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On the Sixth Day of Christmas – Graduated Neutral Density Filters Download!

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Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters – in the Photoshop Elements Effects palette

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, Graffi gave to me – a brand new Photoshop / Photoshop Elements Graduated Neutral Density Filters Action Effects set!

In photography, one of the most useful lens filters you can own is a graduated neutral density filter. This filter is shaded in a gradient and can be rotated around the lens to accommodate exposure variances, usually in the sky that is brighter than the subject. The idea is that you can set your exposure on a certain point of your image, but there may be another part that is over exposed (like a bright sky, bright snow or sand, or a light source). You can rotate the graduated neutral density filter around the lens until you reach the overexposed area, and the filter knocks the exposure back a stop or two, graduating it back to your properly exposed area.

This action set simulates the graduated neutral density filter, and includes 8 actions – one for each point of your image (top, top right, right, bottom right, bottom, bottom left. left, and top left). They blend the overexposed area back into the correctly exposed area, and as mentioned above, are incredibly useful on landscape photography or beach or snow photos.

Get the Graduated Neutral Density Filters for free before they are available in the Graffishop!

Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters

Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filters – in the Photoshop Elements Actions palette

This download includes a Photoshop action set that can be loaded into the Actions palette, and all the individual actions, thumbnails & .xml files that Photoshop Elements needs to put them into the Effects palette. There’s even an installer for Windows versions of Elements 11-13 that will do all the installation work for you!

They’re free for the 12 Days of Christmas, and will appear in the Graffishop once this promotion ends. If you like them, share your review in the Graffishop and get a coupon code good for up to 20% off your next visit!


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15 Project Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

Photography has never been as popular as it is today. People of all ages learn photography in various schools and online universities, and lots of talented photographers have a wonderful opportunity to reveal themselves not only as artists, but also as teachers.

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By Alex Eylar

Like all creatives, photographers can sometimes experience creative block or a lack of interesting ideas, no matter what side of the school desk they are sitting on. One way for photography mentors and teachers to fight this problem is through the use of creative assignments.

In this article I’ve put together 15 creative project ideas to use in your photography class (if you are a teacher) or for yourself. When completed properly, a student assignment is a great teaching tool. If it’s well-designed and structured, it enables students to develop their technical skills and artistic vision, as well as improve their general thinking abilities and subject knowledge. So whether you’re a photography teacher looking for effective assignment ideas or a self-taught photography student focused on training your eye and critical vision, this roundup will surely come in handy.

15 Photography Ideas to try as we head into 2015

Simple Yet Effective Photography Tips

If you’re new to photography and looking for some simple ways to get your photos looking better, this article will give you 7 useful tips.

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These tips are all composition-based and help you use your “eye” more when taking photos.

Lightroom’s “Match Total Exposure” Feature Saves Time And Incorrectly Exposed Photos

Ever accidentally forget to turn off bracketing and ended up with a bunch of incorrectly exposed images only to spend too much time in post trying to fix them individually? As Matt Kloskowski explains in the video tutorial below, the “Match Total Exposure” feature in Lightroom could be just the trick you are looking for.

The post Lightroom’s “Match Total Exposure” Feature Saves Time And Incorrectly Exposed Photos appeared first on DIY Photography.

[post syndicated from DIY Photography Net]

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How to Take Beautiful Bokeh Christmas Images

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and in our forums I’ve noticed more and more great Christmas images being shared – some of which feature a technique that is always popular at this time of year – Bokeh Christmas lights shots.

How to Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Photo

Repost from December 2013 - There is so much to photograph during the holidays from religious symbols, to beautiful outdoor lighting displays, a well decorated tree, and the gathering of family and friends. You might already photograph and print your own holiday cards or a personal calendar, and each year you might be thinking of new and unique ideas for next year’s images.

With the holidays soon over and all those displays being packed away until next year, many Christmas trees will soon be recycled. But before you recycle your tree, consider using it for a unique photography opportunity: an illuminated Christmas tree in an outdoor setting. It could be that new and unique photo for next year’s holiday card!

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If you happen to reside in an area that enjoys wintery and snowy conditions, you have a setting ready to create an illuminated holiday tree similar to this one. But it is worth noting that even if you don’t live in a wintry or forested area you can still create a holiday light photo anywhere with a little imagination. A cactus in the desert, a shrub in your yard, a roadside mailbox, a rusty old car in a field, or anything you can attach lights to. You’re only limited by your imagination!

To create a winter wonderland holiday photo like the one above, here’s what’s needed:

On the Third Day of Christmas, a Lightroom Presets free download

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Christmas Lights free download Lightroom preset

With Christmas Lights Lightroom preset

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Unedited Christmas Lights

On the Third Day of Christmas Graffi gave to me – a free download! Today you can grab a Lightroom presets free download that improves the look of your Christmas Lights photos by adjusting blue tones and exposure. It also adds your camera lens profile, so that’s one component of this preset that you can consider tweaking once applied.

It took a little bit of adjusting to get the exposure correct. On my samples posted here, I shot the photos using a Nikon D3100 or D3300. The settings I shot with for outdoor lights are below (inside lights camera settings are slightly different) – the first two points below are possibly the most important:

Lens Correction Panel

Lens Correction panel in the Lightroom Develop module

  • Manual mode (so I could make the adjustments below)
  • Manual focus (turn off auto focus on your lens, and use the display on the back of your camera to zoom in on a single light for tack sharp focusing)
  • Shutter speed 1/15
  • f/5.6
  • ISO 1600

I used either a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 or a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8, both prime lenses. The camera lens adjustment in Lightroom will reflect this, so if your images come out looking a little distorted, check that setting to make sure the lens you used is reflected in the profile.

Try it out and see if it can help improve your Christmas Lights photos. The mini gallery below shows some before and after samples as a reference. The preset is subtle, so I encourage you to try and get your shots correct in the camera right off the bat, using as a starting point the settings I posted above.


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Cheers, and see you tomorrow!


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The 12 Days of Christmas Starts Tomorrow, Saturday Dec 13!

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The 12 Days of Christmas are almost here!

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout – because my 12 Days of Christmas starts tomorrow, Saturday December 13!

This year, there is a wider variety of things that will be available. I’m including everything from actions to brush sets to layer styles, tossing in some Lightroom presets, and a grand unveiling of a brand new action pack for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements that photographers and retouchers alike might find useful. Even the retro-cool, instamatic hipstagrammers might find a use for it!

I’ll also be posting some discount coupons for the Graffishop, maybe a photo gallery or two, and quite possibly a few surprises along the way.

The first 12 Days of Christmas goodie is set to go live at 6am EST tomorrow morning, so stay tuned….!

In the meantime, here’s a photo of a skinny Santa Claus hiding in some Christmas lights to keep your spirits high!

Santa Claus in the tree for the 12 Days of Christmas

Skinny Santa Claus hiding in the Christmas Tree

See ya tomorrow!

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