- How to Emphasize Your Main Subject in Photography
- Try This Handy Photoshop Trick to Lighten Dark Spots in Your Photos (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: A Crashed and Sunken Plane
- Terrifying Stop-Motion Video of Ferrofluid in a Bubble Bath
- Intriguing Music Video Shows Singer Being Photoshopped in Real Time
Posted: 02 May 2014 07:07 PM PDT
In most cases, a photograph comes to life when it contains one main point of interest. A landscape, for example, may contain a single tree, beautifully lit, that stands out from its surroundings.
When you have decided on your main subject, there are a number of photography tricks that you can use to put it into prominence. By ‘tricks’, I am not referring to alteration in Photoshop or similar tools. I mean that choosing your viewpoint and composition thoughtfully and carefully, when shooting, will greatly enhance the power of your image. Here are three ideas that will help emphasize your intended subject:
Lines are created in an image wherever distinct or long lines occur between colours and tones. This needs not be just one element, but can be a whole series, e.g., roads and trees, clouds or shadows, which together form one strong linear element. When these lines radiate from, or converge into your main subject, they can create clearly dramatic lead-in effects. If your main subject is a cottage in the distance, and a distinct road lined with trees leads the viewer’s eyes straight to it, this can be much more pleasing than the same cottage pictured from another viewpoint that does not contain these elements.
Typically, digital photography beginners seek out a central position in the frame in which to place their main subject. This may work well in certain circumstances, such as a conventional head and shoulders portrait. However, when used exclusively, this type of composition can become boring.
Photography works well when we borrow from an old artists’ trick and place our main subject on an intersection known as the ‘rule of thirds’. Imagine your frame divided into nine equal boxes (like a noughts and crosses game). Place your subject at a point where two of these lines intersect, and you will create a far more pleasing composition. So, in the example above, the cottage could be placed on the right side of the image (at one of the intersections), with the road and trees leading to it starting from the bottom left of the picture.
Making your main subject the lightest or darkest element of the picture (or even the only element containing a certain colour) will make it stand out strongly. This also helps emphasize shape and set a mood.
An instance where I found this worked well was at sunset on a beach in Barbados. A couple was standing on some rocks photographing each other. They were backlit by the evening sunshine, and their silhouettes made a strong contrast with the reds and yellows of the sky behind them. The photographs I took of them in this situation remain some of my favourites to this day; they excellently capture the relaxing mood of a Caribbean holiday.
These are just a few of the digital photography tricks that can help your main subject stand out, and comfortably lead your viewer where you want them to go. Try hard to capture the image you want in the frame as you take it so that any subsequent Photoshop work is used with subtlety to enhance, rather than repair, your photograph.
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Posted: 02 May 2014 02:32 PM PDT
Sometimes, to get the lighting right in-camera, we’ve got to sacrifice some spots to darkness. High-dynamic range photography, known as HDR, composites multiple exposures to draw out hyper-realistic details and evens out the lighting range. That kind of effect is possible to achieve in Photoshop, too—and with more subtlety than most HDR. Here’s how to do it:
How to Bring Back Shadow Detail
In this tutorial by Phlearn, we’re shown how to isolate parts of an image and lighten them up without unbalancing the lighting curves of the entire image. It’s easy:
After a bit of practice, you’ll find it’s easy to gain an eye for balanced lighting and colors, and you’ll never again have to worry about imperfect lighting rigs or overdone HDR.
Go to full article: Try This Handy Photoshop Trick to Lighten Dark Spots in Your Photos (Video)
Posted: 02 May 2014 12:31 PM PDT
Like something out of the Tomb Raider video game series, this award-winning photograph showcases a fallen World War II Japanese seaplane off the coast of Palau, a microscopically small island nation in the Pacific Ocean. At once eerie, horrifying, and beautiful, it is a true captured moment in history:
The winner was snapped by Tony Cherbas, a citizen of Guam and underwater photo expert whose portfolio includes aquatic shots from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Cherbas shoots with a Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam case housing for underwater shots—only this time, he found himself safely above sea level.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: A Crashed and Sunken Plane
Posted: 02 May 2014 11:17 AM PDT
Don’t watch this if you’re getting ready for bed. There’s nothing outwardly scary about it, but it’s definitely unnerving: a jet-black magnet creeps up from beneath a layer of bubbles, attracting a mysterious inky black liquid that snakes around the bubbles until it gets close enough for the water to get blotched blood-red. Then it ends. Truly, that description can do little justice to the two-minute video in question:
Shot with a Nikon D90 by experimental photographer Kim Pimmel, who also composed the heavy techno-score, the video (via PetaPixel) is a freaky outpouring of senses and emotion. Pimmel made it by pouring ferrofluid, a light magnetic liquid, on top of meticulously-crafted bubbles, and shot nearly 400,000 frames to create the final product.
Go to full article: Terrifying Stop-Motion Video of Ferrofluid in a Bubble Bath
Posted: 02 May 2014 10:40 AM PDT
As more and more people are becoming aware of the dramatic changes that can be made to portraits using tools like Photoshop, the term Photoshopped is being heard more frequently. Many people are starting to speak out against the unrealistic way in which models are transformed for editorial, fashion, and commercial photographs. In this creative music video by Boggie, you can see a live view of the singer herself being “shopped” and transformed into an almost new person:
The video was made using Adobe After Effects by layering multiple videos, each one showing the singer in different hair, makeup, and lighting to create the effect. Each of the videos had to be shot separately.
In the image above, you can see a some of the progress of the edits being made throughout the image as the brightness and contrasts are adjusted to give the singer a different look. Boggie hopes to bring awareness to the fact that images are being manipulated and served to the general public as real.
Go to full article: Intriguing Music Video Shows Singer Being Photoshopped in Real Time
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