In this excerpt from my Ultimate HDR Master Class 2017, I am showing you a method that I call 'double masking' to blend two exposures manually.
In this excerpt from my Ultimate HDR Master Class 2017, I am showing you how to apply the right global adjustments and - more importantly - some clever local adjustments to bring all the glory back into your image.
In this video, you see the entire post-processing work from merging the source photos into HDR images, via the panorama stitching, all the way to the editing stage where I change quite a bit of the lighting in the original scene around to shape the image according to what I had in mind. All of this is shown as time-lapse, 5 x faster than real time.
This is an HDR panorama of the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto - created from 3 exposures series (3 shots each), merged, stitched and edited in Lightroom.
In this tutorial, we will take a look at the 'Structure' panel in Aurora HDR to see how you can control the overall HDR look of your images.
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.