“A thing of beauty is a joy forever”, wrote John Keats. A work of art, whether it is a painting or a photograph, can immortalize this beauty we speak of. A portrait, for example. Beautiful looking skin isn’t really as hard to get as you might think. The key thing is in combining the methods and being meticulous about it. In general, the most important thing you should remember is to avoid skin that looks too smooth and has no texture at all.
I think we are in danger of losing something. Something rather important to photography, something that has been around since the early days of photography. That something is technical perfection. At the risk of sounding old, when I was studying photography, the most important thing that was drummed into us, was aiming for technical perfection.
Many people find that even when engaged in something they absolutely love doing, there is sometimes a degree of drudgery involved in one aspect or another, some chore that has to be completed as an inextricable component of an otherwise enjoyable activity. For many a photographer, this unwelcome chore is post-processing. Here are some ideas to help you take some of the stress out of post-processing.
It’s a fact that even the most beautifully composed image will fall apart if it includes a dull, lifeless sky. A great sky, on the other hand, can boost the impact of an image immensely. The problem is that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and she is not always forthcoming about giving us the sky we need. Today we are going to look at some ways to improve your skies using Lightroom.
To a novice photographer, Photoshop can seem daunting with its countless tools. To many experienced photographers, Photoshop’s curves can bring similar feelings of dread, yet for all it’s apparent complexity, curves are not only incredibly powerful but also not as difficult as you might think. Not only can you control exposure and contrast but also color, all using this one tool.
There’s always been a mixed opinion among photographers about watermarking their photographs. Some feel it distracts from the image while others see it as a reliable way of tackling image theft. Whatever side you are on, it doesn’t hurt to know how to watermark your images – it’s another cool Photoshop skill to learn. With this technique you’ll be able to use the brush tool like a personalized rubber stamp that works with 1 click.
You have plenty of options to choose from when you want to reduce the noise in your images. Noise occurs due to low signal-to-noise ratio. Broadly speaking, the more you amplify the signal, the more noise you get. That is why you get more noise when you increase the ISO. Nevertheless, noise can be reduced in two general ways: while taking the image, and in post-processing.
We all love to save a little time, but when it comes to Photoshop, some things are trickier than the others. Getting the right color look to an image can be quite a painstaking exercise, a lot of minute adjustments to colors, hues and saturation. However, there is one tool, not often talked about, that can allow you to make very subtle changes to the overall color look of an image with the use of a few sliders. It’s called Selective Color.
Photographic compositing has been with us since the dawn of photography. The merging of two or more separate images into one is seen as a way of extending our creativity. In the digital age, of course, this has become a whole lot easier with the use of Photoshop’s layers and blend modes. Today we are going to look at five of the best blend modes for a photographer, but before we start we should briefly look at what a blend mode is.
Film and prints are physical things that can be put in a box in the closet and brought out to pass from one generation to the next. I love digital technology but I have a concern that many people will lose the photographic record of their lives to the obscurity of ones and zeros. There is also the challenge of being able to find the meaningful photos amongst the thousands of files. This is where Lightroom can be of big help.