Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Released

The New Photoshop Elements 11


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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Released

In my email this morning was a notice from Adobe that they have released Photoshop Elements 11. This is a nice upgrade from 10 and worth getting if you want to do some more advanced HDR photography and not go all-in with the full, and expensive, Photoshop CS6. Soon, only available in Creative Cloud.

You can buy Photoshop Elements 11 for either Windows or Mac computers. It sports a clean new refreshed user interface featuring the same engine as the full version of Adobe Photoshop. So you can do things with it, such as manual de-ghosting your HDR work, as easily as with Photoshop CS6 and a bunch cheaper. It also extends a helping hand to newbies with Quick, Guided, and Expert editing modes and a number of one click options. Users can organize photos based on people, places, or events. That’s always a fun way to explore your photos. The new Guided Edits allows you to make cool professional-level effects like tilt-shift, vignettes, and other effects easily. It also has new filters, including comic, graphic novel, and pen & ink.

To me, it seems that Photoshop Elements 11 has everything I would need to further enhance my HDR photography when using the Perfect HDR Workflow.  There are times when there is movement of people or vehicles and things in your HDR’s.  So, when de-ghosting, you’ll need the easy layer-masking capabilities.  I’ve tried calling Ghostbusters, and they never did succeed.

Adobe Camera RAW is another almost indispensable tool for HDR photographers and  it’s included with Elements 11! This new software from Adobe really gives HDR photographers a full set of tools for wherever your HDR photography work needs to go in your creative process.

Be sure to ALSO read this related post, “Should I Use Photoshop Elements 11 for HDR PHOTOGRAPHY?

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Indian Villager near Bangalore – Photo of the day


Indian Villager near Bangalore, India

Indian Villager near Bangalore, IndiaHandheld from a bumpy moving car. Processed in Adobe Lightroom, Topaz Adjust.Click to enlarge

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When travelling overland in India I spent a lot of time with my window open so be able to shoot the passing scenery. There are so many little villages when you get away from the city and life there seems very slow and, to me, interesting. Maybe if I lived there my entire life in a place like this I would feel differently about it. As a traveller to a new land I love seeing what it may be like living here and imagining that this is my entire known world.


Drive-By Shootings


Shooting scenes like this requires different camera settings than the usual for me. Since 90 percent of my work is HDR, I’m in aperture priority mode for those. When I’m in a moving vehicle HDR isn’t possible and camera shake is the factor to minimize. So the obvious thing to do is increase the shutter speed. For shooting from a car I shift my camera into shutter priority mode. To completely eliminate blur in shots from a car qI’ve found that I want to be able to shoot at 1/1000 second minimum and I also want to be as close to f8 as possible, to take advantage of the sharpness of the lens at that aperture. The ISO I leave at 200 and take a sample shot while rolling down the road to see if anything needs adjusting or if I’m good to go.

It was a very bright day and I found from taking a test shot that 1/1000 second turned out to be a little too slow. I knew this because the aperture was down in the 5-something range. I could have left it there but I upped the shutter speed to 1/1600 second and take another shot. The camera computed f7.1 so I’m okay with that. As long as the light doesn’t change drastically all I have to do is find scenes to photograph without worrying about camera setting any longer, knowing that the fast shutter speed will pretty much eliminate shake in the image.

Now the only trick to to be able to anticipate scenes. They come and go quickly. Look ahead down the road and shoot early & often. There will be some good ones among the mostly bad ones. Even though I’m busy taking photos, I’m also very present to the countryside and actually am more engaged with where I am than if I were to space out or nap while driving from one place to another.



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  • Harry

    Helpful website but how does one access the HDR Merge commands in Photoshop Elements 11? The File>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro command is not there. Sorry if this is a silly question but I suspect they;ve renamed it.


    • Captain Photo

      Harry, the merge to 32 bit is a Adobe Lightroom plugin. It does not install into PSE directly. Sorry if what I said in the post led you to believe it was available in Elements. What I meant to convey is that after merging your bracketed files in Lightroom with the merge to 32 bit plugin, that you can then take that resulting image along with one or more of your original source images for de-ghosting within PSE just like I do now with Photoshop CS5. PSE is a nice and low-cost option for HDR photographers who need the power of the Photoshop engine for processing that cannot be done yet in Lightroom.

      Presently I am in Cambodia on an extended Asia trip. Internet here is sketchy and please accept my apologies for delay in answering your question.

  • Jeff Creer

    Thanks for the review/preview on PSE 11. I am new to both HDR and Elements. A couple of questions to get me started:

    If I purchase PSE 11, do I need to purchase another software program to develop high dynamic range images? If so, does it matter which HDR software I purchase/use for compatibility with PSE 11 or is this not relevant? In other words, is HDR software and PSE 11 two totally seperate proccesses? Laslty, is there some good HDR software out there for free…I have heard there is. If not, is there anything good for less than $100? Thanks!

    • Captain Photo

      Yes Jeff, you do need other software to do HDR photography. To get started I might suggest that you set yourself up with Adobe Lightroom instead of PSE 11. Then you may add an HDR plugin to Lightroom. The simplest and cheapest way to begin making quality HDR images today is with Lightroom and the plugin called Merge to 32 bit. This plugin is priced at only $29 so with Lightroom too, your total cost is under $200. You do not need software like PSE 11 or Photoshop to do HDR. Occasionally, and only after you become somewhat experienced making HDR images, you may want to use a program like PSE 11 or Photoshop for giving your images the “Master’s Touch” using simple layer masking which Lightroom does not yet have. If you do decide to buy the Merge to 32 bit plugin, please use the promo code “PerfectHDR” at checkout for a 15% discount.

      There are FREE HDR softwares available, however, I have tested them all and most do not work very well. You will not be happy with your images. With any of the FREE wares, you will also need something like Lightroom, Photoshop or PSE 11 so getting setup correctly in the beginning will save you a lot of time and frustration.

      Please read some of my HDR photography for beginners photo tips:

  • patricia prince

    I appreciate all your information . I have been doing HDR in photomatix and recently bought the photoshop elements . Its not very user friendly . I have been trying to figure out how to make the file smaller so I can email it . After you merge 4-5 images the picture is too large to email ( over 25 mb). If anyone can tell me how to solve this would appreciate it .
    thanks patricia

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