If you want to draw more attention to the subject in your photo, proper post-processing is certainly one of the ways. Blake Rudis of f64 Academy shows you a pretty useful trick to achieve this in Photoshop. You can use radial gradients to create a kind of a “spotlight” and draw your viewers’ attention exactly where you want it to go. You can use it on all kinds of photos, no matter if your subject is a person or an object. It’s a subtle technique, yet it can make a big difference.
If you enjoy photo manipulation as much as you enjoy taking photos, you can have some fun with replacing the sky and giving your photos a whole different look and mood. Photographer Serge Ramelli shares a quick tutorial that will let you replace the ky in your photos in a matter of minutes. The main “ingredient” of his technique is the Multiply blend mode, and it really makes the process quick and simple.
For all those who are just starting off with Photoshop, Adobe has launched a free YouTube course to introduce you to the software and its most important features. Longtime Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost is teaching you the basics, and even if you already have some experience – there may still be something new to learn.
So you had a photo shoot on Saturday morning and it seems that your model partied hard the night before? She’s holding up well, but there are eye bags that give her away. This video tutorial from Mathieu Stern will show you how to remove the eye bags in under a minute. Instead of using the Healing Brush or Clone Stamp, it relies on modifying curves and masking. It preserves the texture of the skin and removes the dark areas under the eyes, and it takes a few steps in Photoshop.
If you darken the skies in Lightroom by adjusting the luminance of the blues, you may end up with a white line creating a border between the sky and the objects on the ground. There are ways to get rid of it in Photoshop, but there is also a way to avoid it completely. Tony Northrup shares a tutorial for editing your landscape photos in Lightroom and making those skies dramatic, yet natural.
Do you have your favorite settings you like to use on most of the photos? It would be convenient to have them as a default setting, and in Lightroom it’s possible with quite simple commands. In this short video, you will learn how to create custom default settings in Lightroom. It’s easy as 1-2-3!
Recently I created a series of composite images around my home town. I shot the locations early one morning, then shot the models a week later in my home studio. One of the images was going to show a couple out at night, walking past the city nightlife. Being one not to make things easy on himself, I decided I would shoot the location in daylight, and change it to night. Now I know I will probably get lots of comments, which I have already on Facebook, saying why didn’t you just shoot it at night. The answer is I didn’t want to. I wanted to challenge myself. I knew I would learn some valuable lessons whilst doing this. This is how we grow. Also the location would have been a nightmare to shoot at night. It is usually full of drunk people enjoying the beer of the city.
So without further ado, lets play God, and turn day to night! But before we start here is a speed edit of the whole image![Read More…]
One of the ongoing pain points of being a photographer is the time we spend editing. Don’t get me wrong, I love turning a flat image into something breathtaking, but it does take a while to get through a batch of 1000+ photos from a wedding or concert.
Combine that with the volume of events we cover, and editing quickly becomes a chore instead of being enjoyable. If you’re a busy photographer, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Today, I’d like to show you how you can drastically speed up your photo editing in Lightroom using anchor photos.[Read More…]