Even if your model has flawless skin, if it’s oily or combined, it will create unwanted reflections in your portraits. If you want to get rid of it, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect suggests two solutions: a quick one and a quicker one.
Do you ever go back to your old images and edit them again? I don’t have this habit, but after this video from Brian Matiash, this might change. Brian takes us through the new and improved editing process of one of his old photos, and it’s a great demonstration of why we should revisit our old work from time to time and give it a makeover.
Do you use Curves when editing your photos? Once I learned how to use them, it was like learning a new language. A whole new world opened up for me, and I was able to do so much cool stuff with just one tool.
I am always finding new uses for curves, such a powerful tool. What about you? Have you ever wondered where you stand with your knowledge of Curves? Well, wonder no more – take our quiz and see if you can match the edits with the Curves settings that were used for each of them.
Serif has launched a new major version of Affinity Photo – its first since initially launching in 2016. Affinity Photo 2 introduces not only a massive amount of new features to the application but is also part of a whole Affinity Creative Suite, similar to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, incorporating multiple applications. Probably the biggest difference between Affinity and Creative Cloud, though, is that this is still a one-off purchase with no subscription.
The first hint that something new was coming was five days ago when a teaser video hosted by Serif Managing Director, Ashley Hewson was posted to the Affinity YouTube channel. This was followed up today by the announcement video below. Affinity Photo 2 finally brings much-demanded features like non-destructive raw development, live and compound masks, and saved layer states.
Wedding photographers have it tough. Not only are they regularly working weekends, but they are also doing upwards of 12-hour days, shooting every genre of photography you can think of. They have mothers of the bride and groom to charm and bridezillas to soothe. But their work isn’t done when the honeymoon is over. No, now they have literally thousands of images to trawl through and cull, and that’s even before retouching begins.
So that’s where some clever software and AI can really step in to help. AfterShoot does exactly that. It uses artificial intelligence to sort through your batches of images and cull all the bad ones leaving you with a perfectly edited batch ready to retouch in the blink of an eye.
Adobe has announced a new web-based version of Photoshop that will be entirely free for everyone to use. Yes, you read that right – instead of paying for a Creative Cloud subscription, you’ll be able to access the program freely on the web. But there’s of course, a little catch that might make you buy the program later after all.
The free version is already being tested, but Adobe describes the service as “freemium.” In other words, you’ll be able to use the program on your browser, but some features will be available for paying subscribers only.
Whether it’s a mistake or a consequence of circumstances, it happens that we end up with blown-out highlights in photos. But if you shoot RAW, it’s possible to fix them. In fact, there are several ways to do it, and in this video from Adorama TV, Pye Jirsa will show you three of them to use in Lightroom and make your photos perfect.
Colour grading nighttime footage can be difficult. You’ve often got a lot of contrast to deal with, particularly when light sources appear in your shot and the camera often doesn’t see the muted nighttime colours (or the bright lights!) the same way we do with our eyes. While there are a lot of great in-depth tutorials out there for serious colour grading, sometimes you just need a “quick fix”.
If you’ve read the National Geographic magazine at any time in the past 20 years then you’ve probably seen some of Steve Winter‘s images. Much of his photographic career has been shooting big cats in the wild. A quick browse through his website shows a multitude of iconic images and photojournalism stories featuring tigers, cheetahs, and my favourite that I remember when it was published, the snow leopard.
In this intriguing video, Steve was challenged by Wired to demonstrate his process, from shooting the images to culling them down to the ultimate iconic frame that perfectly encapsulates the story within one single shot. It’s something that we all have to do, but to see and hear the thought process behind it is absolutely fascinating.
If you want to transfer the color palette or color grading style from one photo to another, you can do it in Photoshop. Or, you can just import the source and target photo, click a button and have it done for you. Enter Image Colour Transfer, a web app that lets you do exactly that. By inserting two photos and clicking a button, you can have your image color graded with a specific style in just a few seconds. I played with it a little to show you the results, and while not all of them are perfect, I can see the potential.