Are we suppose to color correct our images?


O.K., I don’t mean to be dense, but I think I missed something? I watched your video on design elements and how you gave us advice on how to take a better photo. I just need to clarify something. I thought we needed to shoot just in maual mode and upload pictures just as we shot them. Are we suppose to fix the pics before we submit? Like, add color, light, etc. Sorry, not sure why I missed this part of the class……..


Thank you for the question.  Please know there is never any need to apologize for asking me questions.  We go over a LOT of material in this class.  When ever anyone needs clarification on any of it, please do ask.
You are to shoot in just manual mode from now on.  (You may use auto focus if you like.)  The Chairs assignment called for no manipulation of the images after being shot. This is meant to help you see what a full stop change (half the amount of light or double the amount of light) looks like.  After Chairs, you are welcome to manipulate your images in some photo editing software program if you like.  You may crop, correct color, increase/decrease contrast, sharpen, dodge (lighten an area) or burn (darken an area), etc… If you do not know how to complete a task and would like to learn, just let me know what software you are using and what you want to do to it.
As for missing this part, you have not.  We are still going to cover it.  I am just trying to keep your brain moving forward with my suggestions.  Points are not lost for not correcting images at this time – as we have not covered this in class.  I am just trying to help you all start to develop a more critical eye with your images so that they become stronger faster.
With all of this said, I would like to remind y’all that this is not a Photoshop class.  This is a photography class.  Any changes/corrections to your photo should be done to help promote your idea behind the image.  Cropping and enhancing a photo is encouraged.  Trying to correct an overall poorly exposed image so that it does not need to be shot again (in other words, putting lipstick on a pig) is not encouraged.  If you need to reshoot your images, then take on the lesson learning potential and do just that.  You will be better served by working with a great image than spending time trying to correct a poor image.  (Trust me, I know this from first hand experience.)  😉
Hope this is helpful,

I can’t seem to get my camera to focus correctly.


How did they get the back to be out of focus this is an aperture setting correct? I can’t seem to get my camera to do this!!



I see an image name in  your email, but there is not image attached for me to see what is going one.  None-the-less, this information may help.
The aperture does not directly focus the photo, it only increases/decreases the amount of focus of an already focused photo.  One must have focus first.
Your lens may have a switch on it that says AF/MF.  AF = auto focus and MF = Manual focus.  If your camera is on AF then it will focus on something in the scene you are photographing.  Most cameras will have a small indicator inside the viewer that will show you what it is focusing on.
In MF, you must focus the lens.  There will be a collar on it or you may need to use the very end of it to turn and watch your image go in and out of focus.  If you are doing this and nothing is in focus, then you may need to turn  your diopter ( to correct vision that your viewfinder is set to.
If all this is set correctly and the images are still not sharp, then you may be getting motion blur.  This is where you are focusing on your subject correctly, but the shutter is open too long for you to hold the camera still during the time the shutter is open.  Many people begin to see motion blur at 1/60th of a second or longer.  This will depend on the lens they are using, how close they are to their subject, and how much caffein they have had prior.
If you would like to try reattaching your image, I will be happy to take a look at it.
Take care,

Why can’t I focus on things that are really close to my camera?


Hello Wendy! I’m trying to focus objects on manual focus but i’m having trouble with that. When i try to focus objects thr are really close to me on auto focus it doesn’t work, so i tried manual but i can’t get it to be focus either. Any tips for me?? Thank you!!!


It sounds like you are trying to focus closer than you lens can do.  Lenses that focus very close are macro lenses.  Unless you have paid extra for this feature, your lens will not have it.  
You can go online and look up how close the specific lens you have will focus.  Chances are that it is also marked on the barrel of your lens.  This image will help you determine what you are looking for.  
Focus scale in feet and meters on a lens.
From what we can see, this lens only will allow focus as close as three feet as indicated by the blue number on the far right side of the lens.
To work around this.  Back up from your subject until focus works again.  Shoot the frame you want and then crop the image in the computer to look the way you want it to look.
Take care,


How do I find my camera’s exposure information in Photoshop Elements?

I just read my feedback from the last assignment. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor to resize my photos. Can I really figure out my exposure on there?
Yes, you can.  I believe Photoshop Elements (PsE) keeps this file stored in the same location as Photoshop.  This means you would need to go to File>File Info.  A new window will open up.  It may have tabs you can search through and twirly triangles to open.  You are most likely looking for the Camera Data or EXIF data.  Open this up and look for aperture and shutter speed information.
Image shows the new window that opens up in Photoshop when a person goes to File then File Info.
I also read online that you should be able to do this in PsE.
“Metadata is read using the File Browser (File>Browse Folders). Metadata is displayed for an individual picture in the bottom left-hand corner of the browser window. Make sure that the Metadata tab is pressed in the Browser so the window is at the front (ie. so you can see it) and then click once on any picture displayed as a thumbnail over to the right-hand side of the browser window. The Metadata is then displayed in the metadata window.”
If anyone out has PsE and can add to this post, please do.  🙂


How do I see the comments you have left for me about my photographs?

How do I see the comments you have left for me about my photographs?

I would love for you to see your comments. You can do so by…

– Logging into Moodle and then our class
– Click on “Assignments” on the top left of our Home Page
– Then click on the assignment name that you want to view the comments from
– From here, you should be able to see my comments back to you

Thanks for asking.

What is a full stop change with my aperture?

I wanted to write you an email because I had a question about the f stop settings. In my critique you had said that I did not pull it off in full stops. I think I am confused as to what constitutes a full stop. When I adjust the f-stop setting up in down it moves from F 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8.0, 9.0, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 25.

Why is full stops only equal to 1, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11…. and so on?

Sorry if this is confusing. Thank you so much for your help.

Thank you for bringing this up.

In photography we have full stops.

f/1, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32, 45…

When you go from one to the next you are either doubling or halving the amount of light that enters your camera. For example, when you go from f/8 to f/11 the hole in your lens is only half as big as it was. This means you are only letting in half the amount of light.

When you go from f/8 to f/5.6 you are doubling the size of the hole in your lens. You guessed it, you are letting in twice as much light.

Each time you double or half your light, you are moving one full stop.

Now, your camera has some numbers in between. These move in 1/3 of a stop increments. So as I am sure you are already guessing, when you go from f/8 to f/9 you are letting in 1/3 of a stop less of light.

Conversely, when you go from f/8 to f/7.1 you are letting in 1/3 of a stop more light.

The camera companies give you these 1/3 stop increments so that you can have better control of your exposures. The lighting difference is not drastically different from one to another, but it is enough that you can see it.

In this class, we are going to have you work in full stops. It will just help to keep the math easier as we move forward. You will not be tested on these 1/3 stop numbers, only the full stop numbers.

Does this make sense? If not, let me know, I can explain it another way too.

Have a great weekend,