- Released Today: The Art of Color Processing in Landscape Photography
- How to Use a Smoke Tube for Eery Photography Scenes
- Good Example of How the Angles You Use in Portrait Photography Matter a Lot
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 03:27 PM PDT
In this new training guide, professional coastal landscape photographer Christopher O’Donnell explains his color processing workflow in a step-by-step fashion, guiding you through each stage from start to finish. In addition to learning the details of his processing, he also discusses the history of his creative development and what led him to develop and refine his techniques that led him to where he is today. Now Available here: The Art of Color Processing
This eBook is divided into three sections, designed not only learning his color processing workflow, but also how to develop your own techniques in the digital darkroom.
Section 1 discusses his philosophy on digital processing and the steps that led to the development of his color workflow. By learning how his techniques came to fruition, you can identify some key turning points while also shedding some light on any potential obstacles.
Sections 2 and 3 explain the specific workflows of his editing and color processing in a step-by-step format. He discusses his techniques and why he chose them, and you can see the evolution of his images from RAW format to the final presentation with screenshots from Adobe Photoshop CS6 software for visual instruction. He uses the example photo below, guiding you through each step from what is captured in the camera (left) to the final color processed image (right):
As a photographer, you may know the technical methods which are needed to capture your scene accurately, and can execute them with great expertise. You may also be familiar with the tools of processing from a corrective standpoint, but find difficulty in applying these tools creatively for a unique style. The flow of creativity experienced in the field suddenly becomes blocked once you enter the digital darkroom. This is a frustrating result because the necessary desire to express your vision with processing is present, but the absence of knowledge needed to create it is constricting your ability to visually translate what you wish to express. This leads to an unfulfilled experience in processing, and the disconnect can be apparent in your work.
The Art of Color Processing is designed to assist in aligning your creative compass towards the path which leads to a more profound development of color processing workflows – and most importantly, results in greater satisfaction and joy in your photography.
Some of the Many Topics Covered (74 Pages):
Processing an image is more than performing corrective edits – it's a fundamental part of the complete creative workflow, and your artistic vision should flow seamlessly from the camera into the digital darkroom. If you have an identifiable disconnect between your vision and your final image, then the roadblock – whether it be technical or inspirational – needs to be removed. That is the focus of this eBook: where the author details his own processing workflows while also explaining how to develop your own for a complete creative experience that will strengthen your connection and your ability to process with a vision.
Also included is a complimentary 30+ page eBook on exposure blending, which is a method O’Donnell uses to achieve a proper exposure. Processing in the digital darkroom will be more successful when you capture the entire tonal range of a scene, and this included guide will show you how to achieve the best possible image – from auto-bracketing in the field, to combining different exposures using Photoshop CS6.
How to Get a Copy:
The guide comes in PDF format that can be read on computers, phones and most tablet computers. It also carries a 30 day no-questions-asked guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the book just let them know and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.
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Posted: 15 Aug 2013 12:12 PM PDT
Admit it, fog machines are awesome. Whether in photography or at a party, fog machines just make everything look cooler. However, one problem with using fog machines in photography is being able to spread the fog where you want it to go. Often you’ll get a heavy concentration of fog in one area, and the rest of the space is barely foggy. In this video, Jay P Morgan shows you how to make a “smoke tube of death” that solves this issue (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
How Make Your Own Smoke Tube:
Things You’ll Need
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Posted: 15 Aug 2013 10:42 AM PDT
One problem (amongst many) in portrait photography is where to shoot from. Do you shoot at the subject’s eye level? Below? Above? Unfortunately, there’s no one single answer to this question. Your subject’s appearance will change drastically based on which angle you choose, and no one angle is good for every subject. If you’re not convinced that your angle will make much of an impact on your final images, take a look at this short, but surprising, viral video (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Now the first thing I’m sure you noticed was that the girl was purposefully scrunching her face up in the first half of the video. It’s true that this adds to the dramatic change in the two perspectives. Her cheeks are pushed up and her chin is pulled back. But even so, you can see the changes that the different angles make on her:
If you find that this video is bias, try doing some experimental shots of your own at home. Find a friend or family member and shoot them at various angles under the same lighting (and having them keep the same expression). You’ll be surprised at the differences.
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