Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer by Jack Drafahl, Sue Drafahl

By Jack Drafahl, Sue Drafahl

This e-book is sweet for these simply getting into electronic images for the underwater international. it's going to specify that it's for newbies to as to prevent disappointing those who find themselves already skilled in electronic images.

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PHOTO SOFTWARE BASICS 47 TOOLBOX The editing toolbox is usually a vertical floating bar with small icons representing a variety of basic tools commonly used in image editing. These tools are generally used to work on small parts of an image or selected sections. Some tools have variations hidden in a submenu. You can access them by pressing on a small wedge in the corner of the icon or by double clicking. It will then expand into a larger choice of tools similar to the icon. These will help make your editing easier.

PHOTO SOFTWARE BASICS 53 The actions function is a method for automating those repetitive tasks. Start the record function, go through the procedure once, and stop the recording. From that point on, a hot key will activate the recorded function and apply it to your images. ACTIONS One of the most powerful controls in an editing program is the macro or actions function. If you have repetitive tasks, you can record each step in a special file. Then when you have to repeat the task again, just apply the action and it does all the work for you.

In Photoshop, they are located under the Image pull-down menu, and in Elements they are under the Enhance pull-down menu. Each control automatically adjusts the image so it doesn’t require any user-determined settings. Auto Levels. This command automatically adjusts color balance, contrast, and brightness. Sometimes the computer makes the right choice and other times it is way off in left field. Topside photos auto balance most of the time, but underwater images rarely have a full spectrum of color from black to An extreme underexposure of this scallop was caused by a bad scan of the original color negative.

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