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500px Groups just launched – Initial thoughts

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.

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How to recover highlight details using luminosity masks

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.

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Cheetyr – Find any Photoshop shortcut in a split second

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.

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The best photography magazines on Flipboard

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.

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4 Essential layer masking tools in Photoshop

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.

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Step up your Photoshop game – Mask It Like a Pro!

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.

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Introducing PCS Video – Changing the way you learn photography

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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The Rhythm of Life (Ultra-Lapse) – 1 Million Times Faster than Real Life

Watching grass grow can be pretty boring. But what if you speed it up 1 million times? This movie does just that: It shows you 3 years in 100 seconds. You’ve probably never seen a time-lapse movie from me. But a couple of years ago, I was experimenting with several time-lapse techniques, and when we moved to a new home, I decided to start a special project. This video is the end result, and it’s probably one of a kind.

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