Getting the colors in your photos right can be surprisingly difficult. There's lots of ways in which colors can be off and even more ways to manipulate them in Photoshop. In this article, I'm featuring 5 advanced techniques for changing or correcting the colors in your photos.
Photoshop's Clone Stamp is the most versatile tool for removing things and fixing blemishes. But there is more to it than just cloning and stamping. In this article, I will feature 5 Clone Stamp secrets that will change the way you're using this tool.
Applying noise reduction to your images can be a real science. Any tool you use is faced with the almost impossible task of getting rid of the noise while retaining the details of your image. In this article, I'll feature 4 great noise reduction techniques, that come for free if you have Photoshop and one that requires a paid plugin.
Sharpening is one of those things in post-processing that makes a lot of people scratch their heads. There are multiple sharpen tools in Photoshop, some additional techniques that work without these tools, and a range of sharpening plugins. So, how do these methods work and which one is right for you or your specific image?
In this featured video by Serge Ramelli, Kelvin Pimont gives you a beginner's introduction to creating composite images in Photoshop.
Cityscapes at night are a fascinating and challenging subject. In this featured video, Jimmy McIntyre shows you how to master the challenge.
In these featured videos, I introduce you to one of the most fascinating photography techniques I ever came across: painting your photos with light.
In this series of featured videos, you're going to learn how to use smart objects in Photoshop to boost your photography workflow.
In these videos, you will learn everything about how to Dodge and Burn in Lightroom by using the adjustment brush.
Dodging and burning is one of the oldest and most essential photo editing techniques. In this featured video, Jimmy McIntyre shows you why the most widely used techniques to dodge and burn are not really the best and how to apply dodging and burning in a more refined and controllable way.
Photoshop' content-aware tools are incredibly powerful whenever you need to push pixels around. In this series of featured videos you'll learn it all.
Whenever you create something notable and share it with the world, you're going to receive criticism. Especially if you're just starting out, this can be terrifying. In this thoughtful and inspiring video, photographer and filmmaker Sean Tucker gives some great advice on how to deal with different types of critique. In particular, he gives you some insight and advice on what drives trolls to put you down and how to deal with their destructive comments.
Shooting with a high ISO sensitivity naturally creates noisy images. We all know that. And removing that noise in post-production is difficult and impacts image quality. But there is actually a way to reduce the noise greatly even in high-ISO images with very little impact on the details in your image. And this technique does not require any noise reduction software or plugins.
Noise and sharpening, don't go together well. If you sharpen a noisy image, the noise is sharpened too, making it even noisier. And if you apply noise reduction first, the image gets very soft and loses all the details that you may want to sharpen. It takes a few Photoshop tricks to get around this problem. In the video below, a photographer by the name Gabriel F shares a very interesting technique. He sharpens a really noisy image by extracting the details (including the edges to be sharpened) into a separate layer. Then he reduces the noise on that details layer and sharpens it subsequently. When he overlays this layer on the image, the noise is untouched while the edges are sharpened.
In a perfect world, there would be nothing disturbing the flawless look of your subject and its beautiful surroundings. Nothing would distract the viewers from enjoying the things you actually want to show them. But if you've taken a photo or two yourself, you know that the world if often pretty far away from perfect. Usually, when the composition is just right, there is something distracting in the photo. Sometimes you realize it but accept it since everything else looks great. On other occasions, you only notice it when you're back on your computer and inspect the images. In order to save images in these cases, you need some solid cloning skills to be able to remove those distracting elements from your photos. And you also need to have good knowledge about which type of distractions you are able to remove and which ones are problematic because removing them will leave telltale signs. In this featured video, Aaron Nace shows you a bunch of techniques for removing (almost) anything from your images.
Have you ever dreamed of shooting with a megapixel monster camera and get images upwards of 50 Megapixel? Of course, these cameras are really expensive which means that they're out of reach for most of us, right? While that's true, there is a technique that allows you to create ultra-high resolution images even with an ordinary, entry-level camera. It's called Superresolution, and it's mostly done in post-production. In this featured video tutorial, Ian Normal shows you how to do this. With his 24 Mpx camera, he creates a series of 20 photos of the same scene and merges them together in Photoshop such that the combined image actually has 94 Mpx of resolution.
The best way to get really sharp photos at slow shutter speeds it to use a tripod. Your second-best bet is to use a monopod. But what if you simply cannot use any such tool? Are you walking away without getting any shot? You shouldn't, because there are techniques for stabilizing your camera even if you have to hand-hold it. We all know this situation: You're in this beautiful place, and you think you're just about to snap the best images ever. But while you're setting up your tripod a guy walk up to you explaining (more or less politely) that tripods are not allowed. Luckily, you also have your monopod with you. But you're told that that's not an option either. That's a major bummer.
You may have heard of this technique called frequency separation where you magically separate the details in your image from the colors and tones to be able to manipulate both independently, right? It's used a lot in skin retouching, and it really gives you incredible flexibility. Variants of this technique are also used in landscape and architecture photography to really accentuate the details of an image without introducing artifacts like halos. In this featured video, David Biedny explains the technique and really shows you what it all means. This is the best tutorial on frequency separation I've seen to date. It really empowers you to make this powerful technique your own and use it to fit your photography.
Wanna see a lot of glass being shattered... expensive glass? Yeah, me too! But for all you gear preservation activists on the other hand, this is not for you. You are going to feel extensive pain throughout the video and maybe irreparable brain damage. You probably know the old debate as to whether or not to use a UV filter to protect your lens. This is one of those topics that have a lot of myths revolving around them, and coming from scientific background, I like it when people actually put such concepts to a real-world (kinda-scientific) test. That's exactly what Steve Perry does in this featured video.
We're seeing more and more videos from people who switched from a DSLR to a Mirrorless camera. That's all fine, interesting and sometimes emotional, but is it really objective and helpful? In this featured video by Matt Granger, he gives you an objective overview of the trade-offs you're facing when you make the switch. Matt's Point is this: For every benefit a mirrorless camera gives you, you will also lose something. Check out the video and the list below that summarizes those trade-offs.