Each month, we will endeavour to post internet articles and videos relating to the most recent tutorials.
Information is being provided to assist you in developing your photography skills abilities.
Each month, we will endeavour to post internet articles and videos relating to the most recent tutorials.
Information is being provided to assist you in developing your photography skills abilities.
Here is an article that explains a bit about the NIK plugins and why you should use caution before installing the new version, even as a trial. — Contributed by John
For this webpage, we have included below some recent articles on the topic of tutorials and editing software.
Forget Retro Filters, This New Software Instantly Colorizes Old Photos – It is worthwhile checking out this website to test the application which is free. You upload your black and white images and see the transition. – CHECK WEBSITE HERE
104 Photo Editing Tools You Should Know About – Hello, photographers. For the last two months, I’ve been doing market research for my project Photolemur and looking for different tools in the area of photo enhancement and photo editing. I spent a lot of time searching, and came up with a large organized list of 104 photo editing tools and apps that you should know about.
I believe all these services might be useful for some photographers, so I’ll share them here with you. And just to make it easier to find something specific, the list is numbered. Enjoy! – READ MORE
Post Processing With Intent By Rafael Rojas – It is very tempting to think that post-processing in photography is something disconnected from the rest of the photographic process, and particularly so from the capture of images in the field. The truth, however, is that post-processing should not be considered a separate step in photography, but rather as the continuation, or should we say culmination, of a whole photographic process which started the moment we had an idea in our mind that we wanted to capture in a photograph. – READ MORE
9 HDR Photography Myths – HDR (high dynamic range) is a subject that gets a lot of attention, both positive and negative, within the photography community. Because the topic can be so polarizing it seems like there are many myths or misunderstandings surrounding HDR photography. In this article we’ll take a look at nine common myths and why they are not true. – READ MORE
What To Expect From The Upcoming ON1 Photo Raw Editor – A feature I will like is local adjustments (exposure, clarity, sharpening, shadows, etc.) with an intelligent brush that finds automatically the edges, like in Camera Raw.” Great news! This is one we are working on right now and are pretty exited about. The new Local Adjustments tab will let you use the Brush, including the Perfect Brush, and the gradient masking bug to selectively apply local adjustments that can be edited inside of Develop and Effects with Photo RAW. – READ MORE
Lightroom Quick Tip – Make Photos Pop with Blue Primary Saturation – We’ve all been there. You get home from a shoot, offload your photos, grab a cup of coffee and start editing. You go through your normal workflow — a little exposure increase here, a little saturation bump there, +10 contrast and clarity, a little bit of sharpening and maybe even a slight vignette. Your photo looks great, but you feel like it’s lacking something and just seems a little “flat”. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one slider in Lightroom to make your photo pop? Blue Primary Saturation can do just the trick! Check out the effect that it has on the photo below, and then I’ll show you where to find it in Lightroom. – READ MORE
Use The Detial Tab In Lightroom Light A Pro – One of the last, and arguably most important stages of post production is sharpening and noise reduction. In Lightroom, Adobe has placed both of these tools in a tab called Detail in the Develop Module. It is found towards the bottom of the tools tab on the right side of the screen, perhaps to signify it should be one of the last stages of post-production.
Whilst not an overly complicated tool, it is important that care is taken when using the detail adjustments. Too much sharpening leads to ugly looking images whilst too much noise reduction can give us smeary, blurred looking shots. Today we’re going to look at the tools of the Detail tab and how to use them. – READ MORE
Step By Step How TO Make A Moody Desaturated Image In Lightroom – Often times we occupy our processing time with thoughts of what can be added to our images in order to make them more impactful; more sharpness, contrast, or color. But, this may not always the best route to take. The old expression “Less is more” can be applied to many aspects of photography, and it is especially true when it comes to dealing with colors. – READ MORE
Auto Shine Tutorial with Glow 2 – Topaz Glow 2 is a great way to create unique images with illumination and energetic sparks of light. You can create vibrant, beautiful images with easy to use pre-made effects or you can create your own. By using internal adjustments, ready-made effects, and settings, it’s simple to use Glow 2 to enhance images in a variety of ways! – READ MORE
Paint Your Pets with Impression 2 – Topaz Impression 2 is a fun way to create beautiful images that are artistic, soft, & romantic or loud, bold, & extreme. It turns photographs into works of art with various combinations of brush strokes, surface effects, and more. By using internal adjustments, presets, and settings, it’s simple to use Impression 2 to enhance your images.
