There are three in-camera playback tools that when used together, help amp up image quality while in the field. They’re easy to set up and easy to use. These tools will provide a quick peek at the quality of your image so you can make the needed adjustments in the field. While it’s never a […]
As a bird photographer, I’ve continued to get the question, “I have two birds in the photo, but only one is in focus. How do I get both birds, particularly the eyes, in focus?” A fair question. When photographing birds, we need fast shutter speeds which typically goes hand in hand with bigger apertures and […]
When I was asked if I would like to review the Portrait Pro 12 software package for Lightstalking.com, I got pretty excited. I became excited because – just like you; I like playing with new stuff! On top of that, I take my job seriously. When I’m asked to write a review, I attempt to […]
A very powerful and yet often forgotten function within Photoshop CC are Smart Objects. Smart Objects were originally created for graphic design use and introduced in Photoshop CS2. Since then, they have evolved into an extremely useful tool for photographers. One of their major uses is their ability to allow non destructive editing not only of the images but also of filters applied to an image. In this article we will take a look at some things that you can do with Smart Objects.
Before we go anywhere, we should discuss exactly what a duotone is. It has its genesis in the printing world where, to save on color printing costs, some editors would print an image that was a mixture of black and white with a single color added in. A Split Tone generally starts from a color image and changes the color tint of both the highlights and shadows. The Duotone was born. Although not so important in the publishing world these days, Duotones and Split Tones remain striking and interesting images and thanks to modern software, they are also easy to create. Today we will look at creating one in Lightroom.
High key landscapes are often dramatic and emotive images. They typically work best in black and white but can sometimes work well in color using desaturated colors. A high key landscape is always going to work best if it has been shot with that effect in mind. However, with a suitable image, it is possible to get a high key effect using Adobe Lightroom. The aim of a high key image is to have the majority of the tones towards the highlight end of the histogram. High key is not about over exposing an image, it is more about carefully exposing the shot to keep the shadows lighter but preventing the highlight areas from clipping.
If you have seen some of the portrait retouching videos on the internet, you have probably stumbled upon the term “frequency separation” at one time or another. I have also mentioned it on several occasions in my posts here, and after receiving several requests to make a tutorial on it, I decided to devote a post specifically to the topic. In general, frequency separation is a portrait retouching technique which focuses on retaining as much texture as possible. Why is it called frequency separation? I’m not sure yet, but I guess it refers to the detail frequency, because you do separate the fine detail (a.k.a texture) from the coarse detail (a.k.a tone), right? The name doesn’t really matter, after all. It is a great technique to work with and it produces pretty astonishing results.
Adobe’s Lightroom has become one of the best editing and image management options for enthusiast and professional photographers alike. In its most recent incarnation, the editing tools that it provides mean that for many images, there is no need to work in Photoshop. Today we are going to take a look at five advanced Lightroom techniques.
You’ve probably stumbled upon a photo collection from your grandparents, tucked away somewhere, left for ages. Since those photos will probably be older than you are, time and elements probably had taken their toll. However, with the modern technology and the power of Photoshop, most of that damage can be repaired, and some additional enhancement can be done as well. It would be a nice present for a birthday of your grandparents if you had one or two of those images cleaned up, reprinted and framed for them, right? Especially now when that can be done very easily.
With Adobe’s fairly new pricing regime, Photoshop CC is now within the reach of many enthusiast photographers who might have balked at the idea of weighing out several hundred dollars for an image editing program before. Today, we are going to take a look at a couple of great ways to make your colors punch […]