It’s quick and easy, and I show you how it’s done – all from scratch, and I also have a link below where you can download a print template I made of the layout (just to save you some time, but you should still watch the video, if for nothing more than to see how to install the template).
It’s 2017 and it’s probably time you updated (or created) a Metadata Preset to add your copyright information to all your photos. In this article, you’ll learn how to edit a Metadata Preset, and how to use it when importing your photos into Lightroom.
Combining two or more exposures into a single image is a technique that almost certainly began as an accident (much like photography itself). When using early film cameras, it was all too easy to press the shutter button while forgetting to change the plate – a faux pas that was generally rewarded with an overexposed jumbled mess. When roll films became popular, camera manufacturers thought it prudent to build a mechanical interlock into the film advance mechanism to prevent accidental multiple exposures (unless you used a special override button).
If you’ve ever looked at the data behind a digital image, chances are you’ve come across a histogram. Histograms—graphical representations of the exposure of images—can be incredibly beneficial to photographers. Unfortunately, there’s quite a bit of misinformation circulated about how a histogram functions and what information it’s meant to convey. In this video, Matt Granger debunks a few common myths and explains how this tool can be of use:
While it certainly wasn't my first time using one, a recent shoot I did for TEDx at the Ohio State University made me realize how much easier life is with a light meter. For almost all the time I've spent behind cameras, I've been creating portraits. And for most of that time, I've been using flash. Starting out, I would just shoot and tweak power settings and my aperture and the light placement until I got what I wanted. As an amateur, it worked. But once I decided that photography was a career for me and as I began picking up client work, this method became quite ineffective, forcing me to get the one tool I never realized I needed.
The thought process of skin retouching seems to vary between photographers. Many favor a smooth, glossy effect, some like it natural, and others don’t retouch at all. So, where do we draw the line? There’s no right or wrong answer, but what do most people prefer?
Have you experienced watching 30-second clips that felt long and boring, while some 10-minute videos seemed engaging and interesting? It's not always about the length of the footage. It's about how you tell the story.
If you think winters are just for cuddling in front of fire sipping hot chocolate, think again. Some photographers spend hours in the cold making images—and not just of the dull, colorless landscape. Sometimes they indulge in a bit of self-portraiture. For Bella Kotak, a RAW frame is just a license to go wild. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how she made this almost surreal photo:
Our perceptions of world are unique in two ways. First of all they are unique from the perceptions of others. Although two people might agree that something is “fun” they don’t experience “fun” in the exact same way as each other. The second way it’s unique is that, unlike the physical things and forces that exist outside of our mind, we cannot explain our perceptions to others, at least, not on a level to which they can completely understand exactly what we mean. Take color for instance. You can’t explain color nor can you know that you perceive it the same as someone else. It’s an interesting thought, and Michael Stevens does an excellent job of explaining it:
Spending time in his mother’s camera shop is what first got artist Ross den Otter interested in the science and history behind photography. Growing up with the smell of darkroom chemicals at the tips of his fingers, he was practically born with a fascination and propensity for the trade. As an adult, his passion for the medium has survived. At Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival...
The long lens can be used to enhance location shoots, create extreme changes of focus and strengthen your compositions. This lesson builds on the previous lesson and includes tips on lighting and controlling focus. These advanced techniques give you powerful ways to open scenes, direct attention and beautify a shot.
Some of the biggest names in the smartphone business—including Apple, LG and Huawei—now make phones with dual-lens cameras installed, and other manufacturers are tipped to follow suit soon. Not all phone makers use two lenses in the same way: on the Huawei P9 one takes shots in black and white to tease out more information about light, whereas on the iPhone 7 Plus you get the advantage of 2x optical zoom for a closer look at your subjects (one lens is wide-angle, and one is telephoto).
When you first start getting into photography, it’s very easy to fall into a habit of converting almost every image you take to black and white. I know I did it. The thing is, while black and white images can look classy or cool, they’re not always strong images. Removing all the color can take away from a photo if you don’t do it right. So with that in mind, let’s look at how to take good black and white photos.
There’s a lot to love when it comes to ambient light. Though photographers have a plethora of artificial lighting tools at their disposal, very rarely does photo gear live up to natural sunlight. Often times, sunlight diffused by clouds or bounced softly at a certain angle even makes people look a bit better. This isn’t to say that natural light is without its own set of difficulties to overcome. In fact, many novice photographers avoid shooting with natural light because of how problematic it can sometimes be in creating a well exposed image.
Hannu Huhtamo uses light to make art out of the darkness in his photographs. He’s a light painter known for his work in Finland. Huhtamo uses flashlights and other sources of light to create glowing lines of artwork in his pieces. They’re long exposure photographs without any need for Photoshop or editing software. Great Big Story shows how he does it:
Since the camera was invented, we have tried to copy one of the greatest wonders of our body; the human eye. Unfortunately, despite being over 100 years since the first time that we captured light, we are still far from overcoming Mother Nature. Why? Because in the visible spectrum your eye sees much better than your camera.
In this Premiere Pro CC tutorial, we’ll take a look at adding closed captioning to a video project I shot. We will cover how I like to work with the raw text, the different types of captions in Premiere Pro, how I work to quickly add and style the captions, and how you can export a video with captions for delivery online, on Facebook, or to a television network.
Taking photos at night can be an incredibly creative and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, increasing levels of light pollution in cities and urban areas makes it virtually impossible to include any detail in your sky which is often a major aspect of your composition. Adding stars is an easy and effective answer to this problem. With simple masking and blending techniques you can add interest to your background and give the impression of being in a secluded, faraway place. The most common error is overdoing it by adding too many stars or trying to integrate them into a scene that simply does not look natural. Here are two quick techniques which aim to avoid these pitfalls.
Shafts of light streaming down from the sky our through a window makes for wonderfully dramatic lighting in photography. These shafts of light, especially when you create an atmosphere using smoke or fog, can really make your images pop. The setup may appear complicated when you first try it out, but it’s not so bad once you get the hang of things. Jay P. Morgan demonstrates:
As a photographer or designer, it's your duty to maintain the integrity of the photo you're working on while removing imperfections. And to keep yourself from getting that plastic, unnatural look, you can always opt to use a Photoshop Action. Browse the wide selection of Retouching Photoshop Actions on GraphicRiver to help you with all your photo needs.