SIG Meeting: September 4, 2011

A photomerged image using 8 JPEGs shoot at 27mm.

A photomerged image using 8 JPEGs shoot at 27mm.

NOCCC Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

September 2011 Meeting

by John Krill #3160

NEW Room Science 131A: We have moved our meeting location from Science 127 to Science 131A. To repeat we will be meeting in Science 131A from now on. Science 131A is next door to Science 127. Clear?

Editing Your Photos With Adobe Photoshop Elements.

I have been absent in talking about editing your photos and today we started talking about using Adobe Photoshop Elements. We didn’t get far. Ended up taking about merging photos and doing a demostration of Photomerge. The resulting merged photo is shown above. For details read on.

Elements can’t read my RAW files.

I attempted to open a RAW file from my camera, a Nikon D5100, and Elements wouldn’t open the file. The reason for this is the RAW editor provided with Elements doesn’t have data on my camera’s RAW file format. I will have to go to Adobe Support and download the latest Raw editor data for Elements.

Can you combine files into one large image?

Yes you can. This is called Photomerge and Photoshop and Elements will do this easily. As an example I stepped outside and took a group of photos and merged them into one picture.

Problem one was Elements not having the latest information for the RAW files that my camera uses. To overcome this problem I converted the RAW files to JPEG. I needed to cheat because I used Adobe Lightroom to do this.

I the used the created JPEG files to create the photomerge image.

The process is easy as File New Photomerge Panorama. You input the photos for the merge and select the type of Photomerge you want to do. I suggest you use Auto. It works.

A few suggestions for taking the photos for your Photomerge. Shoot vertical. Have each preceeding photo overlap the previous by half. Keep the camera parallel to the subject. Use a telephoto focal length or try to keep you focal length as narrow as possible.

The photo was made from 8 JPEG images. I also didn’t follow my own rules. I used 27mm focal length (35mm camera) and the wide angle focal length resulted in the distortion you see. You can view the photo at our SIG Blog. The URL address is listed at the end of the report.

The resulting Photomerge file will be in TIFF format and probably large. You can convert this file to JPEG and then Save it. You will need to flatten the Image Layer Flatten Image. Then you can save it as JPEG.

If I have a large image how can I send it via e-mail?

If you need to keep the original size of the image then you should use one of the WEB based apps like Adobe’s SendNow to transfer the file. I reviewed these apps in an earlier post.

If you just need to send an image that is of small size the easiest way to do this in Windows Explorer. In Windows Explorer right-click the image or images you want to e-mail and select Send To. Under the Send To menu select Mail Recipient. Your e-mail program with then take over and all you need to do is to input the recipients e-mail address.

Standard Stuff  That Is Always In This Report

This report should be up on the SIG’s blog. I may go into greater detail and I will include screen shots as well.

I’ve been lax in posting to the blog. I hope to correct this. Because our meetings are once a month and last for only one and a half hours there is much more I can cover with the blog.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG Blog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

We had 7 members at our SIG meeting.

See you at the next meeting.

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft SkyDrive. A link will be put here every month to the folder with that months photos.

SkyDrive Photos

PS: I know it’s a LONG link and if you go to the NOCCC web site you can find the link at the Beginners Digital Photography SIG report.

Picasa Photos: