Watch How Lighting & Posing Can Fake Before & After Photos

We’ve all seen the before and after photos that plague online advertising. These photos are often part of ads that proclaim the latest and greatest fitness craze or weight loss pill. In the above video, BuzzFeedBlue shows just how easy it is to fake these photos using nothing more than some lighting and posing changes.

While there are certainly things you can do to enhance a physique for the after photo (e.g., lift weights, cardio and eat healthier), much of the presentation still relies on the professional eye of the photographer.

[h/t Jayson]

Camera Modes: P for Program

Program Mode

If you have been using the full auto mode (aka the little green square) on your camera for very long, chances are that it has frustrated you at some point because it won’t let you do something that seems like a no-brainer. Have you ever tried to turn the off the flash when using full auto only to have it pop right back up when you press the shutter again? Thank the full auto mode for that.

If you are trying to exercise a little more creative control over your camera’s settings, then it is time to move to the P, or Program, mode. [Read more…]

How to Use Filters in Photoshop

Check out the above video wherein Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows us how to use filters in Photoshop (and which not to use). He covers the older Filter Gallery and using it with blend modes for creative effects.

Additionally, he shows the benefits of using Guassian Blur on a layer mask, along with the new Blur Gallery in Creative Cloud versions. There are several more in the short 7-minute video with which you may not be familiar.

How to Use the Patch Tool in Photoshop

Check out this video from Aaron Nace at Phlearn on how to use the amazing patch tool in Photoshop. Aaron covers the scenarios in which you want to use the standard patch tool and why it is often a better choice than using the content-aware patch tool.

He also breaks down the difference between source and destination selections for the patch tool, as well as what the transparency selection does when using the patch tool.

How to Adjust Lighting in Post Production Using Photoshop

Check out this video from Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes as he walks through how to adjust lighting to a photo after the fact using some basic tools inside Photoshop. In this video he takes a midday photo and changes it to the appearance of a photo taken at dusk with new lighting elements within.

Adobe also showed off a demo at its MAX conference of some possible future technology that automates the process as well. Check it out below. [Read more…]