I know there are a lot people out there who want to be better at Photoshop – heck, I’ve been doing this for almost half of my life and I want to be better! Well, I was really thinking about it and it dawned on me that more often than any other tip, I’m telling people they really should master the pen tool. It is hands down the most advanced and precise selection tool and if you boil Photoshop down to its simplest form, it’s a SELECTIVE photo editing software. So I thought to myself, “Hey self, why not really dive deep into selection tools – how to do them, when to use which one, and why they are so dang important?”
If you have a great camera and you took a great photo* there is really no way to show the resolution of that photo in the internet. Now, you may wanna ask why would you even wanna show off the resolution of such a photo, and I can think of several reasons. Potential buyers may be interested, or maybe you are showing how good a lens is, or maybe you just want to tell people that if they throw gum on a bridge they will get caught.
There is a simple trick that involves a bit of masking and resizing to create a “Magnifying glass” lime you see in the photo above. Hit the jump for the full tutorial (and a few random photoshop tips)
Sometimes you want to create a stunning portraits indoors but you are stuck with those seamless white, black and gray sheets as backgrounds. Well, how about creating a about creating a bokehlicious wall like this?
I love using out of focus bokeh circles, they are beautiful, unique and pretty dramatic. There are many ways to create those bokeh shapes in the background (I;ve seen light bulbs and LED lights used before). The method below, however, is simple and it will create hundreds, and thousands of little bokeh shapes.
Pouring rain can be an excuse to stay home and do nothing. It can also be a great opportunity to go outside and use the elements at your advantage. Japan based photographer Ilko Allexandroff (interview) is maybe the master of shooting stunning portraits in the rain. You know what, it only takes perseverance and some knowledge to turn a rainy night into your playground.
Ilko uses a very consistent 2 lights setup, a soft(ish) front light and a hard backlight. The front light – a Nissin MG8000 with a 60×60 foldable softbox – lights the model, while the backlight – another Nissin – does a double duty. It freezes the rain drops and provides a kicker light. Both lights are triggered using a Cactus V6 trigger.
Hold on, we are going to show you what’s that weird point inside your transformation is.
As most of the people who are doing image manipulation art, I find myself struggle with backgrounds – especially when it comes to creepy surreal backgrounds.
I was building my own room in Photoshop – and it turned out very well (tapping self on the shoulder). I thought I would use that image to create a tutorial about cloning, masking and vanishing points. Those tools combined with some perspective understanding makes the process of creating such a composite pretty straightforward.
I use the Thailand background package, which is absolutely stunning for this kind of work.
The waveform is video’s answer to the histogram. Like a histogram it shows the brightness levels throughout your image. Also like the histogram, it can be confusing to those new to video or colour correction. While the information displayed is essentially the same, how it displays it is very differently.
This video from Aputure walks you step by step through what exactly the waveform is and how to interpret it. Once you learn how it works, it lets you quickly and easily see under or overexposure as well as colour or white balance issues. And when you are used to it, you won’t want to shoot or edit without it.
We’ve all had a situation where we think we’ve created the perfect image, but we want to try something. Perhaps it’s to test an idea, sometimes it’s just to see how it looks or play with a preset. Whatever the reason, the last thing we want to do is undo all the work that came before it.
“Undo” is great, but it’s easy to forget exactly where you were, especially with small changes. Making your own presets is also an option. Then you can easily revert to it after you’ve messed around with it. Virtual Copies are a much easier solution, and in this video from Phlearn, Aaron Nace shows you exactly how they work and how to use them.
One of the problems many new photographers face is red-eye. Using your camera’s built in flash in dark environments is usually the cause. But, have you ever wondered what exactly is the reason for this phenomenon?
This video from SciShow explains the problem with some easy to understand science. It also talks about some of the ways digital cameras try to get around creating red-eye and ways you can fix the issue yourself.
Shooting on location with flash is one of the fun parts of portrait photography for me. But, depending on the lighting conditions where you’re shooting, your flash may not be putting out the same colour as the ambient light. This means that while your subject may appear perfect, the environment can appear very cool or warm.
In this video, photographer Robert Hall explains the problem how it happens. It’s an easy problem to fix, all you need is a few gels, and Robert shows us how.