creativeLIVE Free 5-day Adobe Creative Cloud Now Thru August 23

creativeLIVE Creative Cloud Workshop

creativeLIVE is hosting a free 5-day course covering the wide array of capabilities in the controversial (but important) Adobe Creative Cloud, spanning the basics to advanced functions.

If you can’t make the live classes from 9AM-4PM PST, it looks like they are replaying the workshops from earlier in the day at night.

You can jump into the action here on creativeLIVE.

Video: Studio Portraits with Mirrorless Cameras and Off-Camera Flash

PocketWizard has a new off-camera flash tutorial (above) hosted by Joe Brady that covers the ins and outs of off-camera flash with mirrorless cameras. In the tutorial, Brady takes the Sony NEX-6 and NEX-7 for a spin with the PocketWizard Plus III and MiniTT1 and a variety of speedlights. [Read more...]

5 Ways to Use Layer Groups in Photoshop

Do you use layer groups in Photoshop just for organizing your layers?

In this quick 10-minute video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates 5 ways to make use of layer groups in Photoshop that go well beyond organization. All of these techniques can be used in Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC.

Here’s a quick summary of the 5 ways to use layer groups.

  1. Blending modes apply to group of layers to make the effect appear as if the layers have been merged.
  2. Styles for layers (e.g., drop shadows, etc.) in groups are applied as if the layers have been merged.
  3. The ability to restrict how the layers interact within the group versus the layers in the rest of the document. For example, a black and white adjustment layer can be restricted to layers within group.
  4. The ability to clip a texture or another color to a group by using a clipping mask.
  5. Mask multiple layers within a group with a single mask.

Watch the video to see how to make these work in the Photoshop interface.

Grungy Athlete Photoshop Tutorial

Glyn Dewis put together a solid tutorial on his post production of a sports scene, for which he created a grungy feel. Dewis uses a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz Detail and Topaz Clarity to achieve this look. Additionally, he shows alternative methods to get effects from third-party plug-ins with only Photoshop.

[via FStoppers]

How to Use Exposure Compensation

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Exposure compensation is a setting available on most cameras today.  Generally, only the simpler point and shoot cameras fail to offer exposure compensation adjustments.

It is an adjustment that a lot of folks fail to ever understand or use.  For those of you in this category, I’m going to try to help you understand what it does and when you should use it. [Read more...]

Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks

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Whether you are out on a dedicated mission or on a family outing celebrating a holiday, getting a great shot of a fireworks show is a nice feeling. While there are many different ways to capture fireworks, there are a few basic starting points for those who have never nailed that fireworks shot.

Check out these quick tips below. [Read more...]

Lighting Bill Gates and Bono for Time – BTS with Greg Heisler

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Check out the below BTS video for Profoto Master Series with Greg Heisler as he talks his way through the his approach to shooting Bill & Melinda Gates and Bono for the cover of Time’s Person of the Year cover for 2005.

Lots of good pre-production thoughts and then curve ball adjustments once people started arriving on his set. [Read more...]

Three Ways to Change Your Image by Adjusting Exposure

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The following is from HDR Photography | A 3 DVD Comprehensive Guide to HDR Photography by SLR Lounge. We cover bracketed HDR, in-camera HDR, single-shot faux HDR, single-shot bracketed HDR, panoramic HDR and more! (more info).

What is a “Stop” of Light?

The concept of a “stop” of light is probably the most important concepts in photography, yet it’s widely misunderstood. In this article, we want to take you back to the basics to help visualize a stop of light and changes in exposure.

A stop of light is not a quantifiable unit of light entering the camera but rather a relative one. Therefore, increasing by one stop doubles the amount of light let into the camera while decreasing by one stop cuts the amount of light in half. [Read more...]

Canon Hosting Free Time Lapse Seminar w/ Vincent Laforet Coming Up Next Week

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For those of you in the Hollywood, CA area, Canon Live Learning is putting on a free seminar next week (March 6, 2013) with Vincent Laforet on creating time lapse sequences with DSLRs.

The seminar takes place at Canon’s Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center. It is free, but advance registration is required.

Details here on Canon’s website.

[Image credit: Canon USA]