If you're just like me, you don't walk around your photoshoots with a tripod and don't (or can't) take multiple images to create a bracketed HDR. Well, good news my friends, we don't have to do it anymore either! Today, I'm showing how to create kick-ass HDR with single images (while having a little fun on the way). Ready? To your spoons everyone! HDR editing was originally created by merging multiple images to obtain maximum details from the expanded dynamic range. You know the technique: An underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed … [Read more...] about Single image HDR: The sundae technique
Have you snapped some lower resolution images with your smartphone and you'd like to give them a little (make that BIG) kick to catch all the attention on social media? Here's a 2-minute trick to go from flat to fabulous. Whether you are an amateur or a pro photographer, we all end up taking pictures with our iPhone or Android at some point. It's always with us, always ready, even when we are not! Understand that I do personally prefer taking pictures with my camera when I plan to take some. Sometimes, however, wonderful and unexpected things … [Read more...] about JPEG editing: from “oh …” to “OMG!” with Aurora HDR 2019
I use Aurora and Luminar on a daily basis for my post-editing workflow - but not at all once on the same image. I finally decided to combine both... and the only thing I've asked myself is "Why in the world haven't I tried this earlier?!" In this article, I explain step by step what I did to create this beautiful sunset picture and show you how you can do it too! Step 1: Open your image in Aurora HDR 2018 For those of you who are not familiar with the software, Aurora HDR 2018 is an amazing tool (for Mac and PC users!) to edit pictures. … [Read more...] about Combining the Power of Aurora HDR 2018 and Luminar 2018 In The Same Picture
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The only constant thing in Apple is change, and thankfully-- one of the biggest changes to macOS includes an update to the Photos app! There's a lot more for us to play with now, but the biggest changes include a more logical organization, more tools to use while editing, and the ability to jump back forth to Photoshop. Organization The sidebar gets a great little makeover that makes a huge difference in terms of what you're seeing at first glance! The first thing that drew my attention is the little folder, called Media Types, that now … [Read more...] about Apple updates the Photos App in macOS High Sierra!
Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the Perfectly Clear Plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom. This amazing tool offers one-click corrections to perfection to bring out the best in your photos. This webinar will walk you through all of the essentials from working with presets, to customizing adjustments, to batch-processing your own photos. If you're looking to save time, then don't miss this session. You'll learn why 30 million prints a day are processed with Perfectly Clear and how you can take your photos to perfection in no … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Getting Started with Perfectly Clear (with Rich Harrington)
Did you see the NIK software announcement from Google? Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to play with and use NIK software but it was never an expense I was willing to part with. Like many of us, funds are limited and I couldn’t justify buying something when I need a new camera body first. When a friend shared with me the news from Google that NIK software was released for free, I was excited. I downloaded it right away and then came across some negative aspects of the free download. Good news, yes the software is indeed free. It’s the same … [Read more...] about Google NIK Collection: Good News & Bad News
We'd like to know a bit more about your software habits. When it comes to editing photos, where do you spend the most time? … [Read more...] about Question of the Week:
Coming soon to Adobe Photoshop CC, you'll be able to edit your toolbars rearrange tools you use often, hide tools you don't, and even sync them to the Creative Cloud for on-the-go work. http://www.youtube.com/iceflowstudios … [Read more...] about Coming Soon to Photoshop: Editable Toolbars
Editor's Note: Don't miss this week's free event on when to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop. Lightroom is a very powerful non-destructive editing program that has turned the old fashion darkroom digital. It was created for photographers to not only edit images, but to tackle the daunting task of keeping their digital photos organized. As a photographer, Im able to perform about 95% of my edits inside Lightroom. When I need to alter a raw image add clouds to a dull sky Lightrooms Edit in feature allows me to choose which program I want to … [Read more...] about How to Get an Image from Lightroom to Photoshop
Google's Snapseed has undergone a facelift of late and one of the things Ive found helpful is the ability to brush in the HDR filter. Applying The HDR Scape Filter To apply the HDR filter tap the pencil icon in the bottom right corner Then slide up to reveal the filters. Among the filters is the new HDR Scape. This works much better than the Drama that you may have added before. Here add the adjustments to suit. In this example Im only adjusting for the portion of the image under the desk. The wall and windows Ill do later. Ill tap the … [Read more...] about Painting In HDR With Snapseed
In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to create a headless man, and how to add realistic looking clothes to look like the head was never there! … [Read more...] about Create a Headless Man in Photoshop
Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 this week much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the new Brush tools with the Graduated Filter, auto pano stitching, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked. If you have any questions about Lightroom, let me know in the comments section! … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC’s New Brush Feature For The Graduated Filter
I photograph a lot of people in their places--people working and living and their environments. These environmental portraits are so much fun to make, but I've usually got a limited time to make them--business people can only halt business for so long while I make pictures. That's why it's important that I have some systems to maximize our opportunities for usable photographs, and here's a simple one. It seems simple, but until I was told to do it every time, I wasn't doing it every time. Does that make sense? Sometimes sensible things just … [Read more...] about My Portrait System — Great Shots Each Time
The Challenge of Dynamic Range My next house I did end up photographing was a small townhouse. I think those are extra challenging to photograph as you are working to be creative in tiny places to get the entire room without too much distortion. A tripod is a must even when working in such a tiny space. I went to work and bracketed each room. The realtor sent me a text saying his clients were impressed and LOVED the pictures. I breathed a sigh of relief. After that praise I looked back through some photos and decided to play some more with … [Read more...] about What can Photomatix do for you?
