Category Archives: Cinque Terre Photographic Workshop

The Lens Correction tool can correct a number of common camera lens distortion flaws

One of the ways you can use the Lens Correction tool is to correct Vertical distortions in a portrait. Open the raw image in Camera Raw select the Lens Correction Pallet and then click on the Manual tab to use the transform sliders. In this image I used the Vertical slider to bring back proper perspective to the image.

Lens Correction Tool

Lens Correction Tool

The Lens Correction tool can correct a number of common camera lens distortion flaws such as barrel or pincushion distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting.

Finished Cropped Image

Finished Cropped Image

I set the vertical slider adjustment at +47 to tilt the image back and eliminate the perspective distortion. To correct the darker edges I set the Lens Vignetting slider at +51 which blended the exposure of the perimeter of the image with the center of the image.

The Lens Correction tool can be used in Camera Raw where I processed this image or in CS6 under Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. This tool can correct a number of common camera lens distortion flaws such as barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, vignette, and perspective flaws. In my screen capture I have used the Lens Correction tool to correct the vertical perspective distortion caused when I shoot this picture of my nephew with the camera angled down to include his graduation cake.

Using Lens Correction I transform the perspective of this image in just a few seconds but it took my sister and her husband Joe a lifetime of persistent reinforcement to transform Robert into an Eagle Scout, Honor Student and nice young man.

R. J. I hope you work hard and enjoy college! Love You!!

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2013 Pisa and Lucca in Tuscany and the Cinque Terre Photographic Workshop

Pisa and Lucca in Tuscany,

the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera 

Oct. 17-23 2013

$775 / Limited to 8 Students

Riomaggiore-Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore-Cinque Terre

Pisa famous for its Leaning Tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli is a great place to spend our first day capturing images.  Pisa has an International airport and is a major train hub which makes it an easy entry and exit location. The Cinque Terre is rich history is the perfect photographic venue with a variety of images that are wonderfully unique. The Cinque Terre is a beautifully rugged stretch of coastline with five tiny villages set like jewels into the Ligurian Coast, we’ll capture it’s charm and beauty. It is one of those places people tend to read about once and then dream about forever. Lucca an ancient Etruscan walled city 20 miles north of Pisa is a great place to spend our first day capturing images

We will photograph sunrise and sunset in these wonderful cities. Our field time will be spent on composition and proper use of light. We will spend some time processing images using Photoshop and Nik Software to help you with your processing skills. There is a training video at my website that you will be able to reference when you are processing images at home. Our goal is to teach you how to capture beautiful images and explore how to create the images that continue to inspire.

• Learn tips and tricks used by the professionals to create impressive photographs.
• Discover new viewpoints, interesting details which might be overlooked, see the
world photographically.
• Learn to sense the direction of light and how to capture the magic moment.
• Improve your photographic technique.
• Learn your camera and how to get the most out of it.
• Have fun!

Brief Itinerary:

Day One: 4pm get together in Pisa, Italy to go over equipment and if time allows Photograph at sunset.
Day Two: Photograph at sunrise in Pisa then relax over breakfast before heading to the Cinque Terre for afternoon and sunset images.
Day Two– Five: Photograph at sunrise and sunset in the Cinque Terre, Italy and when the light is right.
Day Five: Photograph at sunrise in the Cinque Terre, Italy then relax over breakfast before heading to Lucca for afternoon and sunset images.
Day six: Photograph Sunrise in Lucca and go over final thoughts over breakfast before saying goodbye.


Alley Cat Vernazza

This image was photographed during the Vernazza 2009 Photographic Workshop. During the early morning and late afternoons we will explore some of the small alleys in the Villages of the Cinque Terre. Nik Software Viveza® 2 was used to process this image.

Alley Cat, Vernazza


Morning Shot of Manarola, Italy

This was a spectacular sunrise at Manarola in the Cinque Terre that I photographed during the October workshop.


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