Changing the color of a background or adding a backlight effect has always been a task for Photoshop. Here’s how to skip Photoshop and use Lightroom’s new Range Masking Tool to add bright colors to a dull image. Adding color to an Adjustment Brush To change the color of the background, we need to add color to the Adjustment Brush. Working in the Development Mode, select the Adjustment Brush and start with exposure set to 0.25. Click on the color swatch at the bottom of the panel and choose a color. To apply the effect only to the background, … [Read more...] about A Fast Way to Change a Background
Currently he is teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for various plug-in companies and for the Vanelli and Friends series.
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Latest posts by Vanelli (see all)
- A Fast Way to Change a Background - November 18, 2017
- Studio Tip: Use a Platypod to Hang a Hair Light - November 16, 2017
- Live Webinar: Get Up and Running With The New Perfectly Clear 3.5 - November 13, 2017
By now people have realized the Platypod Max is a very "on the go" versatile tool. Attaching a ball head and camera makes it as rock solid as a tripod. But did you know, it's just as great in the studio? I've shown in a previous post how to attach an Avenger 5/8-Inch Stud so you can mount a large studio light and hide it in a small space behind your subject without getting it in the shot. This time I used the 3" spigot adapter from Platypod's Multi Accessory kit to attach the light to the Platypod; it's a standard lighting tool size and works … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Use a Platypod to Hang a Hair Light
Join Levi Sim and Vanelli Live for a free Webinar on Monday, November 20, 2017, as they explore "How to Get up and Running with the New Perfectly Clear 3.5". Athentech unveiled Perfectly Clear 3.5. with lots of great new features. It’s also a FREE update to existing Perfectly Clear version 3 owners. If you don’t own the application/plug-in (or own an older version) we’ve got a time-limited special offer here. Perfectly Clear is Now A Stand-Alone Application! Perfectly Clear version 3.5 has removed the need for using a host application. … [Read more...] about Live Webinar: Get Up and Running With The New Perfectly Clear 3.5
For the past decade, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has been one of the top standard photo processing and image organizing software on the market. The consumer had very few options—until now. Here’s why: ON1 Photo RAW 2018 may be the answer photographers have been looking for as a Lightroom alternative. (If you want to try the software out for free – click here.) ON1 has had a standalone version since 2014 For years, ON1 has created great plugins for both Lightroom and Photoshop. The only problem—you still needed Lightroom or Photoshop to use the … [Read more...] about ON1 Photo RAW 2018: a Lightroom Alternative?
Studio flags are similar to a 5-in-one round reflector with the except they are easier to mount to a c-stand. Here’s how to use the Flag’s built-in pin to attach to the knuckle of an extension arm which is attached to a c-stand. Why use studio flags? Studio flags--such as the Digital Juice Pro Flag Kit--are great for modifying light. You can use them to diffuse light, bounce light and even block light. Studio flags differ from a 5-in-one round reflector simply by how they attach to a c-stand. They come with a pin that slips into a knuckle … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Attaching a Flag to an Extension Arm
Adjusting a heavy light attached to a c-stand doesn’t have to acquire a lot of strength. Here’s a simple tip to help you move the light up or down without much effort. Stand on the Longest Leg This is a very short and simple tip. When lowering or raising a light on a c-stand, place one foot on the longest leg of the c-stand. This will give you leverage to raise the light and prevent it from falling over. This will also work with conventional lights stands by lightly standing on the bar of the front leg. (Editor's Note: C-Stands made by … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: How to Adjust a Light on a C-Stand
Adding a smoke effect in Photoshop is easy when you have the right brushes. Here's where to find a few cool smoke effect brushes and how to apply them. Where to Find a Smoke Brush A simple Google search on “Free Photoshop Brushes” is a great starting point. I found several great smoke effect brushes on QBrushes.net. Although the brushes are free, read through their licensing agreement to make sure you qualify. As with downloading anything over the internet, make sure you’re downloading from a reputable site. Create a folder called Brushes … [Read more...] about How to Add Smoke using a FREE Photoshop Brush
