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Lisa Cuchara - Photoshop - Create Images with More Impact

  • 15 Sep 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 2911 Dixwell Ave,Suite 108, Hamden, CT


  • For members of PPA or PPANE. PPA members who attend will receive 1 Merit - must include PPA membership # with registration. Registration is transferable, but no refunds will be issued for any reason.
  • No PPA merit will be issued. Registration is transferable, but no refunds will be issued for any reason.

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Lisa Cuchara, Phd., Cr. Photog, HonNEC

Photoshop: Selective Editing to Create Photographs with more Impact

 PPA & PPANE Members $49 - Non-Members $79

Learn about adjustment layer and masking. Expand your post-processing capabilities by learning about LAYERS, the heart of Photoshop, and MASKS, the soul of Photoshop. White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to a Better Photograph. Selective editing will make your photographs POP! Adjustment layers and filters can be applied to an entire image at full or reduced opacity, but sometimes you just want to tweak a particular part of an image, which is where masks come in. The advantage of using layer masks is that you can refine both the effect and the area being affected at any point (even after you save and re-open an image). Lisa will demonstrate non-destructiveediting in Photoshop and will show you how to use layers and masks to enhance your images. Selective editing can be used for making adjustments to exposure and contrast, for non-destructive dodging and burning, for blurring the background, for selective coloring, focus, or sharpening, and for head swapping. This program will focus on the concept of layers and masks and the application of masks to enhance your photographs. White reveals, black conceals, and shades of gray provide a variety of opacities -- masking is essential for anyone using the digital darkroom to enhance their images! Depending upon the pace of the attendees we will end the day with applying textures (layers) to images using blend modes.

Things to bring:

    laptop, computer or just come and follow along

    Photoshop CC (or at least CS6) installed and running

    Wacom tablet (if you have one)

    Money for lunch


Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Cr. Photog., HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature, but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrBex/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details

and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. Lisa and Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection. They have published two books with Amherst Media. The first called “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Thingsis about their HDR and light painted images; it can be ordered from Amazon  http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex and is also available at brick and mortar bookstores like Barnes and Noble. Their second, one year later, is called “The Frog Whisperer  http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs. They love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups and organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.photographybylisaandtom.com.

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