Dark Side of the Lens

Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 10
September 20th, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

Photoshop Elements 10Adobe has just announced the upcoming release of the next version of Photoshop Elements 10. The trial will be available at the end of this month, which will probably be when the full product is available as well.

What’s new?  Well, it appears that most of the improvements are within Organizer, with some nice little tweaks to that.  For instance, with the “faces” functionality you can now include things other than (human) faces and include pets, or other objects like your car for instance.  There also appears to me new functionality to help you find, and clean up, duplicate photos on your hard drive.

For image editing the main features appear to be improvements to the, already great, Smart Brush tool, improvements in how you can handle text (e.g. as in Photoshop CS5 you can attach it to paths), and some nice features to help you digitally control your “depth of field: in your photos. Read more…


EasyPSE Launched on the Apple Apps Store
August 2nd, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

Available on the Apple App StoreI am excited to announce the launch of EasyPSE on the Apple Apps Store.

With over 6 hours of, newly created, video tutorials you’ll master Photoshop Elements in no time!  I’ll also be adding more videos as time goes by.  Best of all, these 40+ videos for your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is available as a launch special at only US$3.99.

Check it out and help support me so I can keep creating my tutorial video for you all.

I’ll be doing an Android version as soon as I can.


Photoshop Elements – Clone Stamp Tool
July 17th, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

Photoshop Elements Clone Stamp ToolAnother sneak preview into the upcoming Easy PSE series of video tutorials, which I hope to launch later this week!

This tutorial covers the Clone Stamp Tool.  This is a very useful tool indeed, as well as being heaps of fun, and if regularly used by photographers, and other Photoshop Elements users, to tidy up imperfections in photos (though it is certainly not limited to small tasks such as those).

There are some tools that, in my opinion, are essential to know how to use properly, and this is most certainly one of them.

Read more…


Photoshop Elements 9 – Organizer
June 26th, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

Photoshop Elements OrganizerWith the upcoming iPhone/iPad App, later to be released on Android and as a video eBook, about to launch, I thought I’d give you all a sneak preview of one of my new videos.

I have chosen this particular video to share first as it was requested (thanks Vickie) on the new Dark Side of the Lens Facebook page.  If you have questions, or requests, then check it out and remember to “Like” it please!

Read more…


Competition win
June 19th, 2011 by Natator | 1 Comment »

This photo of mine just won first place in the Fantasy category for the Australian 2011 Beauty Professionals awards, so I thought I’d share it here. The amazing artist who painted this is Kelli MacAlpine and the beautiful and very graceful model is Jes Cameron.

Dancing in Colour

This other photo of mine, also came fourth in another competition.

Pretty Please


Over 6 hours of new video tutorials coming shortly!
June 15th, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

VideoHave just finished the final touches to the videos for the app. I knew how many I’d done, obviously, but had not realised quite how much video I’d produced.

It has ended up being over 6 hours of video tutorials for people!

My original aim was for about 3, so I am really delighted.


List of upcoming videos – over 40 of them!
June 1st, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

Here is a quick list of the video tutorials for the upcoming App.  Most are about 15 minutes long.

I have divided them, here and in the App, into three sections.  The first looks at the tools in detail, the second delves into the most useful techniques, and finally some projects putting everything into practice, so you can use what you’ve learned on your own photos.

So, here they are:


Introduction to Tools
Brush Tools
Eraser Tools
Magic Wand
Lasso Tools
Quick Selection Tools
Selection Tips
Move, Zoom, Hand & Eyedropper Tools
Marquee Tools
Crop and Recompose Tools
Text Tools
Smartbrush Tool
Clone Stamp Tool
Paint Bucket Tool
Gradient Tool
Shape Tools
Spot Healing & Healing Brush Tools
Red Eye Removal Tool
Straighten Tool
Colour Picker
Blur, Sharpen & Smudge Tools
Sponge, Dodge & Burn Tools


Introduction to Techniques
RGB Colour
Enhancing Colour – Part 1
Enhancing Colour – Part 2
Introduction to Layers
Layer Masks
Adjustment Layers
Filters Overview
Resizing Photos
Saving Your Work

And more to come in the future!


Introduction to Projects
Digitally Framing a Photo
Create Your Own Postcard
Using Photoshop Elements Organizer
Faces in Photoshop Elements Organizer
Selective Desaturation
Hand Colouring a Photo
Creating a Photo Collage
Text Effects

And more to come in the future!


New tutorials all recorded!
May 29th, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

ClapperboardIt has taken a while, but I have finally completed recording, and editing, the new tutorials I am producing for my upcoming iPhone App and then the enhanced eBook.  Very exciting!

I have created over 40 new videos, yes 40, which I am confident you will learn heaps from.  They follow a path through the various tools in Photoshop Elements, then many of the most useful techniques, and finally putting everything together with some fun projects.  The aim is to take the novice, or very inexperienced, user through a series of tutorials so you gain an understanding of, and confidence with, Photoshop Elements so you can start do spectaculat edits on your own photos.

Next I need to build the App, and eBook, around them.  I’ll post a list of the tutorials up in the next few days.

Watch this space 🙂


Facebook – for help and support
May 23rd, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

FacebookI’ve started a Facebook page to go side by side with my blog.

I want to use the Facebook page to reach out to more people and form a community based around my videos.  I will be offering help and support for the videos, and my upcoming App and eBooks, there.  I’ll also listen to what you all want and even take the odd request, if I think it will benefit enough people.

It’ll also be a nice easy place for you to see updates, get notified of new videos, and keep generally in touch.  Best of all, I hope it will be a place I can get to know some of you.

So, please visit my Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/darksideofthelens

And importantly …. please remember to LIKE it!


Restarting Dark Side of the Lens blog!
May 19th, 2011 by Natator | No Comments »

Recently things have been frantically busy for me, and sadly as a result my blog has fallen into disuse. But fear not, as I am sure you were terrified, as it is being resurrected!!! Not only am I resurrecting it, it will be bigger, better, and reaching out into the new world of Mobile Apps and Video eBooks


I am also looking at putting a system in place so that I can better answer people’s questions on Photoshop Elements or on my videos. I am mid setting something up for that and will announce it as soon as I have it completed. I believe this will be far more effective that leaving comments only on the blog, as has been the way, and a way for me to to be a lot more interactive with you all.

The main focus of the blog will still be on learning Photoshop Elements but I will also use it for digital photography in general, as well as keeping an eye open for the sort of things in the world of photography that I hope you will find interesting and of benefit.

I’ll be using the latest version of Photoshop Elements, Version 9, but as usual, most of the techniques I demonstrate can still be applied to older versions of Elements, and even to Photoshop CS (in all it’s flavours) .

So, watch this space, as I have a great deal planned, some almost ready to go, in the next few months..