Sunday, July 18, 2010

NECCC 2010 -- Our Presentations

We just got back from presenting a program entitled "Fixing Your Friends and Family with Photoshop" this weekend at the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) photography conference . We were asked to present a program at this annual (the 65th annual!) conference this past winter and we had a lot of fun putting it together. I changed the program slightly each of the three times that I gave it and we had a handful of people that came and watched the program TWICE! Hats off to them for being active learners!

We also gave a preconference hands on (or should that be laptops on?) workshop on Basic Photoshop that was completely booked. It was a three hour workshop, but could have easily gone for 8 hours. We did something different for this workshop and supplied "extra credit" images on the CD so that the people that grasped the skill easily could go on to play with more images while the true novices had more time to keep working on the in class images. Everyone received a CD with all of the images on it.

The conference attendance was 1127 people this year and it was an awesome conference! Lots of networking, idea exchanges, photo ops, showcase presentations, teaching programs, etc. Two program stick out in my head -- Andrey Antov's spectacular program on Macro photography and Ron McGill's amazing and high energy program called "Walk on the Wild side"

You can view the handouts from our preconference "Basic Photoshop" workshop, our "Fixing your Friends and Family program and from our masking program here in this folder on

They are also posted on Goggle Documents, but some people are having trouble accessing them so I put them on just in case.
Cuchara Basic Photoshop handout NECCC 2010.pdf
NECCC Cuchara Fixing Friends and Family with Photoshop 2010.pdf

Please note that these handouts are copyrighted and that you can use them for your own education only. You may not copy or distribute the files in any manner without written permission. You may send people the link to our Blog so that they can download their own copy. Thank for for respecting the hard work and time that went into creating these.

If you purchased a CD from us at NECCC please email us at and we will send you those action and more actions via email.

If you would like to purchase the files on the CD from us please email us at and we will send you a PayPal invoice and then send you the files.

For MAC users please note that the equivalent modifier keys: the Option Key is the Mac equivalent to the PC (Alt) key and the Command Key (also called the Apple key; with its either cloverleaf symbol, the Apple symbol or both). is, more or less, the equivalent of the PC user's Control Key. Cmd = Ctrl and Opt = Alt.

Ctrl Z = UNDO (a VERY good shortcut to learn)\
Ctrl 0 (zero) --> maximize the photo
Ctrl J --> Create a new layer
C --> Crop tool
S --> Clone tool
J --> Patch tool (and healing brush)
V --> move tool
Ctrl T --> Transform

The "[" left square-bracket key will decrease brush size
The "]" right square-bracket key will increase brush size
Shift and [ or ] will soften/harden the brush edges.

B --> selects the Brush tool (this is what you will paint with)
D --> sets the color palette back to Black and White
X --> switches between Black and White

Numbers on the keyboard à affects brush opacity (to get shades of gray) i.e. 5 = 50% opacity

Non-destructive Editing -- The background layer can be thought of as the “negative”. The first layer to make is a copy of the background (shortcut = Ctrl J). All editing is done on a layer, so as to keep the original pixels intact.

· Layers are the key to good image editing. Just think of a layer as an “overhead transparecy”, each layer on top of the previous one, yielding the end final image.

· Each layer can be edited independently, deleted or hidden.

· Layers allow the original image pixels to not be destroyed during the editing process.

· You can easily adjust image effects or adjustments, even weeks or months later

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