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.

How to Create Animated GIFs in Photoshop

GIFs rule the world of Internet memes. Perhaps they have a few uses beyond memes, but we all know you are going to use them for memes.

If you don’t know now to create a GIF file from still images, check out this short video on how to create them in Photoshop. Even if your files don’t align properly, you can use Photoshop’s auto-align feature to line up hand-held shots.

How to Use Exposure Compensation

Exposure Compensation Dial

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...]

The $60 DIY Camera Bag

DIY Camera Bag

My Vivitar camera backpack has way outlived its shelf life, with ripped dividers and nowhere near enough protection for my gear, and it was time for a replacement. Initial research showed that nearly any of the name brand offerings were out of reach, ranging from $130 for the Think Tank Retrospective Bags, to $300-400 for their rolling cases. While these products are worth every penny typically, my lean budget wasn’t going to accomodate it.

A Cheesycam article perked my interest in creating my own solution out of a padded divider from Calumet, along with a cheap rolling suitcase from a big box store, but those dividers are currently backordered. With the possibility of this sort of solution in mind, I set out to find something similar. [Read more...]