Using the image above, which was inspired by Disney’s Little Mermaid, I’ll walk you through how to employ an artform called Computer Generated (CG Photography) to create a powerful, surreal image. For the record, I have no purism in my personal style of art. I’ll use whatever I can to create the look that I’m after. I love to blend photography, illustration and 3D together to create something that doesn’t exist in the real world. It’s also worth mentioning that this image spent about a year as a showpiece on the homepage of Photoshop.com and Adobe used it in their keynote presentation when they announced Photoshop CS6.[Read More…]
Just yesterday, the team at Adobe made their latest updates for Camera Raw and DNG Converter available for Photoshop CS6 and Creative Cloud. For CS6, Camera Raw 8.4 consists of updates in camera support, bug fixes, and lens profile support. For CC, however, there’s a few new features we can look forward to.
During my talk for Lancaster Photographic Society recently, I was asked a question that I’m also going to answer here. I’m paraphrasing, but it went something along the lines of…
“Is getting the right exposure in camera really all that important? Can’t we just nudge it in Photoshop?”
Before I start, I want to clarify a definition here, and a difference between “right” and “technically correct”. It is perfectly possible to make an exposure that is “right”, but not “technically correct” when you shoot with your post processing in mind in order to maximise the capabilities of your camera’s sensor.[Read More…]
Aside from being a Hollywood meteor (The Hunger games, The silver lining and actually every other movie of 2013) Jennifer Lawrence has quite a strong feeling about the beauty industry which she is a part of.
In a recent Q&A session with Yahoo, Jennifer was asked to give advice to young girls about people judging other people based on appearance.
Aside from giving a heartedly advice about not starving to make other people happy, she also expresses her disappointment from the media for fueling unrealistic expectations from women, and goes against “airbrushed” models. [Read More…]
A few weeks back we shared an inconvenient clip showing how Photoshop is used to turn a beautiful looking model into a plastic barbie that is the current demand by advertisers. The movie has gone viral, receiving ricochets from all over the net.
Well, each coin has a flip side – ad agency Victors & Spoils took that video and flipped it over. V&S took the barbie looking model from the end of the video and used the very same tools to turn her into an charming, chubby Santa Claus.[Read More…]
Here is a news blast for you. Models you see in ads are probably shopped to death. Photographer and artist Anna Hill thought so too. And this thought drove her to create four mock up ads highlighting common uses of Photoshop in the advertizing industry.
Anna was pretty critical about the extensive use of “beauty enhancement” to the point where she suggested that beauty ads are actually advertizing the capabilities of Photoshop rather than actual products. Anna shared her motivation with Gizmodo:[Read More…]
Love it or hate it, one of the great things about being an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber is having access to the latest photo editing technology right away. (How much would we all love a camera and lens subscription service!?)
I first heard about Photoshop CC’s new camera shake reduction filter back in the summer and I finally had a change to shoot a series of photos specifically designed to test it out.
In this article, I will show you how to use the Adobe Photoshop CC Camera Shake Reduction Filter along with a few example photos.
We’ve all seen before and after photos of models detailing how Photoshop “helps” them look at their best. It may be something minor like removing skin blemishes or a birth mark, or it can be something a bit bigger like tummy flattening or thinning down a model.
This 36 seconds video shows how Photoshop can be used to extreme to alter a model completely, including bigger eye, smaller but, longer legs and much more. Hit the jump to be shocked.[Read More…]
If you’re following this blog for a while, you know that I am a little bit obsessed with using slide projectors while shooting. (either for background or for lighting the model). I’ve am starting to try this technique out myself, though there is still much to refine.
I saw this image on reddit and was sure that it is a projected slide, but photographer Stephen Davies from Swansea, UK shared a tutorial that shows it was done in Photoshop. I was surprised at how easy it was.
When it comes to black and white conversion, there is no definitive method that will get the best results every time. Some use the channel mixer conversion, while others will swear by black and white filter. Other just like the simplicity of the desaturate function. Which one is the best? It depends. This is why I was so happy when Ladislav Soukup from ladasoukup.cz (flickr) sent me this cheat sheet. Read on to find your best suited conversion in an instant.