Today we’ll cover how it can be used to enhance photographs of pets and animals. This tutorial will showcase effects that will compliment subject matter that has soft features such as fur and feathers but will also show how masking can enhance details such as eyes, teeth, and other sharp parts of your subject. – READ MORE
For this month’s Photography Tutorial webpage, I have included the following recent articles and videosfor your review and information.
To Process Or Not To Process – Often when I’m looking at photos in forums online, or interacting with photographers in person, inevitably someone will proudly claim that the image in questions is “Straight out of the camera”. Almost without fail, this leads to a huge discussion as to the merits of post-processing images, with those on the side of straight-out-of-the-camera images acting as if those photographers who process their images are somehow in the wrong, or are being deceptive.
There are merits to both sides, to be sure, but what’s amazing is how staunchly both sides defend their positions. At times the discussion becomes more heated than “Mac versus PC” or “Canon versus Nikon”. Having been on both sides of the debate, due to the nature of the work I’ve done in the past, I can understand both sides. However, I can also say that both sides can be somewhat misguided in their arguments at times. – READ MORE
An Overview Of Google’s Nik Collection Filters For Post Processing – By now, if you have not downloaded Google’s Nik Collection, at the very least you have heard that this once $500 software, was made free for download in March 2016. The Nik Collection, as it has been known for over a decade, is a set of photographic filter plug-ins, and image enhancement tools, that delivers another look and feel to your photo.
The Nik Collection is comprised of Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Viveza. As you see, the suite is quite extensive, thus this overview will just touch on its potential uses, and hopefully encourage you to further explore the collection more in-depth. – READ MORE
Opacity And Blending Modes – A layer’s opacity determines the degree to which it obscures or reveals the layer beneath it. A layer with 1% opacity is nearly transparent, while a layer with 100% opacity is opaque. Transparent areas remain transparent regardless of the opacity setting.
You use layer blending modes to determine how a layer blends with the pixels in layers beneath it. Using blending modes, you can create various special effects.
A layer’s opacity and blending mode interact with the opacity and blending mode of painting tools. For example, a layer uses Dissolve mode at 50% opacity. You paint on this layer with the Paintbrush tool set to Normal mode at 100% opacity. The paint appears in Dissolve mode at 50% opacity. Similarly, if a layer uses Normal mode at 100% opacity, and you use the Eraser tool at 50% opacity, only 50% of the paint disappears from the layer as you erase. – READ MORE
The 6 Most Important Things You Need To Know About Lightroom’s Develop Module – Lightroom is powerful, but it’s also complex and has a steep learning curve. If you feel overwhelmed by all the options, there’s great value in taking a simple approach and learning to use the tools that are most useful first. Leave the more advanced features until you have more experience.
With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of the six most important things you need to know about Lightroom’s Develop module. Learn these and you will be well on the way to Lightroom mastery. – READ MORE
4 Steps To Make Your Images Pop In Lightroom – In this article, I share with you the start of my post-processing workflow for pretty much all of the photos I take. I’m mostly using Lightroom for 90% of my post-processing and very rarely do I go into Photoshop for some extra stuff.
