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Mary Lou Frost

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A Beginner’s Guide to Optimizing Images in Photoshop Elements  (This instruction equally applies to any full version of Photoshop)

This workshop encourages participants to bring laptops, fully charged, and work alongside the
instructor. Image files and pdf tutorials will be provided.
If participants are bringing a laptop, software should be installed before attending this
workshop. A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 is available from
www.adobe.com.

A nondestructive workflow will be followed using layers and layer masks, where needed.
Working with jpegs in the Photoshop Editor
1. Evaluating Images as they come from your camera
• Evaluating the Exposure – reading the histogram
• Making adjustments to correct any problems in exposure using a “Levels
Adjustment Layer” and “Shadows and Highlights.”
2. Considering composition
• Would cropping help?
3. Brightness and/or Contrast Adjustment
• Using the “Brightness/Contrast” adjustment layer
4. Working with Hue and Saturation
• Applying this adjustment, selectively, with a “Hue/Saturation” adjustment layer
Working with raw files and jpegs in Adobe Camera Raw
1. Reducing digital noise in Adobe Camera Raw
2. Making exposure adjustments with the tools found in Adobe Camera Raw
3. Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation
• Why and How to use these sliders

Understanding and Using Luminosity Masks

(This instruction equally applies to Elements and any full version of Photoshop)
This workshop encourages participants to bring laptops, fully charged, and work alongside the
instructor. Image files and pdf tutorials will be provided.
If participants are bringing a laptop, Adobe software should be installed before attending this
workshop. A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 is available from
www.adobe.com.
A free set of Tony Kuyper’s luminosity masks can be downloaded from this site:
http://www.goodlight.us/specialoffer.html The free set for Photoshop Elements should be
installed by all participants using a laptop. This basic set is recommended for all participants
and is compatible with both Elements and full versions of Photoshop. It will be used throughout
this workshop.
What are Luminosity Masks and when are they most useful?
1. Selectively adjusting exposure via Luminosity Masks for Levels
• Looking at the range of Levels masks available.
• Choosing which mask to use.
2. Selectively adjusting brightness and contrast via Luminosity Masks
• Using the experience with Luminosity Levels masks in choosing the best mask for
adjusting brightness and contrast
3. Using Luminosity Selections to help all image adjustments
• The steps in using a luminosity selection to apply to an adjustment.
• Working with hue/saturation; shadows/highlights; sharpening portions of an image
via a Luminosity selection.
4. A Tony Kuyper tool for Dodging and Burning
• A quick way to set up a layer for Dodging and Burning
• Combining a luminosity selection with Dodging and Burning
After achieving a basic understanding of Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks, a user of a full
version of Adobe Photoshop can move into one of the Luminosity Mask sets designed by Tony
Kuyper, specifically for Adobe Photoshop CS+ and CC.

 

Bio

I am a native of Western New York, having grown up and been educated in the Buffalo
Public Schools. I went to Northwestern University and graduated with a degree in Music
Education. I began teaching music in the public schools of Rochester, New York and
Oakland, California but spent most of my career teaching elementary vocal music in the
Ken-Ton School District.
I enjoyed photography as a hobby, in a rather casual way, for most of my adult life. After
I turned 50, I became more adventurous and began scuba diving which led me to
underwater photography, something I have enjoyed for 33 years. In June of 2013, I
completed my 1,000th dive as a recreational diver.
During the past 13 years I have turned my attention fully to digital photography. My
images have been exhibited at the Buffalo Museum of Science, The Amherst Center for
Senior Services, Hospice Life Transition Center, and The Campos Group. I have received
recognition in competition. In 2009, I received the Kodak Award for Photographic
Excellence from the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs. and in 2011 and 2013, I
received the Dorothy Ralph Essay Trophy from the Science Museum Camera Club. In
2011, I received the E.Thomas Smith trophy in Nature Competition from the Science
Museum Camera Club and had the color print of the year in the same year. I am currently
past-president of the Science Museum Camera Club where I have made presentations on
the techniques of digital photography. I have completed the Judging training provided by
CAPA (Canadian Association of Photographic Arts). In recent years, I have judged
competitions for many of the member clubs of the NFRCC (Niagara Frontier Regional
Camera Clubs). I have presented workshops on Photoshop Techniques for the NFRCC
Annual Convention. For several years, I have been teaching Photoshop Techniques,
locally, on Saturday mornings when I am in town. Whenever possible, I present these
techniques using Adobe Photoshop Elements to make them accessible to all digital
photographers.
I am an instructor in photography for the Mountains and Plains Institute (within Road
Scholar) at sites in Colorado. These have been held at the Mountain Campus of Colorado
State University and within Rocky Mountain National Park. I am also presenting
workshops in digital photography at the Amherst Senior Center and other sites in Western
New York.

Mary Lou Frost
mlfrost@verizon.net