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...]

Is An Underwater DSLR Housing Worth the Expense?

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Earlier this summer, I shot a wedding in the Abacos, Bahamas, and wanted to use my free time there to experiment with underwater photography. My husband has a Panasonic point-and-shoot camera that we have used on past trips for underwater fun, but the perfectionist in me wondered if the pictures would be dramatically better with a professional DSLR. [Read more...]

Peter Hurley on Jawline and Positioning for Headshots

Here’s another great little video from Peter Hurley talking jawline and positioning for headshots. It’s short at about four minutes, but there are several tips to glean in here. If you want to hear more of Peter Hurley, check out this hour-long video from 2012 on the general topic of headshots.

You can also buy his full class that comes in at an hour and 21 minutes for $29 here on CreativeLive.

Karl Taylor Live Beauty Shoot at Photokina

Karl Taylor was at the Broncolor booth at Photokina 2014 doing a live beauty lighting session in only 30 minutes. The video, however, is condensed to 11 minutes. While the audio quality is sketchy throughout, you still get the idea of what he’s doing.

In the session, he also shows off the fast recycle time of the new Broncolor SIROS lights as you can see when he invites numerous photographers up on stage to capture images using the same lights a the same time. The SIROS lights fire repeatedly without missing a beat as several photographers fire at almost the same time. We also get another short refresher on how Broncolor para umbrellas work.

Nikon Refreshes Nikon School Program for 2014-2015

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Nikon has announced a newly refreshed and enhanced Nikon School program for 2014-2015.

The program will be held in various cities throughout the U.S, and will now feature a wider variety of classes and a more interactive experience for photographers of all levels from beginners to enthusiasts. New courses will focus on specific photography styles/techniques and will include Travel and Landscape, Creative Lighting, Action and People and Video Production.

Nikon School will host more than 50 classes from September 2014 to June 2015 in 25 locations across the US. The programs are taught by six instructors, all of whom are recognized as experts in the industry.

You can find more info on Nikon School or find the updated schedule here on the Nikon School website.

How to Automate Focus Stacking in Photoshop

In the above video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows us how to use several different images with different focus points and create a focus stacked image in Photoshop so that everything is in focus.

During the automation process, Photoshop keeps every image on a separate layer and automatically creates a mask to reveal the areas of the particular layer that is in focus.

Have you used this automated process for focus stacking in Photoshop?