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  3. Lisa and I answered some of the questions in writing. Here are those answers. Download Q&A PDF file
  4. Topic: FREE! Inspiration and Q&A with Lisa & Amy Date: Dec 29, 2021 06:31 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Meeting Recording: Click HERE to view the webinar replay!
  5. The Enhanced level of enrollment is intended for students who prefer to learn with an instructor-guided class. This level allows students to view the online forums where you can read the feedback given to the Ultimate students and follow along with the conversations between students and instructor.  Students at the enhanced level will not be able to participate in the discussion and do not receive direct instructor feedback.  Purchase prices includes two months of read-only forum access and a year of access to the course content.

    $149.00
  6. Get the Ultimate student experience with this instructor-guided enrollment! This level includes 5 weeks of instructor feedback and support, as well as direct interaction with your fellow Ultimate students.  Our online forums are open 24/7 for you to post photos, ask questions, and get to know the others in the class. Purchase price includes two months of class forums and a year of access to the course materials.

    $249.00
  7. The Power of Contrast
     

    INSTRUCTOR:  Lisa Langell

    DURATION: One month

    RENEWAL OPTION:  As your month concludes, you will be sent an email with the option to renew/extend your time if needed. 
     

    THE FOCUSED SKILLS:

    There are special techniques that can be accomplished in-the-field as well as during post-processing that will amaze you. We will explore before-and-after examples and teach you how you can do so with your own images simply and effectively. Get ready for a game-changer!
     

    Whether you are controlling for contrast in your exposures themselves, and/or in post-processing, this fun, informative and interactive session will help you learn the tricks and techniques necessary to make your images go from drab to fab!

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

    You will learn:

    • How increasing or decreasing contrast strategically within an image creates more impact
    • How you can control how people view your image by following path via certain order and sequence
    • How, when used carefully, contrast will lay a critically important role in whether viewers of your work will experience your images in delight or disdain 
    • How to post-process to adjust contrast selectively and make your images come to life and “pop” 
    • How to improve the “resting place” for your viewer’s eye as they navigate your image
    • How adjustments to your composition and lighting in the field can enhance or detract through contrast

     

    ONE-ON-ONE ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK:

    This Focused Skills course is more than a pre-recorded video or blog post on a topic.  We take instruction seriously--and also want to support your learning through the feedback loop!  

    Lisa will provide you with video-based and written instruction broken into easy-to-follow segments.  She will then provide you with an assignment to complete and post to your private, one-on-one thread.  She will review your work, answer questions, and provide you with helpful feedback on your assignment in a timely manner. 

     

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    SKILL PREREQUISITES:  This class focused on photography and post-processing.  Very basic post-processing knowledge is helpful.  Instruction is conducted in Photoshop and Camera raw but may easily be generalized to other tools. 

    REQUIRED PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR:  Any digital camera.

    REQUIRED SOFTWARE:  Any post-processing tool.  Photoshop and Camera Raw or Lightroom preferred, but not required.  

     

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    GETTING STARTED:  Once registered, you will receive an email from Focusyourart.com within about 15 minutes. It contains the details and link to get started.  (Check spam folder as sometimes it lands there.)  You will have access for one month from that date to complete the course, your assignment, and review your instructor's feedback. We can't wait for you to get focused on this new skill!  

    $99.00/month for first
    renewal
  8. The Enhanced level of enrollment is intended for students who prefer to learn with an instructor-guided class. This level allows students to view the online forums where you can read the feedback given to the Ultimate students and follow along with the conversations between students and instructor.  Students at the Enhanced level will not be able to participate in the discussion and do not receive direct instructor feedback.  Purchase prices includes two months of read-only forum access and a year of access to the course content.

    $149.00
  9. Get the Ultimate student experience with this instructor-guided enrollment! This level includes 5 weeks of instructor feedback and support, as well as direct interaction with your fellow Ultimate students.  Our online forums are open 24/7 for you to post photos, ask questions, and get to know the others in the class. Purchase price includes two months of class forums and a year of access to the course materials.

