We might not possess the power to change the weather during a photoshoot, but we do have the power to change how the sky and surrounding environment looks with nothing more than a few tweaks to a camera’s settings.
After three years with my current camera setup, I know every nook and cranny of my DSLR and accompanying lenses. Despite this, there has always been one component that took longer than I care to admit to properly understand. The diopter.
Following you will find a detailed guide on how to make these cartoonish portraits, but first I must share how they came to be. If you just want the tutorial, jump a paragraph or two forward.
A few weeks ago I traveled to Birmingham UK, to hang out at the Photography Show. I met up with the people from DIY Photography and they interviewed me on my work, (you can view that interview here). I spent a few days hanging around the Inspired PhotoGear stand, where we played with Light Blasters, Lollipods, RoundFlash Dish and Ring’s and I fell in love with the Cosyspeed Holster Bag, which now houses my Olympus OMD.
(I also met the awesome people from Amersham Studio’s, who will host my next UK photoshop workshop this June, together with my agency Draumlist, but I digress)
When working with compositions, one of the easiest things to do to add a little extra character to the image is to add a texture to the background.
There are multiple ways to achieve this, but photographer Glyn Dewis has one of the most effective methods I’ve come across. In his latest video, he shares how easy it can be to add a little texture to your image’s background to spruce up the scene a bit. [Read more…]
Yesterday, we shared a fairly basic tip of how to properly put up a light stand. Today, we’re back with another basic tutorial. This time, it’s how to properly attach a camera strap. [Read more…]
One of the problems when trying to create the images we see in our head is that, in the real world, the constituent parts can be very difficult to get together in front of your camera all at the same time.
This is where compositing steps in. Sometimes, you just have no choice, and you may need to photograph elements separately and then blend them together in post.
I’ve been following the work of illustrator and retoucher Arun Kumar for a while now, and his videos rarely fail to impress me, and his latest two part compositing tutorial is no exception.
A few months ago, I introduced a little hobby project I dubbed CaleidioClouds. It’s not a particularly advanced technique, but the result belies the simplicity of the technique. Essentially, it involves flipping images upside down and back-to-front to create a symmetrical timelapse video. The symmetry is one thing, what I hadn’t realised when I started playing with this was that the resulting videos are completely mesmerising.
And with this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make your own! [Read more…]
Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw might come with built-in tools for removing chromatic aberration and color fringing, but for those who either prefer to do it themselves or have a bit more control, fine art nature photographer Steve Perry has shared a helpful tutorial on how to remove optical flaws in Photoshop. [Read more…]
Light rays are a difficult phenomenon to come by. Not only do you have to have the sun perfectly placed along the horizon, the atmosphere around you must also be filled with fog, dust or other particles to capture the light as it’s passing through.
Thankfully, for those times when you have the perfect shot, but don’t have the rays to accentuate the scene, a little time in Photoshop can help add that extra little spice to the image to truly bring it to life.
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.