How to Shoot a Professional Wine Photo with Speedlights and a Kit Lens

This simple step-by-step tutorial comes to us from Dustin Dolby of Workphlo, who’s got a knack for shooting high-end product photography with minimal gear. This time, he’s showing us how to quickly and easily capture a professional wine photograph using just two speedlights and a kit lens. Just like he did last time, Dustin breaks it down for us in discrete steps you can replicate at home. First, he set his wine and wine glass on a piece of black plexiglass and lights it from camera-left using a strip box an a diffuser. That gets him here: Then he
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Quick Tip: How to Balance Strobe and Sun for Dramatic Mid-Day Portraits

The best time to shoot portraits (or almost anything) is golden hour, but it’s not the only time. Grab an ND filter, a strobe, and this tutorial by Portland-based photographer Levy Moroshan, and you can capture dramatic portraits in the mid-day sun. Moroshan’s technique is very straight forward, and a great intro to daylight strobe shooting for beginners. It consists of just two steps. Step 1: After positioning himself, his model, and his light the way he wants, he takes a strobe-less photo with the ND filter on and adjusts the ISO to expose for the background the
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3 Levels of Sharpening You Should Be Applying in Photoshop

My name is Jake Hicks, and I’m an editorial and fashion photographer based in the UK. In this article, I’ll share a look at some of the sharpening techniques I use in Photoshop to give my images a little visual-pop before I publish them.

What is Image Sharpening?

This is Lightroom’s default sharpening settings as soon as you import your files. You can see that even the default setting adds a little sharpening to our shots immediately upon import.
Sharpening is one of those odd processes that we all do with our images even if we’re not aware of
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How to Color Your Photos Using the HSL Tool in Lightroom

Today, it’s becoming increasingly harder for your style as a photographer to become recognized. Of course, there are prolific photographers such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore whose use of color is almost instantly recognizable. It’s really easy to get caught up in the latest Instagram trend and ignore your unique style. Today I want to give you an introduction to using color in post processing your photos. Let’s get into this!

#1. Learn Basic Color Theory

I’m completely a visual learner. So the easiest way to talk about color is to look at it. Here is a typical color
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How to Direct Your Subject Indirectly in Travel Photography

When shooting travel photos, it’s very tempting to direct your subject and stage your composition. A lot of people are very happy to be photographed and even happier to be able to make a few bucks being your subject. But for me, directing is a big “no.” I do not stage photos and I’m actually against this practice. As staging photos is way too easy to do, it doesn’t help one become a better photographer. Secondly, it is the best way you can spoil people everywhere you travel. Locals are very quick to understand that a tourist with a
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Parfocal vs Varifocal Zoom: What is the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

You’ve heard the terms “varifocal” and “parfocal” to describe lenses, but do you know what these terms mean? Or why they matter? If you don’t, this informative conversation between Vistek video producer Dale Sood and product manager Brian Young is the perfect place to start. Varifocal and Parfocal describe two different types of zoom lenses based on whether or not the focus is maintained when you change the focal length. With varifocal lenses, as soon as you zoom the lens you are varying the focus (hence the name). Any amount of recomposition is going to change the focus, which is
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How to Shoot a High-End Cosmetics Photo with Cheap Speedlights

If we wrote it once, we’ve written it a thousand times: you don’t need expensive equipment to capture high-quality studio photography. As photographer Dustin Dolby of Workphlo demonstrates in this video, even that expensive cosmetics look is doable with cheap speedlights… and skill. The most compelling thing about this tutorial isn’t even the final product—which is, admittedly, great—but the methodical step-by-step way Dolby gets you from initial setup to catalog-ready shot. As you watch, Dolby crafts his shot image-by-image by adding and subtracting light until he has all of the pieces he needs to move into post-production. Then, in post,
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Simple Lens Hack Creates ‘Bokeh Explosion’ Night Portraits

Photo lens experimenter and prolific YouTube filmmaker Mathieu Stern is at it again. This time, he took one of his old, cheap (do we even have to mention that?) Russian lenses and made one small modification to create what he calls a ‘bokeh explosion.’ The process involves just one step: take out the front element and reverse it. And, voilà! You have a lens that is only sharp in the very center. As you move away from the center, the image will blur and elongate towards the periphery, creating a really interesting effect. If you shoot something with
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This Video Explains All 27 Photoshop Blending Modes in Detail

There are 27 different blending modes in Photoshop, and unless you’re a real retouching junkie, chances are good you haven’t explored each and every one of them in detail. But have no fear, to paraphrase an old Apple ad, “there’s a [YouTube tutorial] for that.” Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel has put together a comprehensive video walkthrough of all 27 blending modes in Photoshop. This is an indispensable resource for retouching beginners, and will probably come in very useful for almost anybody who uses Photoshop. Ramirez isn’t shy about how comprehensive this guide is: he calls it
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How to Color Grade Photos Using Only Solid Colors and Blend If

Eye Stocker published this simple 5-minute Photoshop video tutorial that shows how you can color grade any photo using only solid color adjustment layers and the Blend If feature. The main idea is that after adding a solid color adjustment layer over your photo and selecting the Soft Light blending mode, you can fiddle with the Blend If feature in the Blending Options to restrict the color cast to only the shadow or highlight portions of your underlying photo. “Of course, complementary colors should not be ignored at all,” educator Cristi Kerekes writes. “The Blend If option is very powerful
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Photoshop Tutorial: The 5 Best Ways to Clean and Heal Skin Blemishes

If you are troubled by blemishes big or small in your portrait work, this 16-minute tutorial by Nathaniel Dodson over at Tutvid will teach you how to use Photoshop to properly clean and heal skin in a flash. Dodson shows you how to eliminate acne, pimples, and other blemishes using 5 different tools: the Camera RAW filter, the Spot Healing Brush, the Healing Brush, the Patch Tool, and Frequency Separation. Each of these tools offer their own advantages, and by using a mix of all 5, you can remove marks and blemishes quickly and without much fuss. You will learn:
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