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7 Excellent Open Courseware Collections for Digital Photographers

7 Excellent Open Courseware Collections for Digital Photographers

Digital photographers are always looking to improve their skills behind the lens. Anyone can point and click, but what does it take to take a picture with real depth, meaning, and intrigue? What does it take to move from taking a vacation photo to capturing a moment in time? The following open courseware collections aim to help students move from just playing around with a digital camera to creating works of art.

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Virtual Camera

Craig Hickman’s Virtual Camera is an online application, or web site, that presents a camera whose settings you can control. As you change the settings the image on the simulated LCD changes, showing you how the setting changes affect the image. You can choose auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes as you would on your camera. The site behaves just as your camera would, allowing you to change the either the aperture, shutter speed or ISO depending on the mode you chose. You can also change the exposure value (EV). This is a great way to learn how all these settings interact to affect the image.

Here is a screenshot of the site.

Screenshot of Craig Hickman's cameraDemo

Spot Sharpening with a Faux Layer Mask in Photoshop Elements

Spot Sharpening with a Faux Layer Mask in Photoshop Elements

One of the features on the wish list of most advanced Photoshop Elements users is Layer Masks. It is one of the key features that separates Photoshop Elements from Photoshop – but it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to create faux layer masks in Photoshop Elements if you know how – and today, I am going to show you how.

One of benefits of this approach to creating faux layer masks in Elements is that it uses features built into Elements and it doesn’t rely on a third party plug-in so it works with most versions of Photoshop Elements.

The important lesson to take from this tutorial is not how to do the sharpening, but how to create the faux layer masks that you can use for many purposes.

How to Dodge & Burn in Photoshop

How to Dodge & Burn in Photoshop

A video showing you how to non-destructively dodge and burn on a layer in Photoshop.