Before we begin I must confess that I’m no post-processing master, nor do I know Lightroom inside and out, and I definitely don’t know Photoshop inside and out. But, as I learned, and I hope you will too, it turns out you don’t have to be a master in order to be able to bring your Raw photos to life. It can be done by just about anyone with just a few simple steps as I’m going to show you. – READ MORE
How To Make Your Photos Shine Using Clarity, Sharpening, and Dehaze in Lightroom – The goal of any photographer is to make each and every photo stand out from the crowd. Making an image that pops is something that we all strive to achieve, but it’s not always easy to do. Luckily, there are tools at our disposal in Adobe Lightroom that can go a long way to help us achieve an image that we can be proud of, and that catches the attention of the viewer. What are these tools? They are many and varied, but there are three central processing techniques that can make your images transcend the average, and reach the potential you intended. They are Clarity, Sharpness, and Dehaze.
These three tools are deceptively simple and subtle. When used properly, the enhancements they will make to your photos will be nearly imperceivable. They can take your image from good to great, with just a few simple clicks of the mouse. In this tutorial, I will show you how each one of these processing tools affect your photos, and how they can be put to best use, so that your photographs really stand out from the rest. Let’s get started! – READ MORE
Total Beginner’s Guide To Lightroom – I had tried Lightroom in the past, but always preferred using Apple’s Aperture photo editing program. But in the spring of 2014, when it was announced that Apple was no longer supporting Aperture, I decided to make the leap to Lightroom. At first I found it difficult to use and not really intuitive, but I soon found my way around and I was a Lightroom convert.
If you are new to Lightroom and don’t know where to start, or have thought about using it but feel overwhelmed, then please know I feel your pain, and know where you’re coming from. I wrote this Beginner’s Guide to Lightroom to help you, and I wish I would have had something like this when I first got started. It’s designed to help you through a few basic steps from opening up Lightroom for the first time, making two basic edits, and exporting (saving) a final version of your picture. – READ MORE
For our April photography tutorials, I have included some recent articles and videos on Adobe Lightroom and Topaz Labs.
Digital Pho to Editing Workflow -This article summarizes the most important steps to incorporate into your digital photo editing workflow (aka “post-processing workflow”). It isn’t necessarily a procedure that you’ll want to implement with all of your photos, but whenever you want to get that “keeper” looking just right, these steps can make all the difference. – READ MORE
A Beginner’s Guide To Choosing The Right Post-Processing Software -When it comes to choosing your first piece of post-production software you may find yourself spinning in circles. There’s so much to choose from, and the whole idea of learning to do something new can be intimidating. This article will cover a number of the most well known software options available, and hopefully lead you towards the right decision for you. – READ MORE
How To Create 5 Different Looks Using Lightroom – Most often you may strive to capture photos which most closely reflect the scene the way it looks to your eye.
On the other hand, with having powerful editing software at your fingertips and an insatiable creative streak, sometimes you may find yourself experimenting with altering your images to create different “looks”. – READ MORE
How To Use Lightroom’s Graduated Filter To Improve Landscapes – Lightroom’s graduated filter is an extremely powerful tool when used with purpose. For landscape photographers there are several different things that you can accomplish with the graduated filter, and in this article we’ll look at four specific uses. – READ MORE
5 Quick And Simple Lightroom Edits To Make Your Images Pop – Since its original release, Adobe’s Lightroom has grown into perhaps one of the best tools a photographer can use. Initially designed as an image management tool with limited post production tools, it has blossomed into a product that can rival its older cousin, Photoshop in many aspects of image editing. It’s possible to spend hours on a single image using Lightroom’s extensive tools but the raison d’être of Lightroom is to speed up the photographer’s post production workflow. Today we are going to look at some very quick and easy edits that can dramatically improve the look of your photos. – READ MORE
Urban Landscape Photo Editing With Topaz – During a recent visit to San Antonio, Texas, my goal ahead of time was to obtain a rooftop, urban landscape shot of the city. At the heart of downtown, this image of the well-known Alamo and partial SA skyline achieved this goal and was the chosen one to use in this tutorial: – READ MORE
For this month’s tutorial website, I have included a number of photography tutorials and general information to enhance your photography skills.
