4 Ways Self-Critique Can Improve Your Photography

Self-Critique-PhotoLearning how to analyze and judge your own artistic work correctly is a valuable skill that can be a bit tricky to learn properly. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “I’m my own worst critic” thrown about, you may have even said it yourself in reference to your own photography. However, there are ways that you can harness this self-criticism and learn from it rather than allowing it to consume you and destroy your self-confidence.

Learning how to constructively critique your own photography can not only help you make better photographs each time you pick up a camera, but it will also build your confidence as a photographer, and prepare you for the inevitable critiques from your peers and colleagues.

This article is a bit different in the sense that the images that I’ve used to illustrate the post showcase one particular case of how I used self-critique to iterate a photograph over the course of a shoot. I will cover the benefits of self-critique and how it can help you become a more confident photographer – so read both the article and the captions of each photograph as you continue along.

How to Use Photoshop to Remove Tan Lines and Sunburns

With summer in full swing, Aaron Nace provides some helpful tips on removing those unwanted tan lines and sunburns from your photos using Photoshop. In the following instructional video, he opts to match the burnt skin to the skin tone of the normal skin and then adjust all of the skin to the preferred tone:

5 Steps for Removing Tan Lines from Photos

Here are the five simple steps as explained in the video:

  1. Select the area that contains redness. Using the Color Range tool, click on an area of skin that is burnt. The tool will select areas that match this color. Use the range slider in order to feather the selected area, and use the fuzziness slider to select a larger color range.
  2. Match the selected area to the skin tone of the unburnt skin. Make a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. Check the colorize option to make the skin tone more uniform, and choose a tan color. You can increase the lightness and lower the saturation in order to cause the skin to match the unburnt area.
  3. Blend the area. Make a new layer and choose the healing brush. Make sure the brush samples both layers. Start painting the brush around the tan lines in order to blur the transition. This brush can also take care of some sun spots or extra redness.
  4. Darken the skin color to the ideal shade. Create another Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. Select the colorize option, and choose a tan color. Inverse the layer mask (CTRL+I) and paint the skin with a white brush. Fix the final color using lightness, saturation, or opacity.
  5. Add definition. Blending the skin can remove definition. To fix this, create a new layer, and set the blend to soft light. Use a soft edge brush to paint black in the shadows and white in the highlights. Adjust using opacity.


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“So, the next time someone comes to you and they got a gnarly tan line and they’re all worried about it on the photoshoot, say, ‘Don’t worry about it.’”

[this post syndicated from Picture Correct]

Avoid These 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Image Quality

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How many times have you captured an amazing image only to view it on your computer, or as a print, and realize that you screwed something up along the way.

Unfortunately, the only way to stop doing a lot of these easy-to-make mistakes is to have an image ruined by them.  Once you screw up an image you’ll quickly learn not to make the same mistake again.

Here are the most frequent ways I see photographers ruining their images. Avoid these 10 mistakes that can ruin your images

Photoshop scatter effect tutorial: download our FREE brushes and textures

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use brushes and masks to transform a portrait with eye-catching Photoshop scatter effects.

Photoshop scatter effect tutorial: download our FREE brushes and follow along!

The key to success is in mastering the Brush panel and the wealth of features hidden within. We’ve provided a great set of scatter brushes for you to use on your own images, plus a couple of gritty textures to add depth to the background.

The scatter effect works best on portraits with clean, simple backgrounds. So if you’re planning on shooting your own, photograph someone against a wall or a roll of paper, or alternatively, cut them out and place them on a light backdrop. Then load up the brushes and get scattering!