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The Online Photography Magazine Yahoo Group is set up in a way that you can sit and plan your own training program to improve your photography skills and your ability to size and optimize those images for web use.

Where do you currently stand in your personal plan?

What are you working on?

What specific challenges are you trying to overcome?

Have you been practicing?

Are you saving your images so you can watch your improvements?

Your will definitely want to spend time in the archives first, as several posts will be very helpful for you if you take close up product photos. Tony posted some incredible tips for this.

The following is an overview of things we are working on.

Do you realize that directly in front of you is the vehicle to become an expert on any topic you choose to learn? Your computer is a vehicle that can take you anywhere you want to go.

Have you gone to the manufacturer’s website of your camera?

– Have you actually read the owners manual?

– Have you studied all of the information available on their site?

– Have you practiced?

Have you gone to the website of your image editor?

– Have you actually read the owners manual?

– Have you studied all of the information available on their site?

– Have you practiced?

Have you read the articles and tutorials I have sent you to?

– Did you ask questions if you did not understand?

Choosing the Correct File Type for Your Images
Start getting a basic understanding of which file formats are used for the specific type of image you are working with.

Have you complete the basic training I sent you to? Or, did you just read through it?

Learn to Re-size and Optimize Images
I need you to start getting familiar with basic image editors and proper methods of resizing and optimizing images. To start this process, I want you to work through these very basic tutorials, step by step.

Learn to Use the Unsharp Mask
Learning how to use the unsharp mask play a huge part in the final appearance of your images. This is something I want everyone to learn how to do.

Although several of these articles apply to Photoshop, the idea is the same, so please read these regardless of the actual image editor you are using. You can also enter the term “unsharp” into the help files of your editor to view what options may be available for you.

Unsharp Mask

The Mystery of Unsharp Mask

Sharpening with Unsharp Mask

Understanding Unsharp Mask
 

I WILL DEFINITELY SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

J. Cricket Walker

Small Business Marketing Consultant and Scenic Photographer
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