How To Establish Your Photographic Style -OK, you’ve bought all the right camera equipment. You have three camera bodies, 10 lenses, a stack of lighting gear, all the filters and attachments you can think of. You’ve read the manual and gained some experience in taking different types of shots, but you’re still not happy with your results. You’ve even copied other people’s styles but they’re just good photos and they look the same as everyone else’s. They don’t stand out and nobody would instantly recognize them as yours. In other words, you have no distinct photographic style. What is photographic style and how do you establish your photographic style?
Photographic style is not a destination, it’s the journey itself. You don’t suddenly develop style. It’s the result of your experiences, an extension of who you are and how you see the world. It’s what you evoke in people viewing your work that makes you unique. Photographic style is not copying someone else’s style, but it’s about making your photography an extension of yourself. In other words, don’t just copy the masters, try to be one! – READ MORE
The Focal Length vs Shutter Speed Rule – During a recent webinar I briefly touched on a rule of thumb that I’ve used for years. It connects the focal length of a lens and the shutter speed of the camera with the sharpness of a photo. It generated a few questions so let’s get some answers.
Camera shake is where the camera moves, motion blur is were the subject moves and they’re two very different things. In this post I’m focusing just on camera shake, in other words where you photograph a static subject such as a landscape or seated portrait with a handheld camera. Getting sharp shots of speeding cars is another skill all together. – READ MORE
A Helpful Checklist To Use Before Photographing Anything – If you are reading this you probably find photography exciting, maybe even so exciting that from time to time you forget changing your camera settings according to the subject you’re shooting. You have probably already missed at least one amazing shot, just because you forgot to change the ISO or shutter speed.
You are not alone. This happens to both amateurs and professionals, however there are a few simple tricks to avoid ever missing that shot again due to unpreparedness. In this article I’m going to share with you the simple steps I follow before going out to photograph, the steps I have learned the hard way. A helpful checklist to use before photographing anything. – READ MORE
Photography Composition Essentials: Depth Or Perspective – If your photograph engages a viewer for more than five seconds, it means it has something for the viewer to look into. If we brush aside the story part and strictly look into the aesthetic aspects of a photograph, what composition rule or principle is actually responsible for all that viewer’s attention? It’s depth—or perspective—in a photograph.
As we all know, a photograph is a two dimensional plane and normally it doesn’t fully recreate the actual emotions of what we saw at that time (and it never will). That’s why we should enjoy the process of taking photographs whether we get a shot or not). If anything can help a viewer to feel a little bit of reality in a photograph, it’s depth. It’s the third dimension of a photograph and one of the key composition rules in photography. – READ MORE
Diagonal Leading Lines In Photography Composition – Of all the lines used in photography, diagonals are the most dynamic. You can use them to create a strong impression of movement or you can use them to create a tremendous sense of depth. All images are created with lines—some vertical, horizontal and others converging—but knowing how to place them affects the mood and composition of the final image.
A sense of order is created with vertical and horizontal lines, implying stability and strength. Diagonals are unbalanced and appear to be unstable. What they communicate is dynamic, yet precarious. They always appear to be falling over or not quite secure. This is what lends itself to a dramatic image. – READ MORE
10 Common Composition Mistakes In Photography – Sometimes a central subject works, but normally it’s better to shoot it positioned to one side, as explained in the rule of thirds. Most cameras are capable of showing a grid in the viewfinder that can help us split the scene into thirds—horizontally and vertically. The main subject should ideally be positioned where the lines cross each other or in a full third, with the rest of the elements aligned with the grid lines. – READ MORE
Tips for Creating Landscape Photos during the Golden Hour – The golden hour. Even if you haven’t been involved in photography for very long, you undoubtedly have heard the term thrown around. As photographers we are in the business of capturing light, and there is no better light to have cast on our subjects, than sun light that is low on the horizon.
