Unit I: Digital Imagery

Project IC Photo Correction (IC)

Studio Fundamentals: To gain experience with the manipulation of digital color (RGB)using basic image editing software.

Project Overview

Take 5 digital photographs and use Adobe Photoshop to enhance their appearance.

References for further study

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm -an excellent reference on Photoshop color concepts


Gamma, levels, curves, pixels, RGB, CMYK, JPG, GIF, PNG, hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, resolution, histogram, posterization, lasso, selection, crop

Materials digital camera, Photoshop


1. Take a look at http://www.oboylephoto.com/ to get an idea for some good subject matter for photos.


2. Spend an hour exploring the area around the classroom, and use your camera to take photos. The more you take, the greater the chance of getting some good images. Pay attention to where objects lie in the frame.

3. Upload 5 of your best photos to your computer. Open them in Photoshop.

4. Use Photoshop to alter resolution, brightness, contrast, levels, curves, and image shape to get the photos to look their best. The resolution should be no smaller than 800x600 when finished.

5. Save your own PSD copies, then export each in JPG and GIF. Compare the differences.

Color Correction Exemplary Solid Passing Poor Failing
Aesthetic/Conceptual: Are your photos beautiful and intriguing? Are there interesting angles or thought-provoking subjects? 5 4 3 2 1
Technical: Are your darks dark, your lights light? Is there noise in your image? Artifacts? Are the exportations correctly done, and the appropriate resolutions used? Did you demonstrate understanding of curves and levels? 10 8 6 4 2

Total points possible: 15

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