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18 Sep

How to Stand out on Social Media

There is an overwhelming amount of artists in the world of social media. It might seem absurd to believe that you have a chance to stand out in such an impossibly large crowd. Yet time and time again, new artists emerge out of the endless online cacophony and stun thousands of people. These individuals use neither magical powers nor inaccessible tricks; many of them simply apply their knowledge of social media to their virtual lives, creating irresistible and successful online worlds. Standing out on social media is a skill anyone can learn. All you need is patience, persistence, and a desire to absorb valuable information. Since most of us want to be heard and understood in a way that will influence...
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28 Aug

How to Fix Underexposed Photos in Photoshop

Photoshop is fantastic at restoring details and fixing mistakes. Even if you end up losing a lot of light during a shoot, you'll still have the chance to take (and edit) incredible photographs. The best way to preserve your image's data is to shoot in RAW; however, if using JPEG is the only option or something you wish to use no matter what, don't worry about this too much. Any kind of photo can be enhanced in one way or another. Though I'll be using an underexposed portrait in this tutorial, the steps could work for any type of image, be it a professional landscape photo or a simple snapshot of your food. As you can see, the...
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24 Aug

Let’s Talk Frames Per Second For Drone Filming

Frames per second (fps), also referred to as frame rate, is the rate at which images are displayed in a video. It’s important you understand this concept as a videographer, so here’s some info on it and how it pertains to filming with your drone. Understanding Frame Rate As we briefly mentioned, the frame rate is the frequency that consecutive images are displayed in a video. A video is just many still images moving rapidly, which tricks our brain into thinking they are moving. The frame rate is described by frames per second (fps). For example, 30 fps means that there are 30 still images being displayed every second in the video. There are several different frame rates, all with their own pros...
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21 Aug

How to Take Breathtaking Self-Portraits Outdoors

You might be someone who avoids self-portraiture for fear of seeming arrogant, pretentious, or vain. While there are many understandable arguments against it, there are just as many valid reasons that self-portraiture is a cathartic, motivating, and mind-opening genre of photography. Taking photos of yourself is an effective way to organically release emotions, to learn more about yourself as an artist, and to challenge your ability to work independently. In short, it's more than just a photo of the artist behind the camera. Photo by William Randles Many artists, when taking photos of themselves, tend to experiment in the safety of their homes. Indoor shoots are ideal for strengthening your ability to work with minimal resources. If you're...
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14 Aug

A Short Guide On HDR Processing In Photoshop

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Dynamic range is the amount of tones available in image between pure black and pure white colors. Each time we take a photo, we use a certain exposure. Using the metering system, the camera makes sure the desired subject is properly exposed, but this often means other parts of the image are sacrificed. HDR is achieved by merging two or more differently exposed photos into one final photo with a wide dynamic range. It is a popular technique used by photographers for various purposes. The main idea is to produce an image containing more visible tonal information than a normal photo. This is especially useful when shooting scenes which contain very dark shadows and bright...
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31 Jul

How to Use the Selective Color Tool in Photoshop

When I discovered the selective color tool for the first time, I felt a little intimidated. It looked like a language that only Photoshop experts could decipher. When I finally began to experiment with it, I entered a world of independent creative control. The language I was so afraid of using turned out to be a language I already knew. To make the most of this handy feature, all you need is a little patience and enthusiasm. If you're passionate about altering very specific colors in your photos, Photoshop's selective color tool will help you enhance your workflow flawlessly. Here are some examples of what it can do: The following tutorials will help you understand how to use selective color to enhance...
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20 Jul

How to Set Up a Drone Shot

You want to wow your audience with sunsets, skylines, and possibly selfies.You've practiced enough to have a good grip on control and maneuverability, but the next step you want to take is how to set up the perfect shot. Here is a step by step list to get you started on creating that perfect shot! 1. Scope Out the Scene The first part of creating an awesome shot is to scope out the scene where you are shooting. Look out for obstructions like, tall trees, buildings, and power lines. These will be the biggest hindrances to your flight path if you don't check out the area beforehand. Also, be sure to observe how populated or condensed the area is. If it is...
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10 Jul

How to Perfect Skin Tone Using Frequency Separation in Photoshop

One of the main complaints subjects have about being photographed is skin imperfections showing up on camera. And it's true, with high definition DSLRs, every pimple and blemish is on display. But that can be easily fixed with a little help from Photoshop. So the next time your model expresses concerns about their less than perfect skin, you can reassure them with confidence that their skin will look flawless by the time the photos are seen by the world. In this tutorial, we're going to learn how to perfect skin tone using frequency separation in Photoshop. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Make two copies of the background layer by clicking twice on the icon in the bottom right corner that looks...
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26 Jun

Create a Polar Bear Dreamscape in Photoshop

To start, you’ll need two cloud images - one of darker, stormy clouds and another of lighter, fluffy clouds. You’ll also need an image of a rocky cliff ledge, a picture of a polar bear (or your favorite animal), and a picture of a girl, boy or yourself reaching out a hand.  Start by opening up Photoshop and going File>New. Set the new document width to 2100 pixels and the height to 1400 pixels. Make sure the document is oriented horizontally. Set the resolution to 72 pixels per inch and the color mode to RGB. The background contents should be white and 8 bit.     Open the stormy cloud image. Use the move tool to drag and drop the cloud picture to the new document....
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19 Jun

Create a Stunning Black and White Image in Lightroom

The digital age of photography is all about color, but there’s no denying the beautiful simplicity of black and white. You don’t need to shoot film or set your digital camera to black and white in order to achieve bold, desaturated images. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to take a color image and turn it into a striking black and white picture in Lightroom. This effect works best with landscapes or images that already have strong contrast and clean lines, as well as portraits if you're going for a more serious, moody tone.  Start by opening a color image in Lightroom. At the top of the editing box, click Black and White to remove the saturation from the picture. If you’re...
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