The golden hour is defined as periods of time; specifically, the hour after sunrise, and the hour before sunset. The length and time of these occurrences depends on your location on our planet, and time of the year. – READ MORE
5 Tips to Take Your Landscape Photography from Good to Great – Landscape photography is one of the most favoured genres of photography. It also happens to be the one genre that is not easy to master. The reason is simple, to become really good at landscape photography, you need to spend hours trying to master it. Most photographers are not able to dedicate that amount of time, so it becomes frustrating. Many photographers end up being disappointed with their images, but there are few things that you can do to make sure you get better results, in a short space of time. – READ MORE
13 Tips To Perfect Your Landscape Photography -In my opinion, landscape photography actually only requires you to be at the right place at the right time. One of the keys to success for landscape photography is patience, and that’s it! Just click and there you go!
Having said that, there are some small details which are often forgotten. Let me discuss those small details; you can read them while sipping your coffee: – READ MORE
6 Reasons To Try Long Exposure Photography – The purchase of a nine stop neutral density filter two years ago changed my approach to landscape photography. It allowed me to take photos using shutter speeds of one minute or longer and gave me a new way of photographing the sea (I live on the coast at the bottom of New Zealand’s North Island).
Long exposure photography is very enjoyable and rewarding, and if you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? – READ MORE
Simple Trick for Long Exposure Photography Without Using a Filter -Who doesn’t love the look of long exposure photography? The peaceful, serene waters underneath a clear blue sky of clouds makes a landscape scene look almost surreal. To create long exposure photography, especially in the daytime, you usually need some sort of filter. Otherwise, your images will be overexposed because it’s too bright. – READ MORE
How To Photograph Wildlife – To get good shots of animals and birds, you will have to learn to be quick in setting up and framing your shots. Waiting until you get out in the wilderness to learn these tricks is not a good idea. What I found to be very helpful was practicing on my cats and on birds in my yard or local parks. You learn to anticipate their behavior and react fast to get the good shots. Here are some tips on how to get the best shots of animals and birds in the wild (or at your local zoo).
Practice taking shots of moving targets. Learning how to pan moving targets will allow you to take dramatic photographs with a sense of speed. – READ MORE
For this month’s photography tutorials webpage, we have focused on providing tutorials on the Photoshop Elements application which many club members are using.
These tutorials are only an introducing. You can easily search on internet for Photoshop Element to discover both step-by-step tutorials and videos. I have included some of the material below for your reading pleasure.
What Is The Difference Between Adobe PSE 13 vs Versions 12 & 11? – It’s that time of year. Early each fall, Adobe launches a new version of Photoshop Elements, and this year is no exception… Last week the company introduced Photoshop Elements 13 (with brand new free trials to download), and one of the common upgrade questions we see is what’s new, what’s different, and what’s improved in version 13 compared to the previous Elements 12? Or more essentially, what are the key new features in PSE 13, versus PSE 12 or 11?
The bottom line is you probably want to know what’s changed since the last release (or two) – but how about a version-by-version, feature-by-feature table? You’ll find this down below (or take a shortcut here), but first let’s take a quick look at some of the major additions. – READ MORE
Photomerge (HDR) With Photoshop Elements – Taking multiple images at different exposures gives us the oportunity to merge them together to make a single image where we can see in the shadows as well as the highlights. You may think this is just for third party software of Photoshop, but its available in Photoshop Elements too!
