Sometimes our hard drives become a mess of misnamed folders and misplaced images. We don’t know how it happens, but it does. Luckily, Lightroom gives us a few options for quick and easy folder discovery and organization. Ben Willmore shares a few of these hacks:
Before you begin, make sure the little square or “light” beside the hard drive is colored.
A green light means the drive is hooked up.
An orange light means the drive is hooked up but nearly full, resulting in potential difficulties while importing.
No light or a grey square means the drive is not hooked up.
At some point in the life of a photographer, they start to think past the single image. They start to think of their work in terms of themes and ideas. They start to classify their images into groups. This is not the case for all photographers, but for some of them. Others only think in terms of individual images and there is nothing wrong with that.
However, if you have ever thought about creating a street photography project, here are some thoughts and ideas about how to do it. Street photography is an art form that works very well when images are grouped. Street photography fits into book format so well when each image plays off the others to create a larger narrative. Images that might not work on their own can have new life in a narrative. It’s a very worthwhile experience to start thinking about your work this way and it can help to improve your photography in general.
Don’t let your black and white images fall flat. Bring out the true beauty of your photographs by adding vibrancy and creamy tones. Zach & Jody show us how a few quick fixes in Lightroom can make your images sing:
In some cases, turning down your saturation may leave you with a nice black and white image. However, the image may fall short, leaving you with muddy tonal definition and lack of detail. Use Lightroom’s HSL Black & White module to define black and white color tones to bring back vibrancy and life to your image.
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Learn how to make epic text effect, by simple steps. You will learn, how to make beautiful background to your typography by brushes and stock images. This tutorial will teach you, how to play with layer styles in awesome way.
What you’ll be creating
You will start from creating background. You will know how to load brush and how to use Cloud filter in Photoshop. Then, you will see how to make epic typography, which can be used in games, covers or flyers in simple steps. At the end, you will learn how to make glow on things. You’ll need Photoshop CS5.5 or newer to follow this tutorial.
Whenever I teach, I get a lot of requests to review images. Over time, I’ve started to notice that a majority of the mistakes I see come from the same small group of errors that are repeated constantly, particularly by less experienced photographers.
Please keep in mind that all of these common mistakes can also be advantages when done well and with purpose. This article is not about those times, but is an observation about how often I see them done the wrong way. As a photographer, you need to build the right foundation of skills before you can successfully veer away from them.
In this video, Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to use selective coloring in your photos using Photoshop:
Most people who have a bit of knowledge of using Photoshop know about the Hue/Saturation tool and might think selective color is easy. But try doing this quickly on a selective area of the photo and you might realize that it’s not so simple after all.
With the huge assortment of software and plugins you have at your disposal these days, the photo processing technique of burning and dodging is practically ancient. It was (and still is) one of the most common ways of enhancing film images in the darkroom, and everyone from Ansel Adams to Imogen Cunningham used it.
They used it because it is powerful and simple and still is to this day. With all the complicated plugins and post-processing procedures you have at your disposal, you won’t get any better bang for the buck than creative dodging and burning.
This tutorial with show you how I do dodging and burning in Photoshop, for black and white images. I’ll save another article for you about using the technique for your color images. First, though, let’s make sure we all know what dodging and burning is.
Sharpening in Photoshop has traditionally involved a compromise between applying it to the places in the image that you want to sharpen and avoiding those that you don’t want affected. Both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw have always had a much better sharpening tool which not only lets you see what you are doing more clearly, but also includes a very smart mask that lets you limit sharpening to detail areas.
This article is written by James Maher – author of the popular in-depth guide for aspiring street photographers (discount code picturecorrect): Essentials of Street Photography
Street photography simultaneously tests your hand-eye coordination, your ability to see and frame interesting moments as they quickly unfold before you, your ability to see light, your technical abilities with your camera, and your ability to be comfortable capturing strangers.
It is so much to do at the same time, let alone to think about an image conceptually.
While there is no substitute for experience, the goal of this article is to help get your technical abilities and camera settings up to par in order to make things so much easier for you. When you get good at these skills, with some practice, it will almost feel as if the camera isn’t there. When done well, it feels like it is just your eyes and the scene in front of you.
However, to make that happen can require some specific ways of shooting.