5 Free (and 1 Almost Free) Photoshop Alternatives

I don’t think there’s a whole lot of debate over the premise that Photoshop has become the gold standard in photo editing software. I’m pretty sure that my earliest use of Photoshop goes back to Version 3 or 4. Now deeply entrenched in CS6, I’ve decided to sit tight for a while. If I actually stopped to think about the relatively small percentage of PS’s full functionality that I actually use on a daily basis, I might also have to stop and ponder why I’m not still using an earlier version. Features have obviously evolved over Photoshop’s lifetime, but much of my workflow remains the same. So, in the absence of some huge development that I just can’t ignore, PSCS6 and I are doing just fine together for the time being. Also, while I see the potential benefits of The Cloud– immediate updates, etc.– there’s still a part of me that remains more than just a little pissed off about the new subscription format. There seems to be a new deal every time I turn around, and nobody seems capable of giving me a straight answer to the question of how much it costs when the discount period comes to an end.

It would seem that I’m not alone.

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Photographing a Mermaid – a Photoshop Breakdown Tutorial by Colin Smith


Using the image above, which was inspired by Disney’s Little Mermaid, I’ll walk you through how to employ an artform called Computer Generated (CG Photography) to create a powerful, surreal image. For the record, I have no purism in my personal style of art. I’ll use whatever I can to create the look that I’m after. I love to blend photography, illustration and 3D together to create something that doesn’t exist in the real world. It’s also worth mentioning that this image spent about a year as a showpiece on the homepage of Photoshop.com and Adobe used it in their keynote presentation when they announced Photoshop CS6. [Read more…]

How To Put A Granite Tile To Good Use

One of the simplest yet most used items in my photography toolbox is simple black granitle tile. I bought a small one 3 years ago and I am still using it today. I have a small tile that I bought for $4 and a bigger one that I got for $20. Other people use plexiglass or just a simple glass table for this kind of look.

How To Put A Granite Tile To Good Use

Normally I use the granite tile for my product or still life shots. Here are just some things that you can do with the granite
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These 6 Photography eBooks Are The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

So, you really are at that last second and still don’t have anything to put under the tree? These 6 downloadable books will do the trick.

These 6 Photography eBooks Are The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

Just go down to any of the grocery. book, 7/11 stores that sell a thumb key and put a book there wrapped nicely. And you’re good.

I tried covering everything from lighting, set-ups, gear and just general photography. Paid and free, I hope you’ll enjoy the list. [Read more…]

Quick Tip: How To Make Colorful Light Paintings With Lee Filters And A Bubble Blower

Photographer and light painter Hugo Baptista sent in a clever tip on using a hacked bubble blower and a pack or Lee filters to create some interesting light painting.

Quick Tip: How To Make Colorful Light Paintings With Lee Filters And A Bubble Blower

The idea is to use the rotating end of the bubble blower (i.e. removing the bubbly part) to make a rotating filter fan. Hugo used a pack of old Lee filters, but any colored gel will do. The color plate is then rotated in front of the lens in a long exposure so the light coming from any light painting object will “shift” colors. Here is how Hugo describes it: I bought a $5 bubble blower, took its fan off and attached a round panel of LEE sample filters cut into squares brought together with transparent tape. I then made the filters rotate in front of the lens while I was light painting the scene. [Read more…]

These Incredible Light Paintings From Tackyshack Have Nothing To Do With Photoshop

Jeremy Jackson, a photographer from Virginia, USA who goes by the handle of tackyshack on Flickr is one of the first light painting masters I got to meet here on DIYP. And what a ride it has been. Jeremy’s recent feature on Sploid encouraged me to check his Flickr stream again, and I was lost there for way too long.

These Incredible Light Paintings From Tackyshack Have Nothing To Do With Photoshop

Light painting, for the ones who are not familiar with the term is the art of doing long exposures while waiving different sources of light at various object (including the camera). The hard core artists (like tackyshack) never ever use Photoshop, and this is the case with the photos displayed here.

We are going to have a full light painting resource list at the bottom, but till then, sit back and enjoy this miraculous SOOC (strait out of camera) explosion. [Read more…]

Watch These Random Light Painting Doodles Defy The Laws Of Physics

If you’ve ever given any thought to the optics behind (inside?) your camera you know that reflections should be identical to what they reflect.

Watch These Random Light Painting Doodles Defy Physics

This is obviously not the case with this photo by the Light Club. In what seems to defy the laws of optics, this single exposure displays an angelic figure sitting on a chair and a devilish reflection from a puddle on the floor. Here is the thing, this photo is SOOC (Strait Out Of Camera). If you think you know the answer hit the jump for the BTS video. (Here is a hint for you: Single exposure, F?, iso 100, 227 sec) [Read more…]