Practical Photography Tips for Beginners

Is photography getting you down? Did you stretch your budget to buy the best camera you could, then realize you were in over your head? One look at that inch-thick manual, and many new photographers just switch their camera to ‘auto’ and that’s where it stays.

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Does this sound like you? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Camera manuals reflect the technical power of modern cameras, but they are intimidating to any beginner who just wants to take a decent photo.

An Introduction to Image Sharpening in Photoshop

Image sharpening is a big deal for many of us photographers. Thanks to amazing products such as Photoshop, a perfectly sharp image is just a few mouse-clicks away. In this video, Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows us how to get a perfectly sharp image in post-production:

First things first, take the image through Camera Raw. This is easy. If you are using Photoshop CC, click Filter > Camera Raw Filter to enable the camera raw option. Alternatively, the Camera Raw option can be automatically enabled if you change the preference in Photoshop’s file handling to open JPEG and Tiff files in Camera Raw.

How to Watermark Images With Photoshop and Lightroom

Have you seen the writing on images? You know, the little pictures or words that show the photographer’s name? Those are called watermarks. Photographers often watermark their images so that they are properly credited for their work. Here are a few ways to watermark images with Photoshop and Lightroom.

Watermarks using Photoshop

You can create watermarks in Photoshop several different ways. Here are a few of them.

1. Text layer

The first way is to create a text layer. This is great for simple word watermarks. You can then write your name or your photography business’ name. From there, you can adjust the opacity as you see fit. Try adjusting the blending mode to achieve the look you want. To get the © symbol type; option+g on a Mac, or Alt+0169 on a PC.

A 10 Minute Lesson to Photographing Images with More Pizzazz

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Even the most seasoned photographer wants to continue to stretch their creativity. I know I do!

One simple activity you can do in your spare time is to find new ways to photograph everyday, plain things. Yup, the things you see or use every day; no models, no glamorous set-ups, no breathtaking locations. You don’t even need to do this with a fancy DSLR camera or have a significant amount of time. The lesson you learn can be achieved in 10 minutes once a week, using a $100 camera or a smart phone.

Your goal is to make something very plain look more interesting through your lens.