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The mere mention of image manipulation may make some photographers cringe, but there’s no denying that some skill with Photoshop can enable you to completely transform an image. In this 20 minute tutorial, Serge Ramelli walks through the process of manipulating a ‘boring’ image and turning it in to a dramatic one by transforming the lighting and sky in the scene.The art of landscape photography is one that requires patience, commitment, and hard work. However, there are times when your final image doesn’t quite match... READ MORE
PetaPixel | 06-23-2017 7:30 AM
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We are discussing light and the different ways we can use light to convey emotion, today on The Slanted Lens.The Purpose Behind Creating ArtWhy do we take photos? Why do we shoot video? What is our purpose when we create imagery? True artists want to create an emotional experience with the viewer. In my early work, I wanted to make people laugh. Now that I am moving into more video, like biographical pieces, I want people to feel an emotional connection to my subject. I want... READ MORE
The Slanted Lens | 06-22-2017 3:00 PM
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In an era when working on 30 megapixel and higher images has become the norm, a Photoshop document with dozens of layers can quickly become a burden to work with often slowing to a painful delay after each stroke of a brush. The simplest solution is to constantly be crushing those layers down into a single flat layer but this method is the antithesis of non-destructive editing which can make future client feedback rather difficult to implement. Instead, lets focus on few easy tricks you... READ MORE
FStoppers | 06-22-2017 10:03 AM
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When you’re making pictures with people, you need to have practiced your camera well enough that you can change the ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed (or Exposure Compensation) without taking your eye from the viewfinder. Muscle Memory Go ahead and practice right now. You should be ‘dry firing’ your camera daily. Take it with you…Please Support Our Partners:Platypod Ultra – Introducing the Platypod Ultra, the latest addition to the Platypod family of compact mini tripods. Ultra is small and light for travel and goes where... READ MORE
PhotoFocus | 06-21-2017 1:00 PM
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Dragonflies are absolutely amazing insects and furthermore really photogenic. There are more than 5000 species of dragonflies which live all over the world. The amazing and unique insect has the ability to fly straight up and down, to hover like a helicopter and to catch their insect prey while flying. Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, 300 million years ago. Now let me tell you some tips and tricks to get amazing dragonfly images.Find a good LocationFirst of all you need... READ MORE
Sleek Lens | 06-21-2017 3:33 AM
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Lots of folks consider themselves hobbyists and amateur photographers--and they always wonder how they can take better pictures. Lucky for those folks, The Project Photography came up with a number of great tips that the advanced photographers will do and consider (because of course they have experience) but that others may not. Otherwise, you may just find something that you have forgotten about.... READ MORE
The Phoblographer | 06-20-2017 3:00 PM
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Show Promo ImageMany photographers are unfamiliar with Photoshop’s powerful Sponge Tool, and that’s a shame because it’s a great way to punch up colors in an image while retaining a natural look. In the three-minute tutorial below you’ll learn how to make the Sponge Tool your friend.Tue, 06/20/2017Ron Leach... READ MORE
Shutterbug | 06-20-2017 2:28 PM
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It’s Tuesday, let’s join Benjamin Warde for a quick 60-second tip on using the various overlays you can add to the Crop tool:Thanks, Benjamin! Hope you all have a rockin’ Tuesday!Best,-ScottThe post How to use Crop Guide Overlays appeared first on Lightroom Killer Tips.... READ MORE
Lightroom Killer Tips | 06-20-2017 1:16 AM
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Learn how to create an anaglyph 3D effect with a color grading inspired by the popular Instagram user ohrangutang. This tutorial will show you how to easily create the 3D stereoscopic effect with just one setting and then add a color grading with the tone Curves. The tutorial also shows a brand new trick that makes using the RGB tone curves super easy.The post How to Create an Amazing 3D Retro Effect (Plus an Awesome Tone Curve Trick) appeared first on Photoshop Tutorials.... READ MORE
Photoshop Tutorials | 06-20-2017 12:51 AM
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Here are Ed Verosky´s current top five portrait photography lighting tips:Start with one light. The most important light is your main light. It sets up the whole foundation of how your subject is presented in a portrait.Get your flash off your camera. Getting your flash away from your camera is going to make a world of difference in your flash portrait photography.Use constant light ... READ MORE
ISO 1200 | 06-20-2017 12:10 AM
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Patterns are basically just repeated shapes, objects or colors either ordered in precise formations or just random designs scattered across a scene. The important thing about patterns is that they create images that are very pleasing to the eye and add a new dimension to your photos.Photo by Sharafat Khan; ISO 100, f/4.0, 1/200-second exposure.Patterns can be found everywhere in our world, from natural forms to our urban and industrial environments. Use them effectively in an image and you’ll create a photo that is dynamic... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 06-19-2017 7:43 PM
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Lightroom is by far one of the most popular tools amongst photographers. Since it has both a powerful RAW editor and an efficient library module, it’s become a go-to software for both complete beginners and seasoned experts. However, there are many who aren’t fully exploiting the powers of this software due to a few minor mistakes. These mistakes aren’t necessarily large but in the grand scheme, they might cost you a lot of time and even lower the quality of your images.In this article, I’ll introduce... READ MORE
Capture Landscapes | 06-19-2017 1:05 PM
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Once you understand how to read a histogram, it becomes an extremely useful display of the data that your camera is seeing. This 10-minute video from Steve Perry examines what histograms are, how to use them to check exposure, and some tips for avoiding exposure clipping.Checking for exposure on the LCD screen of your DSLR can be inaccurate depending on the brightness of the screen and the ambient light hitting it. The only truly accurate way to know if your image is correctly exposed is... READ MORE
