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Abstract images: how to make striking contemporary art with your camera

In this quick tutorial we’ll show you how to use your camera to make striking abstract images that bring out your inner Rothko…

Abstract images: how to make striking contemporary art with your camera

All images and text by Ben Brain

Apart from anything else, making abstract images is the perfect photography project that can easily be done in the comfort of your home.

More importantly, it can be a wonderful way to create striking and unusual images that may even challenge what you think a photograph should be.

It’s hard to imagine when you look at the abstract images above, but they are more or less straight out of the camera, with very little post-processing.

Abstract images: how to make striking contemporary art with your camera

Using nothing more than some basic in-camera skills such as a multiple exposure and deliberate blur, we’ve been able to strip our image of anything recognisable and instead concentrate on contrast, form, colour, tone and texture contained within.

Working in a purely abstract way takes a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve liberated yourself from a conventional way of thinking and seeing, you’ll soon find it addictive.

SEE MORE: In-camera multiple exposure – a quick and easy guide

Abstract images: how to make striking contemporary art with your camera

There are plenty of great abstracts to be found when you’re out and about too, so there’s no need to limit yourself to coloured card and Perspex…

How to make simple abstract images

How to make simple abstract images: step 1

01 Compose your shot
Source coloured card, paper, plastics or coloured sheets of Perspex. If you’re using Perspex, place the sheets on a light-box. Try complementary or drastically contrasting colours for added impact. Arrange them randomly at first, and just get started.

SEE MORE: Color Theory – the best color combinations for photography (and how to take it further)

How to make simple abstract images: step 2

02 Take exposures
Set your camera to shoot multiple-exposure, and take several shots on top of one another. If your camera doesn’t have this feature, it’s easy to merge them together in Photoshop. Experiment with focus: there’s no reason why the images need to be sharp.


How to make simple abstract images: step 3

03 Add vibrancy
Shoot raw files for maximum quality and use Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom to boost the intensity of the colours, contrast and tones. Despite the vibrant colours in these images, there’s little post-production beyond a few tweaks.


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[syndicated from Digital Camera World]

How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop

The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and error I finally managed to figure it out, so here’s an in depth tutorial on how to create a realistic money illustration effect in Photoshop (with some help from Illustrator!).


Photoshop money illustration effect

The effect we’ll be creating in today’s tutorial is this vintage engraved or etched illustration style that builds up the tonal areas of an image with lots of tiny lines. Unlike the basic halftone line effect used in other tutorials, this method actually uses curved and wavy lines that vary in weight to produce an accurate replica of this classic illustration technique.

A Smarter Way to High Pass Sharpen in Photoshop (Video)

High pass sharpening has been one of Photoshop’s most commonly used filters by professional photographers. But Michael Woloszynowicz noticed some problems with the traditional method—namely, an unnatural white outline and awkward lighting around the eyes, where colors contrast. Here’s his solution:

Woloszynowicz’s video is very technical and may be confusing for some, but professionals and semi-professionals will recognize it as the kind of tip that distinguishes them from amateur digital editors.

Life is too Short to be Taking Photos of Great Subjects in Bad Light

Sometimes the lessons are so basic, they are overlooked. This is one I feel needs to be repeated for new photographers as well as a gentle reminder for those of us with decades of shooting experience.


Photography is the process of recording light. It is the same with your eyes, every waking moment of every day you use them. You see subjects around you and mentally are so busy classifying and figuring them out (“What a beautiful red Ferrari! Is it slowing down for a right hand turn?”) that when it comes time to lift a camera to your eye, you forget to stop and think about what is really going on.

You make pictures of light first

How to Enhance Eyes in Photoshop

They say the eyes are windows to the soul—but in photography, those windows usually have blinds covering them. When eyes pop, people notice, and it can mean the difference between a good shot and a great one. In this video, the guys at Phlearn take us through an innovative way to bump up eye colors in Photoshop without losing realism:

It’s a long video, but the process is fairly simple. Start by finding the part of the eye that’s being hit by the light. (There’ll be a white reflection in the eyeball revealing this.) Then identify the eye’s natural colors. In this example, the natural colors are green and yellow, while the light is coming in from the top-lefthand side of the frame:

How to Avoid Blurry Photos by Choosing the Right Autofocus Mode

Sometimes the light is perfect, the moment is right, but when you get home you find out that your photo is blurry. Arrgh!

Why are your pictures blurry? One obvious reason might be that your camera isn’t focused properly. Today’s cameras and autofocus lenses can help you quickly take sharp images in a wide variety of situations, provided you choose the right autofocus mode.

Here are some questions to help you diagnose any situation and choose the correct auto focus setting

autofocus modes

Photo by Lynford Morton

Are you using the Auto-area autofocus or Single-point autofocus selection?

Who gets to decide your focus point? That’s the question you are deciding with this option. In an Auto-area autofocus, your camera decides what it should use as your focal point. It usually decides based on what looks most prominent in the viewfinder or closest to the camera. This might work when your subject is obvious and there are no potential distractions.

How to Make Better Photos with Better Composition

Most photographers know that for a photograph to be interesting, it must have a good composition. But what does that mean, exactly? The concepts of composition are often assumed to be mere common sense, but it never hurts to refresh oneself on the basics. And remember, as photographer David Thorpe says, ”composition is better treated as a creative aid than a set of rules”:

Tips for Better Composition

In this video, Thorpe discusses some fundamental components of a photograph, and how paying a bit more attention to these can create a better result. (Via PetaPixel)

Beginning in Photography: Understanding the Light

Understanding how different lighting affects an image is half the work of creating better photos. This article aims to give a brief overview of the different types of light you might encounter as a photographer and how to use each type to your advantage.

"Northern California Dawn Patrol" captured by Don Campbell

“Northern California Dawn Patrol” captured by Don Campbell (Click Image to Find Photographer)

Direct light

Looking through the family photo album the other day, I noticed a recurring theme: photo after photo of us squinting into the sun, looking like ghosts with our flat, white faces and dark holes where our eyes should have been. This is one of the most common mistakes people make when taking photos in direct sunlight. By standing with your back to the sun, you effectively flatten out the light and therefore your subject. All of those interesting lines and textures disappear, and you are left with a one-dimensional image.

10 Photography Tips to Help You Take Your Photography up a Level

Man working

The best lessons are the ones you learn the hard way. Here are 10 photography tips I learned after lots of frustration, discouragement, money lost, and forever lost opportunities. These tips are not very common, I never heard them hence you probably never heard of them either. I hope they help you avoid the mistakes I made, and help you improve your photography. Let’s get to it shall we?

10 Photography Tips

Is it REALLY the Gear?

EOS-1D X with EF 200-400 f/4L IS USM +1.4x Extender. 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 800.

EOS-1D X with EF 200-400 f/4L IS USM +1.4x Extender. 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 800.

Recently, I’ve noticed some comments from readers who seem to feel that the gear I use for my shots is the reason I get the images I do. They seem to feel that similar results cannot be achieved using consumer level gear. True, I use some top-of-the-line gear, and there are many reasons for that. But rare is the shot that I was able to get with an EOS-1D X or 5D Mark III that I could not also get with a Rebel T5i.

So that begs the question: why do pros spend so much money on top-of-the-line cameras and lenses?