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Desaturated Colors Photo Challenge

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This months photo challenge will focus on editing. The topic is the saturated colors. In the challenge video I give a couple of examples and explain how I edited my photos. I decided not to show my editing process so I could save that for another video and so that the challenge could start out fresh. The challenge will last a month which will give us all the opportunity to get out a couple of times with our cameras and have time to process our images. Once you have a photo edited, head over to the Facebook group and share it in the desaturated colors album. Join us in the Facebook group: https://facebook.com/groups/ditchauto

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Week #20 – Retouching – Photo Challenge

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This week we are going to spend some time behind the computer editing photos as our challenge is on Photo Retouching. In this video I walk you through the retouching of a photo I captured while in San Francisco last week. You can go out this week and capture a new photo, or you can retouch a photo you captured earlier on in the challenge. It’s totally up to you. If you do not have Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, you can get a free trial here: http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #20 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1534401296583733&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here is the before and after of the photo I retouched for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo. If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge kick-off video and the rules video to better understand what this challenge …

034 – Using the Sharpness and Clarity Tools in Adobe Lightroom

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Sometimes our images aren’t as crisp or sharp as we believed. The sharpness and clarity tools in Adobe Lightroom can help us bring back some of the sharpness that we’re missing. Learn how to properly use those tools in this episode. Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

032 – How to Combat Image Noise in Adobe Lightroom

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Image noise can be a major issue, especially in lower light situations. In this weeks post production video I will teach you how I handle noise reduction initially in Adobe Lightroom.   Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

028 – Removing an Object in Photoshop Using Content-Aware Fill

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Sometimes you want to remove items from a photo that may be a distraction. Photoshop provides a variety of tools to do this but one of the most powerful of these tools is Content-Aware Fill. In this episode we look at removing an object using Content-Aware Fill and I compare that to using two of the other available tools for object removal. Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

027 – What are Variable Aperture Lenses?

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In this episode I discuss what variable aperture lenses are and the potential advantages and disadvantages to shooting with them. Products seen in this video: Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Canon EF 18-135mm Zoom Lens Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

025 – Protecting Your Glass with UV Protection Filters

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Protecting your investment is important. Lenses are expensive and easily broken. Protection filters help protect the exposed glass of your lens against the elements of the world and accidental impact. In this episode I discuss using uv protection filters to protect your lens against damage and show you a broken filter that saved my $2,000 lens from impending doom. Products mentioned in this video: B+W UV Haze filters (various sizes) Tiffen UV filters (various sizes) B+W 77mm Graduated filter Products seen in this video: Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Tiffen Lens Filter Case Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

024 – Automatically Open JPG Images in Photoshop Camera RAW

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Camera RAW is a powerful tool for editing photos. It is a much faster process for making overall adjustments to images than using adjustment layers. Before getting into selective layer adjustments, I process images in Camera RAW. To streamline this process, I have Photoshop automatically open JPG images in Camera RAW. Here is how to set that as a default in Photoshop. Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group

023 – Best Practices for Changing Camera Lenses

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Its easy to change your camera lens but its even easier to get dust on your sensor. This best practice will help you prevent getting dust and debris on your camera sensor as well as prevent potential damage to the mirror or sensor. Products seen in this video: Canon EOS 5D Mk.III Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Sony a7 II Sony FE 70-200mm F4 lens

022 – Adding Copyright Metadata to an Image in Lightroom

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Copyrighting your photo can be useful in the event that someone uses your photo without your knowledge they’ll know who to credit the photo to. There are a couple of different ways to add copyright information to a photo, in this episode I’ll show you how. Don’t have Photoshop? Get a Creative Cloud Photography subscription for $10 a month (Includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera with my Free course Ditch Auto: Start Shooting in Manual Check out our YouTube channel with the full Ditch Auto course plus tons more Instagram Twitter Facebook Group