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.

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.