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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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3 Jul

3 Questions Every Photographer Should Ask Themselves Before Accepting a Shoot

For photographers who love their craft, it can be hard to turn down clients or shoots, but sometimes saying no is necessary. Whether a shoot doesn't fit your brand or a client doesn't want to pay what you charge or you're simply burnt out and need a break, saying no to a potential job is occasionally the best option. But it's not always easy, especially if you tend to be a "yes man" or a people pleaser. The next time you have a potential client or gig, ask yourself these questions: 1. Does the shoot match your brand? There are a few key things to consider when deciding whether or not to take on a new shoot or client. The first, and possibly most important, is...
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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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12 Jun

Create The Perfect Wedding Photography Filter In Lightroom

Sifting through thousands of wedding photos is an overwhelming task for any photographer, and editing hundreds of those photos to match can be an even bigger struggle. That's where Lightroom filters can be a huge time saver for anyone editing a large number of similar images. You don't have to fork over a bunch of money on pre-made Lightroom filters. With a few simple adjustments and a little experimentation, you can create your own Lightroom filter to use for all of your wedding and engagement shoots. Start by opening one of your wedding images in Lightroom. This image already looks pretty good, but I want to add some warmth and depth to give the picture a more romantic mood. Start by increasing the Tint...
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5 Jun

Become a Master of Dodging and Burning in Lightroom

Dodging and burning is a technique as old as time - or at least as old as dark room photography. Dodging and burning refers to the addition (burning) or subtraction (dodging) of light to a certain area of a photo. Traditionally, this was done by using your hand or a piece of cardboard to block a specific part of an image while it was being exposed in the dark room under an enlarger. It’s a technique we still use today with digital photography, but programs like Lightroom and Photoshop make the process much easier and more exact. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to master the dodge and burn tools in Lightroom to give your portraits a more finished, contoured...
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29 May

Create A Surreal, Underwater Portrait In Photoshop

Underwater photography is tricky, and requires expensive, complicated equipment. But thanks to Photoshop, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on underwater housing just to create a stunning underwater portrait. All you need is your standard DSLR camera, a little creativity and a few simple steps in Photoshop to create a compelling, surrealist image. For this tutorial, you'll need a portrait of someone posed in a falling position, an image of an empty underwater scene and Photoshop. Start by opening the underwater background image in Photoshop. Click on the small half-white, half-black circle in the bottom right corner to create a new adjustment layer. Select Color Balance. Click on the small box with the arrow next to it, located at the bottom...
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22 May

How To Make A Nature Scene Pop In Lightroom

Spring has finally sprung, which means it's time for flower picking, camping trips and long walks through the woods. For photographers, spring means it's finally the season for nature photography. But sometimes a nature scene doesn't show up on camera like it does in real life. Whether the colors or the lighting situation of a nature scene aren't ideal for photos, we often need the help of post processing to make nature pics really pop. Start by opening your photo in Lightroom. First we want to bring some detail back into the highlights and shadows. Decrease the Highlights slider and increase the Shadows slider until your image has a flat, even look. Hold down the Alt key and increase the Whites slider until whites start to...
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18 May

Lumoid Community Shares Favorite Tips & Tricks For Wedding Photography

As a community of photographers here at Lumoid, we’re constantly learning from one another. We want to inspire each other to create and explore and grow, so we reached out to the Lumoid community to gather everyone’s tips and tricks for shooting a wedding. The more than 30 comments we received on Facebook include valuable advice that can only be learned from experience. We’ve compiled some of our favorite feedback here. Get everything in writing. We know it’s tedious, but your contract should be as detailed as possible. It’s best if you can sit down with the bride and groom long before the wedding to talk over specific ideas and expectations. Go over the specific hours you’ll be expected to...
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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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