Do you remember the days when everybody and their dog did HDR? People would just slap some preset onto their image in their favorite HDR app, finish it off by tweaking it in unbearable ways and post it online. Well, thankfully, those days are over. Over the last decade, things have changed. The initial HDR hype ebbed away, techniques and apps have matured, and HDR has silently entered mainstream photography as a useful tool.
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use Lightroom to create one of the most complex types of images. We’re going to make an HDR panorama by merging and stitching 21 photos to get a single 180° image that has sufficient details in the highlights and shadows.
In this post, I will show you a simple setup and a tool that makes backing up terabytes of images, videos and other data fast and automatic.
You may put many hours into editing an image to get everything perfect in Photoshop. But once you export and upload it to the web, you may be shocked to see that the colors are all wrong, the sharpening is too strong, and it just does not look good at thumbnail size. Sounds familiar, eh? In this video tutorial, I will show you how to get a live web preview of the images you edit in Photoshop. You can also download the tools I created to achieve that.
Lightroom's Develop presets are a great way to speed up and simplify your editing workflow. Presets let you store the develop settings you apply to one image and apply those settings to any other image with a single click. You may be used to applying presets that you acquired from someone else, but how do you create your own presets? In this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of how to start creating Lightroom presets yourself.
In this video tutorial, I am going to show you how to use any sharpening method (including your own favorite one) and make it non-destructive so that it works in exactly the same way as High-Pass sharpening but with much higher sharpening quality.
In this video, I am showing you a trick that helps you create highly precise masks in Lightroom. The idea is to take a 2-stage approach by first creating a mask that extends beyond the edges of the area you're trying to select. At the second stage, we're going to use the Eraser brush with the Auto Mask feature to get rid of the excess mask areas.
Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is the first stop in your raw workflow when you bring a raw image into Photoshop. Did you know that this little application has the exact same raw image editing features as its much bigger brother - Lightroom? If you are not already doing it, you should start using this power. One example where ACR can really serve you well is input sharpening and noise reduction. In this video, I'll show you how to use ACR's noise reduction and sharpening capabilities to prepare an image before you bring it into Photoshop for more complex processing work.
Editing images in Photoshop involves a lot of masking. For example, you'll have to create layer masks for adjustments that you want to confine to a specific region of your image. Creating those masks can be a long and tedious process. In this video, I'll be showing you how to build on the masks that you already have in your Photoshop project to create a new mask for other areas very quickly. This can really speed up your Photoshop work and lets you spend more time on the fun part.
When you work on an image in Photoshop, are just doing things spontaneously and intuitively, or are you planning your work? If you don't have a goal, you can never reach it. That's also true for photo editing. Creating a piece of art from a photo can be a complex process that requires you to take lots of decisions along the way. Doing some prior planning can help tremendously with this process. In this article, I will show you briefly how I go about analyzing my images before I start processing them. Then, I'll give you a list of things to look out for when you do the planning for your own images.
Splash photography is a fascinating and very unusual genre. Chances are that you never really pick it up because there is so much expert knowledge involved with making splashes look stunning in a photo. Basically, you capture liquids in mid air by using a fast shutter speed and strobes or speedlights. But that's not even scratching the surface. The shapes formed by liquids thrown into the air can be really beautiful and such liquid sculptures, frozen in time create stunning images. With the right post-processing techniques and a bit of creativity, you can shape your splash photos into liquid representations of objects or animals, which add to the wow factor. However, creating such images is a technical challenge, and without expert knowledge like that presented in this course it will take you ages to get it right. This course was created by one of the masters of this genre: Alex Koloskov. He shows you everything you need to know to create stunning splash photos: The gear, the setup, how to protect your gear from the liquids, which liquids work best, how to set the liquids in motion to get great images, how to post-process the images and much more.
If you're editing a raw image file in Photoshop, your first stop in most cases is Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Adobe's raw development software for Photoshop. In a typical workflow, you will apply some basic adjustments to your raw image in ACR before you send it from ACR to Photoshop to create more complex, layered adjustments. Both ends are pretty well understood and documented in thousands of online tutorials. But what is the best way to transfer the image from ACR to Photoshop? It turns out that there are a few things you have to consider in this process. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to set up ACR such that you can bring your images into Photoshop at the highest possible quality and to allow for a fully non-destructive workflow that also enables you to go back to ACR and change your settings there at any time.