    $249.00
  10. Wonderful! Lovely photos and a great article. Ah, to be able to afford the 400mm f/2.8 prime. My dream lens for lure coursing and agility photos. lol But I just bought a Sigma 100-400 that only goes down to f/6.3 but I'm still pretty excited about it!
  11. I am honored to have my work featured in a wonderful article by B&H photo recently! https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-solutions/the-difference-makers-what-you-can-do-with-a-high-end-telephoto-lens
  12. Hi All, Here is a quick video when B&H interviewed me while I was in Alaska over the summer. Enjoy!
  13. 8. If you want to re-open the TIF file in Photoshop, once again you should click on the Photo menu, select Edit In, then Edit in Photoshop 2021. Alternatively, you can right-click on the photo and choose Edit In > Edit in Photoshop 2021 from the drop-down menu. This time, when you get the dialog box about how to open the file, you must select "Edit A Copy" or "Edit Original" in order to see your Photoshop layers. If you choose "Edit a Copy", Lightroom will create a copy of your TIFF file. If you choose "Edit Original", Lightroom will open the TIFF file created the first time you opened the file in Photoshop. With "Edit a Copy" you will have *two* TIFF files. With "Edit Original", you will have only *one* TIFF file. There is no other functional difference. If you choose "Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments", you will lose your layers. 9. When you are done with the file in Photoshop, choose File > Save. Do not choose File > Save As.
  14. 1. In Lightroom Classic, choose Lightroom > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Windows) and then click on the External Editing tab. Set up the preferences in this tab as shown. 2. From Lightroom Classic, select the photograph you want to edit in Photoshop. You can do this from either the Library module or the Develop module. 3. Click on the Photo menu, select Edit In, then Edit in Photoshop 2021. Alternatively, you can right-click on the photo and choose Edit In > Edit in Photoshop 2021 from the drop-down menu. 4. The first time you do this, Lightroom will ask how you want to edit your photo in Photoshop. Choose Edit A Copy With Lightroom Classic Adjustments to open a copy of the photo with any Lightroom adjustments that you have already made. 5. Your photo will open in Photoshop. Depending on your computer's memory, this can take several seconds to happen. 6. Make the changes in Photoshop, then choose File > Save. Do not choose File > Save As. 7. Go back to Lightroom. A copy of your newly edited photo will appear in your Lightroom Library.
  15. While all of the resources in class will be on either Vimeo or Zoom, instructors will occasionally use Youtube videos as outside resources. This tutorial will walk you through some of the options you may find for navigating those videos. Please note that videos may have some or all of these options depending on what the original account uploaded them with. So if you don't find an option (like closed captions), it's because the person who uploaded it without those options. It is, unfortunately, completely out of FYA's control. First, the videos that will be shared on FYA, will be embedded into a post. You will see this at the top left of the video: If you click on this, it will open the video in another tab on the actual YouTube page. You can view it on YouTube or just watch it on the FYA page, either one works. Once you start playing the video on FYA or open it in YouTube, you will several options at the bottom of the video: or this on YouTube itself: Let's run through all of them! 1. The first icon is the play/pause button. That one should be self-explanatory! 2. The next is the volume button. This volume is not the same as the volume on your computer, so if you have the volume turned all the way up on your computer, but the video still seems soft, check this area. You can change the volume in one of two ways. Hovering over it will bring up a slider to the right of it. You can move that slider around to change the volume (moving it to the right increases the volume). You can also click on the speaker icon itself to mute the video. To unmute, just click on it again. [keyboard shortcut for muting: m] 3. Moving to the right bottom of the screen, you'll see the "CC" button: This toggles the closed captions on and off. Please note that these may be auto-generated, so may not be perfect. Some videos will be better than others for this! [keyboard shortcut: c] 4. The next icon (the one that looks like a little gear) is the settings icon. The options here: Annotations - This is automatically toggled on. Annotations are clickable images and text that are added to a video to encourage viewers to take an action at specific time points in the video. These are those text boxes, images, or video previews that pop up while watching the video. They might do things like suggest another video to watch, direct you to the videographer's website, subscribe to their channel, etc. You can toggle these on or off. Playback speed - There are many reason to change the playback speed. You may want to get through sections of the video faster without just clicking ahead in it (thus allowing you to listen and find the part you're looking for). You can increase the speed by as much as 2x. You may also want to slow it down if there's something you missed. This may be especially important when someone is demonstrating how to do something in Photoshop or Lightroom. If you miss it at the normal speed, go back and watch it at a slower speed. You can slow it down to as much as 1/4 of the speed (.25x). (Note that this does not change the pitch of the video, for those who remember high speed dub!). Subtitles/CC - These are additional subtitling options. In this case, you can opt for auto-generated captions in English or you can select "auto-translate" and pick any language (as these are auto translated, they may not be very good, but the option is there!). Quality - Videos are default to 480p as a quality. You may click on this to select to watch the video at a higher quality (up to 1080 if the video offers it) or reduce the quality if you don't want to use as much data or you have a slow internet connection. Other options that may appear - This appears on the bottom left side of the video, next to the play/pause button only if you're watching the video on YouTube. Clicking this will send you to the next video in the person's list. Note again that this will not appear on the FYA page where the video is embedded and won't be