Post Production Tips

Smoother Editing for Creative Professionals – Photography Article

Smoother Editing for Creative Professionals Do you ever feel like you want more control over your photo editing? If so, you’re in luck. Because Loupedeck has just launched one of the most innovative editing products out there: a console that’s designed to speed up your editing workflow and give you a smooth editing experience. It’s called the Loupedeck Creative Tool, and it’s truly unique. How exactly does it work? The Creative Tool is a photo editing console. It hooks up…

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Loupedeck+ Review – the Perfect Editing Companion for Lightroom and Premiere? – Photography Article

There is something undeniably cool about Hollywood editing studios. I remember seeing one in a magazine as a child and wanting to play with it. Thinking how cool it would be to figure out what all the dials did and edit Hollywood Blockbusters. I never made it in Hollywood, but I can remember my first editing console. Purchased from the high street, it allowed me to link 2 VCR players and have a fade and wipe slider for video. It…

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Rescue Your Damaged Adobe Photoshop Files – Photography Article

Have you ever endured the stress of dealing with a corrupted Photoshop PSD file? It’s not such a common problem, but when it happens it can invoke serious mental and emotional hardship. Let me introduce you to a little software tool that can be of great help to photographers, designers, and anyone else who uses Adobe Photoshop – the Recovery Toolbox for Photoshop. Fully recovered corrupted PSD file How PSD files become corrupt Imagine spending hours post-processing a photo you’ve…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Sky Replacement Using Photoshop – Photography Article

Picture this if you will: you’re out in nature with your hopes, dreams, and a camera to capture it all. You see the beauty of creation stretching out before you, so you carefully and patiently set up your gear to get the perfect shot. Finally, the sun moves to just the right spot, and you hold your breath while you press the shutter button. Then you realize the clouds are all wrong. You can wait for hours for the ideal…

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How to Make a Cool David Hockney-Inspired Photomontage in Photoshop – Photography Article

David Hockney’s approach to art has made him one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Exploring the nature of photographic representation, Hockney’s distinctive method of photography is both thought provoking and physically engaging. In this tutorial, we’ll have a look at creating a simple David Hockney-inspired Photomontage in Photoshop. The photography of David Hockney David Hockney once said, “photography is all right if you don’t mind looking at the world from the point of view of…

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Practical Color Management – How to Set Up Your Printer to Match Your Monitor – Photography Article

Matching the color you captured with your camera and edited on your computer screen can be a very serious challenge to reproduce on paper. The various technologies involved in the processes differ significantly from one another. If you’ve ever encountered problems matching the color of your printed pictures to the color you see on your computer screen, there’s a pretty good reason why. Color is not as simple to define as that box of Crayons you played with as a…

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Review of PaintShop Pro 2020 Ultimate: A Photoshop Contender? – Photography Article

Not for nothing is Photoshop called the “industry standard” for graphic design and photo editing. The moment you defect to another product, you start missing stuff. Can Corel Paintshop Pro 2020 Ultimate do the job just as well? It’s a comprehensive standalone program with lots of extras thrown in for free. New stuff This edition of Paintshop Pro (PSP) introduces several new features, including a touch-ready Photography Workspace, a SmartClone Tool, and a Refine Brush for ultra-precise selections. There are…

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How to do Creative Photography Montages with a Contact Sheet Template in Photoshop – Photography Article

Do you like adding borders to your digital photos? Apps and editing programs offer a wide variety of fun and creative ones for you to choose from. The sprockets from film photography have become very popular because of its vintage look. I’ve decided to bring this idea one step further and make creative photography montages with a contact sheet template in Photoshop. Read on to learn how you can too.   Contact Sheet Contact sheets come from film photography and…

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ACDSee Video Studio 4 Review – An Intuitive, Easy-to-Use Video Editing Software – Photography Article

In this review, we take a look at the new video-editing software – ACDSee Video Studio 4. Video is something that, as photographers, we seem to be delving into more and more. Whether that be capturing behind the scenes of photoshoots to create marketing material or simply a video of your photo adventures with friends, video is something many of us are either doing or may want to do. However, it’s not always as easy as that. Video Studio 4…

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5 Photo Editing Mistakes Every Beginner Must Avoid – Photography Article

We are fortunate enough to be able to capture photos in digital format and edit them later using multiple software. You can adjust exposure, white balance and replace the background with only a few clicks. Being able to edit our photos as per our requirement is a great power – but we must not overuse it. In this article, I share 5 photo editing mistakes which I have made in my initial days as a photographer. I hope that some…

