Make Your Own Fake Ice Cubes For Photography Staging


I’m an impatient person.  I’m also very singularly-minded, so when I get an idea in my head, everything else gets put on hold while I’m pursuing it (and, often making a mess in the process).

I needed some artificial ice cubes for a few personal photo projects, but I didn’t want to have to buy any or be arsed to wait for them to arrive in the mail.  So, I decided to make my own, adapting a great tutorial by Kyle May.

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See the Dramatic Results of Lightroom’s Dehaze Feature On Underwater Photos


DIYP has been following the Lightroom/Photoshop dehaze saga since before it was released in the public update.  Now, we bring you the next installment.

Photographer Christian Mairitsch (who also has some breathtaking landscape images in his Flickr stream) decided to go below the surface with the new feature.  Literally.  In a dynamic proof of its capabilities, Christian put the feature to the test on underwater images, with excellent results.

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See How a Photographer Created These Stunning Photos of Iceland


So often, we see videos of photographers sharing about the creation of their images after the fact.  While this is great for presenting the information in a more detailed and refined fashion, it’s easy to lose some of the uniqueness that went into the whole process.

Photographer Thomas Heaton, on a recent trip to Iceland, filmed his process in real time.  In the video, he gives us a true glimpse behind the lens, discussing the use of polarizers, neutral density filters, and delayed exposure to create a series of stunning images from the beautiful landscape.

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See What Adobe’s Dehaze Feature Does To a Photo of a Blizzard


Adobe’s new dehaze feature has created some buzz around the Interwebs and yielded some interesting results for photographers.  In another layer to this suspenseful saga, photographer Bimal Ramdoyal shared some of his own results with the new tool.

Taking a photo from a blizzard, Bimal upped the dehaze slider to +90 in Photoshop to see what it would do to the snow swirling through the air, and the dramatic results are quite impressive.

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10 Adobe CC Shortcut Cheat Sheets to Make Your Life Easier


Cheat sheets are wonderful, especially if you’re actually taking a test.  (I only speak from hearsay, of course…)  But, they can also be invaluable when trying to maintain a speedy workflow within an application.

With the recent release of the 2015 updated Adobe CC, it was only a matter of time until the keyboard shortcut cheat sheets started pouring in.  Thanks to Jamie Spencer of SetUpABlogToday who posted a whole slew of updated cheat sheets, there is no excuse for going the long way around Robin Hood’s barn again.

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Expertly Mask Objects and People in Photoshop Using Color Channels


Before delving into the mysterious world of photography, I started my visual arts career in graphic design and marketing, both freelance and on-staff.  One request I became accustomed to was extracting all kinds of objects and people from all kinds of backgrounds and surroundings.  Apart from “Make it look awesome,” this seemed to be people’s favorite.

There are many ways to mask and extract objects, and there’s really no “right” way to do it, so long as you find your method of choice effective.  However, Aaron Nace of Phlearn (yes, we do seem to love Aaron) gives us an excellent tutorial on making a perfect selection in Photoshop using color channels, magic wand be damned.

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Tell a More Dramatic Story With This Simple Video Editing Technique


At its heart, filmmaking has always been about telling a story.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a 30-second commercial, a short documentary for the local festival, or a blockbuster hit, the purpose is to communicate some form of narrative to the audience (perhaps with the exception of blockbuster hits…they’re simply about money).  The problem sometimes lies in knowing how to communicate that story and aligning all the pieces of the puzzle for maximum impact.

In one of the installments to his instructional series Inside the Edit, filmmaker Paddy Bird gives us a look at “dramatic sync tempo decompression” and how to use this simple editing technique to make the most of your next film project, includes interviews or narrative stories.

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YouTube Now Supports 8K Videos, World Still Prefers Cats

Online technological offerings just keep getting better and better. I remember the day (in the not-too-distant past) when online videos were low-res garbled messes, yet we still somehow found them to be fascinating and funny.

Now, as filmmaker Luke Neumann recently discovered, YouTube, the giant of all things viral video, apparently supports 8K videos. (It’s okay…I will wait for you to stop dancing before we proceed.)

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