In this tutorial I’ve used three exposures at +1, 0 and -1 stop. – READ MORE
How To Use RAW Photos With Adobe Photoshop Elements – Once you go with RAW files, it seems like you never go back. I’ve said before that RAW photography isn’t for everyone. Even so, I feel that there comes a time in every photographer’s life when making the switch to RAW just makes sense. For me, it came just after my purchase of a high powered computer with a nice 500GB hard drive. Now that I can store all those digital negatives, I want nothing more than to take all of my pictures in RAW. Here’s how you can get on the RAW bandwagon with Adobe Photoshop Elements. – READ MORE
Adding Contrast And Drama To Cloudy Skies In Photoshop Elements -Sometimes we don’t get to shoot in perfect weather. Especially when you’re traveling—you don’t get to pick the day, time, or weather forecast. It has happened to me a hundred times. I get somewhere cool and I’ve got gray skies. Well, there’s a sweet little adjustment in Elements that can take those gray skies and make them look pretty darn cool and dramatic. And more often than not, when you apply this and show it to people, they’ll comment on how good the sky looks. – READ MORE
For this month’s Tutorial webpage, I have selected articles and videos on some of the more popular photo editing applications used by new and intermediate photographers. The more skilled and experienced photographers are using Photoshop CS6. This application has a steep learning curve. Consequently, the beginner and intermediate photographers seek a photo editing application which is easy to learn and has some impression features/options.
The decision on what application you purchase and use hinges on the easy of use and complexity of editing you wish to achieve.
If you are having difficulty in deciding on what application to use, I would encourage you to ask other photo club members for their recommendations.
Regardless on what application you use, it is important to become proficient with all it features. Only then can you realize the true potential of the application and develop your editing skills. Internet contains many free articles and videos on most of the applications described below.
This is a new photo editing application and contains some interesting features. You can check out more details about this application here.
Serif’s Image Editing Application “Affinity Photo” Launches For Mac Computers -Professional image editing app Affinity Photo, created by the same team that’s behind the award-winning Affinity Designer app, is today launching in the Mac App Store. Affinity Photo is designed to allow photographers to enhance, edit, and retouch images and is the culmination of five years of work. – READ MORE AND VIEW VIDEOS
Hands-On: Affinity Photo Is The Photoshop Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For -The most affordable package option for the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop costs $110 a year. If you are a photographer, you know that every cent you can reinvest back into your hobby or business is well worth it. With that being said, there may be an option on the market that is not only a better value compared to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, but also blows it out of the water in terms of performance – that piece of software is Affinity Photo for Mac. – READ MORE
Affinity Photo Review: It’s Amazing How Powerful This Program Is -We’ve been talking about it for months and today we’re happy to finally have our review of the Adobe Photoshop Competitor, Serif Affinity Photo. Through the whole process of their development of the platform, we’ve been really impressed by the Affinity developer’s desire to “get it right.” At every turn, it appears that they are really listening to customers and making changes to the platform. – READ MORE
This product is available at London Drugs Computer Department and the price is around the $100 mark. It has several levels of editing your images.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 Review – Photoshop Elements is the basic alternative to Photoshop Creative Cloud (or CS) – but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a lot of power.
It’s now in its thirteenth iteration, and new features include an easier way to merge photos together, a new crop suggestion tool, extra effects and a way to create a combined Facebook profile and cover photo. More good news is that it’s now fully compatible with High DPI Windows monitors and has Retina support for Mac. – READ MORE
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 Review – Photoshop Elements is a great choice for personal photo editing: for a reasonable price, it will handle everything from one-click fixes to advanced multilayer edits. It’s grown so powerful, in fact, that Adobe seems to be struggling to come up with further improvements. – READ MORE
Photoshop Vs Lightroom – When you’re ready to take your photo editing seriously, you’re faced with the question that every photographer eventually must answer: Photoshop vs Lightroom?
