As you are probably already aware, noise reduction can be a painstaking process. There are many ways to reduce noise but all of those ways have one thing in common: detail sacrifice. The more noise you have, the less signal there is, and in reducing more noise, you just reveal the lack of signal, add damage […]
Since I don’t own a lens which is wider than 18mm (pair that with a crop sensor as I do, and you can see the problem here), the only option I have for capturing a scene is to stitch several photos together. This is somewhat like using a wide-angle lens, but more complicated. The extra work doesn’t […]
What we know today as the process of photography had its start at the beginning of the 19th century. Back then, the process was really complicated. For almost a century following its inception, photography was done strictly in black-and-white, which feature still has an impact on photography nowadays. Creating a black-and-white photo is surprisingly easy. […]
We all know that not every digital image file equals a photograph. A photograph is far more than just a collection of pixels in a digital file. However, there is an issue around which there circles an endless debate about whether or not it should be classified as photography. I’m talking about composite photos. Before you form an opinion, […]
Usually, when I am sharpening or reducing noise in a picture, I end up doing it in a separate layer, and then masking the areas to which I don’t want the effect applied. With the Blend If function you can apply this effect as much as you like to only select portions of the tonal range. It […]
Have you ever opened your RAW files to see that they lack contrast and saturation? This happens due to the fact that the camera doesn’t apply any settings to the photo. On the contrary, it just packs all the data that the sensor captured into one file for you to deal with, later on. In fact, by […]
At some point in your journey into learning post-production, you are almost certainly going to come across the filter options in Adobe Lightroom. Getting to grips with them can really open up a lot of photographic options that you may not have been aware of. So let’s jump in and look at some of the […]
To be honest, I’ve been waiting for Lightroom 6 for a while now, and I know I’m not the only one! Judging from the threads on every photography forum I know of, everybody else has been looking forward to it, too. The biggest improvement announced – which everybody has been waiting for in connection with […]
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.