The Last Blog of The Year – A Recap That Is Useful for The Holidays

The end of the year. A time when we get together with family and friends, and when we tend to recap everything we accomplished (or maybe things we didn’t get to work on this time around). I thought it would be a good idea for my final blog of the year to recap some of my previous blogs, and maybe some of them can help you out during the holiday season. Here are some examples of how you can use some of my previous tips with your photos of visiting relatives and friends.

Great Group Photos

We all have these requisite group photos of those we don’t usually get to see and those we wish we could see more often. However, sometimes the group photo doesn’t come out as we like it. Recently I saw a friend’s group photo from Thanksgiving and it looked nice… until I saw the one person in the back mid blink. The photo was well-lit, subject placement was done very well, and the colors really popped. But the one lady, with her eyes closed, was a distraction. And I am sure she was not pleased with it when she saw the photo. If my friend (or the photographer) would have read my blog from May 11th (Getting the Best Group Photo Possible (in Photoshop), she could have had an amazing photo. In short, the blog went into detail about how you could take a couple of photos, and sort of combine them to get the most out of a group shot. If you are planning to shoot a group photo or two, it might be a good idea to read over the blog (again, hopefully) and get an idea of how you can get the most bang for your buck.

Batch Renaming Photos

Name all your photos so it will be easy to find them later. Searching through all of the photos you take during the holidays can end up being a time-consuming task. You can name the digital photo files quickly, to allow for a quick search of those special images. My blog from October 12th (Adobe Bridge – Why Should You Use It – Batch Renaming) introduces you to renaming multiple files at once using Adobe Bridge. It will save you a lot of time when looking for specific files later on.

Removing Wires from Photos in Photoshop

Lastly, removing things like stray light strings, garland, or branches from photos. In my blog from April 20th (Removing Pesky Wires/Lines in Photoshop), I wrote about how you can remove things like that from digital images. Take a peek at the blog, and find out how you can clean up your photos.

And with that, we conclude the year’s blogs. See you again starting January 18th!

Steve Holsonback
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence
Ext. 3425


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