Shooting and Editing Photos Part 7: HDR Photos with Moving Subjects
Feb05

Shooting and Editing Photos Part 7: HDR Photos with Moving Subjects

This is an HDR photograph edited using the techniques described in this guide. This photo was a challenge to edit because of the moving cars – you can’t combine three pictures worth of moving objects and have everything come out looking good. Here’s what the cars looked like immediately after I ran Photomatix to combine the three images: So how do you deal with it? Edit and Open Your Files First, take your...

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Shooting and Editing Photos Part 6: Useful Photoshop Hints
Feb05

Shooting and Editing Photos Part 6: Useful Photoshop Hints

Part 5 was a comprehensive look at using Photoshop to edit your photos. All you ever really need to know is in that section, but if you’re just craving more… well you got it! In this section, I’ll talk about some more useful Photoshop techniques: Shadows / Highlights Adjustment The difference between the Clone Tool and Spot Healing Brush Emphasizing your subject with Burning, Dodging, and Blur Other creative uses for...

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Shooting and Editing Photos Part 5: A Comprehensive Photoshop Guide
Jan27

Shooting and Editing Photos Part 5: A Comprehensive Photoshop Guide

Photoshop is powerful, and there’s no limit to what you can do with a photo with the right know how. All that photo editing power means Photoshop can be pretty complex, but I’ll show you how to simplify things. Before we go further, I always try to keep these two concepts in mind: Have an idea of what you want from your final image. Otherwise how will you know when your shot is done? A little goes a long way. It’s...

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Shooting and Editing Photos Part 4: Finding Realism with HDR Editing
Jan10

Shooting and Editing Photos Part 4: Finding Realism with HDR Editing

The above photo is a 3 exposure HDR photograph put together in Photomatix and edited in Photoshop. The exposures were captured as described in Part 2, and the files were saved as described in Part 3. Maybe you’ll disagree, but to my eye the photo above looks completely real. For comparison’s sake here’s the original, unedited image:     Notice the stark differences? The dark areas are far better exposed in...

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Shooting and Editing Photos Part 3: Editing Styles and Preparing Your Files
Jan05

Shooting and Editing Photos Part 3: Editing Styles and Preparing Your Files

Shooting captures the moment. Editing recreates the feel These pictures of Shanghai were captured about a year ago. I was pretty jetlagged thanks to the 10 hour time zone difference, and I figured I’d have a better time exploring The Bund at sunrise rather than sleeplessly staring at the ceiling of my hostel. I’m glad I headed out – the series of shots I ended up with have become some of my all time personal...

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Shooting and Editing Photos Part 2: Capturing High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images
Oct31

Shooting and Editing Photos Part 2: Capturing High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images

When one shot isn’t enough… It’s not always possible to capture all the brights and darks of a scene in a single image (see Part 1). Take a picture into the sun and you’ll quickly see the brights are too bright and the darks are too dark, and no amount of Photoshop or Lightroom will ever help.┬áThe picture below demonstrates the problem. The scene holds too much information for my camera to be able to capture...

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