PetaPixel | 06-19-2017 7:03 AM
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Do you ever see a beautiful sunset and want to capture your kids playing in front of that gorgeous backdrop?Or a beautiful couple kissing in front of a cotton candy sky?You happily start taking photos, check your LCD screen only to realize your sky is completely blown! Or even worse, you capture that beautiful sky, but your subject is too dark to even make out!How the heck are you supposed to get a nicely exposed subject AND a well exposed sky without a flash? Here... READ MORE
Clickin Moms | 06-19-2017 5:00 AM
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Hey FolksHere’s a short video for you showing a great Quick Trick for getting the very best results when using Content Aware Fill in Photoshop.The video is just over 4 minutes and as always feel free to like, share and subscribe.CheersGlyn•Check out other FREE videos over on my YouTube Channel by CLICKING HEREThe post QUICK TRICK for BEST RESULTS using Content Aware in Photoshop #113 appeared first on Glyn Dewis.... READ MORE
Glyn Dewis | 06-18-2017 11:48 AM
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You’ve probably come across dreamy-looking portraits, ones which possess a warm glow without appearing too harsh. It seems that the photographers behind these shots mysteriously conjured up the perfect light, creating a composition so striking that you can’t imagine recreating something equally beautiful. The secret, however, doesn’t lie in light that requires an elaborate spell – the key to taking great backlit portraits is the right kind of light and the ideal location to complement that light. Though this might sound like a tough (or... READ MORE
Sleek Lens | 06-17-2017 8:34 PM
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You don’t have to travel very far to get great nature photography shots. There are many opportunities for nature photography right in your own backyard. There is an abundance of nature if you know how to look for it.If you have flower beds, trees, bushes, or just wildflowers, you have many opportunities for some good nature pictures. I am going to give you a few ideas on how and what to look for. Go back to things that you have taken pictures of before but... READ MORE
Picture Correct | 06-17-2017 3:47 PM
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve connected photography with family. Photography was handed down to me by my mother, inherited almost. She always carried her Pentax and few rolls of film. In fact, some of my earliest memories are running into Walgreens to buy film or pick up developed pictures for her. As I got older, I became the one carrying the camera. I love and appreciate the photos my mom handed down to me, and I hope to do the same for... READ MORE
SLR Lounge | 06-17-2017 8:35 AM
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Expressing the passing of time using photography as a medium has fascinated me ever since I became interested in using a camera to make art. A single photograph is usually made in a fraction of a second and we have learned to perceive photographs this way. If we make photographs with a long exposure and […]The post Making a fractured dimensions photo appeared first on DIY Photography. ... READ MORE
DIY Photography | 06-16-2017 8:20 PM
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3 simple ways to reduce the second chin when photographing a person. Not all the methods shown will allow you to remove the double chin 100%, but at least significantly improve the portrait.You may also like: How to set up lighting for a video blog and studio shootingAbout Koldunov Brothers: Photography lessons, tips, tricks, life hacks and DIY tutorials. English version of the ... READ MORE
ISO 1200 | 06-16-2017 9:42 AM
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Tis the season. Summers are often filled with relaxing, beach fronts, vacations, and of course fireworks. With Independence Day fast approaching, we’re getting calls and emails inquiring about how to photograph those annual fireworks displays properly. The conditions, from a photography standpoint, are always a little bit of a challenge – dark environments, fast moving objects, and plenty of additional variables. When done incorrectly, you’re left with blurry, grainy, and uninteresting photos. But when done correctly, you can capture the spectacular moments in all their... READ MORE
Lensrentals | 06-16-2017 8:36 AM
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Creative Spotlights with the Radial Gradient There are all kinds of tools that you can use in creative ways in Photoshop, but one of my recent favorites is the Radial Gradient.  It can be used very subtly to direct the viewer’s eye to the exact spot you want them to go in your photo.  It […]The post The Radial Gradient in Photoshop Video Tutorial appeared first on f64 Academy.... READ MORE
F64 Academy | 06-16-2017 8:18 AM
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In this video I show you how I use a hand-painted overlay and apply it to a photo in Photoshop to give the image an organic and hand-painted feel. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.Watch the Tutorial:Want to practice this effect? Continue below to download the overlay from this video for free! Or, if you’d like more options, please check out the Nicolesy Painted Edge Overlay pack in the Nicolesy Store.Download a FREE Painted Edge Overlay:Please use the form below to download a sample painted edge overlay. This download is... READ MORE
Nicolesy | 06-16-2017 8:00 AM
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Have you ever felt that certain photographers and film makers just get the great shots because they get to go to some super locations? Or because they get commissioned by the top brands to have all the best lighting and equipment? A guy called Brandon Li had almost the same experience. He travels to some amazing locations, but decided to make a short film taking place in his hotel room. He sets himself a challenge to make something interesting from a boring space or location... READ MORE
FStoppers | 06-16-2017 6:03 AM
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This innovative new music video, directed by Jonah Haber, shows a glow in the dark background used to great effect. By firing strobes throughout the music video, her silhouette is recorded on the backdrop, eerily following her path throughout the video.In the experimental film, titled ‘Glow’, the team involved pulled off something rather unique. Shot for the music video of Working for the Future in the Interlake by Yes We Mystic, there is some inspiration to be taken by photographers and film-makers alike.Using non-traditional props and backdrops to aid a shoot in... READ MORE
PetaPixel | 06-15-2017 11:42 AM
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