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10 Apr

Create A Gritty, Urban Look In Lightroom That Pops

Urban jungles from New York to Chicago to London are known for their iconic, gray skyscrapers as well as for their colorful buses and taxis. The gritty concrete buildings juxtaposed against the bright yellow or red vehicles make for great photo opportunities. But sometimes that contrast doesn't show up on camera as strongly as it does in person. Start by opening your image in Lightroom. This tutorial works best with a cityscape that doesn't include much sky. We want the focus to be on the man made features of the city. The first thing we're going to do is adjust the general exposure. Start by bumping up your shadows. This will bring a lot more detail into the dark parts of the image and will...
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6 Apr

Drone Photography Post-Production Basics

Turn your drone shots into stunning professional landscape photos. Highlights, saturation, and exposure all play a major role in transforming a standard photo into an photo with a wow-factor. Here's how to do it in Adobe Lightroom. We take a very standard aerial image of the cityscape of San Francisco. The first aspect of the photo that we want to immediately address is the crooked horizon line. We use the Crop Overlay tool to bring up the gridlines and straighten the horizon line. Now we can shift our focus to color correction. We ideally want to increase the Temperature of the photo since we are shooting for a summertime feel. We then increase the Exposure to bring out the natural colors and lighten the overall image for...
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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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2 Oct

Turn Your Digital Photos to Film with a Pop of Color

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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13 Apr

Why Shooting in Black and White Will Make You a Better Photographer

In the age of digital photography, HDR and increasingly saturated images, shooting in black and white might seem like an antiquated technique reserved only for film cameras and Ansel Adams. But shooting in black and white is one of the most beneficial methods for improving as a photographer. It forces you to pay closer attention to the subject you’re shooting, rather than relying on bright, flashy colors to carry the image. Photography is an art form that revolves around light. As photographers, we go where the light goes. This is even more so the case when you’re shooting in black and white. With black and white photography, it’s the light and the shadows, not the colors, that will make or...
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