Paths to Artistic Imaging in Photoshop

Adobe Camera Raw: an intelligent first approach

In March 2014, after the publication the previous November of my book, “Paths to Artistic Imaging in Photoshop”, I decided to write a bonus chapter on Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as a thank-you to those who purchased a copy. The chapter’s aim is to show the features now available and give some examples that demonstrate their power and convenience. This is an extract from the new chapter. It includes the introductory section, along with an explanation of one of the most useful tools in the ACR module. Leer en Español I have been especially impressed with the abilities of the[…]

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The easiest sepia blue tutorial for great photos

We often see images with a professional sepia blue tone and you often wonder: ‘How can I do that?’, well is not very hard to do, just follow this tutorial and get a perfect tone in five easy steps. Leer en español Step 1: Open the .jpeg file that you want to turn into a sepia colour. I choose the image of this beautiful flower: Duplicate the layer pressing Ctrl + J in your keyboard. Now, let’s change the saturation of the image pressing Ctrl + U and set it to -100. Your image will look like this: Step 2:[…]

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A great introduction on Focus Stacking

I’ve been a professional photographer for around thirty years now and was enamoured with photography even as a child. From even those early days, I was aware of the limitations of Depth of Field. In macro (or micro) photography particularly, depth of field at such close focusing distances is extremely minimal. The usual method of stopping down the lens to give more, only helps a little and unfortunately adds blurring through lens diffraction, defeating the purpose somewhat. Leer en Español Happily these days, as with many other areas of photography, digital image processing has come to the rescue. Now, if[…]

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How I did it: Come, Fall in Love

Introduction: I am a self-taught photographer born in Chennai and a engineer by graduation. I  always wanted to hold a DSLR though I never knew how to click a photograph. My love for photography actually began in my childhood when I bought a SLR look alike for 500 Rs (Rupees) and showed to everyone that it had a zoom ring  and that I could shoot pictures. It was a great disappointment for me when I came to know that I couldn´t shoot anything with this camera. I never turned back to photography for the next 9 years. Photography got me[…]

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Interview to nature and astronomy photographer Levin Dieterle

Levin Dieterle is an amateur photographer, and his interests are related mainly to nature and astronomy. You just have to take a look at his work to realize how talented he is. So we are pleased to introduce you to Levin… please enjoy this interview and part of his great work. Leer en español When did you decide to become a photographer? What´s your story? How did the interest on astrophotography raised in you? I have always been interested in astronomy and natural science. The attraction to natural science finally ended in studying physics and making my PHD. Many years[…]

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(The best) Soft Dual Tone Tutorial

Most of the photomanipulations I create have a soft dual tone. Dual tone is actually a colour effect made using the gradients in Photoshop; as a result, your image will look so much better and beautiful than just using one colour. Leer en Español The general idea is: change the overall saturation,  add the gradient, correct color on hair and blouse and retouch color details. To make this effect you have to open in Photoshop the image you want to edit. Duplicate the layer pressing Ctrl + J in your keyboard, now let’s work with the saturation, press Ctrl +[…]

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Finding the treasure within

Recently, I came across this tree, which stood out from its surroundings by its bright red colouring. To the eye, the scene was compelling but as is often the case, the camera records it without the same emotive and creative characteristics that the mind adds. Leer en español I took the picture planning to bring out the same striking effect I felt when viewing the actual scene. My first attempts were disappointing and I put it aside for later. Then, some months after taking the image, I returned to it with fresh eyes and made another attempt. I felt that[…]

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Bruce Levick: australian adventurer and photographer

Social media, photography and internet. Bruce Levick knows about all these subjects and on this interview he shares with you all his experiences: from his motivation, what inspires him and his favorite DSLR brand, all the way to his time working with Steve Irwin aka the Crocodile Hunter. *** Leer en español 1. Tell us a little bit about you.  Well I graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1994. I’ve always had a background in art and design. My main focus was always fine  art/illustration and then design. Not long after graduating I turned to designing websites and[…]

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How did I achieve a Blue Night

Leer versión en español Blue Night was my first “Explored” photo on flickr. During this time I was still finding my voice in photography. That night I was drawn to the city for its amazing skyline. Being a resident of Queens, I’m only a short subway ride away. I went there with HDR (High Dynamic Range) in mind. I was still very new to HDR and at that moment, but I was eager to keep learning since that was all I was doing at the moment: I wanted to find out what worked and what didn’t. To make this shot[…]

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Montauk´s Lighthouse

I took this shot the day after my birthday. Me and my girlfriend took a trip out to the other side of Long Island, to Montauk Point. Also known as “The End”. The weather wasn’t desirable, mostly cold, damp and rainy, though it was really nice to get away from the city. Leer la versión en español Montauk has a very strong charm to it. In the summer time Montauk is crowded with tourists and beach goers escaping from the city. It offers excellent fishing spots and plenty of tasteful sights to enjoy. During the autumn and winter months it might as well be[…]

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