JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 53 Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1847 times:
There are two tools on the PhotoShop palette that look like little wands, one is dark, one is light. One "dodges" the negative as in the old days, and makes things a little lighter, the other "burns" the negative and makes things a little darker.
You can burn or dodge Highlights, mid-tones, or shadows to varying degrees, and with different sized brushes.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 53 Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1815 times:
Bill???? You know what I meant! I was trying to describe the process of dodging / burning from a negative. Anyway...those tools work well in photoshop, I don't recomend using "auto" anything in Photoshop....
ExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1813 times:
Just pulling your chain Jeff.
I completely agree about avoiding auto-adjusting. It's too blind a process.
Believe it or not, the BEST trick to learning to be a better photographer is a basic, Photo 100 class with a black and white darkroom lab. (Shock!) You can find one at nearly any community college. It's all about fundamentals.
At the very least you'll finally understand what all those funny looking tool icons in Photoshop really mean!
Bronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 805 posts, RR: 13 Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
Thanks again everyone. Hopefully I will have some time soon to try all of your suggestions. I really need to take a PS class, or find a good book. But, as Bill pointed out, a photog 101 class might help with the underlying fundamentals.