Understanding the Basics of Low Light Photography

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There are times when you have to use a flash when shooting a wedding or portrait session. For example, if you are shooting outside and the sun has gone down completely, or if you are shooting inside with dim overhead lighting, a flash is a necessity. But whenever I can avoid it, I prefer taking advantage of natural light, even if it is waning in the half hour after sunset.

To get the most out of your camera, follow these guidelines: [Read more...]

Inverse Square Law of Light Explanation (Part 2) from Karl Taylor

A couple weeks back we saw a video from Karl Taylor where he gave a very straightforward and understandable explanation for the inverse square law of light. The above video is the second and final part of the discussion from Karl.

To reinforce Karl’s video again, the inverse square law in photographic lighting says:  the intensity of light radiating from a source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.

As a result, an object 2 meters away from a light source, receives only one-quarter the light as an object that is 1 meter away from the source.

How to Create an Artistic Double Exposure in Photoshop

Check out this video from Andrew Klokow as he walks you through his process of creating a double exposure in Photoshop.

In the video, he combines images of a bride and a floral bouquet into a single image in Photoshop. He then imports the combined image into Lightroom for some finishing touches.

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How to Prevent Flyaways with DJI Phantom Quadcopters

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A couple of the more popular posts in recent months here on Photography Bay deal with reports and concerns about DJI Phantom users and their experience with flyaways. By “flyaway”, we are talking about when the user loses control of the DJI Phantom quadcopter and it is most often lost or heavily damaged as it heads off into an unanticipated direction. [Read more...]

Peter Hurley Headshot Tips

If you don’t know the name, Peter Hurley is the headshot guy. In the above video, Peter shares some of this tips on headshot photography with Frank Doorhof.

If that’s the kind of thing that interests you, I’m reposting this hour-long video from the Google+ Photography Conference back in 2012 below. In it, Peter goes into much greater depth on the art of the headshot. [Read more...]

Get More Out of Photoshop with Plug-ins

In this video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shares how to get more out of Photoshop using plug-ins.

Hughes highlights Nik Silver Efex Pro, which previously retailed for $199. Google purchased Nik Software and now offers the entire Nik Collection for just $149. You can learn more about Silver Efex Pro and other Nik plug-ins here.

If you want to browse through the 43 best Photoshop plug-ins page that Hughes references in the video, you can find it here.

How to Remove Acne in Photoshop

Here’s another great video from Phlearn that shows you how to remove acne from faces using Photoshop. There are a couple of problems with acne. First, there’s redness in the skin and then there’s the actual blemish itself.

The tutorial walks us through the process one step at a time, removing the redness caused from the acne and then getting rid of the skin blemish using the content-aware spot healing brush.

Karl Taylor Shows Powerful “Before & After” Photoshop and Lighting Demo

Check out this video from Karl Taylor as he shoots photos of a model with window light, studio lighting, then adds makeup and then adds post-production in Photoshop. It provides a pretty powerful demonstration of what not only Photoshop can do, but also what quality studio lighting can do for portraits.