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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
In this movie we're going to have a little fun and we're going break some of the rules. We're going to break some rules when working with the Lens Corrections Panel. So let's go ahead and click on that Panel tab and then rather working with Profile, we're going to go straight to Manual. What I want to do with this image is I actually want to Increase or Add Distortion. One of the assumptions of working with Lens Corrections is that Distortion is a bad thing, but it isn't necessarily always the case. Like with this photograph of this Renowned Backcountry Skier, let say that we're going to use this and perhaps a ski-film or something like that.
We have this still image, yet he's a little bit too lost in the frame. We want to add some distortion; we want to bring him forward. Well, to do that what I'm going to is go ahead and click on my Distortion slider and I'm going to bring in more distortion. This is starting to simulate how this image might appear if I were using a Fisheye Lens. Next I am going to use this Rotation slider in order to change the angle. Rather than flattening it out and maybe correcting this, I want to increase it, so that we have even more of an angle. Now that I can see the angle, now I'm going to add even more Distortion.
I'm also going to modify the overall Vertical here Adjustment, increasing that, kind of stretching it up a little bit. I'm looking for kind of the cinematic over distorted kind of fun in-your-face type of a look. And again, here I'm just using these sliders and then I'll modify my overall scale, so that I can scale that into the edge of the image. Now this doesn't look that extreme, yet, if we look at our before and after, we'll start to see the difference. Here I'm just going to bring this up even more, so we can kind of get a sense for this effect. Next, I'll select my Crop Tool here, we'll go ahead and click on the Crop Tool, and then I'm going to click and drag over the image, hold down the Shift key to constrain the proportions to the original photograph and then reposition my crop just a little bit here and then press Enter or Return.
Well, now that I've this new crop and also this different distortion, let's evaluate the image. We'll click on the P key or click on this icon here, here is our before, or now here's our after. Now with this photograph we can see that we've created a different mood or feeling with this picture. And so as you work on your own photographs keep that in mind, that while the majority of the time, you're going to be using these controls in order to correct problems, sometimes it can be kind of fun to introduce problems into your pictures in order to come up with some different creative effects.
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