Learning By Doing Resource Roundup

A week ago, Saturday, Jan. 21st, the OSCC hosted a “Learning By Doing” workshop with an emphasis of computer editing software. Members brought in their laptops, photos to edit, and picked each others brains on a variety of topics – software packages, photo organization, specific editing techniques, and much more.

One-on-one, peer-to-peer instruction at it's best! Photo by Rob Cotton
One-on-one, peer-to-peer instruction at it’s best! Photo by Rob Cotton

A big thanks to all the participants and the organizers for make it a success. A special thanks to Juergen for being the driving force behind the event, and also for bringing power for our computers (by way of his extension cord collection) and power for the participants (by way of his chocolate collection).

Julian demonstrating B & W conversion methods on his now famous manufactured pastoral scene. Photo by Greg McMillan.
Julian demonstrating B & W conversion methods on his now famous manufactured pastoral scene. Photo by Greg McMillan.

Many topics were discussed and we’ve gathered a few of the resources that came up for your viewing pleasure below.

Lightroom

A demo of this popular software is available from Adobe. You will need to sign up for an Adobe ID (this is free). Denise has supplied a few of her favorite Lightroom resources:

Adobe Online Help tutorials.

Adobe’s official Lightroom You Tube channel

Julieanne Kost – Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials. Covers older versions of LR as well… scroll down.

Photoshop Tutorials by PHLEARN

Windows Live Photo Gallery

An organizer with basic editing capabilities. An older version is freely available from Microsoft, and here’s a basic introduction to the software. The latest version was a part of the Windows Essentials 2012 suite, which is no longer available for download and is no longer supported.

Focus Stacking

A couple programs were shown, the freeware CombineZP (links to Internet Archive, the software authors site is nonfunctional) and the pay program Zerene Stacker. Another options is Helicon Focus. The full Photoshop also has built in stacking tools. Both Zerene and Helicon have free 30-day trials.

General Resources

There is a free digital photography course available on ALISON. It may be the same as this course by Dan Armendariz from the Harvard Extension School, which has video lessons available on YouTube (no sign up).

Members of the Bruce County Library system will have free access to Lynda.com, which boasts over 1700 instructional photography videos. You can sign in using your library credentials  by following the link at the Library website.