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10 camera techniques to master in 2014: get white balance accurate every time

As our Shoot Like A Pro series on mastering some of the basic camera techniques continues, we look at your camera’s white balance settings and how you can get the most accurate colours possible.

10 camera techniques to master in 2014: master white balance settings for accurate colours

You might forget all about setting the right white balance – especially if you shoot in raw, as then you can change it when you process your images later.

However, you’ll need to get the right white balance in-camera to be able to assess the exposure and colours of your shots and achieve the best results.

Twelve Ways to Improve Your Digital Landscapes

Number One: If you have read any of my previous photography guides then you probably know that I strongly recommend shooting in RAW format. Why is this so important? The answer simply boils down to control.

Shoot in Camera RAW Format


When you set your digital camera to automatically convert your images to JPEGs, you give up a great deal of processing control. Most digital cameras automatically apply sharpening, saturation, and tonal adjustments during the conversion process. The image is also compressed into an 8-bit file removing a great deal of the exposure latitude that you had with the original photograph (up to 16-bits for many cameras).

Essentially the camera automatically applies a standard set of processing routines to the image and then throws out roughly one third or more of the data during the compression process. The JPEG file format is destructible in that it compresses and recompresses the image (and thereby removing file information) each time it is saved. If you do shoot in JPEG format, be sure to save your processed files as PSDs or TIFFs to avoid additional compression and to retain all of your Photoshop layers.

Techniques for Working Textures Into Your Photography

Textured-purple-flower-600Where do you begin when you are considering using textures in your photography? I suggest you begin with the absolute best photo possible. Adding a texture to a bad photo does not make it a good photo. You want to make sure you have it exposed correctly, composed well, have a clear subject and not too much in the competing in the background competing. Textures work best with photos that are not too busy to start. Once I have chosen the photo I am going to work with, I do all of my edits before I add the texture, including adjusting the colors and sharpening.

In this article I’ll share some of my techniques for working textures into your photography.

Sharpening your image

You want to sharpen your photo before you add the texture. This is so that your subject is sharp and the texture isn’t over sharpened compared to the subject. You want the texture to enhance your photo, not compete with it. When I sharpen the photo I use the high pass filter as opposed to the unsharp mask. I like this method best because it defines and clears up all the edges of your subject without over-sharpening all the fill areas. Below is how I do this and the settings:

6 Tips for Getting Great Pictures With a Basic Camera

Great pictures don’t necessarily come from high-end cameras and expensive lenses. Here are tips that you can apply even when using cameras like the one on the iPhone. If you can use these principles to get great pictures using basic cameras, imagine how much better a photographer you’ll be with serious photography gear!

1. Use Available Light

Available light usually means natural sunlight, but it can also include available sources of artificial light, e.g. an overhead dining table lamp. With the light positioned correctly, you can get professional looking pictures without any additional flash equipment.

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“Untitled” captured by Whitney Stapleton (Click image to see more from Stapleton.)

Using the Develop Module in Your Lightroom 5 Photography Workflow (Video)

More and more photographers are turning to Adobe Lightroom 5 as their choice post-processing software. While Adobe Photoshop CS6 equips all manner of visual artists with tools for their various crafts, Lightroom is a streamlined processing software tailored to photographers who need advanced image editing and management capabilities without unnecessary clutter.

However, without an effective workflow, even Lightroom can become needlessly time-consuming.

In this video, landscape photographer Robert Rodriguez explains his creative workflow process in Lightroom, with particular emphasis on showing the “why” behind each step and providing tips for developing a personalized workflow that maximizes efficiency, flexibility, and accuracy:

An effective workflow is one that is flexible, efficient, and accurate as it works towards the goal of realizing the photographer’s vision for a particular photograph. To that end, Rodriguez offers three principles that guide his own workflow process.

Quick Macro Photography Tricks

If you delve into the incredible world of macro photography, with the aid of a few digital photography tricks, you can take photographs of insects that will blow your mind.

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“Summer Mantis” captured by Gary Vernon (Click image to see more from Vernon.)

A normal housefly may seem just annoying, but up close and personal, you can capture a macro image that reveals every single hair on its body and the millions of tiny dots that make up its eyes. You see an array of magnificent colors that you do not perceive with the naked eye. Once you have truly experienced macro photography, you will never see tiny creatures in quite the same way again.

Some Reasons Why to Shoot High ISO

1/125th at F2, ISO 6400 (Fuji X100s)

Fuji X100s: 1/125th at F2, ISO 6400.

The most common photographic fear that I come across these days is when people are afraid to raise the ISO setting on their cameras.

Just a handful of years ago, these fears were justified.  Raising your ISO to 1600 or 3200 was a no-go for a majority of cameras.

But no longer. Things are changing.

Some Reasons Why to Shoot High ISO  

4 Questions to Help You Discover Your Photographic Style

If you’re new to the world of photography, you may hear other photographers talk about their photographic style quite a bit. But what does this mean and how do you find your own style? I’m sure you’ve heard of photojournalism (shooting moments with no posing), traditional photography (completely posed), and lifestyle photography (which is a blend of the two). But a photographer’s true style is more than just a description of his or her shooting method. It encompasses the whole look of the photographer’s art. Below are four questions you can ask yourself to help pinpoint your style.

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“Untitled” captured by Irina Oreshina (Click image to see more from Oreshina.)

What do you like to shoot?

This can sometimes take awhile to discover, especially if you’re new to photography. Most photographers discover that there is one subject in particular that they really enjoy shooting more than any other. Sometimes that’s weddings or newborns, or maybe it’s kids and families. Whatever you prefer to document directly affects your style. The way you photograph kids is probably completely different from how you would document a bride and groom. So knowing this can prove to be a huge indicator of your style.

Where do you like to shoot?

Though this may not seem like a contributing factor to your style, it can play a role in the look and feel of your images. For example, I love shooting outdoors, preferably in a park, forest, or reserve. Somewhere beautiful and natural. But one of my good friends loves to shoot in grungy, dirty, dilapidated areas. The locations she likes to shoot, coupled with the grunge overlays she adds to her portraits, sets her style apart from my more natural, pretty, and soft artwork.

How to create an abstract colour halftone effect in Photoshop

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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]