particularly useful for class situations, but I wanted to make sure you knew what it did. -- You'll see this on the FYA page after you start playing the video. Clicking this will open the video (beginning from where you left off) in Youtube. -- This is the "miniplayer" icon. This will take the video down to a small pop up on the bottom right of your screen. To bring it back to the previous screen, hit this in the upper left corner of the video: [Keyboard shortcuts: i] -- This is the "theatre mode" icon and will enlarge the video to wide screen (think of it a little as partway between the standard video and full screen). To return to the normal mode, click on the icon (which now looks like a wide screen box) again: [keyboard shortcut: t] - If you have your computer set up to be able to send videos to a TV, this will cast the video to that TV. - This last icon on the far right bottom of the screen is the "full screen" icon. Click on this to view the video using the full screen of your computer. To return to the regular screen, hit the "Esc" key on your keyboard or select this icon in the lower right of the video: [keyboard short cut: f]
  16. All of our in-house videos will be uploaded to Vimeo and embedded into the course content here in the class forum. Vimeo offers several options to customize the video for your own comfort. This tutorial will walk you through some of the options available and how to find them. All of the options for the videos are located on the lower right corner of the video. Here's a walk through of how they all work: 1. The first one is the volume control for the video. This is not the volume control on your computer. So if, for instance, your computer volume is up all the way, but the volume still seems low, check here. You can click on the different bars to raise or lower the volume (the bigger the bar, the louder the volume). But also, while the video is playing, you can use the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to raise and lower the volume. 2. The CC button is used to toggle the closed captions on/off the video. When you click on it, it will come up with the options. In the case of FYA videos, the options will be "English (United States)" or "None." 3. The little gear icon next to the CC button allows you to choose two different settings: Quality of the video There are numerous options here. 720p is the default, but if you're running on a slow internet connection or using your phone's data plan, you may want to choose a lower quality video to view. Speed This one is especially handy. You can speed up the video by as much as 2x (note that it only speeds up the video, but will not raise the pitch, for those of you who remember high speed dub all too well!). You may want to use this if there are parts of the video you want to get through without having to just skip ahead or also if you just find the speaker speaks slower than you'd like (probably not a problem here, but something you may note for videos from elsewhere!). You can also slow it down to as much as half the speed. This is what you may really want to make use of. For example, if Amy or Lisa are showing you how to do something and it goes by too quickly for you, you can go back, watch it at half the speed to really be able to see it. I cannot recommend using this enough! If you don't get it the first time, watch it at half-speed and see if it makes more sense! 4. The final icon allows you to view the video at full screen. Just click on it and the video will pop out and take up the entire computer screen. This is also very handy, especially for those tricky things you're being shown in Photoshop or Lightroom. Personally, I suggest watching the entire video full screen. When it's in full screen mode you can either hit the "Esc" key to return to the smaller video or hover over it and you'll see this: Click on that and it will return you to the smaller video.
  17. Zoom gives you a handful of options to customize your playback. Here I'll run you through the possibilities so you can watch the videos in the best way for you. All of the options for the Zoom videos appear on the bottom of the video itself. You'll see a bar that looks like this: From left to right: 1. This one is probably obvious, but this is the playback/pause button and will tell you how far into the video you've gone: 2. If you're having trouble with the volume (e.g. you have the volume at "100" on your computer but it's still soft or not playing), check the next icon. Zoom videos have their own volume controls that are in addition to the ones on your computer. If you hover over it, you'll see a little slider to the right. Moving it to the right will increase the volume. If you hover right over the little speaker icon, you'll see a pop-up that says "mute." Click on the icon to mute the volume entirely (not that you'll ever want that option, but you never know!). It will then look like this: Clicking it again, will unmute the video. 3. On the right bottom side of the video, you'll see more icons. The first of those will allow you to change the speed of the video. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow you to slow it down, but if you want to get through sections faster without just trying to skip through the video and guessing where to start the playback, this will help. You can choose 1.5x and 2x the speed. Just for info's sake, this does not make the voices higher (those of you who are old enough to remember high speed dub know what I'm talking about!). It just speeds up the video. 4. The next one "CC" is for closed captions. You can simply click on this one to turn the subtitles on or off. 5. The next one is a Zoom-specific thing. It allows you to switch between speaker view (where the current speaker takes up the whole screen) and gallery view (where you can see all of the people on the call). I would recommend keeping it in speaker view as there's not really a "gallery" for these. 6. The last one allows you to toggle full screen on and off. Hit it to view the video at full screen size. Then you can either hit the "Esc" key to return it to the smaller size or hit this in the lower right corner of the full size screen: One other thing you might notice in the Zoom videos. If you hover over the playback bar, you'll see some white dots. Those white dots show you where the presenter started and stopped sharing their screen. So if you're looking specifically for where the instructor was showing you something, you can click on the "sharing started" sections to view them.
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