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16 Feb

A Complete How To Guide For Filming with Drones

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There's nothing quite like aerial shots, especially with drones. The freedom to be able to capture angles from high above, off a cliff, or in the thick of the moment is unquestionably a major draw for filmmakers. As drones become a prominent tool in photography and film, certain techniques are required to capture specific shots. We've put together tips for 5 different kinds of shots including the Fly-by, the Reveal, the Chase, the High-Pan, and the Explorer (roaming shots). The fly-by is a type of shot where the camera flies by or over a scene. In the video below starting at 0:15 seconds, you see the operator set up on top of the shot and fly over the moving subjects. The trick with...
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8 Feb

Replace Any Background In Photoshop

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You've taken a stunning portrait in the studio, but now have grand visions of it with a sweeping sunset landscape, bustling city, or even underwater scene. Sometimes shooting these in the real world just aren't an option, so you have to take matters into your own hands. In this tutorial, we will show you how to take your studio shot and merge it with a landscape of your choice. Start by opening two images in Photoshop - a portrait with a subject you'll cut out, and background you will place them into. This is the portrait we choose, it should be easy to remove her from the white background as it provides contrast. She will be placed in this background. Use your favorite selection tool to...
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23 Jan

Drawing The Eye In: How To Create Clear Focal Points In Your Photos

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Have you ever looked a photograph and your eye was immediately drawn to one part of it? The rest of the photo seems to drift away, relegated to mise en scene. But you don't mind.  The photo is stunning - striking even - and you can't take your eyes off of it. This sensation happens when a photographer is able to create a strong focal point. Focal points are crucial in any kind of photography, from landscapes to portraits. Most often defined as, "the thing that makes a photo unique," a focal point is basically where a photographer directs the eye of the viewer. Photographers use all sorts of techniques to show you their point of view. Here are a few you...
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9 Jan

Give Your Photo A Polaroid Effect in Less Than Five Minutes

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2016 was the year of the drone and high definition DSLR cameras. Yet something about antique, Polaroid pictures - with their pink and yellow hues and washed out tones has a huge appeal for photographers. Just look at Instagram, with its antique style filters and, until recently, mandatory square crop. We love the look of an old school, Polaroid image, but we don't always have the time or resources to produce an authentic picture on Polaroid film. And when it comes to digital photography, sometimes you want to add a simple, creative effect to an image, but don't have hours to spend tweaking every aspect of your picture in Photoshop. With this tutorial, you can can create a lovely Polaroid effect in under five minutes. Start by...
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5 Jan

Create A Fantasy Sunset Portrait In Photoshop

Photography can transport us to distant, wild and even magical lands. It can force us to expand our minds and believe in things we never thought could've been possible. With this tutorial, you can add a magical effect to any portrait, automatically transporting the subject into a land far, far away. Open your portrait in Photoshop. Portraits with distinct foregrounds and backgrounds where the subject is a clear part of the foreground work best. Start by duplicating the background layer. Then, with the new layer selected, go to Filter>Camera Raw Filter. A new editing screen will pop up. Click on the HSL Grayscale icon in the right side panel. Bump down the Yellows slider to about -60 and the Greens slider to about -40. Then, select...
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28 Nov

Shoot Like a Painter, Think Like an Artist: Zenfolio Pro Tips

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Zenfolio Pro Team member Dan Ballard is a Professional Fine Art Photographer from Colorado. He has an extensive portfolio of award winning landscape and travel images, which have been on display in museums and galleries around the country. Today Dan shares some insight on how to create a powerful image. Photography is Art To create a truly powerful image, we must combine light, elements of the world around us, and emotion in a way that speaks to the viewer in a profound way. Yet, due to the simplicity of pushing the little button, we almost never achieve that lofty end. Normally, we pull out the camera, aim and fire, giving almost zero thought to what we are doing. In Contrast, Painting A blank canvas....
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21 Nov

Boost Outdoor Portraits With Fall Inspired Tones In Photoshop

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We're just getting into that deep chill of real fall, come winter. November is characterized by those rich hues that take over the world once most of the leaves have fallen from the trees. Bringing those dark red and green tones to a picture can give any regular portrait a look of late fall. This effect works great with outdoor portraits, especially ones with backgrounds that are already dark, like green plants or a brick wall. If you're using a bright image, you might have to tweak the settings and colors to match the style of the picture and achieve an effect that works. Start by opening your image in Photoshop. Create a new adjustment layer by clicking on the half white, half black circle...
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2 Nov

Create a Faded 60s Effect in Photoshop

From high waist lines to platform shoes, the 60s are back in style, but those dreamy, pastel tones aren't just limited to your outfits. Now you can also bring that vintage, faded look to your photographs with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Start by opening the photo you want to work with in Photoshop. This effect works especially well with portraits, and can be the inspiration for a 60s style photoshoot. Click on the half white, half black circle in the bottom right corner to create a new adjustment layer. Click on Solid Color and select a deep blue or purple shade from the Color Picker. Experiment with different colors to achieve different tones, and find one that works best for your image. Once you've found...
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31 Oct

Snap Halloween Photos That Jump Out

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Halloween is the time of year designated for being anything we want to be. We can be an ironic Ken Bone, a zombie bride, our favorite superhero, and, undoubtedly, someone will be a Minion. This ephemeral moment deserves to be captured by photographers the world round. Whether we're trying to take a timelessly terrifying portrait or a group shot at a party that's a cultural snapshot of the zeitgeist, Halloween can be one of the most interesting times of year to shoot. Don't be afraid of monsters In order to get that quintessential Halloween portrait, you're not going to be able to be shy. Sure, some of your friends probably have great Halloween costumes, but you'll need to make some new friends to...
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24 Oct

Achieve The Perfect Bokeh Without Spending Thousands On A Lens

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We all love a good bokeh effect - that dreamy, out of focus background, created by shooting with an open aperture - but unless you're shooting with an expensive lens, the bokeh in your images might not be as extreme as you want it. Thankfully, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on top of the line lenses to get this nice bokeh effect in your photography. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps in Photoshop and you can create your own perfect bokeh in ten minutes. Start by opening your picture in Photoshop. This effect works best with an image that already has some bokeh effect, even if it's not much. Try this out with a...
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