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Daily Archives: December 9, 2010

19 Beautiful Examples of HDR Done Right

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a method of combining over-exposed images with under-exposed images of the same scene to achieve a better balance between highlights and shadows, it requires resorting to software and you can use Photoshop or Photomatix as your software engines to produce HDR images. This article from Digital Photo School has examples of HDR. At their best they manage to make a digital picture look exactly as you would have seen it if you were there. It opens out the shadows to reveal detail that a straight digital image just cannot do, it will also hold highlight detail up to specular highlights, in short HDR is the answer to digital exposure problems. However as this article suggests so many people using HDR create quite awful images that have no resemblance to reality and they call it art or creative, which of course it is neither. If you want to see HDR at it’s very best head over to Cambridge In Colour brilliantly controlled images, fantastic, if technical, tutorials.

These 19 ‘beautiful examples’ do not all quite get the balance right for me in the way that CinC manage but they are far from the worst examples of HDR. I suggest you have a look and judge for yourself. Let me know what you think and do go to Cambridge In Colour as well

What do you think?

12 useful Photoshop video tutorials

Photoshop can really be a photographer’s best friend or worst nightmare. It all depends on how comfortable you feel in the program and whether you know the simple tips and tricks to creating photo magic. Here are 12 video tutorials for improving your Photoshop skills quickly.

Read more: 12 Video Tutorials for Improving Your Photoshop Skills | Light Stalking

Essential Resize and Color Photoshop Skills – A quick and dirty overview of how to resize and fix the colors of an image before printing or adding it to the web. This is the first step in improving your Photoshop skills and only takes minutes to master.

Cleaning Up a Photo’s Background – Learn how to clean up the background or stray elements of an otherwise beautiful shot. The tutorial is done on a model shot, but this method works very well for all types of photography.

Fixing Lighting Issues – In this tutorial you will learn how to fix common lighting problems caused by over and under exposure. Don’t let a simple thing like exposure ruin your shot!

Sharpening and Unsharpening – Discover how to bring up the details you want and fade out the ones that you don’t in this easy to follow tutorial. Once you’ve mastered the basics of this method, have fun applying it to the different levels of an image for interesting effects.

Adding and Removing Tattoos – Sometimes is becomes necessary for a tattoo to be removed from a photo (usually by the subject’s request). Learn how to do this quickly in this tutorial, as well as a fun way to add tattoos to models.

Removing Red Eye From People and Animals – Find out how to remove that infamous red eye or even “pet eye” without detracting from the overall picture. Now you will have no worries when photographing wildlife!

Create Glowing Skin – Add that glamour-shot soft glow to any model’s skin with just a few steps and this simple tutorial. This is also a great way to improve skin tone and texture at once.

Change a Color Photo to a Black and White One – You can make a color image into a black and white one pretty easily, but don’t stop there! Make these new black and white photos rich in contrast and value to add that professional stroke.

Coloring Specific Photo Elements – This is a fun technique which if used correctly can add interest and an artistic flair to black and white image. It is also known as selective coloring.

Using the Photoshop Curves Tool – The curves feature is one of the most powerful and misunderstood tools in Photoshop. Use it to improve lighting, values, hues, and more in an image.

Using the Photoshop Curves Tool Part 2 – Part two of the comprehensive Photoshop curves tutorial mentioned above. How to bring it all together for the perfect final image.

Combining Images – This is a creative way to take two or more hum-drum images and combine them to create one marvelous one. Go beyond simple makeovers and coloring to create works of art.

Each of these videos offers different tricks and techniques. Pick and choose the kind which work best for your photography style to get started. Improving your Photoshop skills is very easy, and can help you in post work for every type of photography!