Here is a great discussion on creating really dynamic landscape photographs. The lecturer is Tim Cooper.
Some fantastic tips for organizing your Adobe Lightroom library.
Handy little video which explains colour depth, ie the amount of data that can be used for each pixel.
Videos for learning Adobe Lightroom by Serge Ramelli
Lightroom For Travel Photography
Here are more Tutorial videos from Julianne Kost:
Lightroom 4 — The Difference Between “Edit in Photoshop” and “Open as Smart Object”
In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne shows you the difference between opening a raw file as a pixel-based layer versus a Smart Object, and the advantages of both approaches.
Lightroom 4 — Exporting Images from Lightroom 4
In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne demonstrates the advantage of setting up presets in Lightroom to simultaneously export images to multiple file types, sizes, compression settings, etc. You might even find this method more powerful than Photoshop’s Image Processor!
Lightroom 4 — Toning Black and White Photographs in Lightroom 4
In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne explains the best way to add a color tone to an image using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels and shows how to save presets to increase your productivity. Click here to download the presets discussed in the video. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.
Lightroom 4 — Converting Images to Black and White in Lightroom 4
In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne demonstrates the best way to convert images to Black and White as well as how to save presets to increase your productivity. Click here to download the presets discussed in the video. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.
Lightroom 4 — The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 4
In this episode of The Complete Picture discover the power of making selective adjustments like dodging and burning, color corrections and noise removal using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 4. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.
Lightroom 4 — Quick Tip — Output From the Book Module to JPEG
In this Quick Tip Julieanne will show you how to output JPEG files from the Book Module in Lightroom 4.1.
Lightroom 4 — Quick Tip — The Painter Tool in Lightroom 4
In this Quick Tip Julieanne will show you a few of her favorite uses for the little-known Painter tool in Lightroom 4.
Lightroom 4 — Why Does the Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge?
In this video tutorial Julieanne explains one of the great mysteries of Lightroom and Bridge — why Lightroom (or Bridge) displays a photograph one way and then changes the way it looks a moment later. It will all become clear with just a little information about how digital camera files are captured and displayed by different applications.
Lightroom 4 — Quick Tip — Creating 32-bit (HDR) Images in LR 4.1
In this Quick Tip Julieanne quickly demonstrates how to create a 32-bit file from multiple exposures in Photoshop and then, using the Develop module in Lightroom 4.1 refines the image’s color and tonality both globally and selectively — all while still working in 32-bit!
Lightroom 4 — Importing and Organizing Your Images
Discover the most efficient method for downloading images into Lightroom 4 and organizing them. Quickly import and manage your photo collection in a library that makes organizing, finding and editing your photos easy.
Lightroom 4 — Select, Rate and Prioritize Your Images
Find out which method of tagging images works best for the photography you do in order to simplify the creation of collections of images.
Lightroom 4 — Create Stunning Images
Learn how to create the highest quality photographs by learning how to crop, remove lens distortion, correct perspective, make global and local color and tonal corrections in the Lightroom 4 Develop module.
Lightroom 4 — Adding Special Effects
Discover the best way to convert images to black and white, as well as add tonal overlays, edge effects, selective coloring and film grain textures.
Lightroom 4 — Viewing Images on a Map
Discover how to use the new Lightroom 4 Map module to sort and manage your images based on location information.
Lightroom 4 — Moving Between Lightroom 4 and Photoshop
Learn how to take a single image or multiple images for editing seamlessly between Lightroom and Photoshop. Also, see how to use Photoshop tools like Photomerge, HDR pro, and the export dialog in Lightroom for exporting multiple files.
Lightroom 4 — Book Module Basics
In the first tutorial of a three-part series Julieanne provides a complete overview of the bookmaking process using the new Lightroom 4 Book module.
Lightroom 4 — Publish a Slideshow
Learn how to create, render and publish a slideshow with music by sequencing your images to tell the perfect story.
Lightroom 4 — Print the Perfect Image
Learn how to use the Print module to bring your images into the spotlight and share with clients, friends or family. Also, see the new tools for making custom contact sheets and print packages.
Lightroom 4 — Share Images Online
Learn to use the Web module to publish to the popular online photo sharing sites with Lightroom’s new Publish Services option in the Library module.
