Lightroom isn’t the first tool that usually springs to mind when it comes to creating videos. In fact, most people don’t know Lightroom even supports video files. I certainly didn’t, but then I’ve never tried it. As it turns out, though, it does. And you can grade, cut and edit your footage all within Lightroom itself. […] The post Did you know you can colour grade and edit videos in Adobe Lightroom? appeared first on DIY Photography. Share...Read More »
How to photograph a wedding – Tips for professional photographers or anyone thinking about trying this!
This blog is written for anyone who photographs weddings professionally or is thinking about doing so, but it is also beneficial for future newlyweds to truly understand the planning, thought processes, coordination, work, skill and endurance that we go through to get the images. I decided to write this blog post not to showcase the […] The post How to photograph a wedding – Tips for professional photographers or anyone thinking about trying this! appeared first on DIY Photography. Share...Read More »
When we take beauty portraits, there is usually a gap between that initial raw image and the vision we hold in our mind’s eye. Once we get that image into our editing software, we subject that original picture to the proverbial death of a thousand cuts, or in our case, a thousand edits to produce something new and polished. Each adjustment isn’t major, rather, most are minor and seemingly insignificant on their own but together can result in a new image. Photographer Chris Knight shares some insights into some the techniques he uses for retouching portraits. And check out our interview with Chris and a tutorial piece he wrote for us here: Dramatic Portraits | My 5 Essential Tools to Create Drama in Your Portraits Chris Knight Rapid Interview | Dramatic Portraits & The Business Of Photography Goal: The addess tonal and texture inconsistencies in the skin of your subject. Step #1 – Create two Curve Adjustment Layers Copy Shortcut MAC – CMD + J PC – CTRL + J Name one “Darken” (Burn) and one “Lighten” (Dodge) Burn Layer Dodge Layer Step #2 – Invert the Masks to turn the to “black” masks so that when you paint “white” on them, the desired effect shows. Invert Shortcut MAC – CMD + IPC – CTRL + I Step #3 – Create a solid color 50% Gray Layer and set the “Blend Mode” to color. This layer better preserves tonal relationships than a simple black and white layer which could mislead you as you dodge and burn. Step #4 – Add another “Curve Adjustment Layer” By darkening this layer, you reveal even more tonal inconsistencies, making it easier to achieve you desired final result. This level of retouching can be a very time consuming endeavor but, the results make the process worth it. Chris usually zooms into his images to at least 200% and sets the flow on his brush to between 1 and 3. This prevents any single adjustment from being to pronounced. Always be sure to zoom in and out to see your progress and make sure your edits leave the skin looking natural. This video provides useful Photoshop shortcuts and insights into the methodology of retouching that we can all implement. The link The best retouching often includes subtle adjustments that have a cumulative effect and profound effect on the final image.SaveSave Share...Read More »
Maybe by a show of virtual hands, how many of us have ever been in a situation where we have gone to a location for a photoshoot only to find out that something unexpected like a marathon, construction or worse demolition, is going on that prevents you from using the space as you intended? And I am being very serious in the demolition example! One of my favorite local parks went through a complete revamp a couple of years ago and for months the only thing I could see was demolition equipment all around. The dirt paths that I loved so much had all gone and tar biking paths took their place! The dirt path with the cover of trees in the background was one of my favorite spots in this local park. The light would filter through the trees and the dirt path would act as a natural reflector and bounce golden light back to my subjects! – now this whole area is a parking lot that leads up to the trees! I am a natural light outdoor photographer for the most part. Hence, I rely on outdoor locations for 75% of my photoshoots including the weddings I photograph. More often than not, my clients, the bride and groom, look to me for suggestions on natural outdoor locations for their bridal portraits and family formals. Even my lifestyle family photo shoot clients love suggestions on the best locations for beautiful family photos especially in the fall when the leaves all change colors. To that end, I am always on the look out for clean, beautiful and unique outdoor locations for my photoshoots. Here are a few tips on how to scout and find the perfect location for your next photo shoot. #1 Know your clients Every client is different and every photoshoot is unique. It behooves us photographers to really get to know our clients so we can tailor the photo shoot to fit their personality. This not only ensures that they will have a good time but also that they will be more relaxed and happy during their photoshoot. This means you will get pictures that they are bound to love and hence recommend you to all their friends and family. It’s a win-win for everyone. For my wedding clients, I have a formal questionnaire that they fill out to describe their style and that of their wedding. This helps me plan out locations and poses that will reflect their style and personality. For my family photos, I have a conversation with the family to see what type of photos they gravitate towards. Do they want to have fun outside in a park? Or do they want to hang out at home with each other? The family photo session is tailored around their needs. My lovely clients wanted a location in nature among the trees. She told...Read More »
