We have included below some tutorials that will expand your photography skills and abilities.
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
4 Approaches To Converting To Black & White – Black and white photos can be powerful and inspiring, but it’s not always simple. With digital photography it is easy to convert a color photo to black and white, but if you want to get quality black and white images you will need to do more than simply take that RAW file or JPG file straight out of your camera and convert it to black and white.
Lightroom is obviously a popular tool for photographers, and when you’re working in Lightroom, there are several different techniques that you can use for getting quality black and whites. In this article, we’ll look at four approaches and how you can put them into practice. – READ MORE
Converting Colour Photo to Black & White Using Lightroom by Andrew Gibson
PHOTOPSHOP ELEMENTS 11/13
Correct White Balance – Correcting white balance in Photoshop Elements – it’s one of the most basic things we do when editing our photos, but unfortunately, Elements doesn’t have a perfect “correct white balance” button or slider.
What is white balance? It’s more accurately referred to as color balance. Photos with poor white balance have a color cast, meaning that one color is stronger in proportion to the others than it was in real life. – READ MORE
Auto Smart Tone – For those not wanting to get deep into image editing or don’t have a need for the full Photoshop, there’s Photoshop Elements. Sharing a lot of its bigger sister’s power, Elements compacts features into more easily handled or automated parts.
One of these is a great feature called Auto Smart Tone. – READ MORE
Creating Layer Masks With Adjustment Layers – Layer masks are essential tools to help with selective editing and special photo effects. While Photoshop Elements 9 has a layer mask feature built into the product, you’ll need to use an adjustment layer workaround in earlier versions of Elements. This video (and the instructions below) show you the steps for creating a layer mask in Elements 8. (Links to creating layer masks in Elements 7 and earlier–and Version 9–are listed below.) – READ MORE AND VIEW VIDEO
Anthony Morganti’s FREE video series of tutorials on Elements 12 can be found here.
HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
How to Create HDR Effects in Lightroom – There are a lot of different options when it comes to processing HDR photos. You can use standalone programs like Photomatix, you can use Photoshop’s HDR Pro, you can hand process the photos as layers in Photoshop, and there are plugins that you can use within Photoshop or Lightroom. But another option that can work very well with many photos is simply to use the tools in Lightroom’s develop module with no other plugins or programs.
Typically with HDR photography you’ll be merging at least 3 different exposures of the same scene to create the end result. But what are your options when you want to increase the dynamic range and you only took a single exposure? Lightroom has the ability to improve the shadows and highlights of your photo, plus you can adjust vibrance, clarity, and other elements that are typical of HDR photos. While the end result may not be a true HDR photo blended from multiple exposures, this approach can produce a great-looking image with many of the same HDR qualities. – READ MORE
How To Make An HDR Image in Lightroom 5 – The first thing to understand is that Lightroom does not have the ability to do HDR tonemapping without the use of a third party plugin. Photoshop has this ability, but Lightroom does not.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t create HDR images in Lightroom. It only means you can’t do HDR tonemapping in Lightroom. What’s the difference? Allow me to explain… READ MORE
Create an HDR from a Single Image in Lightroom
How To Get Started With Lightroom 5 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do
Learn #Lightroom 5 – Episode 50: Basic Panel & Tone Curve Differences
Mark Morganti’s Complete and FREE Lightroom 5 training video tutorials are available here.
Photography Preparation And Previsualization – The purpose of this article is to show the thinking process involved in the preparation and pre-visualization of a wildlife photo session. These notes relate to the work in the field where the photo shoot will take place.
It’s assumed that the photographer will have done the research: visited the location if possible, studied maps/Google Earth of the area, studied the subject to be photographed, put together the necessary photographic equipment, and looked at the weather forecast. – READ MORE