In this video from Karl Taylor, he walks us through one of his tips using the mulitiply blend mode and masking around some details in Photoshop to add more drama to the sky in landscape images.
Over the past few years, we have seen limited amounts snow here in Knoxville. As a result, I have spent very little time taking photos on snowy days. I had forgotten just what great lighting you get when there is a nice, white bed of snow on the ground. [Read more…]
For years, we’ve been talking about deals on gray market cameras and we’ve now encountered some controversy among at least one major camera company and retailers offering gray market cameras for sale to consumers. So, I figured it was time to get more specific about what the term gray market means to us all as consumers. Specifically, I’ll be focusing on US consumers since that is the law with which I am familiar.
Additionally, this article will be updated on an ongoing basis with links out to the latest news on the Canon v. Gray Market Retailers series that I have been covering. If and when other manufacturers and retailers join in the controversy, that coverage will be referenced here as well. You can scroll to the bottom of this article for a timeline and links to those specific updates. [Read more…]
As the well-known advertising jingle says, the holidays are coming. A time when families get together, eat, drink, be merry and generally have a whale of a time. So there’s no better time to whip out the phone and start capturing images of the frivolity.
If you want to get great pictures though, there are a couple of things you should think about first – just because your camera is a phone, doesn’t mean it can’t capture great images – far from it, you just need to start treating it like a camera. So here are six tips to take your phone pictures from bluegh to wow! [Read more…]
In this video from Broncolor featuring Karl Taylor and Urs Recher, we learn how to combine two different kinds of lights in dance photography to capture motion blur and frozen detail. While they are using high-end Broncolor HMI lights with Broncolor Siros flashes, these concepts of working with flash and ambient light can work on any budget.
The key, of course, is setting your camera to rear curtain sync, so that the flash fires at the very end of the exposure, which gives you the detailed subject with the motion blur trailing.
Histograms allow us to observe the graphical representation of our exposures. Most modern cameras are equipped with the ability to review the histogram and often place a live histogram on a camera’s display to help judge the exposure before we take a photo.
In this video from Karl Taylor, he walk through the basics of reading and using histograms to aid in exposure evaluation.
Photoshop’s automated alignment tools are quite impressive; however, they aren’t perfect. When auto-alignment fails to work the way you need it to, sometimes it just means you have to do the work yourself.
In this video from Ian Norman, he walks us through the process of processing Milky Way astrophotography images by manually aligning them in Photoshop in order to reduce noise and bring out more detail in the images.
If you are looking to improve your astrophotography images, Ian’s videos are worth a watch. Even if you are doing other types of image stacking, you can probably learn a thing or two from Ian’s workflow.
Here’s a quick video in which I walk through a very simple technique for correcting too much red in faces using just Lightroom.
I picked this tip up from Aaron Nace’s tutorial on a similar technique in Photoshop. I generally try to avoid going to Photoshop if it is something I can deal with in Lightroom. It’s just faster and a preferred piece of software for me.
If you need to do this in Photoshop, check out this Phlearn video for an explanation of how to accomplish this inside Photoshop, where you’ll have much more control in isolating colors.
In this video, Karl Taylor and Urs Recher walk us through shooting a glass with a design engraved on it. They mix soft and hard light to illuminate the glass and the engraving separately.
In this video, Tony and Chelsea Northrup cover some great tips for shooting outdoors in mid-day and making lighting work for you by using shade, fill flash and diffusers in a variety of situations.