This may not seem like a big deal at first, but once you start sharing images to Facebook, Instagram or ANY system application installed on your computer, you’ll fall in love with it. Gone are the days of converting a Photoshop document to a jpg then sharing the image to social media, or even your favorite app. Here’s how to share an image to Social Media, emails, or your favorite app right inside Photoshop CC 2018. Photoshop CC 2018’s New “Share to” Button Accessing Photoshop CC 2018’s new “Share to” feature is easy. After opening an image, … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing- Using Photoshop’s New Share an Image
Organizing and finding images in Lightroom is easy when using Lightroom’s Collections. To make collections even more powerful, Adobe added Smart Collections. Smart Collections automatically gathers all images based on a few keywords you create. Here’s how to let Lightroom help you organize your images the smart way. Why Use Smart Collections? This article was inspired while I was rushing to find images to show during a keynote address for the Black Hills Photo Shootout. I’ve known about Smart Collections for years, but haven’t really thought … [Read more...] about The Power Of Lightroom’s Smart Collections
Installing new updates can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Exciting because you can’t wait to try out the new features. Terrifying because it may crash your system. Here are a few simple tips to make your upgrade experience better. Backup Your Lightroom Catalog(s) Backing up your Lightroom catalog(s) is a safety net in case the update gets corrupt.This will save valuable time and frustration if you have to reinstall the previous version. The best way to backup your Lightroom catalog is through Lightroom’s catalog settings. This … [Read more...] about READ THIS BEFORE Upgrading To The New Lightroom
Using a combination of Facebook messaging, emails or text messages to inform a client their images are available for viewing can get complicated. A simple solution is to develop a consistent workflow and stick to it. Here’s an example on how to use Lightroom and LG/Gmail–The Photographer's Toolbox email addon--to create an email template and stay organized. Setting Up LG/Gmail The Photographer's Toolbox created a great Lightroom email addon called LG/Gmail. The plugin allows you to attach images from Lightroom and send them--along with an … [Read more...] about Create Custom Emails In Lightroom
Using a low power fan to create a windblown look doesn't get the job done and a large more powerful fan is bulky plus gets in the shot. Here’s how to use the small but very powerful Blowit Fan to create a killer windblown look. Aim at the subject’s chest The secret to creating the windblown effect is lifting the hair from the bottom. Aiming the fan at the chest pushes the bottom part of the hair back producing a pleasing look. Start with a low setting and add more power until the hair is flowing the way you want. If you need to, move the fan … [Read more...] about Studio Tips: Using the Powerful Blowit Fan for Windblown Hair
As I was relaxing, enjoying a nice meal with a friend, out of the blue he asked: “Would you really buy a Platypod?” Nipping any chances of a debate, I gave him five examples of times when I needed my Platypod but didn’t have it with me. Here’s why I answered “Yes!” What Is a Platypod? A Platypod is a versatile and compact base ideal for supporting cameras to capture below-angle shots and for situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical. It's also a great tool for studio use. You can use it to hang a hair light or hide a … [Read more...] about Would You Really Buy A Platypod?
Adobe just launched two new versions of Lightroom: Lightroom Classic CC—the Lightroom we’ve all come to know—and a new product called Lightroom CC. Sound confusing? Well, yeah, it is; but here’s how you can decide if the new..errrr.. newer version Lightroom CC will make it in your workflow. Let’s get the names straight New Coke, Coke Classic... What??? Remember when Coca-Cola tried to introduce a reformulated Coca-Cola? Yeah, that firestorm ended with the return of the original formula—now called Coca-Cola classic—a few months later. I love … [Read more...] about Will the New Adobe Lightroom CC Make it in My Workflow?
