In this latest video from Plhearn, Aaron Nace walks through a very useful process of how to fix an aged photo in Photoshop. He covers removing dust and scratches, fixing unnatural gradients and discoloration, as well as fixing a color cast. Check out the video above.
The following post is from Constantin Opris, Dreamstime Professional Photographer, who shares some great tips and apps for improving your mobile photography.
As smartphone cameras become better and faster, there’s a growing interest in mobile photography. The considerable advantage for mobile photographers comes in the form of integrated applications that allow them to setup, take and alter shots in completely new ways. [Read more…]
Lightroom Coffee Break is a video series that offers great little nuggets for learning the ins and outs of Adobe Lightroom in 60 seconds or less. In the latest video, Adobe’s Benjamin Ward explains how drag in edit fields for finer control in Lightroom. Check it out above.
In this new video from Phlearn, Aaron Nace walks us through how to create light rays through clouds inside Photoshop.
He does this buy using the radial blur filter as a smart filter, along with some simple strokes from the brush tool. Pretty cool results. Check it out above.
In this video from Aaron Nace of Phlearn, he walks us through how to make hair color pop in Photoshop.
He uses a color balance adjustment layer to bring out the natural color and then creates a solid color adjustment layer to give the highlights a kick. Finally, he walks us through how to dodge and burn hair in order to get that extra pop.
In the latest Lightroom Coffee Break episode, we get a great tip for using a modifier key with a mouse click to quickly straighten a photo in Lightroom.
When you are in the crop mode, all you have to do is hold down Command (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) and click and drag along the horizon or other straight feature that you want to be level in the image. Lightroom automatically uses the level tool to straighten the image based on your selection.
Check out this video from Canon and Syl Arena as he walks us through the on-camera menu system for controlling Canon Speedlites like the 600EX-RT.
Syl is the author of the popular Speedliter’s Handbook series, which is now in its second edition. If you are interested in really digging into the Canon Speedlite system to understand how it works, his book is well worth the money. You can read my review of the first edition here.
In the latest Lightroom Coffee Break video, Adobe’s Benjamin Ward explains how to use the Targeted Adjustment tool in Lightroom. I’ve talked about using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Lightroom to reduce red skin on faces. It’s a powerful tool I use all of the time. If you haven’t tried it before, give it a go.
Anyone that’s shot a DSLR in a remotely serious manner is aware of the crop factor for APS-C format cameras when compared to their full frame cousins. Nikon and Sony APS-C cameras yield a 1.5x crop factor, while Canon APS-C cameras have a 1.6x crop factor.
And, invariably, if you use the phrase “crop factor,” someone is going to yell at you and tell you that you aren’t cropping anything. However, the term is ubiquitous in identifying the altered field of view caused by using smaller sensors in cameras along with full frame lenses.
We also commonly use the phrase “equivalent focal length” to describe the change in the field of view as captured by an APS-C sensor. For instance, the popular Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lenses have an 80mm equivalent focal length when used with a Canon Rebel series camera. Of course, most of us understand that this is a misnomer and that the 50mm lens does not change at all to become an 80mm lens when used on a different camera. It is simply that the 50mm lens has a narrower field of view on the Canon Rebel DSLR thanks to the smaller sensor.
Crop Factors on Medium Format Cameras
For those coming from a digital world to test the film waters with medium format cameras, the 35mm crop factor for medium format lenses and film types can be confusing when a 50mm lens can be ultra-wide and a 90mm lens is considered a normal lens. [Read more…]