The primary challenge photographers face in creating a realistic experience for their audience is the limitation of a two dimensional medium. In order for a photograph, or any two dimensional art, to appear realistic, the viewer must appreciate a sense of depth. Think back to the magic of elementary school art class when you first appreciated the difference between a house drawn with merely a square and a triangle versus the same house with the addition of converging parallel lines.(…)
Over the years, I have gone through many editing phases and trends. In the past few years though, I have realized the importance of a beautifully clean edit. Not only does it make the image timeless, but it also truly enhances the image instead of distracting or overpowering the natural beauty of the photo.(…)
Light lovers, gather around! Don’t you just love dreamy, hazy backlit images? I do, it’s one of my favorites! Angling the camera toward the sun about a half an hour before it sets lets in so much yummy light . Often in this case, images can be a bit too flooded with light, causing important detail and vibrance to wash away. In processing these images, my primary goal is to add back richness in the tones with blacks. Usually my hazy SOOCs are peachy and creamy, which is lovely, but a bit washed out. It’s not as simple as adjusting white balance and contrast in the LR panel. Rather, I do a series of steps in LR with Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks and the HSL panel to accomplish a deeply toned final image.(…)
Hi there, everyone! I wanted to take some time to show you how I processed one of my new favorite images.
I took these with my Lensbaby Edge 80, but in one of the images, I chopped off the bottom part of the frame but had the focus on my son where I wanted it, and in the frame where I had the bottom intact, I missed the focus on my son. In this video I’ll show you how I combined the two images to get the composition I wanted as well as show you all the steps I took in ACR and Photoshop to achieve the vision I had for the mood and feel of this image. I hope you enjoy!(…)
When it comes to editing your photos, there are endless possibilities. There’s the obvious options like black and white or color and Photoshop or Lightroom but the choices go far beyond that. With numerous tools and tricks in editing software, the options are endless.
Today we have asked 7 photographers to share a video of them editing so you can learn some new techniques. Enjoy and make sure you bookmark this page so you can come back and reference it again :)(…)
I love doing before and after videos, but sometimes I get bored looking at my own work over and over. So for this video, I decided to chose an image from a fellow Clickin Mom to edit instead!
I love this adorable shot from Montreal portrait photographer Anda Panciuk. This sweet moment seems so girly and typical of childhood, and I love the way she’s lost in the moment playing with her skirt. In ACR, I increased exposure and contrast, straightened the image and warmed up the white balance. Then in Photoshop I cropped, blew out the windows completely, added contrast and added a few subtle tones to enhance an already beautiful image. Watch the video to see the steps I took to achieve this look!(…)
The thought of installing and using Photoshop actions may seem difficult but it’s actually pretty easy. In the video below, I will quickly show you two different ways to install your actions (I used The Organic Set actions from Marissa Gifford) and then customize them to your liking. Remember, you can do more than just hit play and be done; you can adjust all those wonderful layers to tweak the actions to beautifully enhance your images to complete your vision.(…)
Coffee with a friend. An hour absorbed in a great book. Sitting behind a glowing screen editing images. Which of these is not like the other?
In this video tutorial, I want to show how easy and quick a clean edit can be. Whether you’re a working pro or a happy hobbyist (or some combination of the two, like me!), there’s really no reason to trade living your life for hours sitting at the computer to post-process your images.(…)
Here are two simple Lightroom edits using my new “Authentic Set” available in the Clickin Moms Store.
Here is my original photo I imported into Lightroom as a RAW file.
1. Import photo.
2. Tweak white balance. You can either tweak by eye, or use the eye dropper. Move the dropper around until you find the most correct white balance to start with. You can see the change of white balance in preview module (top left corner).
3. Tweak exposure. I liked the exposure(…)
I think most people that use Lightroom are familiar with presets used for editing in the develop module, but did you know that there are also export presets?
Export presets allow you to save settings that you use frequently to size your photos. I know that I upload my photos to various websites for display and for printing purposes, and all of these have different optimal settings. It’s hard to remember how my image needs to be sized for all the(…)
by Mickie DeVries and Vironica Golden
Vironica and I met while taking the Fine Art and Visual Expression workshop in April of 2013. I admired her style from the moment I saw it. Our FAVE group of full participation ladies was quite active during our run, and many of us have kept in touch and supported each other since finishing the class. Vironica and I have talked through Facebook almost daily since shortly after FAVE ended. Our conversations started with photography,(…)
Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom are the gold standard programs in photo editing and they are great for image management too. I often get asked which program I like better and sometimes it is like comparing apples to oranges. They do have some overlap though, so I want to take you through a few of the pros and cons so you can find the primary program for you. I say primary, because both programs are great to have, but you may be(…)
by Winnie Bruce
Just as important as it is to have good cameras, and lenses that will take beautiful photos, there are also other necessities a professional or an avid hobbyist needs to have: a monitor calibrator. After coming home from a shoot, most photographers will almost automatically plug in their camera or card to their computer to view their images. Next to purchasing that monitor or computer, and that editing software that will optimize editing, the next thing to purchase(…)
It seems as though we spend so much time, effort and money to find the highest definition cameras and the sharpest lenses. We aim for low, or no digital noise (aka electronic noise – usually caused by signal amplification at high ISOs within the camera processing magic). We get the highest resolution of camera we can find and the lowest f-stop capable lenses, so we can shoot at lower ISOs. You may shoot in raw rather than in JPEG to(…)
Adobe Lightroom offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to saving various versions of one image which often generates some confusion among its users. So, I wanted to take a moment to offer a little review on Snapshots vs. Virtual Copies.
Snapshots in Lightroom:
If you are familiar with Photoshop, the term Snapshots should be very familiar to you. In fact, Snapshots in Lightroom and Snapshots in Photoshop are very similar in concept. Snapshots keep a record of what your image looks(…)
by Emily Krbec
Let me start off by saying that I’m in no way an expert on fancy technology. I’m not really a gadget girl, just one happy tablet user! You might hear them called pen tablets or graphics tablets, but I prefer to think of them as super, fantastic photo editing devices that have made my world 10x better! A tablet consists of a flat surface that you “draw” on using a stylus, while your movements translate onto the computer(…)
by Frayda Breitowitz
The content aware fill tool in Photoshop is a very sophisticated yet very simple to use tool that has saved me countless hours of time in post production. It was new to Photoshop CS5, so if you’re using CS5 or CS6 and you don’t already use it, prepare to be floored!
Like it’s name suggests, the content aware fill tool fills in a selected area using a complex algorithm of the pixels surrounding it to remove the unwanted area.(…)
Newborn photography has become hugely popular in the last few years. What we once only saw in the books of Anne Geddes has now become readily available for everyone everywhere. And with newborn photography becoming increasingly popular within the photographic community so come the questions from photographers. How do you keep them asleep? How do you pose them? And biggest of all – how do you edit them?
No fear fellow photographer! I am here to rescue you from the yellow(…)
by Frayda Breitowitz
Have you ever wondered how to get the nicely blended backgrounds in newborn prop images without having to position your subject 12 feet from your backdrop and shooting at f/1.2? Well, there are always 100 ways to do one thing in Adobe Photoshop, but this is how I blend backgrounds in post.
First, we’re going to blend the main line separating the backdrop from the floor.
1. Open the image in Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS6, but this should work(…)
I know I’ve mentioned this before and I’m certain you all know this by now, but I really dig Adobe Photoshop Elements.
If you are a beginner looking for editing software, this is the one for you. On the other hand, if you are more advanced in your photography journey, this may also be the software for you. In fact, I know loads of extremely talented photographers who use Elements. It is an editing program that is highly underrated and definitely(…)