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7 Tips to Help Improve Your Seascape Photos by Controlling the Waves

When photographing outdoors, you generally take the world as you find it, and you have very little control over the elements. You cannot control the weather. The terrain is a given. You certainly cannot control the skies or the clouds.

But when photographing seascapes there is one thing you can control, and that is the waves. At least, you can control the appearance of the waves. This is a fundamental difference between landscapes and seascapes.

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Lightroom tips: how to reveal more midtone detail using the Clarity slider

In this Adobe Lightroom tutorial we show you how to reveal more texture and detail by selectively increasing midtone contrast using the Clarity slider.

Lightroom tips: how to reveal more midtone detail using the Clarity slider

01 Examine the histogram
Import midtones.dng into Lightroom and take the photo into the Develop module. In the Histogram graph, we can see that the strongest tones are the shadows, followed by weaker midtones.

Stop Making These 5 Common Photography Mistakes

It never ceases to amaze me the number of fuzzy, low resolution, badly exposed and poorly composed photographs that people take. Whether they’ve all been brainwashed to click that button as fast as possible or are just finding the reality that few subjects sit still, too many people forget that the camera is a tool for them to capture their life’s moments. This article explores five mistakes that every photographer can avoid.

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1. Low resolution

5 Steps to Better Smartphone Photography

There is photography, there is videography, and now there is iPhoneOGRAPHY! Compared to DSLRs, iPhones are less bulky and more convenient to carry around. We always carry our phones around nowadays. Be it iPhone, Android, or Samsung, most phones now have a good quality camera for us to play around with. Now, you can forget about your bulky, inconvenient camera gear and maybe even complex photo editing software. Who says iPhones cannot shoot unique photographs?

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Today, I am going to give you a few tips on iPhoneography.

1. Keep your photos simple

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

How to Photograph Fairground Rides

Learn how to photograph the fairground at night

When it comes to taking pictures of the fairground or amusement park, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to get super colourful, vibrant, and bright images of those awesome rides. Twilight is the best time to shoot, when all those mega-joules of artificial lights burst into action to give you amazing effects that aren’t possible during the day time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

When is the best time to shoot?

Understanding Masking in Photoshop

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Masking is one of those techniques that will change the way you use Photoshop. Understanding this technique can help you to jump from being a beginner level Photoshop user, to a more advanced one. In this article, I will explain how masking really works in Photoshop, its few key concepts, and how Masking helps you to perform non-destructive editing.

The skills you need to get started masking in Photoshop are being able to use the brush tool to paint color, understand two colors black and white, and knowledge of how layers work in Photoshop, which I assume you have very sound knowledge on.

What is masking what does it do in Photoshop?

3 Essential Photoshop Tools for New Portrait Photographers

Opening Photoshop for the first time is kind of like going on your first date; your hands sweat, your eyes glaze over, you completely lose all sense of direction and time. At least that was the scenario for me.

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Photoshop is an incredibly complex program that can be used as an artistic tool for positive enhancement, or gross distortion when it comes to portraiture. It’s all too easy to over-edit, get carried away with the sheer number of the tools at your fingertips, or attempt elaborate cover-up schemes for poorly shot images when first starting out. There are certain tools I grasped at the beginning of my learning curve, however, that were essential for editing clean and simple portrait images. Three years after my initial dumb-struck encounter, and countless hours of reading and practicing later, there are three tools that I still use in almost every photo I push through Photoshop. I’ve since discovered that users at every stage continually apply these tools to their photography workflow, as well.

Everyone has to start somewhere, so if you know nothing else about it yet, start by familiarizing yourself with these three Photoshop tools and you’ll build a solid foundation for taking your portrait photography editing to the next level.

The Most Effective Way to Reduce Noise in Your Photos Using Photoshop

Advancing technology has improved image quality, and while digital noise isn’t as much of a problem as it once was, it is still an issue that needs attention in some photographs. Watch as Bryan O’Neil Hughes walks us through the process he uses to reduce noise using Photoshop:

Hughes starts his noise reduction workflow in the Camera RAW plug-in. In Photoshop CC click Filter > CameraRAW. This will open the module where you can navigate to the adjustment sliders and make any corrections needed to exposure. O’Neil points out that, when working with luminance and sharpening, it’s best to zoom in to about 200 percent so you can be sure to get a close up look at how the image is being affected.

There are several ways to reduce noise in Photoshop.

Once you’ve settled on the basic image adjustments, you can open the Details Panel in Camera RAW. This will present you with options to adjust Sharpening and Luminance. Use the Color Noise slider to clean up the shadows and the Luminance Detail slider to fuzz out any leftover noise. Just be careful or your image will start to look like a painting.

You can also hide some of the noise by pulling down the Blacks slider in the Basic panel.

Hughes warns that the intuitive option of using Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise to reduce digital noise is no longer the best option. Use his other suggested techniques for best results.

[this post syndicated from Picture Correct]

DIY Photography Hacks: how to make your own softbox

Eliminate harsh flash without breaking the bank! Our DIY Photography Hacks series starts up again with a simple tutorial showing you how to make your own softbox to create soft, direct light.

DIY Photography Hacks: how to make your own softbox

Hotshoe flash is a great way to add light to a portrait. But even if your flash comes with its own softbox, its small size and proximity to the flash often limit its effectiveness when it comes to reducing glare.

Creating your own flash softbox is a cinch. You can make one using a few household items: white card, silver foil, tape, a rubber band and a piece of white fabric to create the diffusion panel.

With a craft knife at the ready, here is how you can create your own DIY photography softbox…

How to make a DIY softbox: steps 1-3

How to make a DIY softbox: step 1

01 Prepare the plans
First, measure the width and length of the flash head: this is for the part of the box that will slot on. Mark four pieces of 10-inch square card – one for each side of the box.

 

How to make a DIY softbox: step 2

02 Create the structure
With a ruler, draw from the top of the box shape to the top edges to form a trapezoid shape. Draw tabs on two cards so there’s something to join the sections together. Click here for more step-by-step on creating the structure

 

How to make a DIY softbox: step 3

03 Add foil and assemble
To maximise light, stick silver foil to the inside of the triangular sections. Using tape, assemble the sections as a funnel to slot over the flash head. Check the fit.

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[syndicated from Digital Camera World]