Noise Stacking – How to Shoot at High ISO Without the Noise

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 Reduction and Sharpening in Adobe Camera Raw

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.


How to Sharpen a Really Noisy Image

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.


Smart Masking in Photoshop – How to Combine Masks

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.


4 Techniques for Enhancing Details in Your Images

Often, you will find yourself trying to get out some of the fine details in your images to give it more punch. Details enhancement is typically done using a variety of Photoshop plugins like Topaz Adjust, Nik Color Efx or Photomatix. But there is also a number of native tools that Photoshop provides to enhance detail, and it’s good to have these at your disposal as they give you lots of flexibility.

In the videos featured here, some very cool variants of the typical details enhancement process are shown. You will learn lots of advanced Photoshop tricks. So buckle up and lets go!


How to Use Photoshop Effectively and Creatively – Analyze, Plan, Execute

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.


The Art Of Sculpting Splashes by Alex Koloskov

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.


How to Bring Your RAW Images Into Photoshop the Right Way

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.


Lightroom Image Processing Mastery Workshop by SLR Lounge

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.


3 Ways to Manipulate Selected Colors in Photoshop

If you have a good understanding of composition and photographic techniques, you have many tools at your disposal for making your images stand out from the crowd. There’s one aspect though that is usually out of your hands, at least when it comes to the photographic side: Color. The objects in your images are the color they are. Period! And apart from creating black and white images, there is not really a good way of changing that in your camera. But luckily, there are some tricks in post-processing for changing the colors of the elements in your images.

Why would you want to do this? For example, in order to create appealing color contrasts that where not there in the original image. In this article, I feature three video tutorials that show you some cool techniques for manipulating colors in Photoshop.