Photograph Restoration Course in Dublin

Photograph Restoration Course in Dublin using Adobe Photoshop

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Are you Looking to take a course in Photograph Restoration? Then Check out Dublin Photography Schools latest workshop. Do you have a precious family photo which has been in your wallet for many years and is now full of marks, folds or scratches from wear and tear? Maybe you have found a box of old photographs in the attic which have fallen foul to some damp mould or water damage? With the photoshop skills that you already have, take them to the next level and learn a fantastic new practical skill with our photo restoration workshop. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to restore your precious memories to their former glory. Throughout the day you will be taken from preparation and scanning to cloning and patching. This practical workshop will be in the comfort of a dedicated computer, multi media lab room which provides everything that you need. A basic knowledge of photoshop is recommended for this worshop.

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Using a graphics tablet for photo editing (a beginners guide.)

Using a graphics tablet for photo editing

graphics tablet for editing photos

graphics tablet for editing photos

Something that a lot of digital imaging enthusiasts and professionals recommend is if you are getting more serious about your post processing then you will benefit hugely from picking up a graphics tablet. I must say I’m inclined to agree with that advice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to rush out and buy one the first day you sit your Photoshop course, but it is something that you should have a look at as you move from the beginner’s phase of learning into the intermediate and advanced stage.

Trying to figure out what tablet to buy can be an absolute nightmare for somebody who is new to digital imaging and post processing, so here is a quick guide set out in a FAQ format that will help you. I’m also going to offer my advice for the best tablet on a budget, for anybody looking to buy their first tablet and stylus.

 

Graphic Tablet & Stylus FAQs.

How does a graphic tablet differ from a mouse?

This is the most common question and the simple answer is two areas, the first one is accuracy, the pen offers the ability for much more finer control when making local adjustments in Photoshop such as air brushing, painting, history brush, dodging and burning etc, the second area is the stylus can be set to be pressure sensitive so the strokes you use are much more natural looking creating a smoother looking effect.

What are good brands of graphic tablets and styluses?

Hands down the industry leader in graphic tablets is Wacom, but other quality brands include Huion, VT, and Ugee, however support for these other brands can be hit and miss depending on where you live. Other computer component manufacturers like trust and advent make tablets, but are not flagship products and replacement stylus’s etc can be hard to come by.

How much do tablets cost?

This is where most people trip up, the price of tablets range from about €50 to €2500, and most people have no idea how much to be spending on a tablet that will give them good quality and value for money without massively under or over spending.

How much should i spend on a graphics tablet?

For the average amateur or semi professional photographer it’s my opinion that you should be spending somewhere between €90 – €200, without buying a lemon or massively over spending, you may be tempted to spend much more, but may not get the use out of the features are these may be geared towards professional animators or digital artists.

Do I need to take a course to use a graphics tablet?

Not at all, essentially your just replacing your mouse with a much more accurate pointer, however your Photoshop skills will need to be in place first to get the most out of the stylus, my advice would be to focus on learning local adjustment techniques like portrait retouching and learning shortcut commands that allow you to scoot around the screen like the spacebar and ctrl + 0 ctrl + and ctrl -, to help you get the most out of your tablet.

Are they difficult to get used to?

For the first half hour using it you will find it tricky as you get used to such a sensitive tool, after that you will not notice that you’re using it at all. My advice is because when we use a pen we are used to looking at what we are writing. With that in mind, when you start using one your instinct will be to look at the track pad or tablet instead of the screen, don’t ! Just keep looking at the screen and it will become second nature in no time. Also don’t worry about setting pressure sensitivity straight out of the box, spend a week or two just using the basic functions and when you’re ready just do a quick Google search on setting up the advanced features. It’s really very simple.

What do I recommend to my students?

The tablet I recommend to my students is the Wacom Intuos Manga, it costs about €120 depending on where you buy.

Wacom Intous Manga for editing photos

Wacom Intous Manga for editing photos

It’s just over the size of an A5 page and is light and compact

 

Wacom Intous Manga is just over half an a4 page in size

Wacom Intous Manga is just over half an a4 page in size

It’s thin and slim so easy to carry around in a camera bag or laptop case.

