How to create an abstract colour halftone effect in Photoshop

colour halftone

Go to Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone, and in the Max Radius field enter 30 and hit OK.

Your image is now split into dots of CMYK colour, but if the dots appear too small or big in your image, increase the Max Radius value.

How to create an abstract colour halftone effect in Photoshop

The resolution of your image will affect the number of dots in the effect, so it’s worth experimenting with different settings for the right balance.

[this post syndicated from Photoshop Daily]

What camera should I buy: pros and cons of each type (and what they’re best at)

This time of year many of us ask ourselves, “What camera should I buy?” Truth is, it can be tricky to decide what camera to buy because we like to shoot different subjects which have different needs. In this jargon-free buyer’s guide our head of testing Angela Nicholson has some advice that will put you on the right track.

What camera should I buy: pros and cons of each camera type (and when you should use them)

“What camera should I buy?” When you ask yourself this it can be helpful to ask yourself a few follow-up questions.

For example, what do you want to photograph, and when do you want to use the camera? Also, do you want to be able to change lenses and how much control do you want over the settings?

Let’s take a look at the main options available.

What camera should I buy: Compact camera

What camera should I buy: compact cameras

Compact cameras range in complexity from simple point and shoot models that are easy to use because they take full-control, to advanced models that let you set the shutter speed and aperture along with a host of other features if you want to.

Although the name implies small size, some compact cameras are actually quite large these days because they contain sensors that are the same size as the ones inside many DSLRs.

The lens on a compact camera is fixed and cannot be removed, but most have a zoom lens so you can change focal length if you need to.

Wideangle lenses with short focal lengths are useful when you’re shooting inside or in confined spaces, or conversely when you want to shoot landscapes, while middle focal lengths are better for flattering portraits and longer optics are good for picking out distance details.

Although there are a few exceptions, compact cameras don’t tend to have viewfinders and the image must be composed on the screen on the back of the camera.

SEE MORE: First camera crash course – simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

Generally small and light
Easy to use
Better image quality than a cameraphone

Often no viewfinder
Most have a fairly small sensor, which limits image quality
Control over settings may be limited

Good for
Family photos
Holiday photos
Generally everyday snaps

Not good for
Sports photography
Low-light photography (although most have a small flash)
High-end photography
Controlling depth of field (reducing the size of the sharp area in an image)

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PAGE 2 – What camera should I buy: Bridge camera
PAGE 3 – What camera should I buy: Compact System Camera (CSC)
PAGE 4 – What camera should I buy: DSLR camera

[syndicated from Digital Camera World]

How to improve lighting quickly in Photoshop

How to improve lighting quickly in Photoshop

Step 1

How to improve lighting quickly in Photoshop

Duplicate the image’s Background layer by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+J. The first change to make is to the layer’s blend mode. Apply the Soft Light mode to the duplicate layer to boost contrast.

Step 2

How to improve lighting quickly in Photoshop

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. This adjustment controls the brightness. Inside Levels, slide the far right pointer of the three inward to brighten highlights.

Step 3

How to improve lighting quickly in Photoshop

Now slide the middle of the three pointers in the dialog box to the left or right. This will depend on the balance of the light in your image. The end result should be dramatically different.

[this post syndicated from Photoshop Daily]

Top Photography Articles of the Year 2013

As the year ends and a new one begins, we looked back at what articles & topics attracted the most attention. Listed below are some of 2013?s most popular posts, which range from useful tips to amazing images to tear-inducing stories. As we researched the top articles we were excited to learn that our visitor base grew nearly 20% this year (6 million photographers stopped by) and we are busy planning exciting things for 2014, thanks so much to all of you who continue to visit us! This site would not be possible without you.

We would love to hear your thoughts on these articles, please tell us which one was most useful to you and why on our Facebook Page or Google Plus!


Top Photography Articles of the Year

1. 10 Photography Assignments to Stimulate Creativity — With a new year and new goals ahead of us, these creative assignments will get 2014 off to a great photographic start.

2. Young Elk Decides He Does Not Like This Photographer — This too-close-for-comfort interaction is a reminder to photographers that wildlife is…well…wild.

3. 23 Photos Taken a Split Second Before Disaster — Ah, schadenfreude. A quick click of the shutter can preserve life’s unfortunate–yet entertaining–moments in a still frame forever.

4. Cancer Victim’s Story Spread All Over the World Through Photography — Photographer Sue Bryce helped a woman with cancer spread a beautiful message with this heartfelt video.

5. Massive Walrus Naps on Submarine Hatch — Crew members on a Russian submarine had a fun photo opportunity when a huge sea visitor fell asleep in an inconvenient place.

6. Top 15 Photoshop Tools Every Photographer Should Know — Photoshop is a powerful program that takes time to master. Jump start the learning process by mastering these essential tools.

7. Stunning Timelapse of New York City — It took two photographers, eight cameras, and two weeks to film this energetic timelapse of New York City.

8. Photographer Captures a Perfect Moment — Zak Noyle, a world class surf photographer, demonstrated his talent when he took this stunningly well-timed image.

9. 15 Surreal Photo Manipulations — These amazing works of art demonstrate the creative possibilities of Photoshop.

10. How to Get Stunning Colors in Your Sunset Photography — Get breathtaking sunset photos bursting with color by metering properly and using neutral density filters.

11. Camera Settings for HDR Photography — We’ve all seen over-processed images. Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro show you how to keep your HDR photos looking realistic.

12. A Guide to Understanding ISO in Photography — This article explains and illustrates ISO’s integral role in the exposure triangle.

13. 5 Simple Tips for Better People Pictures — Do your pictures of people leave something to be desired? This informative list of tips will help you improve your portraits.

14. Student Wins Contests With Stolen Photos — The winner of the Smiles for the World photo contest made headlines when it was discovered that he pilfered the winning image from Flickr.

15. How to Determine Exposure With the Histogram — Relying on your camera’s LCD is often a recipe for disaster. Take control of your exposures by understanding the histogram.

[this post syndicated from Picture Correct]


Adriano Aquino has added a photo to the pool:


PT: Eu flagrei o Papai Noel. E você?

EN: I caught Santa. And you?

©2013 Adriano Aquino – All rights reserved.

[from Graffi's That Retro Lo-Fi Look group on Flickr]

So you Want to Shoot Landscapes? [Top 12 dPS Landscape articles from 2013]

Landscape photography is always a popular topic here on dPS. Who doesn’t a great mountain scenic image, or a shot of the rolling waves on the ocean?

Image by Todd Sisson – author of our Living Landscape Photography eBook

In this, the first of our “Best of 2013” series are 12 of the top landscape articles from 2013. In no particular order:

  1. 11 surefire tips for improving your landscape photography
  2. Composing dynamic landscape images
  3. Getting landscapes sharp: focus stacking
  4. Getting landscapes sharp using hyperfocal distance and aperture selection
  5. 4 rules of composition for landscape photography
  6. 4 essential ingredients for great landscape photographs
  7. 3 reasons to shoot vertical aspect landscapes and 6 tips on how to shoot them
  8. 3 steps to gorgeous landscape images
  9. How to shoot landscapes at sunset
  10. Tips for shooting landscapes with a telephoto lens
  11. Wide angle lenses and the landscape
  12. Include the foreground for dramatic landscapes


[post syndicated from Digital Photography School]