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In this tutorial, we’ll be taking a look at one approach to combining HDR (High Dynamic Range) composite images in Photoshop to remove any undesired detail, and easily blend softness back into a landscape composition as needed. Questions? Drop me a line at [email protected] or look me up on Facebook and Twitter. This Post Sponsored […]

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Nikon D7100, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, f/8, 3 frame HDR, ISO 800. Ultra-wide angle lenses can add a lot of motion and engagement to your images. However, images may lack impact if you don’t have something in the foreground. When I say ultra-wide, I mean shorter than 18mm on cropped sensor, or shorter than 24mm on […]

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In this tutorial, learn how to easily blur the background behind your transparent elements in Photoshop. This is perfect when designing website mockups! Disclaimer: This is just one way to blur elements in Photoshop. For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. This Post Sponsored by: LensRentals.com Be a kid in a camera store. Rent […]

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Angela and Ryan

One of the biggest “rules” out there in photography is to shoot level, shoot above, but never shoot someone from below. It’s unflattering, distorting, and people will hate the photo you take of them from a low angle. Well, that’s just plain horsepuckey. Photos at a low angle are often some of my favorite images. […]

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Did you know that HDR software can be used to enhance the dynamic range of a single exposure as well? Earlier we looked at enhancing a single raw file, but you can even improve upon a single JPEG or TIFF. In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you’ll learn […]

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One of the newest upgrades in Photoshop CC was the upgrade to make an image larger without loosing detail. In the past when you would re size an image you would lose detail in your image. Now with the new CC they have found a way to keep your image preserved without loosing much detail. […]

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The angle of incidence equals the angle of reflectance is a law of light.  It’s also photo-speak that (allegedly) explains how to evenly light a background, a copy stand or photograph a mirror. Unfortunately it means very little unless there’s an understanding of what the two types of light meters–incident and reflective–do to measure light. If […]

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Once you “finish” a photo in Photomatix Pro, you aren’t really done.  The software offers a collection of useful adjustment to refine contrast and control color balance to really achieve the best results.  These adjustments are easy to use once you learn them, In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix […]

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When photographing water, it can oftentimes be a good idea to tame the reflections with a circular polarizer filter. A circular polarizer is a filter that rotates on the front of your lens, allowing you to cut through reflections in water and glass. These examples show how different rotations of the filter can have varying effects […]

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Snapshots vs. History

One of Lightroom’s greatest strengths is the fact that it stores all the work you do in its catalog file and never changes the pixel data in the source photos. Having all of that data on hand gives you a tremendous amount of freedom and flexibility in your post-production workflow. The most obvious benefit is […]

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The previous Exposure Tactics post, explored understanding the difference between how Lightroom, Photoshop, and light meters measure exposure.  Now we continue to look at working with the files in postproduction. Exposure Tweaks in Lightroom & Camera Raw Calibrated computer monitors are great for displaying color and brightness. Unfortunately, the human visual system just can’t tell if […]

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I want to share this really great way of removing a color cast from your images.  This can be pretty tricky especially with portraits.  You know, when your subject’s skin has that weird color cast you can’t seem to correct.   It can turn into a pretty daunting process working with selective color or color balance […]

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Black and white photography is all about contrast.  Working with HDR is a great way to create compelling photos.  In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create the most contrast in a photo. In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you’ll learn how to quickly get results.  Remember, […]

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Did you know that HDR software can be used to enhance the dynamic range of a single exposure as well?  By accessing all the data in a raw file, a technically improved photo can be extracted from the source. In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you’ll learn how […]

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Take a ‘boring’ black and white photo, and give it some color in Photoshop! This tutorial covers selection methods, Adjustment Layers, and Layer Masks, all of which will help you in your photo editing. Disclaimer: This is just one way to colorize a black and white photo in Photoshop. For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily […]

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When you are first learning Photoshop, layer masks can seem overwhelming and confusing. It’s ok, photoshop itself can be overwhelming and confusing. I promise, once you understand the basics of Layer Masks, you’ll be glad to utilize this skill in your post processing workflow. In fact, you will find that using layer masks is one […]

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a new book called the Photofocus Guide: Develop Great Images in Lightroom.  This book is almost done and we’ll be giving away free copies soon to all our readers thanks to Mosaic.  Be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center. There is a direct connection between the histogram and the […]

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EyeColor

In a hurry? We’ve got you covered. In 1 minute, learn how to change eye color in Photoshop using a basic selection, masking, and Adjustment Layers. Disclaimer: This is just one way to change eye color in Photoshop. For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This Post Sponsored by: LensRentals.com Be a […]

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Cinematic Video Effect

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a cinematic video composition using a few video clips, blending modes, and Adjustment Layers! Disclaimer: This is just one way to create a cinematic video effect. For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This Post Sponsored by: LensRentals.com Be a […]

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PerspectiveWarp

Adobe has done it again! Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC 14.2 allows you to change the perspective of objects in your images without much stretching or distortion. For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. ______ This Post Sponsored by: LensRentals.com Be a kid in a camera store. Rent lenses, cameras, lighting and […]

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a new book called the Photofocus Guide: Develop Great Images in Lightroom.  This book is almost done and we’ll be giving away free copies soon to all our readers thanks to Mosaic.  Be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center. The Histogram panel contains a number of tools to […]

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