It’s thin and slim so easy to carry around in a camera bag or laptop case.

 

 

Has quick access buttons to the modify keys like alt, control and shift.

Has quick access buttons to the modify keys like alt, control and shift.

Has quick access buttons to the modify keys like alt, control and shift.

 

Can be easily upgraded to a wireless device with wireless add on kit.

Can be easily upgraded to a wireless device with wireless add on kit.

Can be easily upgraded to a wireless device with wireless add on kit.

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Stewart Kenny is a Photographer, educator and photography tour guide living in Dublin, Ireland. When not on the internet pretending to be a blogger, enjoys drinking tea and martial arts and zombie flicks! See more of his work on his photography site here.

“My Photographs would be better if I knew how to use Photoshop”; Here is my two cents!

“My Photographs would be better if I knew how to use Photoshop”; Here is my two cents!

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Often in my photography classes,  at some stage I encounter this statement or something similar from an apologetic student, or my other favourite “how much photo shopping do you do to your images?” it’s almost spoken in hush tones like photography’s dirty secret, its soft under belly that everybody knows about but nobody wants to talk about.
So here’s my two cents, I presume you want to hear it because your still reading this:)  I’m going to pop this into some very simple questions and answers and try to answer as simply and frankly as possible.
Before I start please be aware, that like all things in photography that this is just one man and his dogs opinion and is not the bottom line by any means, different photographers will have differing opinions, and that’s okay too!

Q. Will my photography improve if I learn Photoshop?
A. Short answer is no! Photoshop will not improve your images; Photoshop will make a good image great but cannot make a poor image good. Every hour spent getting your right images in camera is worth a hundred hours in front of the screen post processing. If you are spending hours trying to “fix” or “improve” your images in Photoshop, then the problem does not lie with your computer skills, but more in your photography basics. Work hard on composition, exposure, white balance, etc, and the image will only require a small amount of polishing and cleaning up in Photoshop.

Q. So if my photography basics are good, I don’t need Photoshop?
A. Yes and no, photography has always been a two step process, even in the good old days of the darkroom, it was a two separate operations that came together to get a great picture, the first stage was getting a great negative or getting the image right in camera, and second was how you developed  your print . Nowadays the darkroom has gone digital, heck even half the processes in Photoshop are named after old darkroom techniques, unsharp mask, split toning, dodging and burning would all be run of the mill techniques  for any darkroom worker, so what’s with the spiel? Well the point is that photography has always required two parts. So in principal with digital, you do not need to know Photoshop to get an image out of the camera, but it really helps get the image you “want” out of your camera.

Q. Do I need adobe Photoshop?
A. Nope, even though Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are the industry standard, most people don’t start their post processing on Photoshop, most people start on something simple like Picasa, a free program from Google or programs like Aperture, picture manager, but sooner or later, they find that these programs are limited or do not offer the precision changes that are often needed. Also Photoshop is expensive so a lot of people use a lighter version of the program called Photoshop elements. This is a little bit easier on the pocket and is not as intimidating to use.

Q. So how much Photoshop do I need to know?
A. This is very subjective for most people they will be content with curves, levels, black and white conversions etc, what we call in the business a basic “workflow” but for others it will be about advanced masking, dropping in skies, and advanced layer work. But no matter how shoppie you like your Photoshop you need to start with the basics.

Q. What’s digital Imaging?
A. Photoshop is a hugely versatile program and a lot of media professionals will use it. From web and graphic designers, to animators and architects. But even though these professionals will have training in Photoshop the techniques they use may not be suitable for image processing, learning tolerances for things like printing, and removing colour casts etc. Digital imaging teaches you how to process an image that will print well, of look well on screen and is an education around digital images and a lot of the jargon and lingo used. Any good Photoshop course will have this at the heart of its syllabus.

Q. where can I get a Photoshop course in Dublin?
A. Here comes the plug:) if you’re looking for a Photoshop course in Dublin or Ireland, have a peak a Dublin photography school Photoshop courses, the courses are held in RUA RED in Tallaght, and is on all the major bus and Luas routes for Dublin. See Dublin photography school Photoshop courses here.