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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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18 Oct

Give Your Portraits A Magazine-Quality Glow in Photoshop

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We've all seen the beautiful, airbrushed people on magazine covers and wondered how their skin can look so perfectly polished. The porcelain skin effect doesn't require thousands of dollars of studio lights and hours of editing, but can actually be done with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Even if your subject already has smooth, flawless skin, this tutorial can help bring an extra touch of brightness and polish to their face. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. You can use either a portrait shot in a studio or one shot using natural light. This works best when your subject is placed against a darker background because the contrast will help make the subject's face and skin stand out as the...
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13 Oct

Cleaning Your Camera Sensor Is Not As Scary As It Seems

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If you’ve noticed small, black spots appearing across your photographs, then it’s probably time to clean your sensor. Like any invasive surgery, cleaning a camera sensor can be a dangerous operation. It requires careful preparation and execution, and if done improperly, can cause irreparable damage to your camera. But for those who are brave enough to take their camera sensor’s life into their own hands, we have some words of advice before beginning the procedure.    It’s not always obvious when your sensor needs to be cleaned, because depending on the camera settings, the dust spots might be too blurry to be really visible in some images. In order to check for sensor dust, take a wide shot of a light...
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12 Oct

Create a Stunning Photomontage Using Basic Geometric Shapes

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If you're interested in graphic design, but haven't done much editing outside of Photoshop, this is your opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and into InDesign. Creating a photomontage is a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the most useful tools in InDesign and to get your creative juices flowing. Start by opening up InDesign and going to File>New>Document. You can make the shape, size and orientation whatever you want, but for this tutorial we're going to keep the default presets for Page Size>Letter. Make the orientation a vertical portrait and hit OK. Insert two photos to use for the background by going to File>Place or by using the shortcut Command + D. Two wide landscapes or images...
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10 Oct

Create Your Own Photo Filter In Under 10 Minutes

Thanks to Instagram, we all know how big of a difference a filter can make for a photo. Filters can turn average, color pictures into antique, film prints, high definition landscapes or airbrushed portraits. They’re a great option for when you don’t have a lot of time to spend editing, but still want to make a photo look artistic or unique. Unfortunately, the small handful of filters that Instagram offers - the ones we’ve all see over and over again - can feel boring and overused.  But with the help of Photoshop and just a few simple steps, you can create your own personalized filter to apply to your images in less than 10 minutes. Creating your own unique filter will not only add...
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2 Oct

Turn Your Digital Photos to Film with a Pop of Color

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Do you want to achieve that antique, film-like quality without emptying your wallet on expensive rolls of film or spending hours in a darkroom? Well, all you really need is Photoshop and a digital camera! With a few simple steps, you can create images that look like they just came fresh out of a tub of developer. This tutorial will teach you not only how to create that old school, grainy film effect in Photoshop, but how to also add a splash of color using just a few basic tools. Bright colors can really make a photo pop, but sometimes too much color within a photo can be distracting. Turning a color photo black and white and then bringing some of the color back...
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30 Sep

How to Add Dreamy, Romantic Effects to Images in Photoshop

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Photographs are all about capturing a moment in time and effectively conveying the mood and tone of the subject and its surroundings. Still, even for the best photographers, some things are difficult to translate in photos. For instance, you might want to soften up a portrait or image in order to evoke a more romantic atmosphere. Even better, to further the aesthetic of a fairytale romance, adding dreamy effects to a photo can truly seal the deal. Whether you want your image to look like the cover of a steamy romance novel, or just want to add something a bit more fantastical, here’s how to pull off that dreamy, romantic look in Photoshop. Step 1 Open the image you wish to edit...
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29 Sep

How to Neutralize Color Casts Created by ND Filters AKA Big Stoppers

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When you shoot in RAW you’re taking full advantage of what digital photography has to offer in terms of versatility. With this file type good images can become great, and even problematic shots can be rescued. With control over exposure, tonality, color and much more, RAW is the perfect option for landscape photography. Shooting long exposures with a 10-stop ND filter – aka a Big Stopper – attached to the lens is incredibly popular for shooting landscapes. But if you’ve ever shot with one you’ll be familiar with the strong color cast they create. For this reason many Big Stopper shots are converted to mono so they don’t have to deal with the color cast, even when shooting in RAW. But...
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