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Category: Photography

24 Apr

Create A Surreal Ocean Portrait In Photoshop

We all have our heads in the clouds from time to time, and with the help of Photoshop, we can bring our day dreams to life. For this tutorial, you'll need a straight-on headshot, an image of water, a cutout of a dolphin and a cutout of a ship. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Crop the portrait until it's a tight shot from the shoulders up. Make sure the Delete Cropped Pixels box is checked at the top of the screen. Use the Crop tool to expand the top of the image so that there's plenty of space for the effect. Click on the Quick Selection Tool on the lefthand toolbar, and make a selection of your subject. Once your subject...
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10 Apr

Create A Gritty, Urban Look In Lightroom That Pops

Urban jungles from New York to Chicago to London are known for their iconic, gray skyscrapers as well as for their colorful buses and taxis. The gritty concrete buildings juxtaposed against the bright yellow or red vehicles make for great photo opportunities. But sometimes that contrast doesn't show up on camera as strongly as it does in person. Start by opening your image in Lightroom. This tutorial works best with a cityscape that doesn't include much sky. We want the focus to be on the man made features of the city. The first thing we're going to do is adjust the general exposure. Start by bumping up your shadows. This will bring a lot more detail into the dark parts of the image and will...
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6 Apr

Add Cinematic Drama To Your Photos In Lightroom With a Few Quick Steps

Movie imagery has a specific style and mood that increases the sense of drama. The cool, blue tones, faded contrast and shallow depth of field draw the viewer in. It's a look that speaks to many still photographers as well. But not all still photographers have the right gear to recreate it on camera. Luckily, if you're a fan of the cinematic look, you can recreate it whenever you want with just a few simple steps in Lightroom. Start by opening your image in your Lightroom catalog and open the editing window by clicking the Develop tap at the top of the window, or by using the shortcut D. An editing bar will appear to the right of the image. Cinema tends to have a...
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3 Apr

Boost Colors In Lightroom Using This Simple Technique

Photographers must live with the unfortunate reality that nature will often outperform even the most expensive gear. The rich hues of a sunset or the deep blue of an ocean won't always come out on camera the way it looks in real life. Luckily we have post processing to fix that. With the help of Lightroom, you can boost the colors of any image without making it look fake or over edited. Start by opening your image in Lightroom. Click on the Develop tab at the top of the window or use the shortcut 'D.' We're going to start with basic exposure edits. The photo I'm working with is very dark, so I increased the overall exposure, then decreased Highlights and increased Shadows. Removing...
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30 Mar

5 Essential Tips For Wedding Photographers Working With Wedding Planners

Anyone who’s ever attended a wedding knows how stressful they can be. Big families are involved, people show up late, rings get lost or forgotten. For wedding photographers, that stress is magnified tenfold. But a wedding photographer's job can be made much easier with a good working relationship with the wedding planner.  While wedding planners and wedding photographers have very different jobs and responsibilities for the big day, it’s absolutely essential that the two teams work together to make sure the wedding goes by without any problems. That’s why we’ve broken down a few key rules to remember if you're a wedding photographer working with a wedding planner. 1. Set up a meeting. When you're hired to shoot a wedding, find out as soon as possible...
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27 Mar

How To Remove A Tattoo In Photoshop

Removing tattoos in the real world is a long, painful and expensive process. But if you want to remove a tattoo for a professional portrait or a family photo, a few simple edits in Photoshop will do the trick. Start by opening your image in Photoshop. Create a new layer. Select the Spot Healing Brush tool in the lefthand tool bar. At the top of the document, make sure Mode is set to Normal and Type is set to Content Aware. Then check the Sample All Layers box. The top of the document should look like this: Now you're going to use the Spot Healing Brush tool to erase the tattoo in small sections. Make sure you select a patch of skin with each...
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21 Mar

How To Add Facial Hair Using Photoshop

Not all men can grow a full, luscious beard on their own, but with the help of Photoshop, you can sample a never ending variety of facial hair styles. So the next time you're considering that goatee or skinny mustache, try it out here first. That way you won't have any haircut regrets later. Start by opening up your portrait in Photoshop. Create a new, empty layer by going to Layer>New>Layer. An editing box will pop up. Keep all of the settings the same and click OK. You'll see a new layer in the layers panel that shows a gray and white checkered box. Select the Brush tool on the lefthand toolbox. Check the two small boxes in the bottom left corner...
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15 Mar

Jackie Dives Fights Abortion Stigma With Emotional Portraits

A few weeks ago, Jackie launched the Abortion Series project, where she’ll be profiling a variety of women who have had abortions, and sharing their experiences. The project was inspired by repressive laws against women's rights. “I think this series is both saying to other women ‘We are here. We understand. We support you.’ Jackie said. “And it’s also providing a glimpse into the experience of having an abortion, for those who haven't ever had one, who might need to understand more seriously the impact it has on a woman.” So far, Jackie has only photographed two women, but both portraits are intimate and personal, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come of the project. The portraits are similarly posed: both women...
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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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