If you shoot models on location against a blue sky, you may wish to enhance the sky brightness and tones. If you do it by darkening the sky using Luminosity, it can result in the appearance of a white outline around your model. Emma Grigoryan from Fstoppers shared with us a simple way to get rid of it. This Photoshop tutorial that will show you how to remove this white outline quickly and easily, in only a few steps.
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At the beginning of the year, me and fellow DIYP writer and photographer John Aldred, and our good friend and model Ambellina decided at the last minute, to go out to the Lake District in Cumbria and shoot. There was no planning really, it was a last-minute, let’s just get and see what happens kind of shoot. When you are the type of person who continuously plans every shoot, sometimes it can be fun to throw caution to the wind and just do something without planning! It was more about having fun on the day, and the experience of having an adventure with friends than it was about getting the images. I
I won’t fill you in on the whole day as it would take too long, including funny little stories of my car getting stuck and my saviours John and Ambellina having to push me up a hill. But I will focus on one image, which we created at our first stop by Coniston Lake. As we were driving down the road we spotted this little outcrop in the Lake and knew we could get something useable there. What it turned out to be was some hybrid Lara Croft/adventure/dramatic action scene, and this is how I created the image.[Read More…]
Freckles are one of those strange things in life. Many who have them try to hide them. Many who don’t absolutely adore them. Sometimes, though, you get a subject in front of your lens covered in freckles and extremely proud of them. That’s the ideal situation for a photographer who loves freckles.
Photographer Mathieu Stern’s on the side of loving them. And if you saw his recent UV video, then you can see why. Sick of Photoshop tutorials that create bad and obviously fake freckles, he has come up with a more practical solution. Switching from weird lenses to weird makeup, he uses watercolour paints and a toothbrush to create freckles on the subject’s face that actually look extremely realistic.
I’ve been working on 4K for the last year, and as such, I have to zoom in quite considerably more than resolutions such as 1080 and 1440 to get to the same level of “zoomed in” view. This extreme zoom-in adds a grid to the view. As a photographer and a retoucher, it can make life very difficult if you’re not aware that you can turn this grid off.
Ever done a shoot, and what you saw with your eye didn’t seem to translate to the camera? It happens a lot!
You see a majestic landscape, you take a photo on your camera, but when it pops up on the screen it just doesn’t capture the beauty. The same happens with fire when you use a flash. It weakens the effect. I could always try shooting without a flash, but then I wouldn’t be able to freeze the motion.
I recently shot a commercial shoot for a family run, traditional blacksmiths in Malham. On the day, the hammer seemed to hit the steel in a beautiful crescendo of glowing sparks, like an otherworldly firework display from the heavens. But yeah, you guessed it, once I got home and looked at the photos the drama and spectacle just weren’t there. Well, don’t worry if you have come across this annoying issue because today I am going to show you how to enhance your image by adding more glow to sparks.[Read More…]
Double exposures have been around for years, but they seemed to disappear when digital came along. But Nikon DSLRs have had the capability for over a decade now, and Canon have recently started implementing it, too. It’s a fantastic technique to experiment with, although it takes a lot of practise, skill and a little luck to really get the results you’re after.
To help make things a little more reliable, though, you can also make them in Photoshop. This video from Chris at Spoon Graphics walks us through the whole process. The tutorial actually came out a couple of years ago, but seems to have recently become popular again. And it’s a great way of achieving the technique.
Since I started to shoot with film, it has been the source of great frustration, especially in terms of colour rendition. Each colour negative that I scan shows and dreadful blue or green cast and it’s a pain to get rid of in Lightroom.
THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL, UNTIL TODAY!
I’ll take the example of Kodak Portra because that’s the one that causes me the most trouble. When you look online at images shot with this film, most of them are looking amazing and show beautiful colours. But when I scan a negative of Portra, it gives this pallid and nauseous look to my poor model.
There are not many photographers left who don’t use Photoshop. Sometimes it’s just a tool for small enhancements, and sometimes it’s used to create a work of art and lead you into a world of imagination. Russian photo editing artist Max Asabin uses Photoshop to transfer the subject into any setting they like. Sometimes it’s just a different location than the original shot, and sometimes it’s a whole new, fantasy world. But all these images have something in common: the amount of skill and time invested in their creation, as well as the impressive result in each of them.
At some point, most of us will have to shoot a product. It may be for a paying client. Perhaps for a family member who wants to stick something on eBay. Or we might just want to show off our newest toy on Facebook. Whatever the reason, your life is generally going to be a lot easier if you can get things as close to the final image in-camera. It’s less time sitting at the computer, letting you get on with actually shoting.
This 20 minute video tutorial from Karl Taylor walks us through a cosmetics product photography shoot. The emphasis here is on lighting, and getting things as close to complete in camera as possible. There are, obviously, one or two tweaks that can still be made in Photoshop. But the differences between the image straight out of camera, and the final retouched shot are minimal.