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Basic Photo Editing

OK, so now you have downloaded your images to the computer with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. What’s next?  Here are some tips for getting started.

START WITH A SHARP IMAGE
Sharpen then enhance with a plug-in if you have one.

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Consider cropping if it is a “busy” image and use a plug-in to enhance the imge if you have one.
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Adding borders can sometimes make the image really stand out.
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You may want to change the “mood” of the image. You can easily simulate a different environment.

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Rain-Forest Don’t be afraid to add elements from other images you have recorded. Remember, you are making pictures not taking pictures.
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Learn to use the selection tools in your image editor. Most times you only need to correct a portion of the image.

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Blue background haze removed.

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Stacking for depth of field increase.

One of the challenges of macrophotography is the shallow depth of field at close shooting distances. The stacking method allows the photographer to overcome this challenge to a great extent. The process works this way.

Set the camera on a tripod. Focus on the part of the subject nearest to you. Then, make successive shots focusing in steps on the subject further away from you with each shot. In effect you are creating a “stack “of images. Now, the magic of blending this stack of images into a single image using only the “in focus” portion of each image is done with Photo Merge in Photoshop. Be sure to select “Align images” when you execute Photo Merge.

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Notice the background come into focus with each succeeding shot.

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Here is the final blend.
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Here is the final blend without Align Images selected.

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