Tens of thousands of photographers are descending on New York City from around the world to attend Photo Plus Expo, the largest photography conference, and trade show in the Western Hemisphere. Several of our authors and editors will be there and we’d love to see you for a photowalk Friday evening and maybe a little refreshment afterward. (Register Now! The photo walk is Limited to 50 walkers) This year we’ve got a special opportunity to learn new skills. We’ll learn how to maximize any shooting opportunity by recording video footage along … [Read more...] about NYC Photowalk with Photofocus, Macphun, & Adobe Stock October 27, 2017 8:00pm
Lightroom’s email feature has been around since the beginning of the program, but you couldn't add names from your contact list. This forced you to remember the client's email address—not very efficient. Here's how to fix this problem by using a neat Lightroom export plugin to attach an image from Lightroom. What is the LR/Gmail Plugin? LR/GMail is an export plugin for Lightroom 2 and higher developed by Arctic Whiteness—the creators of the Photographer’s Toolbox. The plugin allows you to send exported images via your gmail account. The … [Read more...] about Attaching an Image to Gmail using Lightroom
Imagine losing every image you have ever taken of your child, your wife, a family member that has passed away, that beautiful sunset in Hawaii, all of your client’s images...you get the point. Are you feeling sick to your stomach, especially knowing it could have been prevented? The good news, it’s not too late. If you have more than 6TB of data, you need to invest in a RAID backup. Here are 5 common excuse people make for not buying a RAID Backup and 5 solutions to help you make the right choice. 1. I Don't Understand Why I Need a RAID … [Read more...] about 5 Excuses for Not Buying a RAID Backup
Using a fog machine indoors—especially in a small, unvented room—can be challenging. The fog can sometimes linger too long or move in front of your subject, causing a hazy image. Here’s how to control fog using a neat little product called Atmosphere Aerosol, a.k.a Fog in a Can. What is Atmosphere Aerosol? Atmosphere Aerosol looks like hairspray, but without the choking fumes. It enables photographers to add fog or haze during a shoot. It’s a safe, non-toxic, clear spray that won’t stain gowns, suits, uniforms or garments. How it … [Read more...] about Fog… in a can?
There are many factors to consider in deciding if you should be a second shooter for another photographer at an event. Here’s how to avoid damaging a friendship or a business relationship. 1. Don’t talk directly to the client All communications should begin with the lead photographer talking to the client. Once the lead photographer introduces you, it’s only natural for the client to talk to you. If the client has a question about pricing or wants something special, refer them to the lead photographer. Don’t undermine the lead photographer … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for a Second Shooter
How cool is this! As fellow Photofocus author Levi Sim and I prepared for a Webinar on how we use Perfectly Clear, we stumbled upon a neat trick--using a Lightroom Preset in Photoshop! Instead of bouncing back and forth between programs, I can stay in Photoshop to complete my edits. It’s not as hard as you may think, here’s how. Getting your Lightroom Preset into Photoshop Step 1: Select a RAW file in Lightroom and apply a preset. Working in the development module, apply a preset to an image. Step 2: Edit in Photoshop as a Smart … [Read more...] about Using a Lightroom Preset in Photoshop…What???