This is probably the mother of all Lightroom image processing courses out there. It covers the raw development process with all its ins and outs in great detail, and it also takes a look at the other modules in Lightroom. It is an impressive 10+ hours long and you will be taken through the processing of 50 images. Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge explains all the tools and lots of nifty techniques for an effective and efficient workflow. Pye is primarily a wedding photographer, but the sample images (included in the course) also include landscapes and portraits. So, in terms of genre, Pye should have you covered.
Creating a perfect selection of clouds in Photoshop can be a real challenge. They're fuzzy and have no well defined edge in most cases. How do you create a good selection (or layer mask) in this case, for example, in order to process the blue sky and the white clouds differently? In this video tutorial, I'll show you a technique for achieving this. We will use Photoshop's Channels panel to create a base mask. Then I will use the Brush tool in overlay mode to work on the mask and make the blue sky parts darker and the clouds brighter. Bit by bit, we will get a perfect mask that allows us to apply selective editing to the sky.
How to create high impact photographs. That's what it's all about. No matter which genre of photography you're in, you're trying to leave a lasting impression with your images. Lindsay Adler is one of the most successful portrait and fashion photographers out there. She has created thousands of high-impact images. She knows how it's done. This product is actually a combination of two brand new video courses. In the first course, Lindsay tells you her secrets for high-impact photography. She talks about how color, emotion, composition, light, movement, and subject matter can be combined in a single photograph to really make it stand out. In the second course of Lindsay's mini bundle, she shares with you 5 simple lighting setups that she uses for her photography. She also gives you tools for combining multiple setups to create even more refined looks. So, this video is actually more like a lighting toolbox that you can use to find your specific setup for a given scene. In this review, I'll tell you more about what's inside the videos and whether you should get them.
If you're like me, you are bringing home all kinds of exposure series, panorama sources photos and macro images that you want to combine using focus stacking. Or maybe you like shooting whole sets of image in a street scene to be able to choose the best one later. All these multi-exposure photography techniques can create a complete mess in your Lightroom catalog so that you may not find anything or know which exposures belong to which. Thankfully, Lightroom brings a very effective tools to get rid of this chaos without having to delete any of your images: Stacking. Stacking is a photo management technique by which you group together a number of images that are then displayed as a single stack. So, you may have shoot 1000 images in the field, but when you apply stacking properly, you may only see 100 or them which make your task of organizing them so much more pleasant. In this video, I am showing you how stacking works and how I apply it to my mess... umm... my images. ;)
With all the talk about gear and Photoshop tricks, it is too easy to forget about what really makes you a great photographer: Your creativity, originality, inspiration and your willingness to really see the world around you. The Created Image Series Vol. 2 is a 12-hours long series of videos recorded at a live event that David DuChemin - famous humanitarian photographer and best-selling author - organized in 2014. Learning to see, storytelling, expressing yourself through your photography, how to study the masters of photography - all of that is part of this video series. But that's not all, there are also technical sessions where you will actually learn interesting Lightroom and Photoshop techniques. If you feel you're stuck in the technical details of your photography without making any real progress towards becoming a better photographer, this series is for you. Just forget about the technical stuff for a second and listen to David and the other speakers as they try to fuel your creativity. And if you miss the geeky tech talk, head over to the Lightroom and Photoshop sessions of the series. There's really something for everyone in this series.
Blending your photos with a texture can breathe a whole new kind of life into your images. Textures add interesting structure to an image and they turn them into pieces of art that are somewhere between a painting and a photograph. In fact, texturing, when done right, can turn photos into beautiful art that would otherwise have ended up in your trash bin. But as Nicole S. Young explains at the beginning of her book, not all photos lend themselves for being combined with a texture, and not all textures work with a given photo. Moreover, texturing a photo requires more work than just adding two images on top of each other and setting the blending mode in Photoshop. This is a fascinating area of photographic post-processing, and with this book Nicole provides a great guide to anybody who would like to try their hand at these techniques.
Did you ever wonder why some images give you that feeling of being in the scene instead of just viewing it? There are many different techniques for achieving this in your own photography, but one very simple trick is to add a slight vignette to your image. For most images, this creates a sense of being close and of intimacy. It draws the eyes of the viewers into the image, and it can simplify your photos. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to simply add a vignette in Lightroom and create that depth and closeness in your own images.
In landscape photography, you often need to process the sky separately from the rest of your image, for example to give it more color and definition. But selecting the sky in a complex scene can be really difficult. You have to deal with all kinds of objects that you need to exclude, like trees that create extremely complex shapes. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to create a perfect selection of the sky in these situations using Photoshop's Channels palette.