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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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15 May

How To Edit The Perfect Backlit Portrait in Photoshop

There's nothing better for portrait photography than that low, soft light of the late afternoon. That sweet Golden Hour is every photographer's best friend, and should be taken advantage of as much as possible whenever you're planning on a portrait shoot. Look up the Golden Hour for the date and location, or simply plan on shooting in the last few hours before the sun sets. When shooting, placing your subject directly in front of that low light to create a dreamy backlit effect. You'll never shoot portraits the same again. Start by opening your photo in Photoshop. If you shot in RAW, you can edit the following steps in Camera Raw. If not, carry on! Create a new adjustment layer and select Curves. My photo...
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1 May

How To Edit Low-Light Photos In Lightroom

One of the first techniques we learn as photographers is how to expose an image. We practice finding the midtones of any given scene and adjusting our ISO, shutter speed and aperture to match. We pride ourselves on getting a perfect exposure on the first try, without any post processing adjustments. But sometimes, a perfectly exposed image isn't as perfect as it might seem. Especially if you're shooting outside when the sun is bright, a perfectly exposed picture can sometimes result in a loss of detail. The texture of clouds can get blown out, leaving you with a barren, bright white spot in your image where a beautiful and detailed sky used to be. Or worse, a portrait of someone with very pale skin can...
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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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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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20 Feb

Create A Hippy Inspired Tie Dye Portrait

Tie dying isn't only for big white t-shirts and hot summer days. Now you can get that multi colored, hippy inspired effect on your favorite portraits with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. This works best with a strong, interesting pose, rather than just a classic head shot. The effect will also be most successful if your subject is against a simple patterned background. Something like strips or bricks will work well. Duplicate the background copy by right clicking on the layer in the right side panel and selecting Duplicate Layer. Right click on the new layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Double check the two small squares in the bottom left corner to make sure the...
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16 Jan

Camera Sensors: When Bigger Really Is Better

Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to camera sensors, the stereotype holds true. If you’re in the market for a new camera, or are comparing the quality of two cameras, the first place to look is inside, at the sensor. Image quality is largely dependent on sensor size, meaning cameras with larger sensors will produce higher quality images than cameras with smaller sensors. This is due to the fact that larger sensors have larger pixels, which means they’re better at reducing noise, can record more information, have a larger dynamic range and perform better in low light. There are a few major camera categories, each of which has a corresponding sensor size. Medium Format Medium Format cameras have the...
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21 Nov

Boost Outdoor Portraits With Fall Inspired Tones In Photoshop

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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24 Oct

Achieve The Perfect Bokeh Without Spending Thousands On A Lens

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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12 Oct

Create a Stunning Photomontage Using Basic Geometric Shapes

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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