Forget the $500 Gimbal; Make a DIY Anti-Vibration Drone Camera Mount for $10

The problem with mounting a GoPro to a DJI Phantom or other drone is that the vibration of the propellers creates a terrible jello effect in the footage. This is the main reason that gimbals have become such a popular accessory for drones. But gimbals are expensive.

Two grad students from USC were searching for a cheaper way to reduce the jello effect in their footage from their Phantom-mounted GoPro. After months of failure in testing several aftermarket products, they finally built their own mount with household items for less than $10.

They discovered that they had to dampen the attachment between the GoPro and the Phantom, which is something that none of the attachments on the market allowed. In the end, they used a pair of sponges and some semi-rigid wires to connect a mount that was constructed from a plastic lid.

The results are impressive and resemble the look of an expensive gimbal when viewing the output footage. You can see a full walkthrough, along with sample footage, in the video above.

How to Remove Noise in Photoshop

In the above video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shares how to remove noise in Photoshop. He highlights the use of the noise removal tools in Camera Raw, as well as hiding other noise by turning down the black levels.

The same controls are also available in Lightroom, so that portion of the tutorial applies to Lightroom as well. Additionally, you can use the image size and Smart Sharpen tools within Photoshop to combat noise.

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...]

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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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...]

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.

How to Use Curves Adjustments in Photoshop

Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows how to use curves in the above video. He covers the basics of curves in both Camera Raw and inside of Photoshop.

While this is a very basic overview of what the curves adjustment does and an intro to the interface, check out the video from Phlearn below  that goes a little more in-depth on using curves adjustment layers in Photoshop. [Read more...]

How to Fix Red Skin in Photoshop

Here’s another great, quick Photoshop tutorial from Phlearn on correcting red skin that commonly shows up on subjects’ faces around the nose and cheek areas.

You can use a Hue & Saturation adjustment layer to first isolate the specific red areas that you are trying to correct and then adjust the hue to blend in with the surrounding skin areas.

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How to Use Photoshop to Edit Video

In the above video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to make the video experience less intimidating right inside of Photoshop CC.

In addition to working with video clips and trimming the footage, he shows how you can edit the color and effects of video using Photoshop’s tools instead of a video editing application. You can even edit video with the tools inside of Adobe Camera Raw.

How to Use the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop

The Clone Stamp Tool is a powerful tool in Photoshop; however, many of us never reach the full potential of what we can do with it. Phlearn has put together a great tutorial video (embedded above) that shows several ways to extend your use of the Clone Stamp Tool, particularly with the use of layers as you are working different areas of an image.

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