inside the selected area.
You can copy the selected area to a new layer, can edit the selected area with an adjustment layer, and so forth.
There are many retouching tutorials below.
Retouching here, refers to the face.
Many of the retouching techniques are useful for other subjects
Digital photographs are made from square blocks of color called pixels.
Each pixel has four corners.
The millions of corners in a photograph are jutting into other pixels, causing the photograph to look slightly out-of-focus.
You have to sharpen your photograph.
There's more about sharpening here.
Workflow is the order that you perform tasks with Photoshop Elements.
Read the article below and adapt it for your own needs.
You can use the Organizer in Photoshop Elements to organize your photographs.
There's a lot more on the Photoshop Elements menu.
Which Resolution? >
Long Answer >
What Does It Do?
The Creative Energy Questionnaire gathers your thoughts and feelings about yourself as a photographer.
You'll know more about who you are as a photographer and where you want to go next.
Your Creative Energy Questionnaire answers are not sent to me unless you:
1) Click Save your responses so far at the bottom of each page.
2) Click submit at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.
Your Creative Energy Questionnaire is anonymous unless you:
1) Enter your name and e-mail address if you save an unfinished Creative Energy Questionnaire.
You can save an unfinished Creative Energy Questionnaire with any name and no e-mail address.
3) Enter your name and e-mail address at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.
While security is in place, please don't write anything in the Creative Energy Questionnaire that can't be shared with others.
If You Have a Question
Go to the Ask Jim or do the following.
1) Enter your name and e-mail address at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.
2) Fill in the How may I help you? box.
You can save your Creative Energy Questionnaire temporarily.
Click Save Survey and Return.
When you come back to work on your Creative Energy Questionnaire, click Load Unfinished Survey at the bottom of the page.
If you would like to print your answers, click submit at the end of the Creative Energy Questionnaire.
There's no need to fill in your name, etc.
A window will appear.
Click Click here to print your answers.
You can print out a copy of the Creative Energy Questionnaire to be filled in by hand.
Go to the Pencil Version.
Go to the Creative Energy Questionnaire.
Here's information for my students.
There are are two calculators below.
What do they do?
Let's say a friend gave you a box of 16" x 20" paper.
How may pixels do you need to make a print at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch?
To get the answer, use the Print Size to Pixels Calculator.
Let's say your camera is set to record photographs that are 4,000 x 6,000 pixels.
What size print can you make at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch?
To get the answer, use the Pixels to Print Size Calculator.
If you don't know the pixel dimensions of a photograph, open it in Photoshop Elements.
Go to Pixel Dimensions.
If you don't have enough pixels to make a print at your desired resolution, add some more pixels.
This is called resampling or interpolation.
In Photoshop Elements, do the following.
1) At the top of your screen, go to Image > Resize > Image Size.
2) Make sure Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are selected in the lower-left corner of the window.
3) In the menu at the bottom of the window, change Bicubic to Bicubic Smoother.
4) Highlight the width value, and enter the value you need.
The value you use is the width (horizontal) value from the calcultor.
The height value changes automatically when you enter a new width value.
5) Click OK.
Go to Resampling.
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