Category Archives: Photography Post Production

Improving your photos in the darkroom and on the desktop.

Dodging and Burning in Photoshop and How It Can Enhance Your Photos

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Despite being the cutting edge of modern digital image editing, Photoshop borrows a significant number of its tools from the days of film. None more so than the Dodge and Burn tools. These two tools have been with us since the dawn of photographic printing and anyone who has spent a little time using an enlarger will know what they do. Today we are going to take a look at how to use their modern day equivalents in Photoshop.

5 Effective Ways to Achieve Smooth Skin in Your Portraits Using Photoshop

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Every portrait photographer strives to achieve the best-looking skin in his or her portrait images. As much as it seems so, this is not an easy task to accomplish. The trick is to smooth out the skin without making it look unreal and unflattering. It is crucial to hit the sweet spot between good-looking and realistic skin. Retaining as much texture as possible is essential while removing the imperfections. There are various ways to smooth out skin, but I’ll give you a short guide of my 5 favorite ways to do it (number 5 being my favorite one). You can try them all and chose the one that works best for you.

Tips for Sharpening Your Images the Right Way

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Just so you are not misled in any way, let me make it clear that this won’t be a Photoshop tutorial on using any particular sharpening method. It will provide general guidelines on sharpening methods, but the main goal will be to help you understand the sharpening process better. It will show you what exactly sharpening does to an image, and how it’s accomplished.

How to Create Impressive Surreal Photos: A Beginner’s Guide

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Ever wondered how those fun and surreal photos are made? Well, usually the process of making them requires multiple images, some graphic design skills, and a brilliant idea. Other than that, there are absolutely no rules on how the final image is made. Of course, it is wise to stick to the basic photography rules in order for the image to catch the eye, and to stick to good color palettes.

Create Perfect Portraits in Lightroom Using These 6 Classic Retouch Techniques

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With portraiture, what you see is not always what you want to get. Even the very best portrait with the perfect model will often need some form of post-production to get it to pop. Today we are going to look at six classic post production techniques to get the most out of your portraits. These techniques are generally similar in Lightroom and Photoshop but in this article we shall concentrate on Lightroom. When using Photoshop it is best to use an adjustment layer or a duplicate layer to preserve the original.

3 Lightroom Tweaks to Get Your Landscape Photographs to Sing

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Although originally developed as a image management tool, Adobe’s Lightroom has evolved into a powerful post production application. For many photographers, Lightroom provides all the tools required to make their images pop without ever having to resort to Photoshop. Lightroom’s tools are particularly suited to landscape and urban photographers who want to squeeze every last drop of quality from their images. Today we are going to look at three powerful tweaks that will make your outdoor images sing.

Convert Your Color Photos to Black & White in Lightroom Using These 4 Quick Methods

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Converting color images to black & white is easy. All it usually takes is a click but when done mindfully, it can take an image from average to awesome. But why convert to black & white in the first place. The reasons are plenty. It adds versatility, eliminates distractions, adds drama and mood and much more. It can also save a potentially boring or distracting image – many times we capture images and the feeling or impact of the subject just doesn’t stand out like it did when we were in the moment. Here are some tips to create impactful b&w images.

The 10 Lightroom Tools That Are A Landscape Photographer’s Dream

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As we know, Lightroom has become a very powerful tool not only for image management but also for post production. Amongst the tools available are some excellent ones for the landscape photographers amongst you. Today we are going to take a look at ten of the best. From graduated filter and the adjustment brush to tone curve, these 10 tools will help make your landscape photographs pop. Do check them out.