In this video Snapshot Josh walks us through his process of making a color image black and white in Lightroom. Learn how to make subtle adjustments to an image to make the blacks really pop! Have questions or comments about black and white photography? Join the conversation below! :)
Hey guys and gals! In this video snapshot Josh walks us through his process of adjusting the white balance of some digital images that he shot at a recent wedding. He covers the importance of shooting at a consistent temperature to make proofing easier and faster. Check out the video below to see his process! Have questions or comments about white balance? Join the conversation below! :)
In this video snapshot Josh discusses harsh lighting and shows us an example of how he used different angles to work around a tough lighting situation. Check out the video below to hear his thoughts and learn his work-around: While I was shooting some images of my wife, Layla, for her new t-shirt design, I decided to turn her around and try a couple of shots facing the sun to give you a good visual of the difference the right angle can make. In the first shot, she is facing the sun and in the second shot, she is standing in the exact same spot, but turned around with the sun behind her. The harsh light from the sun puts hard shadows on her face while she is facing it. Simply turning her around made all the difference in the world, and this is a great example of soft light versus hard light. Have questions or comments about harsh lighting? Join the conversation below! :)
I remember when I was first learning how to use my DSLR, I would see beautiful pictures captured by other photographers that looked so perfect, and I couldn't imagine how in the world they got such incredibly vibrant shots. When I would look through my images after a day of shooting, they looked dull in comparison. I learned very quickly that although it's important to get the shot right with your camera, most professional photographers further enhance their images by using some kind of post processing software. Whether it's Photoshop or Lightroom almost every photographer has a system they use to proof and then adjust their images. Photoshop and Lightroom can do some crazy cool things and both programs can get really deep. That said, I have found that using some simple actions and filters can really speed up the process without having to be an expert. Below is an image that was shot by one of our Photography 101 students. (Photo Credit: Peggy Holland) I love the composition of this shot, but I wanted to see if I could make the image pop a little more by using some filters in Photoshop CS5. The image below is the same [...]
I wanted put together a post that highlighted what I believe to be five key actions to taking better photographs. I asked myself, "What were my big a-ha moments while learning how to shoot photography?". So here they are! :) 1. Learn to shoot in manual mode. I recently came across a study conducted by Sony that showed that nearly 2/3 of DSLR owners never take their cameras out of automatic mode. A lot of those consumers think that if you buy a more expensive camera, it will automatically take better pictures. Unfortunately this is not the case. If you put your DSLR camera into automatic mode you are officially the owner of a very heavy (and expensive) point-and-shoot. The great thing about a DSLR camera is that it gives you control. I shoot a lot of interiors and I love the fact that I can make the image as bright and beautiful as I want. Shooting in manual is not as complicated as you may think either, we've had over 1,000 members learn to shoot in manual mode over the last year. I still get excited every time I see someone post their first manual shot in our Facebook group. Here [...]
Hello! We launched two more classes this past month, so we wanted to publish a post about each of them here today. The first new class is called Photoshop Touch Up, and it's all about re-touching photos of people in Photoshop. We worked as re-touchers for several years before we started our own photography businesses, and we've included all of our techniques in the Touch Up class. You can see some examples of the techniques we'll cover by moving your cursor on and off of the photos below. Everything from how to soften skin, remove blemishes, and add vignette effects... ...to how to reduce redness in eyes without making them look too white... ...to how to tame down fly away hairs, add sparkle to eyes, and whiten teeth... ...to body reshaping: Our favorite kind of exercise- ha! If you're interested in checking out the class, just click on Photoshop Touch Up in the Classes tab in our menu bar. The cost is $25 and the class is an hour and 40 minutes long. And just like all of our other Photography and Photoshop classes, our Photoshop Touch Up class video is hosted on Vimeo, so once you purchase it, you can watch it [...]
Choosing the right lens is an important part of getting the results you want. The two most important things to consider are 'Focal Length', and 'Depth of Field'. Let's start with focal length. Focal length refers to how much you can see through the lens. It's important to note that the two most common lenses are zoom lenses and prime lenses. A zoom lens has the ability to zoom in or out through a range of different focal lengths. For example, my 17-40mm lens can shoot at both 17mm and 40mm and all points in-between. Whereas a prime (or fixed) lens has only one focal length and cannot zoom. If you want a closer or wider shot with a fixed lens, you have to physically move forward or backward. Let's take a look at some of the different ranges: As you can see, 18mm (and lower) have the widest focal lengths and are considered wide angle lenses. Wide angle lenses are great for landscapes and interiors because you can fit a lot into your shot. A 200mm lens would be considered a telephoto lens, and they're great for zooming into shots that may be further away. To give [...]
I thought I'd put up a fun video our friend Joshua Pittman shot of us at Haven this past June. I can't tell you how much fun we had meeting new friends and talking photography. Josh followed us around and shot random footage so we would always have a memory of our trip to the A-T-L! :) ShootFLYShoot from The Bearded Man Film Co. on Vimeo. I'm working on a post about focal length that I'll be posting in a couple of days, until then I hope you guys and gals are having a great week!
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A couple of weeks ago Layla and I stopped by a house in Montgomery to shoot some quick pics and chat with the owner about his wonderful home. We only had about one hour to tour his house, so I had to shoot as quickly as possible. In a perfect world, I would set up a tripod and use a low number ISO. This allows me to make the image brighter by slowing down my shutter speed. But since I was hand holding my camera, I had to use a much higher ISO number to make the images brighter. The main point I wanted to drive home today is that using a higher ISO number is completely okay. For example, I knew the pics I shot that day would only be used online, and wouldn't be shown any larger than 600 pixels wide. When the images are that small, you can't really see the graininess that a high ISO causes. Here's a closer look... Even at 600 pixels wide the image below still looks nice on the internet. You can start to see the graininess a little on the back walls, but it doesn't ruin the shot by any means. [...]