Environmental portraits show people in their place, their habitat. The environment sets the mood and the place of the story, and a single look at the photograph can tell you what the story is about. Let me show you three things I think about as I light the background to make an environment worth photographing. 1. It's Gotta Be Believable Lighting and posing a person so he looks his best is my primary concern. (Here are two other articles about lighting and posing to help people look great.) After that's under control, I've got to figure out … [Read more...] about Powerful Environmental Portraits Need 3 Things
Today was rainy, and then it was rainy and windy, but what else can I expect in the winter in the Pacific Northwest? Trouble is, I still have to make a living even when it's raining. Fortunately, I had a willing client and two tools that helped me make the most of the situation. Twist to Enrich My client was going to meet me at my office where I had a decent background of greenery available and a covered porch to shoot under. However, things changed, and we ended up going to a different spot. Changing locations can be really terrifying. As you … [Read more...] about Beat a Rainy Day With a Polarizer and One Tool That’s Practically Free
For those not wanting to get deep into image editing or don't have a need for the full Photoshop, theres Photoshop Elements. Sharing a lot of its bigger sisters power, Elements compacts features into more easily handled or automated parts. One of these is a great feature called Auto Smart Tone. Accessing Auto Smart Tone Photoshop Elements has a three editing modes and Auto Smart Tone will work in two of them, Quick and Expert. When in one of these modes Auto Smart can be accessed from the Enhance menu. Window and Joystick This opens a new … [Read more...] about Photoshop Element’s Auto Smart Tone
Editing photos on the native iOS platform has always been lacking in refinement, that is until iOS 8. Apple introduced a photo editor that was a one touch simple editor with a second layer of editing control that allows for far more refinement. No Pixels Were Harmed. When viewing an image you can access the editor by tapping on Edit in the top right corner. If youre image was taken with your iOS device then the editor will open, however if you added an image from another source as I have here, then youre given the option to duplicate the image … [Read more...] about Great Black and White Images with iOS 8
Editor's Note: This week, we're focussing on onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite. We've asked several Photofocus writers to each make a tutorial. We'll also have a free preset pack at the end of the week for you.In this onOne "Perfect Inspiration" video, I show how I process one of my food photograph's using Lightroom 5 and onOne's Perfect Effects 9. Click here to download the preset created in this tutorial. Be sure to head over to onOne's website to view more videos from other talented photographers! … [Read more...] about Processing Food Photography Using Lightroom & onOne Software
In this video, you'll learn how to quickly remove wrinkles from your images in Photoshop. Disclaimer: This is only one way to remove wrinkles in Photoshop. … [Read more...] about Remove Wrinkles in Photoshop
This video shows you how to create a double exposure style effect in Photoshop. | … [Read more...] about Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop
Yes, you can use Camera Raw within Photoshop to edit your videos! This short tip explains how easy it is! Follow Howard on | Subscribe on Disclaimer: This is just one way to edit a video in Photoshop. ______________________ … [Read more...] about Improve your videos using CAMERA RAW in Photoshop!
So there's maybe more bungles that people would make if they didn't know any better or were just starting off. I figured that there could be some extra help in identifying some of the more recent blunders that have been popping up more often in communities that I'm associated with. Before you read this, make sure that you've read Beware of these 5 Beginners Blunders in Post Processing Portraits. It'll help you put all of this into good light. It really isn't a big super deal if you do any of these. If you find yourself doing something that's on … [Read more...] about Beware of these 5 MORE Beginner’s Blunders in Post Processing Portraits
Recently I had an interesting encounter on . It started when graciously retweeted one of my recent posts about the newly updated Lightroom Mobile, and it prompted someone on Twitter to reply very harshly, implying that I was not a "real" photographer. Now, I am not one to feed the trolls, but I had to ask him what his definition of a "real" photographer was. Here's the Twitter conversation so you can see his response: For those of you who know me, a large part of my business is that I write and sell photography-related eBooks, tutorials, … [Read more...] about What’s Your Definition of Photographer?
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 . ______ … [Read more...] about Change Eye Color in Photoshop in 1 Minute
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 . ______ … [Read more...] about Cinematic Video Composition in Photoshop
As you read this, think back to when you were beginning photography Im sure youd be able to relate to this to yourself (or your friend) and hopefully laugh (and not cry). Alright, so this list may not be super accurate and is in no particular order, but, I think it is safe to say that every beginning photographer has experimented with at least four out of the five blunders. I know I did, and believe me, I have had to work through these as I grew and became more experienced in photography. The goal with portraiture is to make that person look … [Read more...] about Beware of these 5 Beginner’s Blunders in Post Processing Portraits
The invention of editing is the thing that allowed film to take off. — Walter Murch Occasionally, clients will balk at the time/cost of the edit. To the uninformed, the edit may seem like simple, mechanical task when, in fact, the editor is the last storyteller to touch a film project. When I meet such resistance, I point my clients at The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, a stellar documentary on the subject. This film is both accessible to the average viewer and educational to all but the most experienced of cutters. The … [Read more...] about The Cutting Edge
Whatever your discipline of photography, there's one skill that is crucial to catapulting your success: culling. That boring, obnoxious task of sifting through all the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in order to finally surface with a body of work worth looking at (or showing to the client). Why Cull Images? Include too few photos and your clients feel gypped and they scoot out the door with the bare minimum purchase. Include too many photos and your clients are so overwhelmed theyre incapable of discerning the images they love from the … [Read more...] about Culling Photos: Five Tips to Choose Your Best Images