The guys from DigitalRev have put together a mini series of videos about shooting different fast-moving objects using different techniques. This is a really fascinating genre of photography, but it is also a genre that you will fail miserably at if you do not have the required know-how. The main difficulty is obviously to freeze the motion and eliminate motion blur despite the fact that objects move fast. But it is equally important to synchronize your shooting properly with the fast-speed event you want to photograph. As always, there are different scenarios and subjects to require different techniques, and there are different ways to tackle these problems, ranging from a brute-force burst-mode approach, via using rediculously expensive high-speed flashes all the way to a clever low-cost sensor-driven approach. Here are the three techniques explained in detail by the DIgitalRev guys in their Speed Shooter series.
When it comes to editing your photos, Photoshop might already seem complex enough. But have you ever given any deeper thought as to which file format is best for which occasion when you’re saving your work? You surely know JPG as that’s the de facto standard for uploading and viewing photos on the web. Maybe you know that the alternative PNG format allows you to have transparency in your images but is not as good at compressing photos. But there are many other options to choose from that are far better suited for a variety of cases. In this video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explaines the most important of these formats and answers the question as to when to use which format.
Over the last few hours, you probably got a number of emails inviting you to all kinds of groups on 500px. Wait! Groups? …on 500px? Yes, they just launched this brand new feature on their popular photo sharing platform to spice it up some more. But is this new feature worth it, and should you spend your time exploring it? In this article, I will give you my initial thoughts.
Luminosity masking is a technique by which you can create layer masks from a photo based on the brightness (luminosity) values of its pixels. Such a mask can be used to add adjustments only to the bright parts of an image without touching the dark tones at all (or vice versa). In this excerpt from my video course “Mask It Like a Pro!” I will show you how to use luminosity masks to get back the details in a washed-out sky. We will first create a luminosity mask. Then, we will use a Levels adjustment and the Lasso tool on the mask to refine it so that it only reveals the sky. Finally, we will add a targeted Curves adjustment layer with that mask to really pull out the details in the sky.
Cheetyr is a new website created by William Leeks that lets you search and find the right keyboard shortcut for Photoshop (and other tools) in a split second. No more searching on lengthy websites! Cheetyr is one of those tools that makes me think “Why didn’t I think of this? Hmmmm…”. It’s so simple, but yet so useful. It’s an extremely simple website (no clutter, no unnecessary information) that presents a list of keyboard shortcuts and lets you search that list very efficiently.
Flipboard is a mobile app that lets you aggregate your favorite content from all over the web and from social media into a nice-looking magazine that other users can subscribe to. Using Flipboard is a great way to stay informed about photography. But which of the 10 million magazines on Flipboard are right for you? In this article, I will give you my personal list of the top photography magazines on Flipboard so that you can get started quickly.
In this video, Aaron Nace from Phlearn.com explains how to use the Vanishing Point filter in Photoshop to place any text (or other content) onto an image and have Photoshop fit it automatically into the perspective of the image. He shows how to use layer styles and some other tricks to sell the illusion.
Layer masking is one of the most essential skills when you are using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. In this article, I will give you an overview of the most important tools that Photoshop provides for creating layer masks. I will quickly run you through the basics of layer masks before we go on to the more advanced techniques like channel masks and paths. This will give you a set of tools that you can use in many different situations.
Layer masking is undoubtedly one of the most fundamental skills you need in order to master Photoshop. Mask It Like a Pro! is our 6-hour video course that teaches you these skills from the ground up. It was designed for beginners and advanced Photoshop users alike. Watch the the video below to get an overview of the course and each individual chapter.
It all started last year when I began working on the video side of things here at farbspiel-photo.com. Video is the educational medium of the future, and it’s importance grows day by day since websites like YouTube have made it so easy to publish sophisticated content. So, it was clear right from the start that video would be an important pillar in our educational concept. But as with every new endeavor, you never quite grasp the nature of the challenges until you’re in the midst of it.
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