I’ve answered this question hundreds of times before with those who take my online Photoshop and Lightroom classes for beginners, so I’ll do my very best to explain it in a way that will be crystal clear. – READ MORE
5 Practical Lightroom Tips For Newbies – One of Lightroom’s most important assets is also its Achilles Heel. It is such a powerful program that many of its useful features can take a long time to discover, and are often hidden beneath a blanket of keyboard shortcuts and obscure menus. – READ MORE
How Understanding Clarity And Vibrance In Lightroom – Adobe Lightroom offers two excellent tools for increasing the apparent contrast and saturation of an image without resorting to taking everything to the max. These are the Clarity and Vibrance sliders found at the bottom of the Basic tab in the Develop module under Presence. Lets take a look at what they can do for your images. – READ MORE
The Ultimate List Of Keyboard Shortcuts For Lightroom – Photographers look to maximize the amount of time they spend behind the camera and minimize the amount of time spent in post-processing. But time spent post-processing is a fact of life; no point in fretting over it. Since it’s something that has to be done, why not aim to make your workflow as efficient as possible? This is where keyboard shortcuts can be of tremendous help. – READ MORE
This application has evolved over the past several years and continues to be expanded. It would appear that they have a goal of being an alternative to Photoshop.
At present, the application can operate as a standalone system or as a plugin with many of the Photoshop applications. If you wish more details about this application and the forthcoming release of version 10, check out their website here.
OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 Review – Perfect Photo Suite is a collection of seven different photo editing apps which can be used as standalone programs, or as plug-ins accessed from within Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture. The full, Premium version with plug-in compatibility has an RRP of $149.95 (£100), whilst an upgrade edition costs $99.95 (£67). Alternatively, the Basic edition works only as a standalone application and can be had for $79.99 (£53), or $49.95 (£33) if you’re upgrading from an older version of Perfect Photo Suite. – READ MORE
Processing Black And White Photos With OnOne Perfect B&W – Black and white photography is classy and powerful. When properly done, it can be enticing and dramatic. In fact, a great portion of fine art photography hanging in galleries is monochromatic. In the age of film, all it took was to load black and white film into your camera, but nowadays most digital camera sensors are recording images in color and with that, if you want to explore the black and white world, you’ll have to convert your images in the post-processing stage. – READ MORE
The Topaz suite of photo editing plugins can be accessed within many Photoshop applications such as: Photoshop CS6, Elements and Lightroom. However, they can operate as a stand application. To learn more about this product check out their website here.
Topaz Labs Review by James Brandon Photography – Topaz Labs is a company that distills the latest in imaging technology through the use of a wide variety of software programs and plug-ins. In layman’s terms, it’s a collection of Photoshop filters that really make your photos pop with detail and quality. They have a wide variety of options available (including options for videographers), but I strongly suggest purchasing the “Photoshop Bundle” because of it’s value and ease of use. The Photoshop bundle includes the three sets of filters that I use in probably 80% of my images: Topaz Adjust, Topaz ReMask and Topaz DeNoise. – READ MORE
Review Of Topaz Lab’s Clarity Plugin – Keith Cooper has been looking at Clarity, the latest of the image processing plugins from Topaz Labs.
Whilst we use Photoshop for image editing at Northlight, the Topaz plugins work with a wide variety of image editing packages, including Paintshop pro and iPhoto.
The range of functionality offered is so broad that the reviews are split up over several articles (we hope to cover all of them before long). – READ MORE
We have included below some tutorials that will expand your photography skills and abilities.
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
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.
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
For the month of June, I have selected the following tutorials to assist you in developing your photo processing skills and abilities.
5 Pieces Of Free Post Production Software For Photographers – Free software. In the past, this phrase to many of us suggested, poor quality, clunky and inefficient. Time have changed however and in the photographic world there is a veritable abundance of excellent, powerful software for the princely sum of zero. Not only are there editing programs, but also fully featured image management software. Today we are going to take a look at five of the best programs that you cannot buy. – READ MORE
Tips For Sharpening Your Images The Right Way – Just so you are not misled in any way, let me make it clear that this won’t be a Photoshop tutorial on using any particular sharpening method. It will provide general guidelines on sharpening methods, but the main goal will be to help you understand the sharpening process better. It will show you what exactly sharpening does to an image, and how it’s accomplished. – READ MORE
According to PC Magazine “Photoshop’s little brother, Adobe Photoshop Elements ($99.99), just keeps getting stronger, smarter, and more helpful. The program does a great job of making advanced Photoshop effects accessible to non-professionals, while still offering sophisticated tools such as layers, masks, and color management. Much of Photoshop’s magic has trickled down to Elements, including content-aware manipulations, smart object selection, and custom eye-popping filter effects. Even common processes such as cropping and black-and-white editing get ease-of-use boosts in version 13. Facebook-specific tools give users a leg up on sharing to that most popular of targets. Not messing too radically with a winning formula while adding ease to powerful image manipulation keeps Photoshop Elements on top of the enthusiast photo editing software heap.”
