Post Production Tips

6 Great Lightroom Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know About – Photography Article

Adobe Lightroom is an essential tool for any photographer. Whether you are a professional or amateur, Lightroom can make your workflow faster and more efficient. But there are also a whole host of editing tools available. Some of which you may not even know existed. So here are 6 great lightroom tricks that you probably didn’t know about. Crop overlay options Cropping your photos can sometimes mean the difference between a good photo and a great one. You can access…

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How to Make Three Instagram-Inspired Filter Effects in Photoshop – Photography Article

Instagram has taken the world by storm. The image-based social media platform allows users to post images and videos, and receive feedback from others across the globe. Instagram also offers a large number of filters, giving users the option to customize their media before uploading to Instagram. However, there are downsides to leaning on Instagram for image-editing. Uploading to Instagram sacrifices resolution and the ability to share filtered images to other media is limited. In this tutorial, we’ll apply Nashville,…

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2 Methods for Creating Duotones in Photoshop – Photography Article

This article looks at two methods for creating duotones in Photoshop. But first, what is a duotone? Think of a duotone and you’ll imagine an image composed of two distinct hues. Easy so far. But a typical printing-press duotone uses black ink and another color, the net result being a photo that is monochrome by many people’s definition. No black appears in the final image unless the initial grayscale image was clipped, which photographers generally try to avoid. This photo…

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Lightroom Texture Slider vs. Skin Smoothing – Photography Article

One of Adobe’s recent feature updates to Lightroom has profound implications for photographers who retouch their portraits. While in-depth alterations are best handled in an app like Photoshop or Affinity Photo, Lightroom’s brush tool has been a good choice for basic retouching for many years. Users can dial in specific settings to help skin appear softer and smoother, or select a preset defined by Adobe. However, these retouches have typically employed the Clarity slider, which is great for a lot…

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How to Recover Deleted Photos from an SD Card – Photography Article

A while back, all the photos stored on my Sony camera’s SD card were wiped off entirely. Needless to say, it was a nightmare as the SD card had pictures of my last vacation. This got me digging into data recovery for SD cards – as I was not ready to let go of my precious memories under any circumstances. Thankfully, after some unsuccessful attempts, I was able to get back my lost photos. I took the assistance of a…

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How to Edit Fireworks Photos Creatively – Photography Article

I hope you had a chance to read my previous article, “Eight Tips for Better Fireworks Photos” before going out to make your fireworks images and found that helpful.  If so, you should have some good shots to work with here.  If not, these techniques will still work for you if you have some other good fireworks photos.  Either way, let’s see if I can teach you how to do the basic editing on your fireworks images. Then, how to…

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Don’t Lose Your Photos – How to Store Photos While Traveling – Photography Article

Travel photography is one of the most fun and rewarding things to do while away from home. But whether you’re a hobbyist or pro, it’s important to have a solid backup plan for your photos. After all, it’s all fun and games until someone loses a memory card; or has a camera stolen; or accidentally formats a card. Catch my drift? There are countless ways to lose your images while traveling. In some cases, there’s a chance for data recovery,…

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3 Photo Keywording Tools for Little or No Cost – Photography Article

Most dictionaries don’t recognize “keyword” as a verb, yet keywording is seen as an arduous task by many photographers. Despite the mundanity, if you want to find specific photos amid a large collection, it helps to keyword them. This article looks at three keywording tools that will hasten the work for little or no cost. Manual vs automated The main benefit of laboriously keywording every image yourself is accuracy. You know every word you enter applies to that photo. Or,…

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3 Photo Editing Mistakes to Avoid – Photography Article

If you are a photographer who shoots in RAW, then you know that editing is a must! Editing is a lot of fun. Personally, I enjoy seeing a blah photo turn into a good one by manipulating the details in the image. It’s almost like magic. However, editing doesn’t come without caveats. In this article, we’ll look at three basic editing mistakes to avoid. They are easy to do, especially when you are new to editing and are overly enthusiastic…

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How To Use Lightroom Classic With Two Monitors – Photography Article

One of the best ways to enhance your workflow in Lightroom is to use two monitors. Utilizing two monitors in Lightroom helps you work faster. You can also sort through your images more quickly. You can work with your thumbnails on one screen, and the full-sized image on another. If you’re a high-volume shooter, such as a wedding photographer, you should seriously consider working with two monitors. You’ll find that it can make your workflow a lot more streamlined and…

