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Non-destructive editing: how to use adjustment layers to fine-tune images

In this photo editing tutorial we’ll show you how to make non-destructive edits to your photos using versatile adjustment layers to selectively target and tweak the colours and tones of an image.

Non-destructive editing: how to use adjustment layers to fine-tune images

Photoshop Elements’ image-adjusting tools and commands are great for overcoming camera-related problems, which is just as well, because most photos will benefit from a little post-production tweaking to improve colour and tone.

Unlike the human eye, the camera isn’t as adept at dealing with high-contrast locations. For example, when shooting a landscape, your camera may struggle to get a balanced exposure due to the contrast between the bright sky and the ground. Elements can help to fix problems like this using adjustment layers.

These image-editing layers float above the original photo layer in the Layers panel, and you can turn them on and off to compare the edited shot with the original.


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How to edit images non-destructively

Autofocus points explained: how to suit your subject and aid composition

In this tutorial we explain how to use your the autofocus points on your DSLR to suit your subject and aid your composition.

Autofocus points explained: how to suit your subject and aid composition

If you’re working in autofocus mode, your camera will use one or more focusing points to acquire focus. The focusing point is activated when the shutter release button is half-depressed, or by using the AF On button if your camera has this function.

This allows you to precisely focus on the part of the subject that you want sharp prior to taking the shot. It also allows you to acquire and then lock focus by keeping the shutter release half-depressed, which is great for recomposing your shot.

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How to Make Freckles POP or Disappear using Lightroom

Editing Freckles in Lightroom

One photo, edited completely in Lightroom

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I recently photographed a model in New York City. As I was communicating with her leading up to the shoot I noticed in some of her pictures that she had freckles. I personally am a big fan of freckles and wanted to do a shoot that highlighted her skin rather than hide it behind makeup or photoshop tricks.

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Tips for Using Shutter Speed Creatively

Shutter speed is one of those things that is initially a problem to be solved, but once you do that it becomes a tool that allows you to take better and more creative photos.

First you should understand how shutter speed works and how to change it. You will need to make sure it is fast enough that your pictures turn out crisp. But once you’ve mastered those things, you can start using shutter speed to your advantage. You can slow it down to create a sense of movement, or speed it up to stop the action.

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This article will show you the basics of what you need to know regarding shutter speed and get you started with some creative effects using different shutter speeds.

3 Reasons to Use Old Camera Lenses

I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. Technology moves fast–almost frustratingly fast. Everyone also has that one story about their new and ludicrously expensive computer, TV, or camera, only to find out that within six months it isn’t all that new or expensive. We can’t all keep up with the rat race. In fact, you shouldn’t keep up with the rat race. I will give you three reasons why investing in old lenses is not only a great idea, but also a fun one:

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6 black and white photography tips for serious mono enthusiasts

Thanks to digital technology, monochrome photography is easier than ever before. Check out these six black and white photography tips for getting great results.

6 black and white photography tips for serious mono enthusiasts: 01. Shoot raw and JPEG

1. Shoot raw and JPEG

The best monochrome conversions are made by editing raw files which have the full colour information, but if you shoot raw and JPEG files simultaneously and set the camera to its monochrome Picture Style/Picture Control/Film Simulation mode you get an indication of how the image will look in black and white.

As many photographers struggle to visualise a scene in black and white, these monochrome modes are an invaluable tool that will help with composition and scene assessment.

Many cameras are also capable of producing decent in-camera monochrome images these days and it’s worth experimenting with image parameters (usually contrast, sharpness, filter effects and toning) to find a look that you like.

Because compact system cameras and compact cameras show the scene seen by the sensor with camera settings applied, users of these cameras are able to preview the monochrome image in the electronic viewfinder or on rear screen before taking the shot.

DSLR users can also do this if they activate their camera’s live view system, but the usually slower responses mean that many will find it preferable or check the image on the screen post-capture.

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