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How to Make a Cool Double Exposure Effect Using Photoshop [video] – Photography Article

In this video from tutvid, you’ll learn to make a cool double exposure effect using photoshop. Some of the things that you will learn while going through this double exposure effect in Photoshop tutorial include: How to isolate an image from its background using the magic wand tool and the Select and Mask Tool. Fine-tuning your selection in the Select and Mask Window using the paintbrush. How to output your mask selection to a new Photoshop layer – so that…

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Photography Post-Processing Software – Photography Article

My recent article, 3 Alternative Post-Processing Applications that Challenge the Adobe Throne, presented just three of the many post-processing software packages available (both free and paid) that provide excellent post-processing capabilities. In this article, I’ll give you a much longer list of post-processing software. To be impartial, I’ll list the titles in alphabetical order. DXO Photolab 2 A few of the titles added by readers in the Comments section of the “3 Alternatives” article impressed me with their power and…

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5 Basic Post-Processing Tips to Instantly Improve Your Photos – Photography Article

Are you a beginner looking to improve your post-processing skills? That’s what this article is all about. In it, you’ll discover five post-processing tips that will immediately take your photos to the next level. Best of all, these tips aren’t even difficult to follow, and they require nothing more than the most basic image-editing program. Let’s dive right in. 1. Straighten your horizon for professional-looking photos When the horizon isn’t straight, even the untrained eye picks up that something is…

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How to Make an Awesome Pop-Up Card with your Photos – Photography Article

If you can cut and fold a piece of paper to make a pop-up, why can’t you make it to an image? A photograph translates our three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional representation. With a pop-up card, you can present it with tridimensionality. Here are some ideas to bring your photos to life by turning them into an awesome pop-up card! From paper crafting to paper engineering, this creative practice can be as complex as you want. I will show you…

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How to Choose the Right Computer for Photo Editing – Photography Article

Buying a new computer can be a minefield. There are so many models to choose from with wildly varying budgets. How do you get the best performance for your budget? Where should you invest your cash (and where can you save)? This article is straight forward, jargon-free advice on what to think about when buying a computer for photo editing. If you are looking for an in-depth analysis, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking to upgrade…

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How to Simulate Long Exposure using Stacked Image Averaging – Photography Article

Silky water effects, streaked clouds, motion-smoothed with an ethereal look; long exposure photography seems to be in vogue as photographers discover the looks that can be created. There are multiple ways to achieve this. The most basic is to buy a standard neutral-density photography filter which cuts the light, allowing you to use long shutter speeds without overexposing your shot. You can achieve exposures minutes long, especially when using 10-stop ND filters like the Lee Big Stopper or even the 15-stop Super Stopper. I…

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How to Use Lightroom Mobile to Speed Up Your Workflow – Photography Article

One of the common complaints about Lightroom Classic is that it’s just not as fast as some photographers expect. When I get back from a session with hundreds of RAW files to process, the thought of going through each of them one-by-one is enough to give me a headache. The few seconds it takes Lightroom to load each photo for flagging or cropping can be enough to make you want to quit photography altogether! Fortunately, if you subscribe to Creative…

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5 Nature Photography Editing Tips to Create Stunning Images in Seconds – Photography Article

Do you ever feel like your nature photos are just a bit…bleh? Like they could use something more? It’s a common problem. Because while you can be a master of light, composition, and camera settings, there’s still one thing you need for amazing nature photography: Editing. You see, editing is how you make your nature photos shine. It’s how you add a final touch to your images. It’s how you take a slightly bland image, and make it into something…

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The Easiest Way to Achieve Rich Skin Tones in Photoshop! – Photography Article

In this video by PiXimperfect, you’ll learn the easiest way to achieve rich and beautiful skin tones in Photoshop. In this tutorial, advanced Photoshop masking tools are used to target only the skin tones in the image. After selecting the skin tones, adjustment layers are used to add color to it. The easiest way to achieve rich skin tones in Photoshop: Open your image in Photoshop. To begin your selection of the skin, go to Menu->Select->Color Range. To select the…

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Texture and Clarity Sliders in Lightroom Classic CC: What’s the difference? – Photography Article

