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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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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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