Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations

Oh yeah, Calculations — buried indeed, but in the spirit of the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, we’ve hoisted it up from its briny grave so you can make better-than-average black and white conversions without even using a plug-in. Before we “dive in” just want to remind you about my FREE webinar tomorrow at 2-pm EDT for beginner photographers. It’s called “Beginner’s Breakthrough” and if you know somebody new to photography and they want to kick their images up a big notch, I think I have some things that will really help. If you could share this Continue reading "Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations"

Soft Proofing for Print in Capture One Pro and Photoshop (Podcast 575)

This week I’ve created a video to explain soft-proofing for print in Capture One Pro and Photoshop, in response to a question from Chris Moore. I’d been meaning to do a video on soft-proofing in Capture One Pro for a while, so thanks for the question Chris! Soft proofing in Capture One Pro isn’t as useful as it could be, due to the lack of gamut warnings. But, I find that with modern printers doing such a good job of reproducing colors that the human eye perceives to be very close to the original colors in the photograph, even without being able Continue reading "Soft Proofing for Print in Capture One Pro and Photoshop (Podcast 575)"

That Time I Paid $6,544 for 256MB of RAM to Run Photoshop…

Back in January 1995, I upgraded my Mac 8110 desktop to 256 megabytes of RAM for $6,544. Why? Because Photoshop needed a minimum of 5 times the RAM to work with a 8.5×11 RGB 8-bit color page, and that was 24 megabytes. The Chip Merchant was the least expensive source for RAM at that time. I purchased eight 32-megabyte chips at $818.00 each, or $6544.00 total — about $10,646 in today’s money after adjusting for inflation. Insured shipping was $42.85. Several years later, when it was time to upgrade my desktop, there was no way I
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A Massive 30-Part Guide to Retouching Photos in Photoshop

Want a crash course in retouching photos in Photoshop? Here’s a 4-part video series that clocks in at 4.5 hours in total, making it a very comprehensive guide. There’s something here for everyone — even the most experienced photographers are sure to learn something from the series. Nathaniel Dodson from tutvid goes over a total of 30 techniques from healing skin blemishes to creating skin texture, replacing skies, puppet warping, and even swapping out faces. Photoshop is a very powerful piece of software, and it seems that no matter how long you’ve been using it for there’s always something
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Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom

Hi, gang – here’s another in my new series of Photoshop’s Buried Treasure – this one is a quick, one-click mega zoom that not takes you to a tight zoom right where you want it, it instantly returns you to the tool you were last using. Really handy stuff (and it’s not the trick you were thinking). Hope you found that helpful! Here’s wishing you an awesome Tuesday! Best, -Scott P.S. Looking forward to meeting everybody up here for my Lightroom seminar here in Indianapolis today!    The post Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom appeared first Continue reading "Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom"

Demystifying Camera Picture Profiles

Demystifying Camera Picture Profiles Most, if not all, have seen the picture profile settings in our cameras. These can include settings for Landscapes, Portraits, or even Cine-style formats for filmmakers looking to achieve that cinematic look. But what do these mean and how do they affect our final image? [ Read More ]

How to Blend Exposures in Photoshop to Create a Dramatic Seascape

Long exposures are a great way to capture the movement of roiling ocean waves, but you can take that effect to the next level by combining multiple exposures, as shown in this 15-minute tutorial from photographer Greg Benz. As Benz demonstrates at the 3:40 mark, the most difficult part of this process is aligning your images. When you’re shooting on sand, and especially with the tripod legs in the water, you may not have the stability to guarantee that your images will be perfectly aligned. So Benz spends some time showing you how to align your images precisely using the
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Google Will Soon Be Able to Remove Unwanted Objects from Your Photos

Google made a bunch of interesting and exciting camera-related announcements at I/O 2017, and we’ll cover them all, but one of the most intriguing was also one of the shortest. Google briefly showed off a powerful “content aware fill” feature that left people wide-eyed and clapping furiously. You can see the capability in this GIF. “Say you take a picture of your daughter at a baseball game, and there’s something obstructing it,” says Google. “We can do the hard work, and remove that obstruction.” Unfortunately, Google didn’t reveal much beyond this little teaser. We don’t know when this
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The Ten Commandments of Retouching

There are some things in life that are universal rules we should all follow—things like not cheating on your wife, not killing anyone, and not stealing. Easy enough, right? And if life has Ten Commandments that are just obvious things not to do, retouching should have them as well. Here’s are my 10 Commandments of Retouching.

I. Thou Shalt Not Blur Thy Skin

You lose a lot of detail when you blur skin. It may not be noticeable on a phone screen as much, but when these photos are printed or even viewed on a monitor, you can actually see
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Lia Konrad Shoots Fantasy Photos With Budget Equipment and Props

Lia Konrad is a 23-year-old photographer who grew up in small town Hof, Germany with big ideas. With a very small budget for a camera with a single lens—but none for lighting—and a homemade costume, she has created a marvelous series of fantasy environmental portraits. Konrad’s creations are very much in keeping with her childhood daydreams of Pokemon, Dragons, and Peter Pan. What Konrad, who painted a lot as a child, lacks in terms of lighting, props, practical effects experience, make-up artists, and stylists she manages to accomplish in post-production in Photoshop. The end result still comes off as a
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Photoshop’s Buried Treasure — A New Series Here on The Blog

Hi gang, and welcome to my new series on Photoshop features that can really be helpful…if you only knew they existed, and what they did. There’s some really great stuff buried in Photoshop, and it’s stuff that maybe we don’t use every day, but once unearthed, they can make a big difference. I’m calling this new series “Buried Treasure” and we’re starting with one of my favorites (I had to use it just yesterday), and in the short video tutorial below, I’ll show you how I used it, and a way you might not have thought of where it can Continue reading "Photoshop’s Buried Treasure — A New Series Here on The Blog"

Planning and Executing Impromptu Location Portraits

Planning and Executing Impromptu Location Portraits I recently travelled to the local racetrack with my brother for an open track day and decided that while he was out riding, I would try to make a few portraits of the other attending riders. I spent plenty of time ahead of the trip planning lighting, gear, locations, and more. This is a step by step walkthrough of how I created this series of portraits. [ Read More ]

Removing Dust, Lint, and Debris Using Built-In Photoshop Tool

Removing Dust, Lint, and Debris Using Built-In Photoshop Tool Today I want to share a quick tip on cleaning up lint, dust, cat hair, and things like that from clothing or other areas of your photo. I'm super picky, and even if the image is a 5x7 and the dust may not even show up on the print, I like to fix things like that on my large files anyway. You never know when the customer may come back later and order a wall portrait from that file they only previously purchased a 5x7 from, and I don't want to have to go back in and re-retouch the image. Continue reading "Removing Dust, Lint, and Debris Using Built-In Photoshop Tool"

Learn How to Make Selections in Photoshop

Learn How to Make Selections in Photoshop Selections are really at the core of editing in Photoshop: they are what allow you to apply edits, effects, and more precisely and convincingly, while also enabling you to rearrange, copy, substitute, and remove elements of an image. In this great tutorial, you'll learn the most common tools and methods for making selections in Photoshop. [ Read More ]