Throughout the last couple of years, Adobe has released an absolute tsunami of updates for their photo editing platforms. Adobe Lightroom Classic went through a plethora of upgrades and changes, with new (and sometimes major) add-on’s seemingly incorporated with each new build. One of these sizable fresh additions to the Lightroom Classic toolkit came in May of 2019 with the release of v8.3. It’s called the Texture slider. Yep, that little guy right there. You’ll find the texture slider nestled…

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How to Change a Background in Photoshop for Still Life or Food Photography – Photography Article

Food photography is all about communicating an ambiance or mood. Plating, styling, and props will help, and using the right backdrop can go a long way to tie everything together. Learn how to use Photoshop to change the background without having to buy new ones. To have the right background for every shot means having a lot of tabletops, pieces of wood, linen, etc. These things cost and take a lot of space. If you don’t have the budget or…

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Four Lightroom Tips to Enhance Your Landscape Photos – Photography Article

Lightroom has a vast array of buttons, sliders, and selection boxes that can improve just about any photo, but sometimes the options are so overwhelming you don’t even know where to start! It’s impossible to say what specific adjustments will work for any given photo, partly because there are infinite possibilities and every photographer is unique. However, there are a few Lightroom tips you can use with certain types of images, such as landscapes, that improve them with just a…

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How to Backup Your Photos While Shooting Tethered so You Never Lose Them – Photography Article

Whether you’re working with clients or shoot as a lone ranger, you need to back up your work. As the saying goes, when it comes to hard drives, it’s not a matter of if they will fail, but when they will fail. Working with image files requires a lot of power and is very taxing for your computer. This increases the chance of hard drive failure. You need to have a system of backing up your images that works for…

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3 Alternative Post-Processing Applications that Challenge the Adobe Throne – Photography Article

Adjusting color, recovering highlights, and salvaging shadow detail are just some of the capabilities that make these three software packages powerful challenger to the Adobe dynasty.   ON1 Photo RAW 2019, Alien Skin Exposure X4.5, and Capture One 12   Apples, oranges, and bananas Yes, they are all fruits, all are natural, and they all taste sweet, but there are differences between each that appeal to different pallets. When comparing these three alternative post-processing applications to the revered Adobe offerings…

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Should You Purchase Lightroom Presets? – Photography Article

The discussion of using presets or not comes up time and time again on various photography groups and websites. Some people are for them and others are against. Just like camera brands, it seems there is no clear answer, and everyone believes that their way is correct! For or against, it’s undeniable that presets are here and they’re not going anywhere. Many people find them useful in their workflow and so they will keep using them. So, should you purchase…

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How to Achieve Great Black and White Photos in Editing – Photography Article

While every image has the potential to convert to black and white, it is no secret that some translate better. Whether you shoot in color (and convert) or shoot monochromatic, black and white photography is an art form from capture to post-processing. If you see black and white/monochromatic photography as a creative choice though, here are a few tips to consider to achieve great black and white photos. Before delving into some of the simpler ways to edit black and…

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Basic Photo Retouching in GIMP – Photography Article

Do you feel your photos are good but not great? Do you think something is missing in your images? You may just need a little post-production to give your images the punch they need to become eye-catching. Keep reading to learn some basic photo retouching in GIMP – a free software – that will make your photos pop. GIMP is an image manipulation software you can download for free. If you’re not familiar with it, check my previous article, A…

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Why You Shouldn’t Delete Your Images Too Quickly – Photography Article

There are many reasons why you might want to delete images: They show the same subject, again and again, they are technically inferior, or you simply do not like them. However, don’t hit the delete button right away! Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t delete your images too quickly Isn’t it hard to stay organized? Since the age of digital photography, it is quite easy to get “just one more shot” of your subject. These few shots quickly add…

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How to Use the HDR Panorama Photo Merge in Lightroom Classic CC – Photography Article

Not long ago I wrote about Four of the Latest Updates to Lightroom Classic CC. In it, we talked about some of the fresh features Adobe has recently added to Lightroom. One of those great new additions was the single-step HDR Panorama Photo Merge. That’s a mouthful of a name, but it’s an incredibly useful tool that allows us to combine multiple bracketed exposures into a seamless high dynamic range panoramic image in, as the name suggests, essentially a single…

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A Brief introduction to GIMP Software – Photography Article

Whether you are looking for a free program to start learning photo editing or you want a lighter alternative to Photoshop, GIMP may be the software for you. You can create graphics, text, and manipulate photos, but first, you need to understand how it works. Keep reading for a brief introduction to GIMP software and how to use it. What is GIMP? GIMP is a completely free image editor. You can even use it for commercial purposes without having to…

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