Photography

Using the Lightroom Adjustment Brush to add Dimension to a Landscape Photo

Adding layers of dimension with the Lightroom brush

Lightroom has the power to completely transform your landscape photograph into something far more powerful, something that hits home with viewers, and something that pops off the screen.

By default digital cameras create flatter image files than what you see with your eye. Your eye has the ability to see dimensions like no camera can really capture. Although many try.

What is Dimension?

The definition of dimension is: an aspect or feature of a situation, problem, or thing. When utilizing the word dimension in your photograph, think of the features of specific locations and objects within the frame. As an example, in the photo you will see here, there are multiple layers of dimension to play with. There’s the sky, the water, the rocks, the buildings, the grass, and the shed. Each has its own uniqueness to it, and can and should be treated as such.

6 things you didn’t know about autofocus, but probably should

Many photographers take their camera’s autofocus (AF) system for granted because it’s very effective in so many situations. However, it’s worth getting to know it a little to help deal with those occasions when it doesn’t do exactly what you want. If nothing else, at least understand what the problem is.

6 things you didn't know about autofocus, but probably should: 01. 1. It thinks the subject is near the centre and may give faces priority

How to tone images with Adobe Camera RAW

How to tone images

Adobe Camera RAW image editing software makes it incredibly easy to tone images, far easier than in a traditional darkroom, but it’s often a technique that’s applied as an afterthought.

Just as with untoned monochrome images, however, it’s far better to have the end point in mind at the shooting stage.

Helpfully, most cameras have a toning option available within the monochrome Picture Styles, Picture Control or Film Simulation modes and although we’d always recommend shooting raw files for post-capture conversion, it’s well worth investigating these to find the settings that you like, or that most closely approximate the look you want to achieve with the raw files.

*TIP: Check out my FilterSim Lens Filter Simulator actions for toning, getting White Balance, and creating excellent B&W or Color conversions in Photoshop or Elements – or grab them below with no hassles (the download link will automatically be emailed to you once checkout is complete)

FilterSim Action set



 

4 Easy Dodging and Burning Techniques in Photoshop

When it comes to dodging and burning, everyone has their own technique. Some take a little more time than others, but the results will ultimately be better. Fashion, beauty, and portrait photographer Michael Woloszynowicz shows us four different approaches to dodging and burning in Photoshop and explains when you can use each—and what limitations to expect:

1. Dodging and Burning on a 50% Neutral Grade Layer

Tutorial: 10 ways Lightroom can save you time

Lightroom is all about productivity and workflow, making you a more efficient photographer who works smarter, rather than harder. Here are some of the handiest tools for becoming more efficient with the program and cutting a massive image-editing job down to size.

10 ways Lightroom can save you time on the computer?: 01. Intelligent importing

Lightroom Tips: 01. Intelligent importing

Neutral Density Filters

Neutral density or ND filters have the sole purpose of cutting down the amount of light as a whole. A perfect neutral density filter would transmit all wavelengths of light equally, so there would be no color change. Though not actually perfect, it can be used equally well in both color photography or black and white photography.

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Photoshop & Elements users: Check out my new Graduated Neutral Density Filter Simulator actions, or grab them fast & easy below:

Graduated Neutral Density Filter Simulator Actions


How to Make a Photoshop Collage in 9 Simple Steps

We all aim to tell a story through one single image. For many occasions, though, a well-assembled collage is an excellent way to pull the viewer in for a full experience. Consider this method for sharing photos from an event, a real estate shoot, or even a family photo session!

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Collages are easy to put together in Photoshop, so let’s walk through the steps. Note that I am working on a Mac with Photoshop CS3, so your system may have slight variations in the key commands needed.

Photo selection is crucial. You want to select a mix of scales that will span the entire event. That means you pick some wide shots that show the entire scene, and some detail photos that show lots of texture and personality. Without one or the other the story will not be complete, and won’t carry the same emotion that it could.

How to Create a Simple Blurb Photo Book in Lightroom

How to create a simple photo book in Lightroom

The easiest way to get started with Lightroom’s Book module is to create a simple photo book, letting Lightroom do most of the work for you so you don’t get bogged down in the extensive design process involved in making a more complex book.

Things to do before you start

How to photograph a reflection

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut taking photographs of the same things over and over again, so this week we’re setting a specific subject for our challenge – how to photograph a reflection.

This could mean that you are able return to familiar photographic haunts, but the chances are that you’ll be pointing your camera in a different direction to normal.

How to photograph a reflection: Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

The 3 Most Important Camera Settings for Beginners

This article aims to help beginners understand the correlation of three important factors of digital photography. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings are the three most important camera settings when it comes to exposure:

1. Aperture is the size of the opening of the lens through which light enters to expose the shot.

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2. Shutter speed is the amount of time that light is allowed to enter through the lens for exposure.

3. ISO is the amount of sensitivity toward the light entering into the lens. The higher the ISO setting on your camera, the higher the sensitivity will be. The lower the ISO setting on your camera, the lower the sensitivity. Too much ISO sensitivity causes the photo to be grainy and washed out. Lower ISO can cause a photo to be very dark or the colors to look faded. (ISO stands for “International Organization for Standardization,” which is an organization that standardized a system to measure the sensitivity of film rolls. This has been adapted into digital cameras without much change.)