If you are planning on flying into the United States anytime soon a new set of regulations and the rolling out of new security measures begins today, and you should take note. There has been a lot of push-and-pull in regards to aviation security over the pat 6 months and much of it highly politicized. This ebb and flow, if you will, has been cause of stress for travelers worldwide and in no short part to the fact it’s always changing. There was the laptop ban imposed on certain Middle-Eastern and Muslim-majority countries and then recently that same was suggested for US-bound flights from Europe. May sighed in relief when the department of Homeland Security laid bare that it would not be extending the laptop ban to flights to the US originating in Europe but as of today there are other things to consider. Passengers on flights inbound from Canada, Mexico, and indeed anywhere else will be subject to more scrutiny and longer processing times, and numerous major airlines and international news outlets are currently informing the public to arrive at minimum 3 hours ahead of time. While arriving early is something most of us have become accustomed to there are other provisions that will affect photographers and other creatives more directly. [REWIND: Lightroom Mobile Gets Big Update | Adjustment Brush, Android Interface, & Details] What To Consider For Devices: It’s being reported that any devices larger than a cellphone will have to be separated for inspection and removed from any protective cases. In addition passengers are being told to have all of their electronic devices FULLY charged for potential inspection. This is perhaps one of most concern, because as noted months ago, if the request is made to open and turn on your device and it doesn’t have the power to do so that device may have to be surrendered. What chance of getting them back we don’t yet know. We always recommend from an air transport safety perspective to keep all lithium ion batteries in your hand luggage and not checked baggage, however definately ensure your devices are sufficiently charged, and that includes cameras, laptops, tablets, and so on. Sources: CBC, Mashable, Department Of Homeland Security Share...Read More »
If you are not calibrating your monitor you’re robbing your work of its full potential, which is, of course, tantamount to your potential. It’s highly neglected and a bit annoying, but mission critical, and fortunately, Datacolor makes it easy to do. Datacolor, the makers of Spyder calibration tools is offering just about the best deal in monitor calibration tools we’ve seen. Essentially, you’re now able to get the best Spyder has to offer for $139 USD, as it were, as the offer is open both to those stateside and in Europe. For $139, Datacolor will send you a Spyder5Elite (normally $209), the Software upgrade for Spyder5Elite+, and 90 days of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. While the 90 days of CC Photography Plan is neither here nor there, the rest of it is. The way the Spyder5 system essentially works, if you get a piece of hardware which is about the same at all levels, and through software you access various levels of features. This is great because users of all levels can get precisely what they want and need, and then if they feel they want to update they can do so through software without the need to buy more devices. Upgrading Spyder5 devices, however, does cost, and upgrading to the Elite+ software costs different depending on the unit you have. If you have the Spyder5Express it’ll cost $160 to upgrade; $100 from Spyder5Pro, and $30 from Spyder5Elite to Elite+. So normally, to get the Spyder5Elite+ Software and hardware it’ll cost $240, and now you can get the top tier for only $139. What’s the benefit of Spyder5Elite+? One Click Calibration: Build on the speed of the current Spyder5 calibration process by making re-calibration even faster than ever. This feature streamlines your workflow with 1 click to start the calibration without having to re-select your saved settings. Automatic Room Light Switching – keep it plugged (but not on screen) and it will monitor the lighting in your room at intervals and adjust. Ensure your viewing and editing work on-screen is correct with automatic switching of your monitor profile as your room light conditions change. This takes the current ambient light monitoring ability of to the next level without any user action required. Softproofing – Improve your “Screen-to-Output” matching with a new workflow to simulate how your photos will look on any printer or device – including home printers, online or retail printers, and certain mobile/tablet devices. Enahnced Studio Match: Verify more precise monitor matching and take the guess work out of making all your connected displays look the same – including a new visual verification step that assists you by fine tuning your results. Profile management tool – Manage all of the different display profiles available on your system. You will now have the ability to edit, remove, rename, locate, and activate each profile for the ultimate control...Read More »