Tutorial: Selective Edits – Dodging, Burning & Sharpening in Photoshop

In the above video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes demonstrates selective editing using dodging, burning and sharpening in Photoshop CC.

You can use dodge and burn tools to only affect shadows, mid-tones or highlights, which make these tools much more effective than they used to be. Likewise, Smart Sharpen is a more powerful tool than it had previously been.

How to Hold a Camera – Beginner Tips from Karl Taylor

Pro photographer Karl Taylor is back with another tutorial video. This time around, he’s covering basic techniques for holding a camera in standing, sitting and prone positions. These are fundamental tips for getting consistently sharp images and reducing camera shake blur. If you are new to photography or just need a brush up, the video above is worth your time to watch.

For further reading on the topic, check out my article 4 Principles of Photography Marksmanship from a few years ago.

4 Lighting Tutorial Videos from Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor has been working on a multi-part series of lighting tutorials for Broncolor. He just published the fourth video in the series on YouTube.

In the fourth video, he shows off some expert dual flash techniques by using a long exposure in a dark studio to fire strobes at different times while removing modifiers in the dark. Really smart stuff.

You can see part one above and the next three in the series are below.  [Read more...]

How to Add & Remove Lens Flare in Photoshop

In this video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to add and remove lens flare from an image.

Removing lens flare from an image is accomplished by using Content Aware tools in Photoshop CC. Hughes also shows how to non-destructively add lens flare to an image using layer blend modes with the lens flare filter.

Joe McNally Breaks Down Outdoor Portrait with 3 Speedlights and High F-stop

This short video from Joe McNally breaks down how to use three speedlights for an outdoor portrait with a lot of depth of field. It’s a little heavy on the ads for Adorama, but still a nice 3 minute video with some great little lighting nuggets inside.

If you like this kind of stuff, I highly recommend his book The Hot Shoe Diaries, which is packed with a ton of lighting nuggets like this.