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We know that not all of you could attend live, but boy did you miss a great Google Hangout this month. Hosts Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim were joined by Gerard Murphy from Mosaic and Bryan O’Neil Hughes from Adobe. The guys covered great tips on how to make great looking black and white photos. […]

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When it comes to post-processing a photograph, I like to work efficiently. I am definitely a fan-girl of the “work smarter, not harder” belief, and one way to do this inside of Photoshop is through the use of keyboard shortcuts. In fact, my favorite Photoshop course over on Lynda.com is a class called “Photoshop CS4 […]

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HDRAlign

With HDR photography you end up with several exposures that need to be merged.  This is relatively easy when a tripods involved, but what happens when you have to shoot handheld… in low light.  Let me show you the easiest way to make a great HDR image under tough conditions.

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An often overlooked feature of the Library Module’s Grid view is the Painter Tool. Do you see that little spray paint icon in the Grid view Toolbar? If you don’t see it make sure you are in Grid view by pressing G, and if you still don’t see it then press T to make sure […]

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Scott Bourne’s new book — 72 Essays on Photography — is now available in Apple’s iBookstore.  You can read the book on Mac or iPad with the iBooks application.  To see the book click here —https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/72-essays-on-photography/id816021495?ls=1&mt=11. Scott spent 40 years as a photographer and has crafted several inspirational essays to help photographers find their spirit. I have […]

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This week’s podcast features tips on how to organize and manipulate your images.  First up, Rich Harrington and Peter Krogh explore backup and organization workflows for all users.  Then Melissa Niu catches up with Wes Maggio from Wacom. Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post […]

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I’ve created a free Lightroom preset that you can download.  It might just be that I’ve been dealing with record amounts of snow on the East Coast, but I’m definitely feeling wintry. You can download the preset here from Mosaic (a partner of Photofocus). Once downloaded, follow these instructions. Launch Lightroom. Choose Edit > Preferences […]

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Today we’re going to look at a little known feature in Photoshop that can help you align images that were taken in a sequence, then turn those images into an animation. Disclaimer: This is just one way to align images in Photoshop For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 170mm, f/9, 1/200s, ISO 200. As you’ll see in the video below, the finishing touches for a black and white image often makes the color version of the same image look terrific, too. Personally, I think removing the distraction of color helps me make tonal adjustments with better […]

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This video goes through the process of post processing the 5 bracketed HDR image in Lightroom and Photoshop, and how Graduated Filters can ‘spice’ up your images! Disclaimer: This is just one way to edit sunsets For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Viewbug  Stick With Viewbug […]

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This is a save the date announcement for our next Google+ Hangout. Great Black and White images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Wednesday, February 19 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (ET) 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (PT) Hosted by Rob Sylvan & Levi Sim Featured Guest Bryan O’Neil Hughes from Adobe You can sign up for […]

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People often ask me how I made my signature into my own copyright logo on my photos. Here is a step by step guide on making your own signature or drawing into your own logo or signature file. 1. Practice. Grab a few sharpie of different sizes and practice your signature over and over with different […]

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3D Printing is a relatively new industry that makes it possibly to print physical copies of objects.  Adobe recently announced that Photoshop CC has radically simplifying the 3D print process for creatives. Need a perfect prop for your shoot… no problem.  Need to make a prototype to show your client… you got it.  With this new release, […]

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Let me show you how to  put a timelapse image sequence together.  For this tutorial I’ll use a series of images shot on a GoPro camera.This video comes from my DSLR Tips show on Lynda.com.

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Turn day into night! Use the power of Adjustment Layers and Blending Options to turn a bright daytime image, into a semi-realistic nighttime image. While these settings may not give you 100% perfect results, you can use the same techniques on your images with a bit of tweaking. Disclaimer: This is just one way to […]

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Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8 D lens, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 400. Great black and white images require more than simply removing the color, and Lightroom 5 is a really powerful tool for making memorable black and white photographs. Take a look at this video to see the seven steps I take to make a terrific B&W […]

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You might have noticed that we’ve started holding Google Hangouts each month (in fact we’re about to hold multiple ones).  It’s all a part of our campaign to make Photofocus a more important part of your photography education. In case you missed it (or couldn’t catch the whole thing). Here’s the recording.  A big thanks […]

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One very useful feature inside of Lightroom’s Library Module is the Survey mode. This is a fantastic tool to use when you have a photo-shoot filled with many similar images, and you need to edit them down to just a few keepers. I use this a lot with my food photography images, since I tend […]

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TriggerTrap

Recently, Scott Bourne reviewed TriggerTrap (an app and cable combination that gives you a lot of custom control over your camera).  I’ve since become huge fan and have made it a huge part of my time-lapse and HDR workflow. A new update just dropped last night that adds support for using a motion sensor.  You […]

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Before I begin, let me state that my shop is cross platform.  We use both Mac and Windows.   The Mac just celebrated it’s 30th birthday.  I’ve been using them for that long and owned one for 24 years (no, not the same one). Apple recently released an interactive survey where which built a cool […]

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We’ve explored layer masks in-depth recently.  If you make a great mask and you want to apply it, you can make the effect permanent.

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