Photo toning for beginners
May 29, 2007 8:53 AM Subscribe
A (very) amateur photographer needs help with toning photos in Photoshop.
posted by dead_ to technology (14 answers total) 52 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a very amateur photographer. I have a Canon 10D SLR, and I understand how to shoot photos. I understand the ideas behind shutter speed, aperture, white balancing, ISO speeds, etc.
I also have a beginner's understanding of photo toning. I've worked at a few different newspapers and during that time have picked up some tricks for quickly turning a mediocre photo into something much better.
I'd like to learn more, though. I don't want to read an entire book--as most of what would be in any digital photography book is probably more than I'll need. What I'd like to know how to do is take a photo through the a toning process that is consistent and reliable. I want to be able to turn my (admittedly) neophyte photos into sharp, contrasty gems that will make me proud to post to Flickr, and that I can replicate relatively easily.
I'm looking for online, step-by-step tutorials for this process. Currently I use a mix of curves, levels and unsharp mask to get my photos looking decent, but I feel like there's a lot more I could be doing. I'd like to find a five to fifteen minute process I can use for making my photos look as good as they can.