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Introducing Go Ask Erin


Do your images have potential but no pizazz? Are your post-production skills less than epic? The trick to being a good editor is having lots of techniques at your disposal, and the best way to learn them is to watch a pro at work.

In this new feature sponsored by Backscatter, our in-house expert Erin Quigley will answer your Lightroom and Photoshop questions in a series of online video tutorials, using images submitted by YOU! Upload your favorite fixer-upper for a chance to have your photo featured in a GoAskErin video. You'll not only get your image back all shiny and new from its fresh coat of professional post-processing, but you'll be able to see under the hood as Erin works her magic on your shot in Lightroom and Photoshop *.

Learning her pro tips and techniques will help you maximize the potential in all your shots. To submit your image for a chance to have it featured in one of her bi-monthly videos, submit it via our easy uploader. Along with your image, ask Erin a question or include a brief description of what you'd like to fix in your photo.







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Tutorials Now Available

Lightroom 5: Creating Focus
Photoshop: Content Aware Fill
Lightroom: White Balance and Color
Lightroom: Black & White Conversion




Erin QuigleyErin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and Photoshop and Lightroom resources specifically developed for underwater shooters.







*We may receive many submissions, and while we will try to use your image(s) in a future tutorial, there is no guarantee that your image(s) will be chosen.






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Lightroom Tutorial - Repositioning Strobes in Post - Go Ask Erin Tutorial Series
Q: I was lucky enough to get close to a Giant Black Sea Bass, but my lighting is all over the place. Is there a way to even it out in post? A: You’re gonna love this one. The Graduated and Radial Filters can relight your image after the fact!



Photoshop:  Fixing the pose on an underwater model
Q: My model's pose didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked it. Is there something I can do in post to alter her position? A: Yes, but you have to go to Photoshop to do it. Puppet Warp is a fantastic feature in Photoshop that can help you re-adjust the fin position of a model (among other things) after the fact.



Video Editing in Lightroom 5 - Tutorial
Q: I'm a still shooter, but have amassed a bunch of video clips that I have no idea what to do with. I don't want to learn new software just for video. What can I do with video in Lightroom? A: You can do everything you need to make a basic edit, color correct, and export - all with the same skills you already know in Lightroom 5.



Creating Focus - Lightroom 5 Tutorial
Q: This picture was taken with my old camera gear, but I've never captured as good a pose. How can I perfect this shot? Color? Sharpening? A: Color and Selective Sharpening will help, but you can create focus and punch with the help of a Vignette.



Black & White Conversion - Lightroom Tutorial
Q: It was such an exciting moment when I took this shot, but the picture itself looks dull. How can I make it more dramatic? A: Convert it to Black and White, and knock out the background to add intensity and drama.



Content Aware Fill - Photoshop Tutorial
Q: Shoot. I just missed getting the whole gill into the picture. Is there a way to add some room to the edge? A: You Betcha. Many, many ways. And not all of them pretty. The quickest and easiest technique for your image will be to use Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS6. It doesn't work perfectly all the time, but when it does…it will blow your frickin' mind.


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