Ever since the middle of high school, I’ve been immensely interested in “the process.” You know, that middle bit between point A and point B that nobody but the artist ever sees. I’ve always loved peeking behind the scenes to see where something started and what kind of work and thought went into creating the finished product. To satisfy those of you who are like me, here’s another post in my Before/After series which not only shows you my images straight out of camera and the final product (hover over the image to see the before), but which uses each image to explain a bit more about what I do in post. If you’re just here for the freebies, enjoy the article! If you want to dig in way further, I cover every step of my post processing in my Editing + Consistency class. Enjoy, friends!
External dials and gizmos have been common in the movie industry for years. Their sole purpose in live is to help speed up workflow and productivity, assisting with things like editing and colour grading. Now, they’re starting to become more popular for the regular desktop and stills editing with Photoshop.
BrushKnob, developed by Japanese concept artist, Wataru Kami, is a very inexpensive attempt to bring this kind of capability to the masses, releasing the entire project as OpenSource; circuit, code & all.
White balance, something we’re all familiar with these days. Be it setting it to a preset on the camera, dialing it in by eye or perhaps even going as far as to using a colour checker passport / grey card to nail it in camera. It seems that most of the time, a lot of people are either using white balance to “start from an accurate base” so that any tweaks they do in post or Lightroom etc start from “0” so to speak, or, they just leave it on auto.
Two years ago, Apple ditched its photo-editing app iPhoto for the redesigned and newly-named Photos app. As part of that transition, the Cupertino-based company announced its new Photos app would support third-party extensions to help make it more powerful and customizable for users.
Known photo app developer MacPhun recently decided to take advantage of this new functionality with its app Filters for Photos. Now, along with the app, MacPhun has announced that it will include 30 free filters to go along use inside the app.[Read More…]
Cloudy days are great for shooting wide open shots with a naturally soft light. But, sometimes the scene can appear a bit dull due to the lack of contrast.
One way of spicing up an image is to include light rays coming down from the clouds. In an ideal world, these would appear in-camera, but the reality is we don’t get to choose when they do and don’t appear.
For those times when they don’t, thankfully it’s possible to add the effect in post production. To show us how to do that, Aaron Nace of Phlearn has created an in-depth tutorial.
I like to approach my digital photography with a certain sense of the fantastical and the surreal. Many of my architectural and cityscape images feature the use of bracketed multiple exposures, which allow me to retain highlight detail in things like window lights and neon signs when shooting at night, or shadow detail in underexposed areas of the frame I want to call attention to.
The majority of my editing is though Photoshop, with the process starting in Adobe CameraRAW. I’ll take each of my bracketed exposures and make my initial adjustments there to things like color temperature, saturation, highlight/shadow detail and perspective correction.
Taking some rather ordinary images, as well as some exceptionally good ones, he creates amazing posters that wouldn’t look out of place on the walls of your local movie theatre.
It might not be as ubiquitous as Adobe Lightroom, but Capture One Pro is arguably a better piece of software for those wanting to truly get the most out of their images. Today, Phase One has launched Capture One Pro 9, the latest and most advanced iteration of its post-processing software.
Here is Wikipedia’s definition for Low-Key Lighting:
Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Traditional photographic lighting, three-point lighting uses a key light, a fill light, and a back light for illumination. Low-key lighting often uses only one key light, optionally controlled with a fill light or a simple reflector.
Low key light accentuates the contours of an object by throwing areas into shade while a fill light or reflector may illuminate the shadow areas to control contrast. The relative strength of key-to-fill, known as the lighting ratio, can be measured using a light meter. Low key lighting has a higher lighting ratio, e.g., 8:1, than high-key lighting, which can approach 1:1.
The term “low key” is used in cinematography to refer to any scene with a high lighting ratio, especially if there is a predominance of shadowy areas. It tends to heighten the sense of alienation felt by the viewer, hence is commonly used in film noir and horror genres. #
I love old photographs… Our home is decorated with snapshots from bygone eras and our basement has stacks of them (some dating back to the mid-1800s) sitting in boxes waiting for us to determine what we’ll do with them.
But, taking old photo love to a completely new level, Australian photographer Jane Long decided to take the image collections of Costică Acsinte and not only restore and colorize them but add a bit of a whimsical twist along the way. Her vision and creativity apparent in the project are not only fascinating but rather humorous, at points.