Lightroom 4 — Working with DSLR Video
Master the new features for editing, adjusting, rendering, and sharing video clips in Lightroom 4.
Why So Serious?!
Sometimes learning photography can be a little dull and scientific. Apertures, f-stops and ISOs can get a little too technical and tedious sometimes. We’ve tried to make our online photography class fun and engaging but even with our class the details of learning photography can be a little dry sometimes. Given that, we’re put together this post about fun things you can do with Photography if you’re just getting started or if you’re the next Cartier Brasson.
Be the party photographer.
Throwing a party? Or is your friend throwing a party? Sign yourself up as the ‘professional’ photographer for the night and document the evening. Just be careful about posting too much debauchery on Facebook et al. Take it kinda seriously, and tell everyone you’re the “official” photographer. If you don’t have a speedlite go out and get one. If you’re a cheapskate buy one that can be returned if you must. The point is to have fun and get some good party shots.
Buy a lomo or a Holga.
The look these intentionally flaw laden cameras create is really fun. The fish eye lomos are especially fun. They have ridiculously wide angle lenses on them. So wide that they’ll capture a person head to toe when the camera is just a few inches from their nose. Scan these photos and give them to your friends so they can use them on Facebook. Better yet, have prints made and make a collage of them on your wall.
Buy a polaroid camera.
Go ahead and buy yourself a polaroid camera and spend the day walking around with it. You only have a certain number of shots to take so make em count. Then post the good ones up in your house / apartment.
We’ll be posting more of these “fun with photography” posts in the future. In the meantime let’s lighten up a little as photographers sometimes. Remember to have fun and create great images at the same time!
Cleaning up small and large skin blemishes in Photoshop is an incredibly easy process. It’s actually quite fun to do as well because you have complete control over how much you clean up the skin in the photograph. Unlike retouching the entire area of skin, cleaning up blemishes requires no Photoshop filters or layer masks. There is a great tool in Photoshop called the “spot healing brush” and it looks like this.
All you need to do is select this tool and use the “alt” key to select a sample of good skin. Ensure your brush size is set to just larger than the size of the blemishes. You can change your brush size by clicking on the drop down button in the upper left side of the screen.
Once you are ready to get rid of the small and large blemishes in the skin, simply start clicking away. The spot healing brush is great because unlike the stamp tool is blends in both the texture and color in a seamless fashion leaving virtually no sign of the blemishes in the first place.
Look at the image at the top of this blog post to see both the before and after pictures of the skin with blemishes and then without blemishes.
Here is a quick Photoshop tutorial on how to make bad skin look great. Retouching skin is not a simple task. You can easily overdo it and make the skin look unnaturally airbrushed and almost cartoonish. That being said, with some care and a few practice runs you’ll be touching up skin in your photographs with Photoshop in no time.
Open your photograph in Photoshop
Right click on your background image in you layers window and click “duplicate layer”. You’ll now have a clone of your background. This is important for both masking your image and adding the right skin texture later on.
This is where you make most of the changes to your subjects skin. Make sure your second layer is active and go to your “filters’ button at the top of the Photoshop window. Click “filters — Blur — Surface Blur”. Ensure that “preview” function is activated so you can see the changes that you’re making to the skin tone immediately. There are no ideal settings for this filter. simply play around until you feel comfortable with having cleaned up any sking blemishes in your subjects face or body.
You will have lost some detail in important areas such as the eyes of your subject as well as any areas with hair. This is easily fixable by ensuring your second layer is active and clicking on “layer — layer mask — reveal all” (found at the top of the Photoshop window). You need to use this mask to expose the textures in the eyes and the hair. To do this simply choose black as your foreground color and paint with the “brush tool” over the objects eyes and hair. The original texture of the image will become visible.
However, you’ll probably notice that your image has a slightly plasticized look to the skin. Although the skin blemishes are fixed, the image now looks unnatural. In order to fix this you need to expose some of the background skin texture. To do this simply ensure your second layer is active and then use the “opacity” level in the layers window to expose some of the original skin texture. Usually a setting above 50% is desirable because it allows you to maintain the effects of the cleaned up skin while at the same time making the photograph look natural.