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Once 500PX “Photoshop Master” Now Facing Discipline for “Photomanipulation” from 500PX Moderators – Photography Article

Michael Karcz is about to be banned from the 500PX community. His account will likely be deleted. All based on what the 500PX moderators deem to be “non-photographic content” on his page. Michael Karcz is a well-respected photographer on 500PX. He is known for his fantasy-style images, which involved extensive use of Photoshop to create alternate realities. He has garnered thousands of followers and millions of views. And in an article published four years back, 500PX heaped praise on Karcz,…

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Understanding the Basics of Color – Photography Article

You will never realize your full potential as a photographer…until you understand the basic elements of color and luminosity (tonality). I know this sounds scary, a bit geeky and just plain over-the-top – but hear me out. Color photography is built on the structure of B/W photography. How is it that some photographers seem to consistently produce great pictures? Most likely because they understand how to control the primary element in photography – light! You can certainly take great pictures…

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How to Realistically Enhance Light Beams in Photoshop – Photography Article

As a general nod to creative decency, in my work, I tend to steer clear of the “influencer” types of photographs. You know the ones I mean. The photos of people standing at the edge of some gorgeous vista, smiling, but, of course, seldom looking at the camera. They usually have some brand name product conspicuously visible in the frame. It’s not that those kinds of images are wrong, neither in execution or intent, but rather slightly tired and overdone.…

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5 Scenarios Where You Should Use Luminosity Masks – Photography Article

The world of post-processing is a big world with endless possibilities. Every photographer applies photo editing tools in their own way, and we all have different purposes of what we want to convey through our photography. For me, post-processing is a way to overcome certain limitations found within the camera and to better represent what I experienced in the field. For this purpose, I use both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. I used Luminosity Masks to selectively process this image…

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Make Easy Panoramic Images with Microsoft ICE – Photography Article

Vista at Dead Horse State Park, Utah. Fourteen images stitched in Microsoft ICE. You’ve no doubt seen panoramic images and perhaps even know how to make them. Whether using the tools built into programs like Lightroom and Photoshop, or perhaps another dedicated panoramic creation program, or even the sweep-panoramic capability of many cellphone cameras, you’ve used this technique to make images larger than you could make them in a single shot. In the past, the choice was not as great,…

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How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop – Photography Article

Don’t you love GIFs? I do. They are fun, creative, and a great way to grab attention. In a world full of images (animated and otherwise), you need to create original quality work to stand out. Stop following trends and make your own using Photoshop in just a few simple steps. A GIF is a file format that supports animated images in the smallest size, which makes it very appealing for any online platform. The famous acronym stands for Graphic…

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Capture One Pro – Should You Make the Switch? – Photography Article

This may be a familiar scenario? You’re on a shoot, and you’ve tethered your camera to Lightroom. Everything is going well, but you still have many shots to do. The clock is ticking, and you can feel the time crunch. Out of the blue, Lightroom crashes, and you have to unplug everything and restart your computer. All while your client is tapping their foot and breathing impatiently down your neck. Welcome to the reality of tethering in Lightroom. Now don’t…

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ACDSee Photo Studio Standard 2019 Review – Photography Article

ACDSee software has been around since the earliest days of digital photography. For 20 years, it’s been competing with Adobe Photoshop. Today, with Adobe offering its top image-editing programs by subscription only, there’s more room than ever for alternatives. ACDSee offers a compelling subscription model of its own, but it also maintains a full suite of standalone products. Photo Studio Standard 2019 is among them, and I’ll review it here. The default layout in Manage mode of ACDSee Photo Studio…

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Disqualified Due to Image Manipulation – Photography Article

Africa Geographic announced its 2019 Photographer of the Year title, awarded for a dark, captivating close-up of an elephant. Just days later, the image was disqualified and the Photographer of the Year title revoked. In a statement that’s become more and more familiar in past years, Africa Geographic explained that “post-production work by the photographer resulted in certain tears in the ears of the elephant not being accurately reflected.” This violated one of the Photographer of the Year entry rules: “Entries…

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Are Your Photos Safe in the Cloud? The Real Cost of Using these Services – Photography Article

From professionals to amateurs and hobbyists, to kids just getting started with their first camera, one issue remains constant: how to store photos. If you shoot with your mobile phone, you’ve likely encountered a “Low on storage space” error message at least once. If you use a desktop computer or laptop, there’s a good chance you’ve had to deal with ever-shrinking hard drive space due to an increasing abundance of photos. One option that seems ideal is to use the…

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