Vanelli travels across the country, talking to some of the top photographers in the field as they share their experiences while shooting on set. You'll soon learn that even season professionals encounter roadblocks during photo shoots. By staying calm under pressure, they rely on their skills to overcome these obstacles to capture an amazing shot. Sit back, relax and enjoy a Story from the Set. Topaz Guru Greg Rostami shares a story on how he turned a portrait taken by Levi Sim into a painting using simple tools found in Topaz. In this … [Read more...] about Stories From the Set- Greg Rostami Painting with Topaz
Vanelli travels across the country, talking to some of the top photographers in the field as they share their experiences while shooting on set. You'll soon learn that even season professionals encounter roadblocks during photo shoots. By staying calm under pressure, they rely on their skills to overcome these obstacles to capture an amazing shot. Sit back, relax and enjoy a Story from the Set. Travel, Landscape and Sea Cave photographer C.B. Friedland shares a story on how he first learned how to capture unique Sea Cave images. In this … [Read more...] about Stories from the Set-CB Friedland’s Sea Caves
Figuring out the proper dimensions of a gallery print can get a little tricky. Here’s how to create a Photoshop 20x16-inch template that will help you understand how to start with an image and build the final dimensions from there. Step 1: Start with a 15x10, 300ppi black canvas From the File menu select New. You can name the document here or at the end of the tutorial. Set the canvas size to 15 inches for the width, 10 inches for the height at 300ppi. Click Create. Step 2: Create the “Place photo here” layer Double click … [Read more...] about Create a Gallery Print Template
Flats are large rectangles of lightweight foam core. Theater set designers use them to create background scenery. Their lightweight design makes them easy to move around sets to be used as backgrounds, flagging light and as reflectors. Hinging two flats together—creating a letter V—creates what is know as a V-flat. Here’s how to construct your own V-flat. Different Size V-Flats You can build any size V-flat to meet your needs. A product photographer may not need an eight foot tall V-flat as much as a portrait photographer would. Building a … [Read more...] about How to Construct the Most Versatile Studio Gear: V-Flats
DSLR Cameras are very intelligent. Sometimes they think they are smarter than the photographer. In most cases, they are—but there are times when their intelligence is compromised with incorrect settings. This causes the camera to produce undesirable results. Using autofocusing as an example, here’s how to reclaim some control. Autofocusing Problem The Nikon D810 is billed as the most “Close to medium format” portrait camera you can get. I will admit, when shooting with a lot of ambient light on set, it rivals the quality of medium format. … [Read more...] about Take Control of Your Intelligent DSLR
Experimenting with different lighting setups can transform a simple image into a creative portrait. It’s not hard to experiment. If you don’t like the look, keep experimenting until you find one you love. Here’re two examples on how to add killer catchlights to a portrait that will help jumpstart your creativity. Ring Light A ring light adds unique lighting to a portrait. You place the lens through the middle of the light, causing the light to come from the same plane as the lens. This produces very few shadows and a unique catch light. … [Read more...] about Create Killer Catchlights
Vanelli travels across the country, talking to some of the top photographers in the field as they share their experiences while shooting on set. You'll soon learn that even season professionals encounter roadblocks during photo shoots. By staying calm under pressure, they rely on their skills to overcome these obstacles to capture an amazing shot. Sit back, relax and enjoy a Story from the Set. Olympus Visionary and educator Jamie MacDonald shares a story on how the newest technology from Olympus has influenced his photography. In this … [Read more...] about Stories from the Set-How Jamie MacDonald uses Olympus Technology
Vanelli travels across the country, talking to some of the top photographers in the field as they share their experiences while shooting on set. You'll soon learn that even season professionals encounter roadblocks during photo shoots. By staying calm under pressure, they rely on their skills to overcome these obstacles to capture an amazing shot. Sit back, relax and enjoy a Story from the Set. Accomplished photographer, author and educator Rick Sammon shares a story on how he and his wife traveled along Route 66 to capture some amazing … [Read more...] about Stories from the Set: Rick Sammon Route 66 HDR
Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Enjoying the Fresh Hair" by Patrick Lawless While Patrick was walking back to Victoria Station in London, he stumbled upon a kindly hairdresser giving a free haircut to one of the homeless who can be found sleeping rough in and around the area. An unusual sight and a good act in tandem seemed too good a photo opportunity for him to pass up. A great example why it's always good to have your camera ready. Originally shared with Photofocus through an email. To learn how your work can be featured … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Patrick Lawless
Editor's Note: Vanelli has used a pre-production model of the Platypod Ultra that we were sent for test shooting. The units are on Kickstarter now, but only until Sunday, July 25, 2017. Consider ordering one if you want to get the product first. Tripods are a great tool to steady a shot and keep the subject in focus. Sometimes their size prevents them from being placed in the exact position you need to capture a shot. This is where a Platypod fits in. Here’s how I used the new Platypod Ultra to keep the camera low to capture … [Read more...] about How I Got the Shot: Great Reflections with Platypod Ultra