Another week, another quick tutorial. This week I am going to show you how to turn skin pale in Photoshop. The image I will be using to showcase this is one of my older edits. It is a dark art image, but this effect could be used the same on any image, for example a fashion image. This is a trick I learnt a few years ago from watching Calvin Hollywood’s tutorial dvd Calvinize. Be sure to check his work out as it is awesome! In this tutorial I will be using different percentages of opacity, but it is the same technique.
Photography is awash with rules, from the inverse square rule to the Sunny 16 rule; and nestling among the composition rules in the golden ratio. But what exactly is it? And what makes it compositionally valuable?
The golden ratio is a mathematical principle that you might also hear referred to as the golden mean, the golden section, the golden spiral, divine proportion, or Phi. Phi, a bit like Pi, is an irrational number. It is valued at approximately 1.618. As a ratio, it would be expressed as 1:1.618. A rectangle that conforms to the golden ratio would have shorter sides equivalent to 1 and longer sides equivalent to 1.618.
You get there by dividing a line (c) into parts (a) and (b) where (a) divided by (b) is equal to (c) divided by (a). Does a diagram help?
The folks at SLR Lounge were kind enough to let us post one of their premium tutorials here. While none of the techniques they show requires special gear, I am really impressed with the results you can get with some creativity. They were actually even sweeter and gave us a discount code if you want to register. Use the code DIY50 for a $52 discount (valid till the end of the month) when you register here.
In the hubbub and chaos of a stressful wedding day, it can be challenging to gather your thoughts long enough to come up with a game plan on how to create thought-provoking imagery. We are here to be your savior in times of need and offer you a first-hand look at how to implement off-camera flash to produce outstanding images. Here are three different ways we have applied.
What is Figure Ground Relationship?
Figure Ground Relationship is the relationship of the subject you wish the viewer to focus on and how it relates to the background / foreground. Most people refer to this as a “Silhouette” however it goes much deeper than this. Instead of thinking “This shot works because there’s a silhouette in it”, I would like to push forward the idea that by using FGR we can allow the thought process of “This shot works because we can clearly see the subject’s outline”.
I needed an action camera to document DIYP’s trip to Photokina in September. I didn’t really want to have to fork out for a GoPro. It’s just not something I’d use often enough to justify the cost. So, I looked into the cheaper alternatives. This is when I found the Yi HD Action Camera, and some of the side-by-side examples I was seeing with the GoPro Hero3+ Silver just blew me away.
In a world of GoPros and a million cheap competitors, finding the good ones can often be difficult. It doesn’t help that every reviewer out there has a different definition of “good”. So, seeing side-by-side comparisons of footage taken with two cameras at the same time is usually the best way to really see the difference. Even if YouTube’s compression does often destroy what you really want to see.
Well it’s here, and whether you like it or not, Instagram’s new Stories feature is taking direct aim at Snapchat and the minutia of our daily lives. I, for one, am loving it. Stories allows us to share things with our followers that we might never post, humanizing our digital personas and connecting with the community in a totally new way. And even if you refused to join Snapchat, there’s no denying it that Instagram is where the people, and the brands, already are. So take advantage of the built-in community of Instagram with Stories, or you and your CD collection will be left in the digital dust.
Here are a few ways that I’ve been using Instagram, and some ways I think photographers can add value with the new feature, for themselves and for brands.
With the impending Perseid meteor shower peak over the next couple of days, night time photography has suddenly become popular. But when you’re expecting one of the best meteor shower views in years, what else can you expect?
In this video from TIME, photographer Stuart Palley shares tips to create beautiful photographs after the sun goes down. Stuart covers a range of topics from planning through workflow to shooting the images themselves.
The Image Manipulation Sore just released a new set of texture brushes and I think that they have a potential to be a game changer in how compositors work with overlays.
Actually, I am not a big fans of brushes. I only use them on rare occasions and mostly for stamping things. Things like my watermark, or a (C) mark. But I think that this set of brushes may start a trend. If you’ve ever done any sort of compositing you know that using textures is not easy. (It is not very complex either, but just has too many steps). You need to select an overlay, bring it into photoshop as a layer, then move to screen mode. We show a good example of this in this photoshop power tip.
Brushes, on the other hand are really easy, You select a brush and can just use it to paint a line or a surface on your canvas. If only there was a way to create textures in a similar manner to the way we use brushes.
I’m sure you’ll have heard the buzz about Plotagraph Pro by now. It’s a new web app in which you animate a photograph. It’s sweeping the photography world. Or, at least, it would be if it didn’t cost $300. And then $350 for each year after the first 12 months.
Photographer Diako Mardanbegi thought that there must be a better, and cheaper way. And in this video, he’s going to show us how it’s done. Diako devised a method for creating them in Photoshop and made several actions to simplify the process. The control isn’t quite the same as that which you’d get in Plotagraph Pro. With a little effort, though, I’m sure you could get some very impressive results.
Histograms are handy things. They either confirm that you’ve nailed your exposure or let you instantly see if you need to adjust. But, they can be difficult for newer photographers to understand.