It really depends on what you want to do with your images. The real question to ask is, how large do I want to this to print? Do I just need it for the web?
When you pull an image up close in editing you see it isn't perfectly clear and defined. So you sharpen it, clean it up. When you sharpen it you are cleaning up the pixels, changing them. And it looks great. Here is clue #1, you sharpen for the web. The web has smaller sized pixels so you work with it. When posting to social media the rule of thumb is to keep the *longest side pixel at 1200 with a resolution of 92.
Printing is a whole other process. You do not want to sharpen for print, especially larger prints. It can look spotty. When an image is printed large you are looking at the overall image as well, not studying every eye. Sometimes it's nicer to have a softer, more natural look to it.
For those in business already, you may want to educate your clients on this as well. I have had many clients ask why their full resolution images are not as clear and sharp as the first (web resolution) ones shown in the online gallery. I explain that the pixels are smaller and sharper where the full resolution the pixels are larger for printing.
* In Photoshop along the top menu go to Image : Image size. Put in 1200 along the longest side, width or height then to the right be sure to choose pixels. Resolution box: 92 and do click Resample : Automatic then click OK. Step 2, top menu again go to Filter : Sharpen : Sharpen. That's it!
I am a planner.
I have to be. I am a full time photographer, mother to 5 and special education teacher.
I write at least a page of lists a day.
I was using 3 planners to keep up with three different full time tasks.
SESSION PLANNING l HOME PLANNING l SCHOOL PLANNING
So naturally I had to come up with a way to put it all together.
And it had to be cute because, come on.
The key to keeping it all together?
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I like to color coordinate groups. For instance, I use yellow card stock for business - inventory, expenditure log, income log etc. I use blue card stock for personal, passwords, notes, etc. Calendar is peach. Be sure to utilize front/back printing as well.
You can get so many extras with this brand, here are some of my favorites. Each click will take you to Amazon. (Y'all I had so much fun looking them up!)
1) Hard dividers. Gotta have them, they have hard tabs to separate chapters.
2) Adhesive pockets. You won't believe how much I use them. I put them on the back page and put my stickers in them, on my Post Office page and put my tracking number receipts.
3) Sticker tabs, for chapters within chapters or for most used pages.
4) Pen holder. When I found out these exist, guys, I have them everywhere.
5) Color pens to separate the index. Blue pen for personal pages, peach for calendar, yellow for business, you get the idea
Who reads?! What's your favorite? I'm always looking for my next series. Drop a comment, let us know what to read next.
Come on Racheal! Episode 10 was like 50 pages and now it's been almost 2 years since the promised 11. We need closure! Your romance novels can wait! Who's with me!? Nobody...?
Well here I am, moving on to videos! This video is short and sweet. Anyone can crop in Photoshop but using the straighten and content aware tool with it makes everything so much easier and faster. So check it out and be sure to comment below if you have any other cropping tips to share.
Conquering the Dreaded Exposure Triangle
* Clip art credit goes to Thephotographylife.com
You can find a more indepth article of exposure on their site.
You may be searching the internet with the intent of learning to work that DSLR you spent so much money on. I know you will see the words 'practice practice practice' everywhere.
This is because it's true. The more you practice; the better you get at guessing the correct exposure.
"But, I have to know what I'm supposed to practice!"
That's true too. So let's begin.
Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO
They all combine to allow just the right amount of light in which sets the Exposure
Aperture: This is the focus distance. Not the focus distance from you but as regards to the area you are shooting. For instance, a smaller number, such as 1-2 will cover about 2 feet in front of your subject and a foot back. Everything else will be out of focus (that fancy bokah). If you are shooting a group or landscape where you want more space in focus so you will open it up to a larger number. If you want as much as possible in focus you will go up to 9 or so.
This affects light by the size of the lens hole. The smaller it is the higher the number. The larger it is the smaller the number. Therefor, a small number of 1-4 or so will let a lot of light in. A larger number will let a smaller amount of light in. With this thought you might not want to shoot a higher number (more in focus) at evening time. And likewise, I've had such bright days as not not allow me to go down to 1.5 without letting in too much light.
*TIP A small aperture does not usually come with a kit lens. Kit lens (the lens that comes with the camera) will usually begin around 3.5.
Having trouble exposing on Sunny Days?
Shooting primarily beach portraits I hear from clients all the time that they really hope to have a sunny day. Sunny days are the antithesis of what you want as a photographer. The clients squint, there is harsh shadows, hot spots on heads, blown out sky. However that does not mean it is impossible. It's just not ideal.
When shooting for clients our main goal at all times is the subject. You will hear me say this many times. Think about when you had portraits made of your family. You paid more attention to what you and your family look like than the overall image. Clients do not know or understand the whole process, every thing we nitpick in an image. That is why they pay us. They are paying us to present them in wall worthy art, however, when exposing, considering composition, always choose the subject as the main goal.
Let's begin. The short and sweet version is:
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