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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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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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23 Sep

Create a Black & White Sketch Effect in Photoshop

Do you love the look of a pencil sketched portrait, but work better with a mouse or trackpad than you do with pencil and paper? Well now you can achieve that perfect, hand-drawn look while keeping your workspace clean of those annoying lead smudges and erasers shavings. All you need is a little help from Photoshop. If you’re new to Photoshop and want to experiment with some creative editing, this is the perfect tutorial to start with. Creating a half sketch effect with a classic portrait is a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the most basic and useful tools in Photoshop. First, open your original image in Photoshop. The half sketch look often works best with a symmetrical portrait because...
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