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Fred Iobst


Curious, tenacious, playful are the words that best define Mr Iobst, Fred is by many standards one of the best digital photography and retouching men I have ever met. Fred attended Boston college in 1973, then later earned a Bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Penn State University. Fred Iobst was born  in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1955 and   moved to Danville Pennsylvania at the age of 7

Since 1972 Fred has worked with black and white photography. In 2005 Fred ventured into digital photography and retouching where he has continually pushed the envelope of digital manipulation. Fred has been at the forefront of photo manipulation for four decades. Many of Fred’s images capture a dream like essence, and engage the viewer’s  mind just a bit further into the meaning of the image. For retouching work Fred uses Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 5, a Wacom Graphire 3 Digital Tablet Stylus and an RPG Keys keypad for Photoshop and Lightroom shortcuts. Now for the kicker, Fred  uses a Kodak Easyshare DX7630 Camera to produce these amazing pictures. In our recent interview Fred explained that when it comes to  photo retouching, like hitmen and counterfeiters, it shouldn’t be noticed, when done right.

Influenced by eastern culture, Fred Iobst is a practitioner of Tai Chi and has been for many years. When asked about his philosophy about the martial art, Fred replied “RELAX, RELAX, RELAX and then, relax some more.”

Fred is also a professional magician. A few days before this post my family and I where grocery shopping at a local market.  My two young sons ages 4 and 5 where tired and cranky. After restocking a shelf that the boys destroyed, my wife and I where debating whether to quit and go home. Along came Fred, and seeing our predicament,  reached into his pocket and produced a rather large coin, he started to entertain the children. For the next 10 minutes, the kids and I were mesmerized by  Fred’s coin tricks.  Fred performs tricks of illusion and sleight of hand for audiences all around the region. Magic has been a part of Fred’s life since he was four. Fred began his  Professional magic career in 1979





Repair Your Blurred Photos using Photoshop or Gimp



Ever taken a picture that has a focus that’s just a little bit too soft? We found that HowToGeek have a solid solution! here is how to Repair Your Blurred Photos using Photoshop or Gimp

What Can Work, And What’s Going to Crash and Burn

Not every image is ideal for this treatment. The ideal candidate is going to be a photo that is slightly out of focus or was damaged by a little motion blur—the kind of photo that’s good, but frustratingly a little bit blurry.

An image like this one doesn’t have enough detail to be repaired with this method and would require extensive repainting—a little too advanced for today’s tip. You can’t create image data from nothing, so no filter is going to bring out details that the camera didn’t resolve.

Extensive motion blur (leading to double images, as shown here) is also very tough to deal with, and likely requires radically rebuilding the image. Today, we’ll start simpler, with a tip that only requires a few filters and some clever masking.

Repairing Blurs in Photographs

Today, our demonstration is in Photoshop, but it is very GIMP friendly. Feel free to follow along, although your menus and shortcuts may be different than we use here.

Duplicate a copy of your photo background layer. We’ll be working mostly in that background layer, so make sure you have it selected, as shown, above right.

Navigate to Image > Mode > Lab Color and select it.

If you don’t have your “channels” panel open, find it by going to Window > Channels. Then select only the “Lightness” channel. Your image should jump to a grayscale—that’s normal.

In that grayscale, navigate to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. These settings harshly overdo our sharpening, unintentionally bringing out grain texture in our image. You can use the settings shown here, but adjust it to suit your own needs. Remember, overdoing it at this stage is okay, be extreme, if necessary.

Click the “Lab” combined channel in the Channels panel. That should return your image to full color.

Adjusting sharpen filters in Lab color can stop the filter from affecting the color in the image. But our image is nearly ruined by the harshness of the grain. Let’s take our tip a step further and create an image that looks more like what we want.


Hold down ALT and click the  button in your layers panel. Then pick the paintbrush tool and right click to set it to a soft brush setting. Make sure your foreground color is white, as shown above right.

You’re eliminating everything you just did from your image, then painting back in the areas you want to keep. Edges work best, as shown here in red. By painting in the edges, you give the soft image an illusion of sharpness. This way you can selectively repair the areas that are too blurry and soft, while retaining the soft parts that are missing the grain in the image.


After. Remember, it’s not possible for a computer to somehow discover image data that isn’t there, so it’s impossible to completely remove the blur. But this technique can help you salvage an image that’s not quite gone over the brink. Make sure you change your image back to RGB before saving it for any web application by going to Image > Mode > RGB Color.

As an alternative to using the Unsharp Mask filter for making adjustments to the sharpness of your image, you can make very fine-tuned adjustments using Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Photoshop users can find it by navigating to File > Open As, then selecting any JPG and using the setting “Camera Raw.” In the Camera Raw program, use the  icon to bring up the sharpening and details tools.