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.
Quick Tip: Macbook photoshop running slow? Check your downloads folder
Here is a quick tip we got from photographer and soundman extraordinaire Matthew Monroe. If Photoshop on your Mac is running slow, or worse, giving you the “scratch disks are full” message, there are things you can do.
Let’s talk about scratch disks for a second: scratch disk is where Photoshop stores information which is too big to store in RAM. This can happen when working with big files, applying complex filters and other instances where your RAM is just not big enough. If you have not made any changes to your default Photoshop installation, there is a good chance that your scratch disk is also your system disc (which is also your documents disc).
The smaller the scratch disk is, the slower Photoshop will run. And if it’s small enough, you will get the infamous “scratch disks are full” error.
Luckily the solution is easy, or at least the immediate front line support. Just free some space on your disk. For Matt, it was the downloads folder which was hogging over 12 GB of disc space.
Quick Tip: How to never lose track of charged & discharged batteries again
Keeping track of batteries is a pain. We have to change them so much more often in our cameras now. Especially since the advent of live view LCDs and video. So, most of us keep a well stocked supply of spares, particularly with small juice suckers like action cameras. But when you go out to shoot, how do you keep track of which are charged and which are depleted?
One option is to keep separate sections of a bag, or even separate bags for each. But things can often get mixed up easily. You could just write numbers on them and just use them sequentially, but that’s easy to lose track of. Here’s a solution from Knoptop that’s simple and pretty effective, just using some small rubber bands.
Quick tip: How to make sure you didn’t miss a single dust spot in your photo
No matter how hard you try, your sensor will eventually get a few specks of dust. Now, you have two options: clean the sensor, or clean the photos by removing the dust spots in post-processing. If you prefer the second method, this short video by Benjamin Warde will show you how to make sure you haven’t missed a single part of the photo.
Change Select and Mask back to Refine Edge in CC 2017
Many things have troubled me this past year. Global warming, war, consumerism, my beard that seems to grow ginger past a certain length…..but right above those, at the top of the list is Adobes new Select and Mask feature. Why? Because it just doesn’t work! No matter how many times I try, how many sliders I change, it just doesn’t create the great selections I was used to with Refine Edge.
Now to be honest I never really used the Refine Edge for the body, I use the pen tool for those selections. But where Refine Edge earned its pay was when I got to the hair. And like it or not, Select and Mask just doesn’t seem up to the task. Frustrated and tired, I did what any angry Photoshopper would do in their moment of rage!!!……….I created a meme! But with a great meme, comes great responsibility, and other Photoshop users began to share their thoughts on Select and Mask too.
I will show you later in the post how to revert back to good old Refine Edge, whilst using selections in CC 2017, but first lets see what other Photoshop users thought. [Read More…]
Diffuse your popup flash on the cheap with a simple balloon
The popup flash sucks. There’s no two ways about it. It’s small, too close to the lens, produces a bunch of red eye, it’s just horrible. These reasons, and more, are why many of the higher end cameras don’t even have one. But not everybody starts out with a bunch of lighting gear. They may not know that it even exists, or what to do with it even if they had it.
So what can beginners or those with minimal kit do to get better portraits with the popup flash? Well, according to the Koldunov Brothers, one method is to use a simple balloon. Given the current festive season, it’s an option that many will have easy access to.
Quick tip: How to get “Photoshop-like” Guides in Lightroom
If you use guides in Photoshop, you know they can help you position and align the elements of the photo accurately. But do you miss these guides in Lightroom? If you do, it’s good to know Lightroom offers them, too. This option is kinda “buried” in the menu, and you may easily miss if you don’t know it’s there. This quick and easy tutorial by Scott Kelby will help you find it and use Guides in Lightroom CC.
No tripod? No problem – A lazy approach to overhead photography
Living on the 9th floor in my apartment, anything that gets left in the car, stays in the car. Even if I later “suddenly” remember that I need it while I am at home. Having the enormous responsibility of my project 365, this is usually bad news for me. I knew that I was going to take a picture of one of my guitars because I had planned to. The only problem is, I wanted a table top. And for that… you need a tripod. I’m sure you know where I am going with this. Yes, the tripod is in the car, and its pouring outside, its cold, and anyway I’m flustered because I decided to postpone the picture till 2:00 am. I’m just not going down to get my tripod!
So it was time to work around it, because honestly, I couldn’t think of anything else to take a picture of…
How to match exposures on multiple photos in Lightroom
When you are out shooting, you can sometimes end up with plenty of photos that vary significantly in exposure. Adobe Lightroom published a short video tutorial on their YouTube channel to help photographers match exposure on multiple photos. The tutorial lasts as short as 60 seconds, yet it gives you a useful tip that will help you save a lot of time when editing photos.
Quick Tip: How to get X12 more time than the Sony camera battery
If you are shooting with a Sony camera, you know that they eat and spit batteries faster than I eat M&Ms. One trivial options is carry another set of batteries (though originals are about $45 each). What I am doing is using off the shelf power banks to run the Sony for much longer than its original battery.
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