2015 Adobe Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts – check out the chart here.
Adobe Photo Essentials: How To Crop, Resize and Edit Photos Like A Pro – the details contained in this article are also appropriate to both Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. For many new photographers using Adobe products can be confusing. This article provides the key details necessary to address most of your questions – READ MORE
Before And After: Clean Edit In Lightroom – I am quite drawn to bright, vivid, colorful photos. I think of children and their love of color and wonder. They are naturally bright and happy and I love to portray that in my photos (since I mostly photograph children).
Ninety-nine percent of my workflow is done in Lightroom, so I’ll show you how I edit a photo, step by step in Lightroom (5.6). – READ MORE
How To Edit A Sunset Landscape Photo In Lightroom – In this article we’ll walk through the process of editing a sample sunset photo in Lightroom. Through the tutorial we’ll cover all the basics of editing landscape photos, including the use of a graduated filter to enhance the sunset. – READ MORE
How To Boost Autumn Fall Colours In Lightroom – Autumn is a favorite season for many photographers because of the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and foliage. If you enjoy landscape and nature photography autumn is a great time of year.
As you process your autumn photos it is possible to enhance the colors in Lightroom to get a better look. If you are shooting in RAW files your images are likely to look a little flat straight out of the camera, so some adjustments in Lightroom are likely to be needed. – READ MORE
How To Use Lightroom’s Graduated Filter – Lightroom’s graduated filter tool is an invaluable resource when processing landscape photos. With the graduated filter tool you can make selective adjustments that impact a certain part of your photo without impacting other parts. For example, if you wanted to lighten the foreground area below the horizon without impacting the sky.- READ MORE
Four Ways To Improve Your Photos With The Clarity Slider In Lightroom – The Clarity slider is one of the most useful in Lightroom when it comes to giving your images extra punch and impact. Today I’m going to show you several ways you can use it to improve your photos. But first, let’s take a look at exactly what the Clarity slider does, and how it differs from its cousin the Contrast slider. – READ MORE
Intensify Pro is a Mac only image editing program from MacPhun. With apologies to Windows users (I really wish this software was available for PCs as well) let’s dive in and see what this software can do.
One of the reasons that you buy plug-ins is to take advantage of the ways you can use them to increase mid-tone contrast and enhance detail. Indeed, this is the main reason to buy Intensify Pro because it allows you to do this quickly and easily and with far more functionality than is offered by Photoshop or Lightroom. – READ MORE
Perfect Photo Suite is a collection of seven different photo editing apps which can be used as standalone programs, or as plug-ins accessed from within Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture. The full, Premium version with plug-in compatibility has an RRP of $149.95 (£100), whilst an upgrade edition costs $99.95 (£67). Alternatively, the Basic edition works only as a standalone application and can be had for $79.99 (£53), or $49.95 (£33) if you’re upgrading from an older version of Perfect Photo Suite. – READ MORE
Topaz Labs Photography Collection – The Complete Topaz Photography Collection from Topaz Labs consists of a suite of 13 plug-ins, as well as an intuitive standalone navigational application.
This collection includes all of Topaz Labs’ highly regarded plug-ins: Clarity, B&W Effects, Adjust, Lens Effects, ReMask, Detail, Simplify, InFocus, DeNoise, Clean, and DeJPEG. It also includes more creative effect plug-ins like Star Effects, Simplify, and ReStyle. – READ MORE